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Why join the Celina Police Department

Celina’s maximum projected buildout is 378,000 and 78 square miles. Now is the time to join this growing community and police department. With a planned police station opening in the fall of 2023, opportunities to work in new sections and specialties, and competitive salary and benefits, come join the team and experience personal and professional successes.

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Pay Plan

Currently, the Celina Police Department Pay Scale is in review for October 1, 2021. 

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Hiring Process


Apply with the City of Celina
celina-tx.gov/employment

Written Examination
The written examination is administered to all applicants at the same time. Exceptions may be made for certified applicants and Lateral Transfers who are exempt from the written examination.  A driver's license with photo is required for admission to the test. The entrance exam is basic knowledge. The test is administered in five sections covering ability to learn and apply police information, ability to observe and remember details, verbal ability, ability to follow directions, and ability to use judgement and logic. Calculators or dictionaries will not be allowed. All telecommunication devices and watch alarms must be turned off.
 
To order a study guide at your own expense:
https://www.publicsafetycompass.com/product/entry-level-police-online-study-guide/

Physical Ability Examination
Applicants will be required to participate in a physical fitness assessment. Exceptions may be made for certified applicants and Lateral Transfers who are exempt from the physical ability examination.  The assessment involves an obstacle course related to possible on the job-related skills. Testing includes a fence ascend and descend, running, jumping, stair ascend and descend, serpentine run, and down officer drag.
 
Preliminary Background Investigation
Candidates will be given a Preliminary Interview Form directly after the physical examination. These must be completed and returned on a specified date. All information will be confirmed. Omissions or falsifications are grounds for rejection. 

In-Person Interview
Candidates with acceptable backgrounds will be interviewed for the position of Police Officer by an interview panel. Qualified candidates will be given a Personal History Statement directly after the interview.
 
Oral Interview Board
Depending on the number of positions to be filled, candidates with acceptable backgrounds will be interviewed for the position of Police Officer by an interview panel.

Interview with Chief of Police                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Candidates may be interviewed for the position of Police Officer by the Chief of Police. Suitable candidates will be recommended to the Police Chief. Depending on the number of positions to be filled, suitable candidates may be given a conditional offer of employment. This offer is conditional upon passing the background investigation, drug screen, medical, psychological, and polygraph examination.

Background Investigation
Upon passing the Chief's Interview, the Background Investigator will conduct a thorough background investigation. All information will be confirmed. Omissions or falsifications are grounds for rejection.
 
Polygraph and Psychological Evaluation
Each candidate must pass an evaluation by a licensed psychologist (lateral candidates may be exempt). Each candidate is required to submit to a polygraph examination that will be arranged by the Celina Police Department.
 
Medical Examination
Prior to being hired, each candidate is required to undergo a thorough medical examination provided by the Celina Police Department. This examination will include testing for drug dependency or illegal drug use.
 
Basic Peace Officer Academy
Non-TCOLE-certified recruits hired by the Celina Police Department will be required to attend the Basic Peace Officer academy. Celina Police Department uses, but is not limited to using, the Collin College Law Enforcement Academy in McKinney, Texas, or the Denton County Regional Academy. Recruits who are sponsored by Celina PD will attend the Full-Time Basic Peace Officer Academy. The schedule is Monday-Friday from 0730 – 1630 and runs for approximately five months.

Lateral Officer Applicants
Lateral entry candidates must have full-time patrol/ street experience. Must be out of probation with current agency. If separated from agency, have less than 1 year break in service. 3+ years of full-time experience starts at step 2, and 5+ years of full-time experience starts at step 3 on the Celina Police Department pay scale.
 

Any applicant who fails the Oral Board, Background Investigation, Psychological Examination, Polygraph Examination, or Medical/Drug Testing will be disqualified from testing for one year.
 
For additional information or questions contact:
Professional Standards Sergeant Jeremy Wilson at joincpd@celina-tx.gov or call (469)300-2397.

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