Police Officer Trainee

The Houston Police Department is hiring qualified police officer candidates for our upcoming academy classes. As the fifth largest agency in the nation and one of the most diverse, HPD sets the bar for professionalism, innovation and a progressive approach to community-based policing. Our 5,200 officers and 1,200 civilian employees are a dedicated, enthusiastic group of professionals who proudly serve over 2 million Houston residents.

Out-of-state applicants are encouraged to apply.

Salary Information:

  • Entry Level Salary: $42,000 annual
  • After one year: $49,917 annual
  • Second year: $55,041 annual
  • Third year: $56,419 annual

Officers receive a competitive salary with regular salary increases, city-subsidized insurance, 11 paid holidays with an additional 35-40 paid days off per year, tuition reimbursement, as well as retirement plans and a pension plan with early retirement options. With Houston’s low cost of living, salaries stretch even further than other large cities. No prior law enforcement experience or police officer license is required. Upon employment, you will attend our 6 month paid police academy and will receive specialized training from some of the finest officers in law enforcement

Job Requirements:

You must have at least one of the following three qualifications:

  • At least 48 semester hours of credit from an accredited college or university with at least a 2.0 grade point average; OR
  • A minimum of 18 months active duty in the United States armed forces and received an honorable discharge; OR
  • At least five years of full-time employment as a peace officer licensed by TCOLE or an equivalent licensing entity in another state.

Additionally, you:

  • Must be between the ages of 20 ½ - 44 years of age
  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must never have been convicted of or received community supervision for a Class A Misdemeanor or Felony.
  • Must not have been convicted of or received community supervision for a Class B Misdemeanor within the past 10 years.
  • Must pass a Physical Agility Test.
  • Must pass a reading comprehension test.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and driving record should reflect prudence and maturity.
  • Former military personnel must not have been convicted of any court-martial higher than a summary.
  • Must have a stable employment and credit history.