CITY OF HALTOM CITY  5024 Broadway Ave. Haltom City, Texas 76117  817-222-7700

The Eligibility List for the September 12, 2020 Police Officer Entrance Exam and the Personal History Statement can be downloaded below in PDF format:


Starting Salary: $60,409 ($29.043 hourly)

Police Officer Civil Service Entrance Exam


Register Online

Next Test Date is TBD

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 minimum qualifications required to test for the position of Police Officer are:

  • 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 (3) or more hazardous traffic violations or three (3) accidents in the last thirty-six (36) months. (Does not include “Deferred Adjudication” or “Driver’s Safety Course”)
  • A general capacity to perform tasks required of peace officers, including (but not limited to) capability of unassisted (except be mechanical or stationary self-contained objects) performance of physical agility tasks reflective of peace officer duties. These will include capacity to run, jump, turn, pivot, stoop, climb, and execute similar movements; push, lift, and otherwise handle objects and persons weighing up to 180 pounds, and subdue resisting individuals by exercise of physical force so as to take into custody and transport them against their will. Such tasks shall be capable of being performed with reasonable accommodation, if necessary.
  • Has not been discharged from any military service under less than honorable conditions including, specifically;
    • under other than honorable condition
    • bad conduct;
    • dishonorable; or
    • any other characterization of service indicating bad character;
  • Be of good character and have a stable school/work/driving record


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 the video linked below:


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

Frequently Asked Questions

What tests will be done on the scheduled testing date?
We will administer the written entrance exam AND the physical fitness test on this date. The physical fitness test consists of a 2,000-meter row on a Concept 2 indoor row machine.
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 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, smart watches, 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.
How will COVID-19 impact testing?
  • Temperature checks will be required prior to entry.
  • Masks will be required while inside the building and will be available for those without one.
  • Social distancing will be enforced as much as possible.
  • Hand sanitizer, cleaning wipes, and access to bathrooms will be available.
  • The facility will be deep-cleaned prior to testing and all contact points will be thoroughly sanitized.
Do I need to bring the completed background packets to the test?
No. If you pass the test, you will be handed the background packet and given a deadline to return the completed packet.
When will the physical fitness test be held?
If you pass the written test, 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.
Parking is free. Please do not park on the streets or in the parking lots of surrounding businesses. An overflow lot will be available.

The City of Haltom City does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, genetic infor mation, veteran status or disability in employment or the provision of services.


5024 Broadway Ave.
Haltom City, Texas 76117