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Academy & Recruiting :: Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Requirements

  • Must be a citizen of the United States, 21 years of age or older
  • Must have a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution of post-secondary education as certified through a commission on higher education of a regional educational agency for colleges and universities recognized by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement
  • No felony or class A misdemeanor convictions; including deferred adjudications
  • No misdemeanor convictions, including deferred adjudications, above the grade of class C within the past 10 years
  • Not on court-ordered community supervision or probation for any criminal offense above the grade of class C misdemeanor
  • No pending litigation-criminal or civil (including divorce)
  • No family members working for APD
  • Be of good character and have a stable school, work and driving record
  • No DWI convictions within the past 10 years
  • Must read, write and speak the English language
  • Must possess 20/20 vision, either corrected or uncorrected in each eye. Uncorrected vision cannot exceed 20/100 in each eye unless vision is corrected by the use of contact lenses which must be worn on duty and/or during all enforcement related activities. Must be free of dichromatic color blindness, night blindness, and any other visual deficiencies or limitations
  • Must possess hearing with less than a 30-decibel loss, either corrected or uncorrected in each ear. Uncorrected hearing cannot exceed a 60-decibel loss in each ear
  • Officers must conceal any tattoos, body art or branding by use of the authorized uniform or city-authorized clothing
  • Applicants must be able to pass a physical exam as determined by a physician.

Physical Requirements

Applicants who successfully complete their preliminary interview are also required to successfully complete a physical agility test. This pass/fail test is the same for all applicants, without regard to age or gender. Applicants must complete the test before continuing our hiring process.

Health and Safety Warning!

We strongly recommend that anyone with a physical limitation or medical condition who is considering participation in the physical agility test contact their own physician prior to taking the test, and withdraw from the hiring process if further participation could be dangerous to the participant’s health.

About the Test

The physical agility test is made up of five events. Each event must be successfully completed to pass the test.

Applicants are offered three chances to complete each event. Applicants who do not pass the test will not be allowed to continue into the next phase of our hiring process. Applicants who do not pass the test will be allowed to take two re-tests.