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Police Officer Openings

The City of Celina is currently accepting new applications for Police Officer.  

Click here to register for the police officer exam. 

City of Celina Police Officer Benefits

To begin the process, signup for testing at the link below. Entry exams will be scheduled in groups once everyone has signed up for the process. You will be contacted via email with test date options sometime after you register.


The deadline to register is August 4th, 2017 at 5:00PM


Applicants must currently be TCOLE certified or be certified by September 2017. Applicants must also meet one of these three qualifications:

  • 30 College Hours or;
  • 2 Years Full-Time Law Enforcement or;
  • 2 Years Active Military

Other qualifications will apply. Qualified candidates must undergo a written exam, physical ability assessment, oral interview, background investigation, drug screen, polygraph, psychological, and physical examination. 

Written Exam Details:

  • It is not necessary to wear interview attire. No interviews will be given on exam day.
  • A photo ID will be required and no other items are needed.
  • The physical agility test will be conducted on a different day after all the applicants have had their exam date.

Physical Agility Test Details:

For those that pass the written exam with at least a 70% or higher, there will be a physical agility test (PAT) immediately following the written exam. This event is pass or fail. If you do not meet the minimum standards in 5 minutes, you will not be allowed to continue and will be dismissed from the application process. Before the test begins, all applicants will walk through the entire PAT and will be shown what is expected at each agility station. The agility test consists of the following timed event.

  • The applicant will begin the test seated in a patrol vehicle with seat belt on.
  • When given the command to start the applicant with exit the vehicle and jump over a 5ft fence.
  • After clearing the fence, the applicant will run approximately 10 yards and navigate (jump) over a 4ft gap twice.
  • After clearing the gap, the applicant will run approximately 100 yards and navigate through a traffic cone serpentine.
  • After the applicant finishes the traffic cone serpentine, they will run approximately 100 yards and navigate a set of stairs (up and down).
  • After the applicant completes the stair climb, they will run 10 yards and drag a 110-lb dummy for 15 yards.
  • After dragging the dummy, the applicant will run approximately 100 yards and pass through a gate near the location where they started the test. This will end the test and stop the applicant’s time.
  • Passing applicants will be given a city application and a Personal History Statement to complete and return at a later date.

If the applicant fails any agility station, they will be stopped and forced to restart the agility station. The student is still required to finish the test in 5 minutes or less. 


Police Officer Job Description

Summary: Under general supervision of a Police Sergeant; enforces Federal, State and City laws, rules, regulations, ordinances and codes by performing various law enforcement tasks that support law enforcement and crime prevention activities. Performs investigative work and other special assignments; performs a variety of technical and administrative tasks in support of the Celina Police Department. Maintains a high visibility in the community to deter and prevent criminal activity, and educates the public in ways to protect themselves from criminal activity and/or prevent accidents and injuries. Actively promotes the department’s community policing philosophy by involving the community as partners.

The intent of this position description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbent(s) in this position. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties in this description and incumbent(s) may be required to perform position-related tasks other than those specifically listed in this description.

Essential Job Functions:

General/Patrol/Criminal Investigation

  • Patrol a designated area of the City to preserve law and order, discover and prevent the commission of crimes, and enforce traffic and other laws and ordinances.
  • Answer calls and complaints involving automobile accidents, misdemeanors and felonies.
  • Respond to general public service calls including domestic disturbances, civil complaints, criminal offenses, and related incidents.
  • Secure crime scenes.
  • Collect, process, photograph and present evidence using scientific techniques including fingerprints, fibers, blood, and related physical evidence.
  • Check buildings for physical security.
  • Serve as Field Training Officer as assigned; train new officers on departmental policies, procedures, culture, and activities.
  • Enforce traffic laws and ordinances; issue warnings and citations; direct traffic at fire, special events, and other emergency or congested situations.
  • Conduct investigations of private property, non-injury, serious injury, and fatality traffic accidents; conduct traffic accident analyses and general traffic surveys.
  • Conduct a variety of criminal investigations involving crimes against persons and property, auto theft, white-collar crime, fraud, and narcotics; gather evidence and prepare cases for prosecution.
  • Identify suspects; conduct interviews; apprehend and arrest offenders.
  • Contact and interview victims and witnesses; preserve and investigate crime scenes.
  • Conduct covert, undercover investigations as assigned.
  • Contact and coordinate with other law enforcement agencies in matters relating to the apprehension of offenders and the investigation of offenses.
  • Maintain contact with the community regarding concerns of crime and the fear of crime; foster good relationships with the community; take an active role in areas of public education relative to crime, proactive crime prevention, and identifying areas where the police and the community can work together.
  • Promote and practice the department’s community policing philosophy and related strategies of policing.
  • Practice procedural justice both inside the department and with all outside contacts.
  • Prepare and present presentations to the community as assigned.
  • May assist with a variety of special projects as assigned, including department initiatives, weapons qualifications, training events, and activities related to community partnerships.
  • Assist in the performance of special investigative and crime prevention duties as required.
  • Prepare reports on arrests made, activities performed and unusual incidents observed.
  • Make arrests as necessary; present testimony and evidence in court as required.
  • Utilize department and City resources in an efficient and effective manner.
  • Successfully complete a one year probationary period which includes field training and related evaluations.

Other Important Duties:  

  • Attend meetings, conferences and training as required.
  • Operate police vehicle in safe and courteous manner.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned by superior office and as required by law.
  • Special assignments may include Training Officer and other specialized positions.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the specific practices and procedures for assigned unit(s).
  • Knowledge of police practices, methods, procedures, equipment, and services.
  • Knowledge of customer service and public relations methods and techniques.
  • Knowledge of computers and related equipment, hardware and software to prepare reports, maintain and research databases.
  • Knowledge of City policies and procedures.
  • Ability to acquire skill in the use of firearms, radio equipment, physical defensive tactics and first aid; the ability to acquire skill in the operation of a patrol vehicle and other law enforcement equipment.
  • Ability to remain alert at all times and to reactive quickly, calmly and rationally in times of extreme stress.
  • Ability to prioritize in decision-making and make decisive actions.
  • Ability to perform duties in a manner that builds trust and legitimacy with the community through the application of procedural justice. 
  • Ability to Interpret and apply federal, state and local policies, procedures, laws and regulations.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality in performance of duties.
  • Skill in effective oral and written communications.
  • Skill in de-escalation techniques and crisis intervention.
  • Skill in responding appropriately in an emergency situation.
  • Skill in implementing and enforcing laws, codes and regulations to protect the public safety.
  • Skill in resolving customer complaints and concerns.

Preferred Education, Experience, and Certifications:

  • Must have a high school diploma or GED with 12 college credit hours for the GED.
  • Must have 30 college credit hours or 2 years full-time law enforcement officer or two years of active duty military.
  • Must be a United States citizen.
  • Must be a minimum of 21 years of age.
  • Applicants with military experience require discharge under honorable conditions.
  • No felony or Class A misdemeanor convictions; no Class B misdemeanor convictions within the past 10 years.
  • Possession of a valid Texas driver’s license.
  • Possession of a valid Texas Peace Officer License from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE).
  • No visible tattoos.

Environmental Factors and Conditions/Physical Requirements:

  • Work is performed in municipal police department office and field environments.
  • May be subject to repetitive motion such as typing, data entry and vision to monitor.
  • May be subject to extended periods of standing, walking, driving, bending, reaching, crawling, climbing, kneeling and lifting when responding to an emergency police situation, accident or investigation.
  • Subject to excessive audio/visual discrimination and perception when making professional observations, communicating with others, reading and writing and operating assigned equipment.
  • May be subject to exposure to extreme weather conditions, hazardous driving conditions, hostile environments, hazardous chemicals and fumes, body fluids, infectious diseases, air and water borne pathogens.
  • Must be able to restrain hostile and/or combative individuals.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds and may be required to occasionally lift 110-150 pounds.
  • Regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects such as tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; talk or hear; and taste or smell.
  • Frequently required to walk, stand and sit.
  • Occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
  • Specific vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Equipment and Tools Utilized:

Equipment utilized includes personal computer, copier, calculator, fax machine, other standard office equipment, guns, weapons, police safety gear and equipment, radar equipment, police radios and City vehicles. (Some positions require specialty equipment or materials specific to the area of assignment).

Questions should be directed to Lieutenant Shea Scott at