Lateral Entry

The Longview Police Department offers a Lateral Entry Program for Police Officers with previous experience with other agencies. This program is designed to serve as a recruitment incentive, allowing former or current certified/licensed officers to join the ranks of the Longview Police Department at an elevated entry level salary. This salary is based primarily on past law enforcement tenure, granting salary credit for continuous years of service with the past employer. In the case of Spanish speaking candidates, upon demonstrating sufficient Spanish language skills, successfully completing all background and post-job offer testing and beginning employment with the Longview Police Department, the bilingual officer will be eligible for the City's language incentive pay. 

The program affects salary alone. Other programs within the Department where tenure is an issue such as promotional eligibility, shift assignments, days off, etc., are not affected.


Certified/licensed candidates from municipal, county, state or federal law enforcement agencies. Candidates may be from in state or out-of-state. Federal and out-of-state candidates must obtain Texas Peace Officer certification prior to receiving Lateral Entry pay. Federal and out-of-state candidates may contact the Training and Recruiting Section for additional information.

Qualifying Tenure Time served with the most recent or present law enforcement employer.

Separation Status:

Candidates who are current (or former) certified or licensed officers must have left their previous qualifying employer in good standing (would be eligible for rehire) or through retirement. In all cases, separation must be less than two (2) years.

Out-of-State Licensed Applicants:

Applicants must be licensed by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Education (TCOLE) as a peace officer in order to be eligible for entry into the Lateral Entry Program.

Case Criteria (Former Jurisdiction Population and Tenure Credit Rate Level
I 50,000 or less; Credit allowed for 5 years or consecutively accumulated years of service Police Officer - 3 Year
II 50,000 or more; Credit allowed for 5 years of consecutively accumulated years of service Police Officer - 5 year
III 10,000 or more; Credit allowed for 5 years of consecutively accumulated years of service at the rank of Sergeant or above
Police Officer - 5 year
IV Former Longview Police Department sworn personnel: Credit allowed for years of service at time of separation, if the separation was classified as Honorable
Police Officer - 1-25 year