Hiring Process

  • The Longview Police Department continually recruits qualified police officer candidates. Applicants must meet minimum job requirements before an application is accepted. Interested applicants must go through the department’s hiring process which is outlined below. Once the application is accepted, the applicant is entered into a database of interested candidates for notification of further testing.
  • The first step in the process is the submission of the electronic application through the City of Longview’s Human Resources website located at www.hr.longviewtexas.gov .
  • A specified number of electronic applications will then be selected and the applicants notified of when and where to appear for a written test. The test is a standardized entry level Police Officer Selection Test (POST). The test is a timed test designed to measure basic skills – reading, writing, and arithmetic and is divided into 4 sections. The applicant must attain a minimum score of 70% on each section in order to pass.
  • Upon successful completion of the written test, those applicants who pass will be taken outside to perform the physical ability test weather permitting. This test is scored on a pass/fail basis and consists of physical tasks which a police officer could expect to encounter in the course of performing patrol duties.
  • Upon successful completion of the physical ability test, applicants will then be given an application packet for the police department. Applicants must complete the application and submit it to the Training and Recruiting Section for review and approval.
  • Those applicants whose applications are accepted will then be scheduled for an Initial Interview Board. The interview board consists of 3 officers who rate the applicant on communication skills, personal appearance, dependability, work experience, decision making, and integrity. Candidates who pass the Board will then be scheduled for a polygraph examination.
  • A complete background investigation will be conducted on those applicants who successfully complete the polygraph examination.
  • Upon successful completion of the background investigation, the applicant will be scheduled for an interview with the Chief of Police. Applicants who pass this interview may receive a conditional offer or be placed on an eligibility roster for future consideration.
  • Applicants presented a conditional job offer will be required to successfully complete a drug screen, physical/psychological examination, and a hearing and vision test prior to appointment to the position of police officer.
  • Recruits who are not already licensed as Peace Officers with the State of Texas will be provided with the training necessary to obtain a license. The recruit must successfully pass the Basic Peace Officer course within a time prescribed by the Department and must pass the State Licensing Test in order to remain employed.