The Red Oak Police Department is seeking applicants for:


Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted until the positions have been filled.  All City of Red Oak job openings are posted at and applications can be submitted electronically through this employment portal. The City of Red Oak Public Library provides computer and internet access to applicants that are unable to apply electronically.  The City of Red Oak Municipal Center and Library is located at 200 Lakeview Parkway, Red Oak, TX, 75154.  Applicants that qualify for the lateral entry hiring process will be contacted by the Red Oak Police Department Administrative Lieutenant with further instructions.

  Starting pay

  Starting pay for a Lateral Entry Police Officer is dependent upon experience as depicted in the scale below with a maximum starting pay of $56,243 DOQ.  Lateral Entry applicants may also be eligible for a       signing bonus as well.

Lateral Entry

Lateral applicants that are TCOLE certified and have previous experience may qualify for the lateral entry program.  These applicants starting salary will be determined by the applicants previous certified full time law enforcement experience up to a maximum starting salary of Step 4 on the Red Oak Police Department pay scale.  These applicants shall not have a break in service from a comparable sized city/agency or larger and shall have two or more consecutive full time years of experience at said agency.  Qualifying applicants can refer to the below chart:

Completed years in service without a break

Moves to Step

2 Years

Step 1

3-4 Years

Step 2

5-6 Years

Step 3


Step 4


Lateral Entry Signing Bonus

Lateral applicants that qualify for the lateral entry program can receive a signing bonus.  Applicants that are hired at steps 1 or 2 of the Red Oak Police Department pay scale are eligible to receive a $2500 signing bonus upon successful completion of the FTO program.  Applicants that are hired at steps 3 or 4 of the Red Oak Police Department pay scale are eligible to receive a $4000 signing bonus upon successful completion of the FTO program.   












Recruit pay until the recruit graduates from the regional police academy and passes the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Examination.


















































Incentive Pay

TCOLE Certification/College/Assignment



Intermediate Peace Officer Certification

$ 300

$ 11.54

Advanced Peace Officer Certification

$ 600

$ 23.08

Master Peace Officer Certification

$ 1,200

$ 46.15

Associate's Degree

$ 600

$ 23.08

Bachelor's Degree

$ 1200

$ 46.15

Master's Degree


$ 46.15

Field Training Officer (FTO)

$ 1500

$ 57.69

Criminal Investigations

$ 1500

$ 57.69


Training and Equipment

  • Department provided equipment:
    • All leather gear, firearm, taser, baton, OC spray, flashlight, ammunition, ballistic vest, handcuffs, radio, uniforms, etc.
  • Paid for all training mandated by the department.

Benefits: Health / Life /Vision / Dental / Retirement

  •          Two health plan options with Employee Assistance Program
  •          Vision Plan
  •          Dental Plan
  •          Medical & Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account(s)
  •          City Paid Basic Life, Long-Term Disability & Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance
  •          Voluntary Supplemental Life & Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance for Employees & Dependents
  •          Retirement: TMRS 2:1 Match (7%)
  •          Voluntary investment options

Paid Leave


Hire Date to 4 Years

5 Years to 9 Years

              10 Years & Over

Vacation Leave Accrual

          13 Days

           15 Days

21 Days



Sick Leave Accrual

        10 Hours per month





Paid Holidays

          Twelve paid holidays per year


Minimum Qualifications

  1. Must hold a Basic Peace Officer’s License issued by Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE)


            Lateral entry applicants shall have no break in service from a comparable sized city/agency or larger and shall have two or more consecutive full time years of experience at said agency to become                    eligible for the lateral entry hiring process.  Applicants that are currently under internal investigation with their employing agency will not be considered..

       2.  High School Diploma or G.E.D. Certificate

       3.  DD214 for U.S. military service

       4.  Visual acuity in both eyes, correctable to at least 20/20 binocular vision

       5.  Valid driver license with acceptable driving record

       6.  Computer literate

       7.      Must meet all physical requirements

Immediate Disqualifiers

    1. Must NEVER have been convicted of, nor placed on deferred adjudication for:
      1. any Felony or Class A misdemeanor
      2. a Class B misdemeanor within the last 10 years, and no admission of the commission of a Class B misdemeanor within the last 5 years
    2. Four or more Class C misdemeanors in the last 10 years and none within the last 12 months
    3. NO more than three (3) convictions of hazardous traffic violations in the last twenty-four (24) months.  (Does not include "Deferred Adjudication" or "Driver’s Safety Course.")
    4. Suspended driver's license at time of application
    5. Domestic violence conviction
    6. Must not be prohibited by law from possessing firearms or ammunition
    7. Drug History involving:
      1. Use of Marijuana two (2) years or less from application date, or
      2. Use of any other illegal substance ten (10) years or less from application date
      3. Use of any hallucinogenic drug
      4. Sale or distribution of any illegal substances, or

Possible Disqualifiers

     The following is a list of behaviors/histories that may also disqualify an applicant, but the final

  1. decision will be made by the Chief or his designee:

    1. Poor credit history
    2. Lesser degree misdemeanor conviction
    3. Poor driving record
    4. Arrest history
    5. Previous warrants
    6. Any behavior which demonstrates a lack of high moral character

Job Description & Essential Functions

The purpose of this position is to perform law enforcement and crime prevention services to the public, to control traffic flow and enforce State and local traffic regulations; and to participate in and provide support and assistance to special Department crime prevention and specialized law enforcement programs.  Officers will be required to fulfill all duties of a Police Officer including making arrests, running, climbing, sitting and standing for long hours and writing legible and articulate reports. Applicants will also be required to have excellent communication skills and the ability to interact with the public in a positive manner.  This information is intended to be descriptive of the key responsibilities of the position.  The list of essential functions below does not identify all duties performed by any single incumbent in this position. 

  • Patrols City in radio-equipped vehicle; answers calls for protection of life, property, and enforcement of City, County, and State laws.  Conducts preliminary investigations of disturbances, prowlers, burglaries, thefts, hold-ups, vehicle accidents, deaths, and other criminal incidents.  Checks buildings for physical security.
  • Responds to calls related to traffic incidents and any other required emergencies; observes, monitors, and controls routine and unusual traffic conditions; assists and advises motorists and enforces traffic safety laws.  Stops drivers who are operating vehicles in violation of laws; warns drivers against unlawful practices; issues citations, and make arrests as necessary. Directs traffic at fires, special events, and other emergency or congested situations.
  • Makes arrests as necessary.  Interviews victims, complainants and witnesses; interrogates suspects; gathers and preserves evidence; testifies and presents evidence in court. Searches, fingerprints, transports, and books prisoners.
  • Prepares arrest reports, activities performed, and unusual incidents observed.
  • Plans and executes crime prevention programs and presentations for local schools, churches, businesses, and community groups. Maintains contact with citizens regarding potential law enforcement problems.
  • Assists in the performance of special investigative and crime prevention duties, as assigned.

Step 1 Initial Screening:

Upon submission of an application with no immediate disqualifiers for employment observed, the applicant will be contacted. 

In lieu of a written examination qualifying lateral applicants passing the initial screening and the Personal History and Background Investigation will be subjected to a review of their department’s:

  • Monthly, quarterly or annual performance or fitness for duty evaluations
  • A review and assessment conducted on a random sampling of the written reports and cases filed for a period of no less than two months and over a minimum period of one year. 
  • A review of in-car video and /or body worn camera video to assess public contacts and violator contacts to ensure compliance with industry standards for professionalism and policy compliance.(note: freedom of information request commonly referred to as the open records act request maybe required beyond a signed waiver to review personnel files)

In lieu of a job task assessment (physical agility), qualifying lateral applicants will be required to complete the following assessments for consideration of employment:

  • Vision Testing (color Blindness evaluation) and visual acuity assessment with correctable 20/20 binocular vision
  • Functional Capacity Evaluation
  • Drug Screening

Step 2 Issuance & Completion of Personal History Statement to qualifying Lateral Entry Applicants:

A completed Personal History Statement is used as a basis for a background investigation that will determine your eligibility for the position for which you are applying.  It is essential that all information be complete and accurate.  An accurate and complete Personal History Statement will expedite your background investigation; deliberate omissions or falsifications will result in disqualification.


Step 3 Personal History Statement Review:

After the personal history statement has been submitted, a review of the packet and documents along with a preliminary interview will be conducted.  This interview and review is utilized to ascertain whether any immediate disqualifiers exist that would prevent the applicant from continuing in the hiring process.

Step 4 Oral Review Board

After a successful personal history statement review and preliminary interview, the applicant will be scheduled for an oral review board.  An oral review board is comprised of three to five members that are comprised of various personnel from a myriad of divisions. The oral review board is used to test an applicant’s verbal skills and get an idea of the applicant’s overall reasoning abilities and common sense.

Step 5 Background Investigation

The background investigation will verify information that the applicant provided on the personal history statement as well as attempting to locate omitted or contradictory information.  Multiple State and Federal databases will be searched to locate any criminal history records, driving records, military records and even law enforcement contacts that could affect the applicants suitability for employment.    

Step 6 Psychological Evaluation

Psychological exams are comprised of a pre-test self-interview or evaluation along with a series of multiple-choice tests or surveys. The psychologist will also conduct a sit-down interview with the applicant and rate their suitability for employment. 

Step 7 Polygraph Examination

The polygraph is a diagnostic instrument that records physiological changes in a person caused by stress, like answering questions that could affect an applicant’s suitability for employment.  The polygraph relies upon measuring the body's involuntary responses which occur when the subject is consciously being deceptive or untruthful.

Step 8 Medical Examination

Lateral applicants being considered for employment will be scheduled for a medical examination. The medical examination will be conducted by a physician designated by the City of Red Oak and will determine whether the applicant meets the medical standards required to be a Red Oak Police Officer.

Step 9 Drug Testing

Lateral applicants desiring to be a Red Oak Police officer will have immense responsibility and will undergo drug testing to confirm their suitability for employment.

Step 10 Follow Up Investigation

Any items that were discovered or revealed since the background investigation was completed that require additional investigation.

The City of Red Oak is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 require the City of Red Oak to hire only U.S. Citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers.  Employability verification will be required of prospective employees.