Become a Haltom City Police Officer

Online Exam Registration

Those without internet access may call Detective Spillane at 817-222-7029 to register. Questions can  also be directed by email to

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

Haltom City

  • population: 50,000
  • 12.4 Square Miles
  • Located in north Tarrant County, 6 miles from downtown Fort Worth
  • Served by Birdville and Keller ISDs

Minimum Requirements

  • 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

See All Employee Benefits

Training & Career Opportunities

After serving 2 years, an officer is eligible to apply to the following:

  • SWAT / Sniper
  • Crisis Negotiator
  • K9
  • 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

Public Safety Step Pay Plan

RANK step 1 step 2 step 3 step 4 step 5 step 6 step 7
Officer $70,154 $71,908 $73,705 $75,548 $77,437 $79,373 $85,476
Corporal $92,048 $94,349 $96,708 $99,126      
Sergeant $101,604 $101,604 $106,747        
Captain $117,829 $120,775          

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:

Rowing Demonstration

All Police Officer applicants are required to pass the Department's physical readiness test to continue in the application process.

Online Exam Registration

On-site electronic testing will be conducted between September 16 - October 6, 2023.

Those without internet access may call Detective Spillane at 817-222-7029 to register. Questions should also be directed to Detective Spillane by phone or email

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