Employment Requirements

Eligibility Requirements for Police Officers

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 set forth by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. You may read more about eligibility requirements and conditions which may temporarily or permanently disqualify you from consideration by clicking the eligibility requirements link below.

During the application process, you will be required to successfully complete the following: 

  • Civil Service exam 
  • Physical exam
  • Psychological exam
  • Polygraph exam

In addition, you will also have to complete both an individual and an oral review board interview. 

Eligibility Requirements

Physical Requirements

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 Consent Form attesting to your ability to participate in the test. Click the link below to download this form. 

Physical Agility Test Consent Form

The physical agility test consists of two events - a timed 1.5-mile run and a 500-meter row sprint. The scores from both tests will be averaged for a total physical readiness test score. The total score average for both events must be at the minimum 50th percentile or above in your age and gender class to be considered a passing score. You can review the charts below to find your minimum standard. 

500 Meter Row

Female 1.5 Mile Run

Male 1.5 Mile Run

Video Example of Proper Rowing Technique 

Police dispatcher answers phone

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 eligibility requirements can be viewed by clicking the Telecommunicator/Jailer requirements link. 

Telecommunicator/Jailer Requirements

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 gauge the applicant's data entry skills.

Additional applicant screening includes a physical and psychological examination, polygraph examination, and an oral review board.