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Police Applicant FAQ

What is the hiring process?

  1. Civil Service examination
  2. Physical Performance Test
  3. Background investigation
    1. A background investigation consists of contacting each employer and co-worker, credit history, criminal history, personal references, drug usage, and education.
  4. Chief’s Interview
  5. Oral Review Board
    1. You are interviewed by four officers to determine your ability to perform tasks of a police officer.
  6. Polygraph & Psychological
  7. Medical Screening

Do you offer lateral transfers for certified officers?

Yes, please scroll down to read our Regulations Regarding Lateral Entry Hiring.

What is the DPD’s policy on visible tattoos and/or body art?

Tattoos, brands or other forms of body art on the neck, head, face and hands are prohibited.

Tattoos, brands or other forms of body art that are patently offensive may never be exposed while on duty, or in a manner that would bring discredit upon the department when off-duty. Patently offensive is defined the same as in Texas Penal Code, Sec. 43.21, “…so offensive on its face as to affront current community standards of decency.” Some images or language that is considered patently offensive includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Images of the naked human form, particularly displaying the genitalia of either sex, the anus, or female breasts;
  2. Iconography that due to historical events or current culture, is associated with discrimination, such as a swastika; and
  3. Words in any language falling within the definition of patently offensive

Where can I access the Personal History Statement packet?

You can access the Personal History Statement from the city website- http://www.duncanville.com/departments/police/recruitment/ click on the link titled Personal History Statement and download the form. You must bring the completed form with you on the test date to sit for the test.

Do I need to have the Personal History Statement completed prior to the test date?

Yes, you must bring the completed Personal History Statement with you to the test site. If you fail to bring the completed Personal History Statement with you to the test you will not be able to sit for the examination.

If you pass the civil service exam, we will collect the Personal History Statements. This is the document we use to start your background investigation.

The Personal History Statement requests several documents i.e. Copy of Birth Certificate, High School transcripts, college transcripts, what if I can not access some of the documents?

We understand it is sometimes a lengthy process to have high schools and colleges send official transcripts. In those cases, we ask that you communicate with us what you are missing and the reason. If you have unofficial copies, those will suffice until you can access the official copies.

What will happen if I omit important information or deceitful in the hiring process regarding my background history?

Honesty and integrity are important values found in law enforcement.  If you are omitting important information or deceptive at any point throughout the hiring process, you will be permanently disqualified.  All applicants must successfully complete a background investigation and polygraph to continue in the hiring process.

What do I need to wear for the civil service entrance exam?

We recommend you wear comfortable PT clothes. If the weather permits, we will be conducting the PT test immediately following the entrance exam.

What type of questions are on the civil service exam?

The exam tests general knowledge of reading, writing, spelling, and math.

How long is the civil service entrance exam?

The exam consists of 100 multiple choice questions, you have 2 hours and 30 minutes to complete the test.

Can I use a calculator while taking the test?

No.

After completing the civil service exam, will you provide me my grade?

No, we will only advise you if you passed or failed.

Do you offer any study sessions or a study guide?

Yes, we offer two free study sessions prior to the entrance exam. These study sessions will be scheduled in accordance with the upcoming test date. Once you complete an Interest Card online you will be added to the distribution list for the upcoming test. Once we have dates set for the tutoring session, we will communicate the dates and times with you through email. A study guide is also available at the following website http://www.bannonandassociates.com/testing.php

Do you have to pass a physical performance test?

Yes, please select the below link which will provide you details about our test.

http://www.duncanville.com/documents/duncanville-police-physical-performance-test/

What if I fail the physical performance test?

If you fail to meet the minimum standard on the test you will be disqualified for the position of police officer.  You may reapply immediately for the next scheduled test.

Which police academy will I attend if I am hired?

We currently send recruits to North Central Texas Council of Government (NCTCOG) police academy or the Dallas Sheriff’s Office police academy.

Are you ready to join us? APPLY NOW!

Required Document: Personal History Statement

You must bring the completed Personal History Statement to the test. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not have their completed Personal History Statement with them on test date

WE WANT YOU!

Please fill out and submit this “Interest Card” NO LATER than Friday, October 25th, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. to be considered for the Civil Service examination on November 2nd, 2019. Again don’t forget to bring your completed Personal History Statement with you when you take the examination or you will not be eligible to take the examination.   Thank you for your interest. *NOTE: You need to use the name as it appears on your state issued driver’s license.












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Qualifications

To qualify you must check YES on at least one of the check boxes below.

1. Have you completed 30 college classroom hours with a minimum passing grade of C?
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2. Do you hold a current TCOLE Peace Officer License?
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3. Do you have at least two years of active military service with honorable discharge?
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Salary & Benefits

New officer signing bonus: New officers with no experience will receive $2,500.00 bonus upon completion of field training.  New officers that hold a current TCOLE Peace Officer Certification will receive a $3,500.00 bonus upon completion of field training.

Annual Salary

  Start 1Yr 2Yr 3Yr 4Yr 5Yr 6Yr
Assistant Police Chief $119,913 $124,912 $129,911 $134,909      
Police Lieutenant $97,840 $101,619 $105,399 $109,178      
Police Sergeant $85,482 $87,357 $91,273 $94,166      
Police Officer $60,979 $63,442 $65,900 $68,360 $70,819 $73,278 $78,023
Click here to learn about the Police Department’s benefits, qualifications and salary range. 
For applicants with prior employment as a full-time law enforcement officer, credit for previous experience may apply.

Credited Previous Experience

Credited Previous Experience shall be defined as one year of credited experience for every full year actively employed as a full-time law enforcement officer in a municipality with a population of 30,000 or more, a county with a population of 125,000 or more or a state law enforcement agency, not to exceed five years of Credited Previous Experience. Credited Previous Experience shall also be defined as one year of credited experience for every two full years actively employed as a full-time law enforcement officer in a municipality with a population of less than 30,000 or a county with a population of less than 125,000, not to exceed five years of Credited Previous Experience. Credited Previous Experience shall also be defined as one year of credited experience for every two full years actively employed as a full-time law enforcement officer with any TCOLE certified organization other than a municipal police organization or a county sheriff’s office Police applicants with a minimum of one year full-time prior service as a police officer must possess a TCOLE license and/or have taken and passed the TCOLE state licensing exam to qualify for Credited Previous Experience and be placed in the current pay grade of the Duncanville Police Department compensation plan. Credited Previous Experience will not apply if more than three years have passed since the most recent qualifying employment. Population figures shall be based on current information from the UTSA Texas State Data Center or the latest United States census information if outside Texas.

Regulations Regarding Lateral Entry Hiring

DUNCANVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REGULATIONS

SUBJECT:  Lateral Entry Hiring SECTION:          3.16
EFFECTIVE DATE:  May 12, 2017

APPROVED:

Robert D. Brown, Jr.,            Chief of Police

AMENDS/SUPERSEDES:    Reg. 3.16
ISSUED:     February 28, 2008
  1. PURPOSE
    The purpose of this policy is to establish guidelines for making pay grade decisions for police applicants hired with prior service credit.
  2. GENERAL GUIDELINES
    1. Police applicants who possess a minimum of one (1) year full-time prior service as a Texas police officer and a TCOLE license will be placed in the current pay grade of the Duncanville Police Department compensation plan upon completion of any required training.
    2. Applicants with prior police field service at a Texas agency with 50 or more licensed peace officers will receive one (1) credit year for each full year of police service, not to exceed six (6) credit years.
    3. Applicants with prior police field service at a Texas agency with less than 50 licensed peace officers will receive one (1) credit year for each two (2) full years of police service, not to exceed six (6) credit years.
    4. The credited time will not count as time served in the Duncanville Police Department for any purpose(s) except determining the starting pay grade. For example, credited time will not count towards seniority, assignments, promotions, longevity, retirement or any other benefit.
    5. Prior service will be calculated in full years of service with an entity. Partial years of service with different entities will only be added if equal to one full year of service.
    6. Credited previous experience will not apply if more than three (3) years have passed since the most recent qualifying employment.
    7. Applicants who meet the above listed requirements and are given and accept an offer of employment will enter into the pay grade identified above once any required training has been completed. The officer will receive the next step increase on their first anniversary with the Duncanville Police Department.

Benefits

Paid vacation – 1-3 years
earn 6.66 hours a month
Paid vacation – 4-8 years
earn 10 hours a month
Paid vacation – 9 plus years
earn 13.32 hours a month
Paid holidays
Paid sick time
Earn 10 hours of sick leave a month
Paid Birthday Holiday
TMRS pension plan
Health insurance
Overtime pay
Longevity pay
Uniforms and equipment provided

If you have any additional questions, please email Recruiter.