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Thank you for your interest in Hurst PD! The following offers the general steps for becoming a Hurst Police Officer:

Step One:             

Apply for the position of Police Officer, and pre-register to take the entry-level Police Officer examination and physical assessment.

APPLICATION INFORMATION

Apply online, and pre-register for an upcoming exam, by going to www.hursttx.gov/openpositions. Click on the posting for Police Officer.
*This application process also serves as pre-registration for the entry-level examination.*

EXAM INFORMATION

Screening for the position of Police Officer requires a written examination. These exams are held in Hurst, and an eligibility list of candidates will be created with each candidate receiving a rank based on the scores achieved on the written examination. Candidates will be considered in the order by which they are ranked on the list. The eligibility list will remain active for twelve months following the examination date. Hurst PD will then use the eligibility list to consider candidates in order of the rank achieved.  Subscribe here, and we will notify you when exam dates are scheduled. Study guides for the exam are available from IPMA-HR and can be ordered by going to www.publicsafetycompass.com/study. View the pdf info sheet on the IPMA-HR Study Guide. Be sure to order the study guide early!

PHYSICAL ASSESSMENT

The City of Hurst uses the “Concept2 Rower” for the physical assessment.

Candidates must complete a 2000 meter row in the maximum target time as calculated on the rowing matrix. Click the link to open a spreadsheet for the rowing matrix calculator. Candidates should enter their gender, age, and weight for their maximum time to be calculated.

The test is designed to determine your overall fitness level specifically for the position of Police Officer. The test parameters are set based on gender, age and weight of the applicant:

Rowing matrix

Learn about the Concept2 Rower by visiting http://www.concept2.com/indoor-rowers/training/technique-videos. The damper setting on the rower will be set at “5” at the time of the physical assessment. Many local gyms, recreation centers, and fitness facilities use the Concept2Rower, and it is highly recommended applicants take the opportunity to prepare for the physical assessment.

Step Two:           

Print and complete a Personal History Statement for Sworn Positions, including all documents requested. The Personal History Statement can be accessed by clicking on the link below and downloading a copy.

Personal History Statement – For Sworn Positions

Step Three

Candidates who pass the written examination and physical assessment, and those that provide a completed Personal History Statement, will continue with the screening process including an in-person interview. If you live more than 200 miles from the City of Hurst, you will have an opportunity to interview the day of the written examination. Details will be provided in the Exam Notice.

The Qualifications and Disqualifications

Minimum Qualifications for Police Officers:

  • United States Citizen
  • At least age 21 at the time of testing
  • High school diploma or GED and completion of 60 hours from an accredited school, college or university with a grade point average of 2.0 or better. Hours must be completed by appointment and accreditation must be from an entity recognized by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and New England Association of Schools and Colleges).
  • Vision correctable to 20/20 - no color blindness
  • Normal hearing
  • Must be licensable by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement
  • Good moral character
  • Stable employment history
  • Valid Texas Driver's License (or able to obtain one)
  • Pass:
  1. Physical assessment test
  2. Written examination
  3. Psychological examination
  4. Medical examination with drug screen
  5. Background investigation
  6. Oral interview
  7. Polygraph test
  8. Typing test

Disqualifications from the Hurst screening process for Police Officers:

  • Must not be under indictment for any criminal offense
  • Must never have been convicted of a family violence offense of any grade
  • Must not have been on court ordered community supervision or probation for any criminal offense of the grade of Class B misdemeanor or above (or equivalent), within the last 10 years. This includes deferred adjudication
  • Must not be prohibited by state or federal law from possessing a firearm or ammunition
  • Must not be wanted by an Law Enforcement Agency at the time of application
  • Must have never had a license issued by any state law enforcement regulatory commission denied by final order, revoked, voluntarily surre4ndered or suspended
  • Must not have been discharged from serving in the military with anything other than an “Honorable Discharge.”
  • Must not have been dismissed, or resigned while under investigation, from the public service for inefficiency, delinquency, or misconduct
  • Must not have admitted to the commission of, or ever been convicted of a felony or of anycrime involving moral turpitude
  • No illegal drug usage 24 months prior to testing, show no trace of drug dependency after a physical examination, blood test, or other medical test. Any illegal drug usage beyond 24 months will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • Must have a driving record that reflects no more than three moving violations or preventable accidents, or any combinations in the last 36 months. Beyond 36 months will be considered on case-by-case basis.
  • Must not have a visible tattoo while wearing a short-sleeve uniform shirt. (By policy, it will not suffice to cover tattoos with bandages, cloth, etc.)

Texas law called Civil Service governs processes and procedures for hiring City of Hurst Police Officers. Civil Service regulations are found in the Texas Local Government Code Chapters 143. The Hurst Civil Service Commission establishes local rules, specific to the City of Hurst, that also offer guidance for hiring processes and procedures. These local rules can be viewed by clicking here, City of Hurst Civil Service Rules and Regulations.

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