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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Applications must be submitted by 4 p.m., Friday, January 25, 2019. (Note: applications will not be accepted after this deadline.) Once you submit a City of Waco application you will receive a confirmation email with the background packet documents attached.

Background packets are due in at the Waco Police Departments Personnel office no later than 4:00 pm, Thursday, February 7, 2019. Background packets will not be accepted after this deadline. Please submit your completed background packet as soon as you can.

Testing will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday, February 9, 2019 at the McLennan Community College Emergency Services Education Center, 7601 Steinbeck Bend Road.  There are no other test dates scheduled at this time after February 2019.  Any future test dates will depend on vacancies.  If you have not already done so, please visit our website (see below) to learn more about our Requirements, Disqualifier, Selection Process and the great benefits the Waco Police Department has to offer. If you have already submitted an application before this posting, please complete and submit a new application.  Applications can be submitted via email. 

More about the position

The tentative start date with the City of Waco will be June 24, 2019. The police academy will begin Monday, July 8, 2019. 

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 make about three trips to Waco over the three - four month processing time. 

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.

The Application Process


After completion and return of the application, you are required to keep the Personnel Unit informed of any changes (address, phone numbers, etc.). Note: failure to do so could result in your disqualification.

The Waco Police Department accepts no responsibility for lost, delayed or misdirected mail. All applications must be returned directly to the Personnel office, or can be emailed to Police-Personnel@wacotx.gov.

The personnel office is located at the Waco Police Headquarters, 3115 Pine Avenue in Waco.

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'.

Helpful Information

Salary & Benefits

Requirements & Disqualifiers

Study Guide

Physical Study Guide

Selection Process

Fitness Test Information

Academy Training

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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
or call (254) 750-7510 or 1-800-299-JOBS (5627)

Monday through Friday 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

E-mail us here

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


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