Law Enforcement

Law enforcement is a noble profession and a rewarding career choice for anyone looking to give back to his or her community. It is a job with serious responsibilities, but the reward is having a job that really counts. Discover why a career in policing might be a good match for your talents and interests. Visit the Discover Policing website.
The City of Sherman is considered a "Municipal Civil Service" city in accordance with Chapter 143 of the Texas Local Government Code. As such, the hiring of all police officers is guided by the rules set forth by the City of Sherman Local Civil Service Commission.

If a test is not currently scheduled, access the Notify Me link to sign in and then subscribe to be automatically notified when the next test date is scheduled.  Once the test date is scheduled, the Police Application will be available for download. The Police Application must be returned to the Human Resources Department by the specified due date and time.

All individuals who apply for the position of police officer must take an open, competitive written examination. If the applicant passes the written exam, they may have an additional five (5) points added to their score if they have served in the United States Armed Forces and received an honorable discharge or a discharge under honorable conditions. A certified eligibility list will then be created which ranks the applicants in the order of their adjusted examination scores.

The following steps make up the hiring process:

Stage 1 - Submit Application 
Stage 2 - Take the Civil Service Entrance Exam
Stage 3 - Physical Ability Test (view the Physical Ability Test Requirements)
Stage 4 - Background Investigation
Stage 5 - Applicant Interview Board
Stage 6 - Polygraph and Psychological Assessment
Stage 7 - Physical Exam
Stage 8 - Chief's Interview
Stage 9 - Completion of Police Academy (if required)
Stage 10 - Recruit/FTO Training

Each stage of the process must be passed before the applicant progresses to the next stage.

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For more information, please contact our Human Resources Department or email Lt. John Kennemer.