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Lateral Transfer Program

The Arlington Police Department is currently accepting applications for the Lateral Transfer Academy to begin April 23, 2018.

About the Lateral Transfer Academy

Applicants are eligible if they meet the following minimum requirements:

    • Must possess a 4-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
    • Currently employed full-time as a paid Texas Police Officer with a minimum of two years patrol experience handling a full array of police work.
    • While thresholds for minimum sized departments and/or cities are not included, consideration will be given to those who more closely reflect the size of our department and/or Applicants must be employed by a municipality, Sheriff’s office or the Department of Public Safety.


Lateral Police officer applicants will be required to successfully pass each of the four hiring phases.  They consist of:

    • Phase 1 – Preliminary interview and physical agility test.
    • Phase 2 – Polygraph, medical and psychological examination.
    • Phase 3 – Background investigation.
    • Phase 4 – Final board interview.


Lateral police officer applicants starting salary will be based on his or her continuous years of police service at their current department.

    • 2 years – $68,344/year
    • 3 years – $71,771/year
    • 4 years – $75,363/year
    • 5 years – $79,105/year
    • 15 years – $81,085/year
    • 20 years – $83,114/year

Additional Pay

$110 per Month Education Pay / $50 per Month – Detective Pay / $50 per Month – Bilingual Pay / 5% Field Training Officer / 6% Shift Differential / $300 Clothing Allowance

After 5 years of continuous service, officers are eligible for Stability Index Pay which is paid at the rate of $112.33 x years.  Officers will also receive Longevity Pay of $4 per month each year of service.


Health Insurance

We provide a self-insured Health Plan and currently use United Health Care as our administrator. Employees can choose from different plans, including a high deductible health plan eligible to be matched with a Health Savings Account that allows the use of pretax dollars for related expenses. Funds in a Health Savings Account roll over from year to year, and can be used during retirement to pay for medical related expenses and some premiums (IRS Publication 969). All employee premiums for health insurance are deducted from employees payroll checks on a pretax basis.

Savings Programs

The City of Arlington offers employee the unique opportunity to defer income by participating in a 401k Savings Program, and earn a matching contribution from the City (your contribution is matched by the City at 50% of the first 6% of your base salary). In addition, the City offers employees the opportunity to defer income in a 457 Plan or a Roth Plan. All plans are currently administered by ICMA-RC, and offer a full range of investment options.


The City of Arlington offers a retirement plan through the Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS). TMRS is a hybrid plan with a 2x employer match that offers a lifetime annuity after vesting and guaranteed return. Employees are required to contribute 7% of their income on a pretax basis. Additional term life insurance is provided through TMRS at 1X salary while an employee, and then a fixed term life insurance benefit of $7,500 after retirement.

Educational Assistance

Full-time employees who have completed probation can seek reimbursement for courses that are related to their present position or a possible promotional position. The City of Arlington will reimburse up to a maximum of $2500 per employee, per calendar year for undergraduate courses and $4000 for pursuing higher level degree programs. Employees will be reimbursed for college tuition, applicable professional certification, licensing and testing preparation fees that are not a condition of employment, and are not paid through the City’s travel and training budget.

Employee Assistance Plan (EAP)

The City provides limited free counseling services to our employees through a 24-hour hotline and referral service.

Flexible Spending/Dependent Care

Employees have the option of utilizing spending accounts permitted under the IRS code to pay for various medical, dental, vision or dependent care costs on a pre-tax basis.

Life Insurance

Employees are provided with Term Life Insurance equal to 2 times salary fully paid by the City.

Long Term Disability Insurance

Employees are provided with Long Term Disability Insurance fully paid by the City. The plan provides replacement income at a rate of 60% of base salary in the event of a disability that extends beyond 120 days.

Voluntary Insurance Plans

The City sponsors several voluntary plans for our employees including Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Short Term Disability Insurance, Term Life Insurance with Accidental Death and Dismemberment, Spouse Life Insurance, Dependent Life Insurance, Critical Illness and Medical Gap Income coverage. Plans are offered at group rates which are often lower than through private purchase. Employees electing voluntary coverage make their payments through the convenience of payroll deduction.