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Benefits, Salary, & Requirements

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 Academy Information

Applications must be submitted online at (When making applications online be sure you submit the application for the job title of police officer/recruit)

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 Amarillo Police Officer applicants must be a U.S. citizen of good character with no Felony or Class A convictions, probation or deferred adjudication; no Class B convictions, probation or deferred adjudication in the past 10 years; no family violence conviction; ability to possess a valid Texas drivers license with a good driving record; an applicant must be at least 21 years of age and no older than 44 years of age on the first day of the academy; must be able to read, write and speak the English language at a high school graduate level; must have normal hearing and be able to follow written and verbal instructions; must be able to work under stressful conditions and occasionally work overtime. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED. If an applicant possesses a GED the applicant must also possess 12 hours from an accredited college with a minimum of a 2.0 grade point average. Applicants must provide copies of drivers license, social security card, birth certificate, high school diploma, GED and college transcript (if applicable) and DD-214 Member 4 form (if applicable). If you have military service you may receive 5 points preference on the Civil Service Entrance Exam.

Sworn Employment Benefits/Salaries

Recruit Yearly $52,596
1 Year Officer $55,752
2 Year Officer $59,100
3 Year Officer $62,640
4 Year Officer $67,968

Advancement/Education Pay

We require you spend 2 years in each rank. After those 2 years you are eligible to test and promote to the next higher rank: Corporal, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain.

Entry Level Pay

Corporal $70,572
Sergeant $78,240
Lieutenant $88,704
Captain $100,200

Certificate Pay

Intermediate Peace Officer $600/year
Advanced Peace Officer $900/year
Master Peace Officer $1200/year

Education Pay

Education Level
College Hours $420/year
Associate’s Degree $900/year
Bachelor’s Degree $1500/year
Masters Degree $1800/year

The city pays an additional $50 per month shift: differential pay, FTO pay, and bilingual pay.

Additional Information


Physical Readiness Test

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  • Citizen of the United States
  • Possess a valid Texas Driver’s License upon employment
  • Age 21 and not older than 44 years of age on first day of police academy
  • Must have uncorrected vision of at least 20/200, correctable to 20/20 in both eyes (eyesight between 20/100 and 20/200 must have a letter from their doctor stating eyesight is in static condition); must pass a written entrance exam and physical readiness test.
  • High School Graduate or GED and 12 hours of college with a GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • All military veterans must have an HONORABLE DISCHARGE documented by a DD-214 (Member 4 page must be included)

Steps in the Hiring Process

  • Initial Application
  • Written Examination
  • Physical Readiness Test
  • Background Investigation
  • Polygraph Examination
  • Interview Board
  • Chief’s Interview
  • Medical Examination
  • Psychological Examination
  • Recruiting 3


Automatic Disqualifiers

  • Felony or Class A conviction, probation, deferred adjudication or community supervision;
  • Class B misdemeanor conviction; probation, deferred adjudication or community supervision within the previous 10 years;
  • Three at fault traffic accidents within the previous three years;
  • Eight traffic citations (not convictions) for moving violations in the previous three years, or three traffic citations (not convictions) for moving violations within the previous year;
  • Driver’s license presently suspended;
  • Any conviction of domestic violence;
  • Discharge from the military with other than an Honorable Discharge;
  • Illegal possession or use of controlled substance classified as a felony;
  • Illegally dealing in narcotics.

Possible Disqualifiers

  • History of bad debt;
  • Illegal possession or use of marijuana or THC

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  • Integrity
  • Interest in People
  • Communication Skills
  • Problem Solving Abilities
  • Learning Ability
  • Dependability
  • Physical Readiness
  • Desire for Self-Improvement

Contacts for Training and Personnel

Title Name Phone Email
Director of Training and Personnel Capt.Joe Loftus (806)378-6170
Training and Personnel Sergeant Sgt.Sheldon West (806)378-4006
Academy Sergeant Sgt. Casey Ogden (806)378-9456
Academy Cadre Ofc. Renner (806)378-4077
Recruiter/Background Investigator Cpl. Joe Brown (806)378-3084

Recruiter/Background Investigator Cpl. David Young (806)378-6181
Human Resource Technician for Civilian Personnel Gail Motley  (806)378-9462
Human Resource Technician for Sworn Personnel Beth Thurmon (806)378-4291



Toll Free: 1-800-934-1340

If you have what it takes to become an Amarillo Police Officer, complete an application and begin the process towards a career of a lifetime. Contact our staff by emailing (Please include your first and last name, phone number and/or email) if you would like to know more about becoming a member of the Amarillo Police Department.

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