Education/Experience

  • Applicants shall have at least a Bachelor’s degree with at least a 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) from a college or university accredited by the United States Department of Education or Council for Higher Education by the time of their hire date with the Police Department,

    OR

    Be eligible for certification from TCOLE (Texas Commission on Law Enforcement). (Please refer to Texas Administrative Code Title 37 Chapter 217.1 for clarification.) AND
    • possess at least thirty (30) college semester hours and at least two (2) years of experience as a regular full-time peace officer with arrest powers for a city, county, state or federal law enforcement agency during the period immediately preceding the submission date of their application;
      or
    • possess at least thirty (30) college semester hours and at least two (2) years of active duty military experience in accordance with the definition of Military Service Credit listed in Section 2.1 (e)
      or
    • possess at least thirty (30) college semester hours and at least two (2) years of experience in a Grand Prairie Police Department non-civil service position
      or
    • possess at least thirty (30) college semester hours and any combination of experience totaling at least two (2) years in a Grand Prairie Police Department non-civil service position, or regular full-time peace officer position with arrest powers for a city, county, state or federal law enforcement agency, or active duty military experience in accordance with the definition of Military Service Credit listed in Section 2.1 (e).

Age Limit

  • Must be between the ages of 21 and 44. A person 45 years of age or older is not eligible for a beginning position as a police officer.

Physical Condition

Must meet the following physical fitness standards:

  • 1.5-mile run in 15:20
  • 300-meter run within 70 seconds
  • 20 push-ups within 90 seconds
  • 30 sit-ups within 90 seconds

Citizenship

  • Must be U.S. Citizen.

Driver’s License

  • Applicants for the position of police officer whose Department of Public Safety motor vehicle records reflect more than two (2) moving traffic violations and/or at-fault accidents within twenty-four (24) months preceding the date of application.

Character/Background

  • Applicants will undergo a background investigation.
  • Applicants shall not be considered for employment while charges are pending for any criminal offense, other than Class C traffic offenses;
  • applicants cannot be on probation for any offense on the date of the civil service test;
  • no DWI/DUI convictions within the last 120 months/10 years;
  • and no applicant may be certified as eligible for appointment to the position of police officer whose drug usage does not comply with those standards set by the City of Grand Prairie Civil Service Commission.

Documentation

  • All applicants must provide the following documentation at time of application:
    • Birth Certificate (original or certified copy);
    • Form DD-214 - Applicants with military service will have 5 points added to their passing raw test score provided they submit a DD-214 reflecting an honorable discharge.
  • Applicants have 10 days after the Civil Service Exam to complete the background packet (Personal History Statement).

Refer to the Lateral Entry Program web page for qualifications for lateral recruits.