Below are frequently asked questions (FAQ) regarding the Waco Police Department’s recruitment process. If your question is not answered here, please visit our website or contact our Personnel Unit for more information.
A: Must be 21 years of age by academy start date and not have reached your 45th birthday by entrance exam date.
A: You do not have to pay a fee if you are selected to attend the Police Academy. You will receive a salary while attending the academy and receive benefits as a City of Waco employee.
A: No, the academy is not a live-in academy. You will attend the academy primarily Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (specialized training may be done at night and on weekends).
A: We do not have a lateral transfer program in our department. Everyone hired must successful complete the same selection process. However, if you are selected for employment and have a permanent and current TCOLE peace officer’s license, you may be qualified for the modified (fast track) academy.
A: The selection process can take up to five months after the civil service entrance exam date. The eligibility list from which we hire from is good for six months.
A: No, all applicants must have completed at least 15 hours of college credit at an accredited institution of higher education with at least a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale; or an honorable discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces after at least 24 months of continuous active duty service; or 24 months continuous experience as a paid, full-time police officer.
A: Yes. The Waco Police Department does provide a Study Guide for the Civil Service Exam. It is available on our website or you can obtain a copy from the Waco Police Department Personnel Unit at no cost.
A: It depends, but no more than three trips to Waco over the three to five month processing time. We may be able to do everything in two trips but there is no guarantee (there are other factors that must be considered). We have been able to do everything in two trips in the recent past and we are confident that we can continue to do so.
A: The most common reasons for disqualification, aside from the written exam and physical fitness assessment tests, are drug use /experimentation, driving history and being deceptive by statement or omission.
A: No, to be licensed as a peace officer in the state of Texas, you must have never received a dishonorable or other discharge based on misconduct which bars future military service.
A: Yes, you can apply. It is not an automatic disqualifier.
A. Honesty and integrity are important values required for Waco Police Officers. If you are found omitting important information or being deceptive you may be disqualified from the hiring process. You must successfully complete a background investigation, which include submitting to a Polygraph in order to continue in the hiring process.
A: This will depend on the time of the last usage of marijuana or drugs/narcotics. Information regarding a person’s background is handled on a case by case basis. Some drugs/narcotics use/experimentation will be an automatic disqualifier. Contact a recruiter for more information.
A: No waivers are allowed at any time.
A: The number of recruits hired will depend on the number of positions to be filled.
A: The Waco Police Department does not have its own Basic Peace Officer academy. All recruits are assigned to attend the McLennan Community College Law Enforcement Academy (MCCLEA). The number of academies held each year is established by the McLennan Community College. Waco PD does not have recruits in every class. It depends on the vacancies we have.
A: At this time we are authorized at full strength of 247 police officers.
A: Waco Police Officers do not have residency requirements.
A: Yes, tattoos, brands or scarifications anywhere on the body that are extremist, indecent, or racist are prohibited. Tattoos, brands or scarifications of initials, acronyms or numbers that represent criminal or historically oppressive organizations are prohibited. Any tattoos, brands or scarifications on the face, head or neck above the shirt collar is prohibited. Any tattoos, brands or scarifications on the hands or fingers that detract from a professional appearance must be covered by cosmetics, clothing, or be removed. Only small innocuous tattoos, brands or scarifications that do not detract from a professional appearance are allowed. Please contact a recruiter for more information, if needed.
A: We will need a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 copy – long form), if applicable, with your Preliminary application. The rest of the documents will need to be turned in with your Personal History Statement packet.
A: A copy of the military discharge(s) (DD-214) (if applicable) is required as file documentation to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) that you meet the minimum standards for initial licensure. An individual must have never received a dishonorable or other discharge based on misconduct barring future military service
A: No, they must be the original or a certified copy. However, if you bring the originals to the Personnel/Recruiting office we will make certified copies and return your originals.
A: Yes, the “Ride and Observe Program” is highly encouraged as part of the selection process. Please contact the Personnel Office for more information.
A: Contact the Personnel Office or the Background Investigator, if one has already been assigned to you.
A: Upon graduation from the Basic Peace Officer Certification Program at the McLennan Community College Law Enforcement Academy (MCCLEA), the new Waco Police Department probationary officers receive an additional six weeks of in-house training at the Waco Police Academy. Following the inhouse training program, the new probationary officers enter the Field Training Program for 12 weeks to receive one-on-one training. After successfully completing the Field Training Program, probationary officers are assigned to a shift in the Community Services - Patrol Division. Probationary officers lose their probationary status after one year of employment as a commissioned officer.