Pasadena Police Department



The first step in qualifying to become a Pasadena police officer centers on your ability to meet certain educational, mental and physical norms that have been established by the department. These eligibility requirements enable us to more accurately gauge your capacity to meet the rigorous demands of police duty.


They include citizenship and minimum/maximum age limits, educational attainment, visual and audial acuity (as well as other physical standards) and the ability to meet all licensing requirements that Texas law enforcement officers must be certified in. Failing to meet established standards may temporarily or permanently disqualify you from consideration. For more information you may contact the academy staff at 713-475-4824.


Applicants must successfully pass the police officer Physical Agility Test to continue in the hiring process. Prior to taking the physical agility test, you will be required to submit a completed and signed Physical Agility Test Self-Evaluation Form attesting to your ability to pass this test. You can read more about the physical agility test procedures and preparation by clicking here. You can click here for more information including a brief overview of the basic elements of the test.


During the course of your candidacy you will receive a Civil Service examination, physical and psychological examination, a polygraph exam and an Oral Review Board session among other test processes. You will be required to fill out a Civil Service Registration as an initial identification document of your candidacy.


Should you successfully conclude the period of testing and evaluation by performing at or above the level of other candidates, you may be invited to join the next Pasadena Police Academy cadet class…on your way to becoming a commissioned Pasadena police officer.



Eligibility Requirements for Police Officers

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Eligibility Requirements for Telecommunicators/Jailers

Dispatch and the city jail are essential to the daily operations of the Pasadena Police Department. The eligibility requirements for these positions are the beginning of the application process designed to identify and select personnel who can physically, mentally, and intellectually meet the demands of working dispatch and/or the jail. A list of the eligibility requirements can be viewed by clicking here.


Applicants seeking employment as a telecommunicator in dispatch must successfully pass a test designed to assess job-related skills in tasks such as data entry, multi-tasking, and decision making. Applicants for jailer positions must pass a reading comprehension and vocabulary test, as well as a typing test designed to guage the applicant's data entry skills.


Additional applicant screening include a physical and psychological examination, polygraph examination, and Oral Review Board.








Eligibility Requirements for Modified Police Applicants

The Pasadena Police Department is currently recruiting for a modified police academy. We are looking for TCOLE licensed peace officer applicants seeking employment with a progressive and innovative department. In addition to the police officer eligibility requirements a lateral entry applicant shall have at least three (3) years continuous service as a paid, full-time certified peace officer with a comparable law enforcement agency, including out-of-state agencies, as approved by the Chief of Police. The lateral applicant shall have been in a position where they had the authority to enforce laws, investigate crimes, make arrests, respond to calls for service, carry a firearm, and use discretion as part of their assigned duties. A lateral entry applicant shall not have more than a three (3) year break in service from the time they left a comparaple law enforcement agency and the time they made application with the Pasadena Police Department. The starting salary for the modified candidates will range from $69,421.87 to $77,655.96 depending on completed years of service.

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