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.

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1. How many openings do you have?
2. How does civil service work regarding the entry level position?
3. I took the test a couple of months ago and I still have not been contacted. Why not?
4. I passed but did not score very well on the test, should I give up on coming to work for the Denton Police Department this time around?
5. Is there a physical agility test?
6. How long is the hiring process?
7. If I am a licensed peace officer, will you require me to attend another police academy?
8. Where do you send recruits for the police academy and how long does it last?
9. How long is field training?
10. How is the current patrol shift configured?
11. How long do I have to work in patrol before becoming a criminal investigator, a sergeant or assigned to any other section?
12. Is there any financial cost incurred by me upon being hired?
13. How much will a pistol and associated gear cost me?
14. When is the next civil service test?
15. How can I study for the civil service test?