Our mission is to provide police services to the Waco community with integrity, professionalism, accountability and respect, to preserve life and property, to enforce the law within the framework of the Constitution, to work in partnership with the community, and to be good stewards of the public’s trust and resources.

If you want to make a difference by being involved in your community, performing a valuable service and adding to the quality of life, then the Waco Police Department is the place for you.

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Applicants who have a permanent and current TCOLE peace officer’s license may qualify for a modified Academy.  We do not offer a lateral transfer program. If you are already certified as a Texas Peace Officer you would still have to go through our selection process. We do offer a fast track program where depending on your years of continuous service and the size of the city you worked for, you could start at a two or five year officers' pay, pending the Chief's decision as to how many months in the academy you would need to attend. You would also have to wait until after your one year probationary period to receive any additional certification/education pay.

If you decide to apply as an Out-of-State Applicant - you will need to arrange to be in Waco to complete steps in the process starting the morning before the civil service exam.  Upon successfully completing each component, the hiring process will continue through the following Tuesday.  You will need to make plans to stay in Waco for those 5 days in order to avoid making multiple trips to complete the process.” If you are licensed in another state as a certified peace officer, you may opt to take the State of Texas peace officer exam through TCOLE (our state licensing agency). If successful in passing the exam it will allow for an applicant to enter into the *fast track program. Please visit the TCOLE website“ tcole.texas.gov “ for information on the process for out-of-state peace officers. Since this process can be lengthy, we suggest that you start immediately.

 We look forward to receiving your application. If you are not capable of printing the application from the website and/or would rather have an application packet mailed to you, please let us know.

Please call or email if you have further questions.

Question & Answer Sessions Available

The Waco Police Department is sponsoring short, informative Preparation Courses for New Police Recruit Applicants. Meetings will be held Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Waco Police Headquarters, 3115 Pine Avenue. To reserve a seat call (254) 750-7510. Walk-ins subject to availability.

The Application Process

Any one who does not have a preliminary application on file in the Waco Police Department Personnel Office will not be allowed to take the Civil Service Entrance Exam.

The study booklet will be made available to applicants who have a Preliminary Application on file. The booklet includes examples of material covered on the Civil Service Entrance Exam and is designed to assist you in preparing for the examination. Study booklets can also be downloaded in a printable .pdf format.

All applicants who score 70% or higher will be ranked on an Eligibility List based on their score. Tied scores will be ranked according to Civil Service Rules. All other phases of the selection process are either 'pass' or 'fail'.

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To contact us about career opportunities in law enforcement:

Waco Police Department, Personnel & Recruiting Unit
3115 Pine Avenue, Waco, Texas 76708
(254) 750-7510 or 1-800-299-JOBS (5627)
Monday through Friday 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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Recruiters / Background Investigators: Investigator B. Torres (254) 750-7524


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