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In order to qualify for the position of Police Officer, all applicants SHALL:

  1. Be at least 20 1/2 years of age (20 years, plus 182 days); and not have reached 45 years of age on the day of the entrance examination.


  2. Possess a high school diploma or a G.E.D. certificate.


  3. Be a United States Citizen.


  4. Possess a valid driver's license not in jeopardy of suspension. No driver's license suspension within the last 2 years. No more than 2 moving violation convictions within the last 12 months and no more than 5 moving violation convictions within the last 24 months. Be covered by a current motor vehicle liability insurance policy. A valid Texas driver's license will be required at the time of appointment.


  5. Not have been convicted of a "Class B" misdemeanor or its equivalent within the last one hundred twenty (120) months.


  6. Not have been convicted of a "Class A" misdemeanor or any felony.


  7. Not be on probation for a criminal offense above the grade of "Class C" misdemeanor.


  8. Not be under indictment for a felony, Class A misdemeanor or Class B misdemeanor offense.


  9. Never executed, at anytime, a confession to a felony offense, if that confession is admissible as evidence in any criminal proceeding in any state or federal court.


  10. All applicants shall be fingerprinted and subjected to a search of records and fingerprint files to disclose any criminal record.


  11. Not have had a license by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement and Education denied by final order or revoked, or have a voluntary surrender of license in effect.


  12. Have been discharged from any and all military service under honorable conditions.


  13. Be of good moral character as confirmed by a thorough, comprehensive background investigation.


  14. Be in good credit standing after having a complete credit report evaluation with financial data being provided by applicable credit agencies.


  15. Business necessity requires that past drug usage may be grounds for rejection for employment. This information will be verified and evaluated on an individual basis. An employer, such as a law enforcement agency, may impose a qualification standard that excludes individuals with a history of illegal use of drugs (Federal Register Vol. 56, No. 144 Section 1630.3).


  16. Possess uncorrected visual acuity of 20/100 or better in each eye with both eyes correctable, with eye-glasses, to at least 20/20 binocular vision, or 20/200 or better vision correctable to at least 20/20 binocular vision with contact lenses; and the ability to distinguish between the basic color groups.