TCOLE Certified/Lateral Officer

Allen Police Department (TX) - Allen, Texas

Sep 15, 2021

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Application Deadline:
Oct 15, 2021

Salary Information

Entry Level:
$66,379 annual
Academy Graduate:
$69,145 annual
Lateral Transfer:
$80,333 annual
Top Pay:
$90,653 annual

Job Description

Promotes a secure environment by patrolling, on car, by foot and on bike, the City and assigned districts, deterring crime by presence, assisting in high risk situations, providing special surveillance operations, taking reports, operating Police equipment, enforcing State and local laws and City ordinances, subduing combative or uncooperative citizens, making lawful arrests and keeping the peace on civil scenes.

Enforces traffic laws by patrolling roadways, responding to calls from Dispatch Center, observing violations and making traffic stops, searching vehicles in probable cause is found, issuing citations or verbal warnings and filing reports.

Reports on motor vehicle accidents by responding to accidents, clearing the roadway, interviewing involved parties, observing and recording evidence at the scene, interpreting and drawing conclusions from evidence, making an overall assessment of the incident, taking appropriate actions, issuing citations and filing reports.

Investigates crimes by responding to calls for service, interviewing witnesses, victims and suspects, gathering and documenting evidence, submitting evidence, filing reports, issuing citations, taking suspects into custody, and filing charges through the District Attorney's office.

Maintains positive community relations by answering citizens' questions and providing various other forms of civic service and assistance for citizens, by surveying the public to evaluate problem areas and specific needs and questioning citizens for their opinions on Police matters.

Additional Information

Specialized Assignments:

Drone Unit
Community Relations Unit
K9 Unit
School Resource Officer
Narcotics Unit
Honor Guard
Bike Patrol
Field Training Officer

Robot Unit

Job Requirements

  • Age: 21
  • Education: High School Diploma or GED
  • Experience: 3 years for laterals

If you do not meet the lateral requirements but are TCOLE certified, testing is done by appointment.

++Lateral requirements:++

Must have 3 years continuous service as a paid full-time peace officer. Two years must be patrol experience handling a full array of police work enforcing laws, investigating crimes, making arrests, and carrying a firearm.

Must currently be employed with a Municipality, Sheriff’s Office, or Department of Public Safety that meets these requirements.

The city/area you serve must have a population of at least 50,000 people and the department must have a minimum of 60 officers.

No pending disciplinary actions or investigations for misconduct/criminal activity.

Out of state Officers must possess a TCOLE license.

The Chief of Police or designee will determine if you meet these requirements.


· Obtain TCOLE certification if necessary


· Apply Online (

· Submit a Personal History Statement and Preliminary Interview Packet

· Preliminary Interview

· Oral Board

· Polygraph

· Background

· Psychological Exam

· Medical and Drug Screen

· Final Interview with the Chief or his designee


Lateral police officer applicants starting salary will be based their training and experience.

3 years - $80,333 4 years - $83,680

5 year - $87,166 6 years or above - $90,653


Intermediate TCOLE Certificate - $50 month / $600 year

Advanced TCOLE Certificate - $100 month / $1200 year

Master TCOLE Certificate - $150 month / $1800 year

If you do not meet the lateral requirements:

If you would like to purchase a study guide: The cost for the study guide is $10. You must score 80% or above to pass the written exam.

You must complete the 2000-meter row in the 50th percentile based on your age, gender, and weight. The damper setting will be set at 5. Do not underestimate this test. The test is pass/fail, but we expect each applicant to give 100%.

Use this link for rowing tips:

Use the link to find your required time:

Look under the Time and Percentage Calculator on the bottom right tab:

  1. Enter your sex

  2. Enter your weight

  3. Select your age

  4. Enter 50% in the Target VO2 Max Percentage box and hit enter

  5. Your target time is what you’ll need to meet to pass the test. (This is the maximum amount of time you have)

Contact Information

Laura Gilmore

Allen Police Department (TX)
205 W McDermott
Allen, Texas 75013-2749
phone: 214-509-4210

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