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. The last exam occurred on Saturday, May 30, 2020.

If you are interested in taking a future Civil Service Examination test for the position of Police Officer, please submit your name into an upcoming employment opportunity database with the City of Plano Police Department.

Eligible Applicants

The Plano Police Department hires officers from an eligibility list (above) 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 as long as one (1) month 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 six-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.

For employment opportunities within the Plano Police Department contact the City of Plano's Career Information Line Toll Free (866) 485-7777 or the City's Human Resources Department at (972) 941-7000.

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

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