Lateral Entry Program

The program will help recruit qualified applicants for the position of entry-level police officers. Upon successful completion of the hiring process, the Chief of Police will meet with the interview board to confirm that the applicant meets the criteria to take advantage of this program.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be licensed by TCOLE; or be a certified or licensed out of state peace officer and successfully obtain TCOLE licensing (basic peace officer or higher) within 90 days of hire. At the Chief's discretion, a maximum of two (2) 30-day extensions may be granted.
  • Have at least 1 year prior work experience as a full-time commissioned peace officer with similar duties in a comparable law enforcement agency; and
  • May not be older than 50 years of age on the date of application.

Guidelines

  • The lateral entry program is for pay purposes only and actual work experience in another law enforcement agency will not be considered for promotional eligibility requirements.
  • The Chief of Police shall determine eligibility for lateral entry of police applicants. Eligible applicants may be placed up to STEP 9 of the pay schedule (PDF). Officers placed through this lateral entry program will progress through the remaining steps as he/she completes years of service.
  • Longevity pay will be calculated in the same manner as all Police Officers. No credit will be given to completed years of service in other law enforcement agencies.
  • Entry-level police officers placed up to STEP 9 of the pay schedule must also complete a new hire probationary period.
  • The Chief of Police's determination of whether an applicant meets the criteria of the lateral entry program and placement in the pay structure shall be final and non-appealable to the Civil Service Commission, arbitrator or to any court.
  • Entry-level police officers placed up to STEP 9 of the pay schedule must also complete a new hire probationary period.
  • The Chief of Police's determination of whether an applicant meets the criteria of the lateral entry program and placement in the pay structure  shall be final and non-appealable to the Civil Service Commission, arbitrator or to any court.

Applicants who meet eligibility for the lateral entry program may apply for employment through the continuous Police Officer posting (no entrance testing required.)

Non-classified Part-Time Police Officers

The Chief may appoint part-time police officers for limited purposes which will not be members of the classified service at appointment and will not have the protections of the civil service at employment or for the duration of employment. Part-time officers shall not work more than 1000 hours per year and not more than 30 hours in any week unless approved by the Director of Human Resources, or their designee, in writing.

If you have any questions, please email: SMPD-Recruiting@sanmarcostx.gov

For more information for out of state peace officer transfers, see below.