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About Our Department

Police Officer Application and Testing

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Contact: Officer Trey West, CPD Personnel & Training, (817) 556-8825 or email

We are always looking for great people! The City of Cleburne conducts the Police Department Civil Service Examination annually or as needed. The Civil Service Exam is a written test designed to evaluate knowledge, skills and abilities required for the position of police officer. You are not expected to know police rules, regulations or procedures. The test consists of 100 multiple choice questions related to general reading comprehension, spelling, grammar and memorization.


Police Officer Qualifications

  • Education / Experience
    Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree (any field) or an associate's degree in criminal justice or a related field from an accredited college or university at the time of their start date with the police department. In lieu of a degree, applicants must possess a high school diploma or GED and have any of the following:
      • A current Texas peace officer license at the time of their start date with the police department; or
      • At least 24 months of experience as a regular full time paid peace officer (any state) or federal criminal investigator; or
      • At least 24 months of active-duty military experience in the armed forces of the United States; or
      • At least 24 months of experience as a non-sworn law enforcement or corrections employee in Texas.
Experience may be combined. 30 college credit hours from an accredited college or university may be substituted for 12 months of experience. All education and/or experience must be verifiable.
  • Age Limit
Applicants must be between the ages of 21 and 44. A person 45 years of age or older is not eligible for a beginning position as a police officer per Texas Local Government Code 143.023(c).
  • Physical Condition
After the completion of the entry level police civil service exam with a passing grade of 70 or above, applicants will be required to successfully complete the physical ability assessment in order to be placed on the eligibility list. The physical ability assessment consists of rowing 2000 meters on a Concept 2 Rower with a damper setting of 5. An applicant failing to pass the physical ability assessment shall be deemed unsuitable for employment and not proceed further in the selection process.

  • Typing Test
Applicants must pass the typing test (30 words per minute).
  • Citizenship
Applicants must be a citizen of the United States and be able to read, write and fluently speak English.
  • Driver's License
Applicants must possess a valid Texas driver's license and have no more than three moving violations or preventable accidents in the 36 months preceding the date of application; no reckless driving convictions in the preceding 60 months. Out of state applicants may apply, but must obtain a Texas driver's license upon employment with the City.
  • Character / Background
Applicants must pass a background investigation, including a polygraph examination and submitting fingerprints for a criminal record check. Applicants with felony convictions (and certain misdemeanors) will not be considered for employment. Applicants cannot be on probation for any offense and no applicant may be certified as eligible for appointment to the position of police officer whose drug usage does not comply with those standards set by the City of Cleburne Civil Service Commission.
  • Documentation
All applicants must provide the following documentation at time of application:

Copy of:
  • Driver’s license
  • High School Diploma or GED
and include a copy of the following (if you possess):
  • Proof of Texas Peace Officer Certification
  • Copy of college degree and/or college transcript

To receive veteran’s points, a copy of the DD214 (Member-4) Form showing honorable discharge with at least 180 consecutive days of duty service, must be submitted with the application.

  • Testing Day

Applicant must show proof of identity at test site by providing a valid driver’s license. Applicant will need to be prepared to stay all day. After the examination and a break, the physical ability assessment will be administered to the applicants passing the written examination. Bring suitable clothing and shoes for participation.

Additional Information

Annual Salary is $50,128 plus Life/Health/Dental Insurance, TMRS, paid vacation, sick time, and holidays.

Kind of Work

Cleburne police officers work in partnership with our citizens to promote safe streets and neighborhoods, create a community free from the fear of crime, and improve the overall quality of life. This is accomplished by enforcing state and municipal laws; investigating criminal offenses; providing community outreach; preparing and presenting criminal cases; assisting with accidents; responding to disturbance calls; and participating in specialized investigations. Other duties include performing minor vehicle and office maintenance; and interacting with other City employees and citizens.

Applicants must have a general capacity to perform tasks required of peace officers, including (but not limited to) capability of unassisted performance of physical agility tasks reflective of peace officer duties. These will include capacity to run, jump, turn, pivot, stoop, climb and execute similar movements; push, lift, remove, install and otherwise handle objects and persons weighing 50-200 pounds, and subdue resisting individuals by exercise of physical force so as to take into custody and transport them against their will.

Recruits who are not licensed as Texas peace officers will be required to complete the police academy. Upon successful completion, police recruits will be assigned to patrol for 17 weeks of field training.

Newly hired police officers will be assigned to patrol duties for a minimum of 2 years before being eligible for other assignments. Interested officers may wish to expand the range of experience by transferring into other fields available to them such as Detectives, Traffic Enforcement, Community Services, School Resource Officers, Tactical Team and others.