Entrance Exam

Plano Police Officers are hired from an eligibility roster consisting of the names of individuals who have successfully passed a Police Recruit Civil Service Entrance Examination. Our next Civil Service Entrance Examination will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 6, 2021. The exam will be held at the Plano Event Center, 2000 East Spring Creek Parkway, Plano, TX 75074. 

To be eligible to take the exam:

Should you require any special accommodations for testing, you must contact the Civil Service Test Administrator at (972) 941-5300 as soon as possible to discuss the specific situation and make appropriate arrangements prior to the exam.

Eligible Applicants

The Plano Police Department hires officers from an eligibility list established by individuals who successfully complete the City of Plano Civil Service written test. This list is valid for 6 months or until it is exhausted.

After successful completion of the Civil Service test, applicants are processed in the following manner:

  • Physical Fitness Test
  • Interview with a Background Investigator
  • Polygraph examination
  • Thorough Background investigation
  • Oral Review Board
  • Conditional Job Offer
  • Psychological Evaluation
  • Medical Examination
  • Final Review by the Chief of Police

Plano Police Investigators assigned to the Professional Standards Unit have been specially trained to conduct the background check of applicants. After an applicant has been assigned to a background investigator, the remaining steps of the application process may take as long as one (1) month to complete.

Peace Officers

Police recruits who are not licensed peace officers in the State of Texas are required to complete 32 weeks of basic training program at Plano/Richardson Police Academy.  After completing the academy and successfully passing the Basic Peace Officer Certification examination,  Plano recruits will be assigned to complete an 18-week field training phase.

For employment opportunities within the Plano Police Department contact the City of Plano's Career Information Line Toll Free (866) 485-7777 or the City's Human Resources Department at (972) 941-7000.

We are an equal opportunity employer and an advocate of workplace diversity.