Become a Haltom City Police Officer
Online Exam Registration
A link to register online for the electronic testing is posted at the bottom of this page.
Next Testing Dates: To Be Determined
$70,154 ($33.74/hour) - increasing 7% effective Oct 1, 2023
- population: 50,000
- 12.4 Square Miles
- Located in north Tarrant County, 6 miles from downtown Fort Worth
- Served by Birdville and Keller ISDs
- United States citizen
- Must be 21 years of age
- Valid driver's license
- Has passed a general educational development (GED) test indicating high school graduation level or is a high school graduate
- Must not have committed a "Class A" misdemeanor or "Felony"
- No "Class B" misdemeanor convictions within last 10 years
- Not on court-ordered community supervision or probation for any criminal offense above the grade of class C misdemeanor
- No pending litigation, either criminal or civil
- Vision: No worse than 20 / 100 in either eye, correctable to 20 / 20 in both eyes
- No pending traffic citations or court cases
- Must not have been convicted of three or more hazardous traffic violations or three accidents in the last thirty-six (36) months. (Does not include "Deferred Adjudication" or "Driver's Safety Course")
- If military, must have Honorable Discharge. Veterans receive additional 5 points on Civil Service Exam
- Be of good character and have a stable school/work/driving record
- Physically able to perform duties
The Haltom City Police Department is a progressive agency and officers are afforded the opportunity to attend numerous courses to enhance their careers. In addition to outside courses, HCPD conducts in-service training throughout the year, ranging from Active Shooter to Use of Force.
Salary & Benefits
- Starting Salary: $70,154 (increasing 7% effective Oct 1, 2023)
- City pays 100% of insurance for Officer and 60% for family
- TMRS Retirement: 7% and matched 2:1
- Vested at 5 years, and retirement eligibility options include 20 years of service, or age 60 and 5 years of service.
- Multiple opportunities for over-time and off duty.
- Vacation: 3 weeks (120 hours) upon hire, 4 weeks after 9 years
- 16 hours Paid Personal Leave
- 15 City Holidays (120 Hours)
- Paid Sick Leave
- Tuition Reimbursement
- Longevity Pay
- Incentive Pay for Special Skills
- Shift Differential Pay
Training & Career Opportunities
After serving 2 years, an officer is eligible to apply to the following:
- SWAT / Sniper
- Crisis Negotiator
- Drug Task Force / Auto Theft Task Force
- Criminal Investigations
- Traffic Enforcement and DWI Enforcement
- Crime Scene
- Bike Patrol
- US Marshal Task Force
- Professional Standards / Internal Affairs
- Community Services
- School Resource Officer
NEW - Lateral Entry
We're looking for Certified applicants
- TCOLE certified officers with experience hired at equal HCPD Officer STEP grade up to step 6 ($79,373)
- Current STEP plan increased 7% after Oct 1, 2023
Lateral Program Eligibility
- At least two (2) years of continuous service as a full-time, paid peace officer with a municipality, sheriff’s office, or department of public safety within the last six (6) months prior to application.
- Multiple agency service time counts if there were no breaks in service between agencies and both agencies meet the lateral pay criteria.
- In cases where there is a break in service, only the most recent agency time will be considered.
- College campus officers, and officers from less populated areas will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
- Time spent in field training and basic police academy is not considered experience when calculating years of service for the lateral program.
- Officers eligible for lateral pay will be notified in the hiring process and their police officer step grade.
Texas Certified Officers with Experience
- Hired at Police Officer STEP grade in accordance with years of service up to step 6
- Certification and incentive pay
Out of State Police Officers with Experience
- Hired at step 1
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Physical Readiness Test
A physical readiness test will be conducted on the same day and at the same location as the written exam. The physical readiness test will begin immediately following the written test for applicants who pass the written exam.
The physical readiness test consists of rowing 2000 meters on a Concept2 Rower. Testing requirements will be age, gender, and weight adjusted.
See a demonstration of the technique in this video:
All Police Officer applicants are required to pass the Department's physical readiness test to continue in the application process.
- Is there a study guide?
No, there is no official study guide. The test will cover general knowledge topics including, but not limited to: grammar, math, and reading comprehension. The test is not specific to Haltom City and does not require knowledge of police procedures or penal codes.
There are multiple free and paid Civil Service study guides available online and at bookstores; however, none are endorsed by the Haltom City Police Department.
- Do I need to bring anything to take the test?
You will need to bring a valid government identification card, such as a driver's license or Armed Forces ID card. You will need to either wear or bring comfortable workout clothing for the physical fitness test. Water, a small towel, and a light snack are highly recommended. Water fountains and changing areas will be available for those who wish to utilize them.
- You will need to bring a valid government identification card, such as a driver's license or Armed Forces ID card.
- Wear or bring comfortable workout clothing for the physical fitness test.
- Water, a small towel, and a light snack are highly recommended.
- Water fountains and changing areas will be available for those who wish to utilize them.
No cellular phones, smartwatches, or other electronic devices will be allowed to be used during testing. Please leave any weapons in a secure location prior to entering the building.
- Do I need to bring the completed background packets to the test?
A completed Personal History Statement (PHS), will be required. This will be completed digitally through our partner at Guardian Alliance.
Information on how to complete the PHS will be sent to you shortly.
- When will the physical fitness test be held?
If you score 70 or above, you will be escorted to another area to begin the row test. While you may change prior to this, it is recommended you come dressed to conduct the physical assessment. The rowing test is designed to determine the overall fitness level of an applicant. All applicants must pass the physical fitness test on the Concept2 Rower at the percentile calculated by the Texas Department of Public Safety that relates to the most current data set obtained from the Haltom City Police Department. The applicant's target time will be set according to their age, weight, and gender on the day of the exam.
Applicants not passing the entrance physical test on the Concept2 Rower will not be allowed to continue through the hiring process and may reapply during the next scheduled examination.
The Department's physical ability test consists of rowing 2000 meters on a Concept2 Rower with the damper set at level "5". Applicants cannot put their feet on the ground until they are finished.
The City of Haltom City does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetics, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression/reassignment, pregnancy or maternity, or veteran status in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.
An Equal Opportunity Employer