Employment

Entrance Exam


Plano Police Officers are hired from an eligibility roster consisting of the names of individuals who have successfully passed a Police Recruit Civil Service Entrance Examination. Our next Civil Service Entrance Examination will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. at the Plano East Senior High School, 3000 Los Rios Boulevard, Plano, Texas 75074.

To be eligible to take the exam:
  • A properly completed Plano Police Entrance Exam Application must be received by the Civil Service Test Administrator before 11:59 p.m. (CST) on Friday, January 20, 2017. Complete instructions are included in the pre-registration questionnaire.
  • After submitting the application, an admission slip will be emailed to you; the admission slip allows you entrance to the exam site.
  • After receiving your admission slip, you will need to complete a personal history statement and bring it with you to the entrance exam testing site on Saturday, January 28, 2017.
  • The Plano Police Department offers the following opportunities to prepare for the upcoming civil service exam: Fitness Testing and Written Test Tutoring. 
Should you require any special accommodations for testing, you must contact the Civil Service Test Administrator at (972) 941-5300 as soon as possible to discuss the specific situation and make appropriate arrangements prior to the exam.

Eligible Applicants

The Plano Police Department hires officers from an eligibility list established by individuals who successfully complete the city of Plano Civil Service written test. This list is valid for 6 months or until it is exhausted.

After successful completion of the Civil Service test, applicants are processed in the following manner:
  • Physical Fitness Test
  • Interview with a Background Investigator
  • Polygraph examination
  • Thorough background investigation
  • Oral Review Board
  • Conditional job offer
  • Psychological evaluation
  • Medical examination
  • Final review by the Chief of Police
Plano Police Investigators assigned to the Professional Standards Unit have been specially trained to conduct the background check of applicants. After an applicant has been assigned to a background investigator, the remaining steps of the application process may take several weeks to complete.


Peace Officers


Police recruits who are not licensed peace officers in the State of Texas are required to complete a 22-week basic training program at a regional police academy. After completing the academy and successfully passing the Basic Peace Officer License examination, recruits attend a five week mini-academy at the Plano-Richardson Police Training Center in Plano. Plano recruits will be assigned to the Patrol Division for field training after completion and passing of the orientation phase, where they will remain with a field training officer until completion of this training.

We are an equal opportunity employer and an advocate of workplace diversity.