Lateral Police Officer


Minimum Requirements

You must meet all minimum requirements to be eligible to apply as a Lateral Police Officer.

  • You must currently be employed as a peace officer, full-time by a state, county, or municipal police, college or school police department or Sheriff’s department, or Constable as a law enforcement officer, or
  • Retired police officers or police officers separated as a result of a layoff, must apply within one (1) year of separation.
  • A minimum of 3 years of Patrol Duty while employed full-time by a state, county or, municipal police, college or school police department, or Sheriff’s department or Constable.
  • Time served as a reserve officer or other type of unpaid peace officer will not count towards the 3 years of patrol duty while employed by a state, county, or municipal police, college or school police department, or Sheriff’s department or Constable.
  • The experience accumulated as a deputy, detention officer, jailer, or officer employed at a correctional facility. District Attorney’s office, or as a Federal or Military Police Officer is not applicable experience.
  • Must have a Texas Peace Officer License by start of the Academy.
  • Out of State applicants are required to obtain their TCOLE license before the start of the Academy. For more information visit the
    Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Website »
  • U.S high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED).
  • U.S. citizen or naturalized citizen.
  • 12 college credit hours from an accredited university at the time of application.
  • College or University must be accredited by one of the following:
  • The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges, the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, or an International College or University evaluated and accepted by a United States accredited college or university.
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  • Military veterans, the 12 college credits hours can be waived if you have a least 2 years of prior Active military service (Reserve time excluded) and has never received a dishonorable discharge.
  • Current and valid driver’s license, proof of liability insurance And;
  • Not having been convicted of any combination of three (3) or more moving violations and/or motor vehicle accidents at fault in the preceding 36 months.
  • Not currently under indictment for any criminal offense; cannot currently be on probation or parole.
  • Not have been convicted of any type of family violence at any time.
  • Stable credit history.
  • Be of good moral character with a stable family background.

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Application Process
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If you have met the minimum requirements:

- Once on the City of El Paso Careers website click on Police Trainee; then click the Apply tab on the upper right side.

  • Create a NEOGOV account to apply for the Police Trainee position (If you already have an account login, do not create another NEOGOV account).

- On your individual NEOGOV account, you have access to view your status information regarding your application. You will be able to view the following status information during each step in the process.

  • Applicant will receive an email from a “” account with either of the below notice:

- Qualified Applicants- those who meet the minimum requirements will be scheduled to take the written examination.


- Disqualified Applicants- those applicants who do NOT meet the minimum requirements. Applicants may call PD HR (915-212-4319) and request the reason for the disqualification notice when it is received.

* Keep in mind this is a hiring process and applicants will receive an email after the application DEADLINE.


Pursuit Agility Course

  • Sit-ups: 32 in one minute
  • Push-ups: 24 push-ups no time limit
  • 100 Yard Dash: 19 seconds or less
  • One mile run: 10:49 or less
  • Bend, Twist & Touch: 15 cycles in 20 seconds
  • Combined Left & Right Grip Strength: Combined 160 lbs.


Applicants that pass the physical ability test are emailed a link that contains the Personal History Statement (PHS).


All qualified candidates will be scheduled to take a polygraph examination. A licensed Polygraph Examiner will advise the candidate after the examination if they pass or failed the examination. A Background Investigation will continue for Applicants who pass their Polygraph Examination.


An interview board consists of a Police Commander, Police Lieutenant, Police Sergeant, Police Officer/Detective and a representative from EPPD Human Resources. A pass/fail notification will be issued upon conclusion of the oral interview.


  • Candidates that successfully pass the interview board are scheduled to take a medical examination and drug test.
  • A psychological examination will also be scheduled.