In-State Lateral Hire


In-State Lateral Hire


Applications must be submitted online at When making applications online be sure you submit the application for the job title of Police Officer (Lateral Entry)

Amarillo Police Officer applicants must be a U.S. citizen of good character with no Felony or Class A convictions, probation or deferred adjudication; no Class B convictions, probation or deferred adjudication in the past 10 years; no family violence conviction; ability to possess a valid Texas drivers license with a good driving record; You must have reached your 21st birthday, but not have reached your 46th birthday by hire date as a lateral entry officer.; must be able to read, write and speak the English language at a high school graduate level; must have normal hearing and be able to follow written and verbal instructions; must be able to work under stressful conditions and occasionally work overtime. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED. If an applicant possesses a GED the applicant must also possess 12 hours from an accredited college with a minimum of a 2.0 grade point average. Applicants must provide copies of drivers license, social security card, birth certificate, high school diploma, GED and college transcript (if applicable) and DD-214 Member 4 form (if applicable). If you have military service you may receive 5 points preference on the Civil Service Entrance Exam.

At the time of application, each Lateral Hire Applicant must:

  1. be actively employed as a full-time paid police officer for a municipal, county, or state law enforcement agency that handles a full array of police work such as responding to all types of calls for law enforcement services.
  2. be no less than 21 years old and have not reached their 46th birthday at the time they apply to be hired as a LEO.
  3. 3. have obtained
    • High School Diploma, or
    • GED plus 12 hours of college credit

The Chief or designee at their sole discretion may deny the application of any Lateral Hire Applicant.

Each lateral hire applicants must complete a short modified training course to get accustomed to the Amarillo Police Department.

The Chief may choose to send any Lateral Hire Applicant through the full Amarillo Police Academy, or any additional training as deemed to be necessary.

Each lateral hire will serve a probationary period of one year following being commissioned as an Amarillo Police Officer. 

Regardless of any rank or position the officer previously held in another law enforcement agency, a lateral hire who successfully completes the modified training course will be placed in the classification of Police Officer.

The base pay rate for lateral hires will be compensated up to the Police Officer Step 5 (4- 6 years’ experience) rate of pay of the structured pay plan in effect at the time of hire. The Chief of Police will determine the appropriate step base pay based on a comparable level of police officer experience of the lateral hire. Subsequent step increases for the lateral hire will continue from the initial lateral entry step, plus time added from the date of hire. Upon successful completion of the FTO training program, a lateral entry hire at Police Officer Step 2 (1-2 years of experience) or higher will be awarded 40 hours of annual leave.

Sworn Employment Benefits/Salaries

Recruit Yearly $58,020
1 Year Officer $61,500
2 Year Officer $65,208
3 Year Officer $69,096
4 Year Officer $74,976
5 Year Officer $75,732
6 Year Officer $76,488
7 Year Officers $77,256

Advancement/Education Pay

We require you spend 2 years in each rank. After those 2 years you are eligible to test and promote to the next higher rank: Corporal, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain.

Entry Level Pay

Corporal $77,856
Sergeant $86,316
Lieutenant $97,848
Captain $110,544

Certificate Pay

Intermediate Peace Officer $600/year
Advanced Peace Officer $900/year
Master Peace Officer $1200/year

Education Pay

College Hours $420/year
Associate’s Degree $900/year
Bachelor’s Degree $1500/year
Masters Degree $1800/year

The city pays an additional 2.5% of gross pay for shift differential pay; and $50 per month for FTO pay, and bilingual pay.

Additional Information


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  • Citizen of the United States
  • Possess a valid Texas Driver’s License upon employment
  • Age 21 and not older than 44 years of age on first day of police academy
  • Must have uncorrected vision of at least 20/200, correctable to 20/20 in both eyes (eyesight between 20/100 and 20/200 must have a letter from their doctor stating eyesight is in static condition); must pass a written entrance exam and physical readiness test.
  • High School Graduate or GED and 12 hours of college with a GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • All military veterans must have an HONORABLE DISCHARGE documented by a DD-214 (Member 4 page must be included)

Steps in the Hiring Process

  • Initial Application
  • Written Examination
  • Physical Readiness Test
  • Background Investigation
  • Polygraph Examination
  • Interview Board
  • Chief’s Interview
  • Medical Examination
  • Psychological Examination
  • Recruiting 3


Automatic Disqualifiers

  • Felony or Class A conviction, probation, deferred adjudication or community supervision;
  • Class B misdemeanor conviction; probation, deferred adjudication or community supervision within the previous 10 years;
  • Three at fault traffic accidents within the previous three years;
  • Eight traffic citations (not convictions) for moving violations in the previous three years, or three traffic citations (not convictions) for moving violations within the previous year;
  • Driver’s license presently suspended;
  • Any conviction of domestic violence;
  • Discharge from the military with other than an Honorable Discharge;
  • Illegal possession or use of controlled substance classified as a felony;
  • Illegally dealing in narcotics.

Possible Disqualifiers

  • History of bad debt;
  • Illegal possession or use of marijuana or THC

Do You Have What It Takes?

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  • Integrity
  • Interest in People
  • Communication Skills
  • Problem Solving Abilities
  • Learning Ability
  • Dependability
  • Physical Readiness
  • Desire for Self-Improvement

Contacts for Training and Personnel

Recruiter/Background Investigator Cpl. David Young (806)378-6181
Recruiter/Background Investigator Cpl. Joe Brown (806)378-3595
Recruiter/Background Investigator Cpl. JP Nicolson (806)378-4077
Academy Sergeant Sgt. Casey Ogden (806)378-9456
Training Sergeant Sgt. Sheldon West (806)378-4006
Division Commander Captain Louis Sanchez (806)378-6170
 Receptionist Sabrina Del Fierro (806)378-4263
 Human Resource Technician for (Civilian Applicants) Isabella Smith (806)378-4291
 Human Resource Technician for (Sworn Applicants) Kathy Parsons (806)378-6109
 Human Resource Technician  Gail Motley (806)378-9462
 Range Master Sgt. Mitch Woodard (806)378-2067
 Quarter Master Cynthia Cervantes  (806)378-9482



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