Law Enforcement Careers
As you consider employment with a police department, we encourage you to compare all the benefits each agency offers. In addition to the beginning base salary and top pay, these include:
- The provision of equipment
- Take-home cars
- Longevity and incentive pay
- Promotional and lateral transfer opportunities
- Retirement packages
Retirement is offered through the Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS). There is an employee contribution of 7%, and the City matches the employee contributions and interest 2:1 upon retirement. The Department issues officers protective vests and, if eligible, a take-home car. Officers can earn additional pay for levels of certification or education. The City of Denton also reimburses 100% of the employee's tuition at an accredited college or university.
If you have any questions regarding the Denton Police requirements, contact the Recruiting Unit at 940-349-7832 or by email.
- How many openings do you have?
The Denton Police Department currently has 204 authorized sworn positions. We average about 10 openings at any given time.
- How does civil service work regarding the entry level position?
All prospective police officer candidates, other than candidates for the position of police chief or lateral applicants, must take the civil service exam first. They must pass the test, turn in a Personal History Statement, and be placed on an eligibility list. Everyone who is not applying for the position of Police Chief, or as a lateral transfer, will start at the entry level rank of Police Officer.
- I took the test a couple of months ago and I still have not been contacted. Why not?
If this is the case, we have not yet arrived at your name on the eligibility list. After the final list is posted, with all tie-breakers and other provisions applied, we start with the first name on the list and work down. The number of openings determine the number of applications being worked on at the same time.
For example, if we have five openings, we work on five applications. Once we start on a candidate's application, we work through the entire process, step by step until the candidate is either hired or disqualified. After that, we move to the next name on the list based on the number of current openings.
When and if we get to your name, we will contact you. You must keep your contact information current or it could jeopardize your opportunity for employment with us.