Recruit Information

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The Amarillo Police Department accepts applications year round for the position of Police Officer. Applications are submitted to the Amarillo Police Department, Training and Personnel Division, 200 SE 3rd Ave., Amarillo, TX 79101.

Academy Information

The City of Amarillo Police Department will be taking applications on line beginning June 12, 2015. This will be for the 89th Academy that will begin June 2nd of 2016. The testing date of the entrance exam for this academy will be Saturday November 14, 2015. The test will take place at 8:00 AM at the Amarillo College, West Campus, Lecture Hall. 6222 SW 9th. Check in prior to taking the test is required and begins at 8:00 AM.

Applications must be submitted online at and must be received no later than 5:00 PM of November 10th, 2015. (When making applications online be sure you submit the application for the job title of police officer/recruit)

Out of town applicants who pass the test will be given the opportunity to take the physical agility test at 1:00 PM of the same day of the entrance exam.

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; an applicant must be at least 21 years of age and no older than 44 years of age on the first day of the academy; 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.

Residency Requirements

  • Applicants who have lived more than 500 miles from Amarillo, outside the State of Texas, during the five years preceding their application will be considered on a case by case basis by the Chief.
  • Effective March 1st, 2014 all police recruit employees will be required to live within a maximum 45-minute response time to the Amarillo Police Department downtown station as determined by standard Internet mapping programs (e.g., Bing Maps, etc.) prior to their last day in the Academy.

Current Employment Opportunities

  • Police Recruit and Civilian applications are processed by the City of Amarillo, Human Resources Department.All applications must be submitted electronically: Submit Application Now.

Important Recruit Information


Police Academy Entrance Exam Study Guide – (click the link below)


  • 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 agility 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)
  • Applicants who have lived more than 500 miles from Amarillo, outside the State of Texas, during the five years preceding their application will be considered on a case by case basis by the Chief.


  • Initial Application
  • Written Examination
  • Physical Agility Test
  • Background Investigation
  • Polygraph Examination
  • Interview Board
  • Medical Examination
  • Psychological Examination


  • 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;
  • Previous conviction of domestic violence;
  • Discharge from the military with other than an Honorable Discharge;
  • Any illegal possession or drug usage within three years of submitting application for employment; or
  • Illegally dealing in narcotics.


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

Contacts for Training and Personnel are:

Title Name Phone Email
Director of Training and Personnel Capt. Jim Burgess (806) 378-6170
Academy Sergeant Sgt. Carla Burr (806) 378-3084
Academy Sergeant Sgt. Mike Martinez (806) 378-4006
Human Resource Technician for civilian personnel Kelly Dougherty (806) 378-9462
Application requests Beth Thurmon (806) 378-4291

Toll Free: 1-800-934-1340

If you have what it takes to become an Amarillo Police Officer, complete an application and begin the process towards a career of a lifetime. Contact Sgt. Mike Martinez at 378-4006 or Sgt. Carla Burr at 378-3084 if you would like to know more about becoming a member of the Amarillo Police Department.

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