Police Officer

Garland, TX
Garland Police Department

Respond to citizen calls for service, enforce criminal and traffic laws, reduce crime and fear of crime within the City of Garland.

Newly appointed Police Officer Recruits, $64,376. Lateral Transfer program is available to qualifying current or prior police officers. The Lateral Program has a higher starting salary and may include an abbreviated academy.



1. Pro-active enforcement of all applicable criminal and traffic laws, including the issuance of citations.
2. Respond to calls for service from citizens.
3. Maintain high-visibility patrols.
4. Educate public and citizen contacts.
5. Prepare and complete all necessary reports and supplements.
6. Attend state mandated and supplemental training each year.
7. Testify in court concerning collection of evidence.
8. Preserve and enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Garland, Texas, by following the City's guiding principles.
9. Perform related duties as assigned.


In accordance with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) minimum requirements:

• Must be United States of America citizen at the time of application
• At least age 18 and will have not reached the age of 45 prior to entering a beginning position in the police department
• Must have either a High School Diploma or GED AND one of the following:
1. Associate’s degree or completion of a minimum of 60 hours college credit from an accredited college or university, with a minimum of a 2.0 GPA, or
2. Minimum 2 years active United States of America military service with an Honorable discharge, or
3. Minimum 2 years of service as a full-time paid peace officer or law enforcement officer

** Education, prior police or military experience requirements must be met prior to academy start date.

Preferred Knowledge - Abilities & Skills
1. Communicate in the English language
2. Must be able to pass all steps in the Garland Police Department hiring process:
• Written Civil Service exam
• Physical agility test
• Detailed personal history statement
• Thorough background investigation
• Polygraph examination
• Oral interview board
• Psychological and medical examinations
• Drug screen
• Administrative review by the Chief of Police

Licenses & Certifications
Must possess a Texas Class "C" driver’s license
Must be able to meet all minimum requirements under the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) for enrollment in a law enforcement training program