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About Our Department
Police Officer Application and Testing
Click here to apply online for our next Entry Level Police Civil Service Exam on February 3, 2018.
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
- Applicants must be eligible for licensing by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE). Please refer to Texas Administrative Code Title 37 Chapter 217.1 for clarification.
- Applicants must meet all eligibility requirements of Texas Local Government Code Chapter 143 and standards set by the City of Cleburne Civil Service Commission.
- 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
The Cleburne Police Department physical readiness assessment will consist solely of a rowing test on a Concept2 Rower. All applicants must pass this assessment in order to proceed with the hiring process. Applicants who do not meet the minimum standard will be disqualified and not allowed to continue with the hiring process. (They will be allowed to participate in future testing cycles.) The physical readiness assessment will be conducted at a different date and time from the written examination. The background investigator will provide applicants with additional information concerning the date/time for the physical readiness assessment.
The minimum standards for all applicants is completing a 2000 meter row at the 25th percentile or above according to their age, gender and weight. The damper setting must be set to 5 for the test.
This assessment is challenging and preparation is important. 2000 meters equals approximately 1.25 miles. The assessment requires continuous effort and stopping will result in disqualification.
Applicants should view the video found at the link below for a tutorial on proper use of the rower. Applicants are encouraged to prepare for the assessment by training on a Concept2 rower. Concept2 rowers are available at many area fitness and recreation centers.
- Typing Test
Applicants must pass the typing test (30 words per minute).
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.
All applicants must provide the following documentation at time of application:
and include a copy of the following (if you possess):
- Driver’s license
- High School Diploma or GED
- 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.
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 test will be administered to the applicants passing the written examination. Bring suitable clothing and shoes for participation in the physical test.Additional Information
Annual Salary is $50,128 plus Life/Health/Dental Insurance, TMRS, paid vacation, sick time, and holidays.
- TCOLE Licensing
- Benefit Information
- Civil Service Rules
- Police Reserves
- City Marshal
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.