Police Officer

Plano Police Department (TX) - Plano, Texas

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Salary Information

Entry Level:
$66492 annual
Academy Graduate:
$71759 annual
Lateral Transfer:
$None annual
Top Pay:
$94235 annual

Job Description

A Police Recruit Civil Service Entrance Examination will be held at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at the Plano ISD Sockwell Center, 6301 Chapel Hill Boulevard, Plano, TX 75093.

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, May 22, 2020. 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, please complete a Personal History Statement. The PHS from our website (dated 10/29/2019) is the only acceptable version. ++You must bring a completed, notarized, original PHS with you to the civil service exam++. Also bring a government issued photo ID and a DD 214 if you are a veteran.


*Those who pass the written exam will immediately proceed to the physical agility test at the Plano Richardson Training Center, located at 4912 14th Street, Plano.

*The top scorers and out of state candidates will be invited to the Plano Police Department's Professional Standards Unit at 909 14th Street, Plano for a pre-polygraph interview following the physical agility test. Polygraphs will be administered on site on Sunday, May 31, 2020.

*Candidates are processed in rank order based on the civil service exam scores. The physical agility test is pass/fail and does not contribute to the overall eligibility score. A link to the physical agility test video is on our website.

Additional Information

The testing and hiring process for Police Officers can be lengthy, confusing and difficult. The Plano Police Department encourages all candidates to learn as much as possible about the process prior to application. We also host practice sessions to assist candidates in preparation for the written exam and physical agility test. These sessions are scheduled for Saturday, April 25 and Saturday, May 2, 2020 from 0800-1200 at the Plano Richardson Training Academy, 4912 14th Street, Plano TX. Background Investigators and academy staff will be on hand to administer the practice tests and answer any questions. To attend the practice sessions, you must be registered by 1600 on the Friday before the session. To register, please email psu@plano.gov or call 972-941-2436 and provide your full name, phone number and email address, along with the date of the session(s) you'd like to attend.

Candidates may also purchase a study guide and practice exams at the following link:


The remainder of the process includes a thorough background investigation, oral board, conditional job offer, psychological evaluation, medical examination and final review by the Chief of Police. The Plano Police Department has multiple openings at this time and more are anticipated.

Police recruits who are not licensed peace officers in the State of Texas are required to complete a 28-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 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 out of state officers interested in challenging the TCOLE exam, visit:


Job Requirements

  • Age: 21-45
  • Education: Bachelor's Degree, OR 60 credit hours and 3 years active duty military, OR 60 credit hours and 2 years sworn patrol experience
  • Experience: Recruit or Experienced


Listed below are several common disqualifiers. For a complete description of civil service disqualifiers, please visit our website.

-Non US citizen;

-Unable to meet the education/experience requirements;

-Conviction of a Class A Misdemeanor (permanent) or conviction of a Class B Misdemeanor in the previous 10 years;

-Marijuana use within the previous 36 months;

-Any felony drug use (permanent);

-Poor work history;

-Deception / Brady issues;

-Excessive traffic violations;

-Irresponsible financial history;

-Poor judgment in personal or professional life.

Contact Informaton

Michele Mazzola

Plano Police Department (TX)
909 14th St
Plano, Texas 75074
phone: 972-941-2241

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