The Boerne Police Department is committed to hiring officers who are dedicated to protecting and serving our community. Applicants are thoroughly vetted and must pass a variety of written and physical assessments before joining the department.
Applicants who are not selected must wait one year from the date of application before reapplying with this department. Reserve officers must meet the same qualifications and pass the same testing as regular officers. Those wishing to seek employment as a reserve officer are asked to email Lt. Lackey prior to submitting an application.
Boerne Police Department officer candidates must meet the following qualifications to be considered for the force:
- Be at least 21 years old by date of hire
- Have a high school diploma or GED certificate (college hours are a plus)
- Have a passing score on the state certification exam by date of hire
- Have a valid Texas driver’s license
- Have completed the Basic Peace Officer Course by date of hire
- Meet all prerequisites as set by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE)
- Pass an extensive background investigation
- Pass a written exam
- Pass a physical agility test
- Pass a polygraph test
- Participate in an interview panel
- Pass a medical exam
- Pass a psychological exam (mandatory for new officer with no experience)
After completing a City of Boerne general employment application, the candidate must take a written exam. Candidates are required to pass all portions of the exam with a 70% or higher to move on to the next step in the hiring process.
After completion of the written exam, applicants will be given the Boerne Police Department Application which will be turned in at a date specified by the department. This includes specified required documents such as birth certificates, driver’s license, and transcripts.
Applicants who successfully pass the written test will move on to the interview board phase. The board will consist of a panel of officers of the Boerne Police Department. The applicants will be notified of the date and time of their interview board after their written exam.
Background Investigation and Polygraph
Applicants are generally ranked after the completion of both the written test and interview board. The top applicants will move on to background checks followed by the Polygraph examination.
Physical Agility Requirements
During this step in the employment process, applicants will undergo a physical examination including an assessment of material handling and fine motor skills, as well as an obstacle course.
Applicants may be disqualified for reasons that include but are not limited to previous criminal record, driving records (example: multiple tickets/crashes within two years), dishonorable discharge from the military, prior drugs use*, and financial/credit responsibility. Each applicant’s history will be reviewed on a case-by-case decision.
*Example of illegal drug use: Cannot have used, consumed, ingested marijuana within five years from date of application. Applicants cannot have used, consumed, ingested narcotics such as cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine within 10 years from date of application. The Chief of Police has the final decision on the disqualifying factors of each applicant. Applicants who were disqualified must wait one year before reapplying.