Recruit Information


The Amarillo Police Department is not accepting applications at this time.  Please check back for posted openings.

Academy Information

academypatchApplications must be submitted online at (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 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

  • 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


Salary Schedule
Recruit Yearly $48.162
1 Year Officer $50.331
2 Year Officer $55,085
3 Year Officer $59,971
4 Year Officer $65,265


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 $66,516
Sergeant $74,100
Lieutenant $84,000
Captain $94,884


Certificate Pay:
$600 per year for Intermediate Peace Officer
$900 per year for Advanced Peace Officer
$1200 per year for Master Peace Officer


Education Pay:
$420/year for college hours
$900/year for an Associate’s Degree
$1500/year for Bachelor’s Degree
$1800/year for a Masters Degree


The city pays an additional $50 per month shift:
differential pay, FTO pay, and bilingual pay.


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

Physical Agility Test Video

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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 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)


  • Initial Application
  • Written Examination
  • Physical Agility Test
  • Background Investigation
  • Polygraph Examination
  • Interview Board
  • Chief’s Interivew
  • 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;
  • 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.


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


  • 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. Jimmy Johnson (806) 378-6170 [email protected]
Academy Sergeant Sgt. Mike Martinez (806) 378-4006 [email protected]
Recruiter/Background Investigator Cpl. Casey Ogden (806) 378-9456 [email protected]
Recruiter/Background Investigator Cpl. Justin Graham (806) 378-4077 [email protected]
Recruiter/Background Investigator Ofc. David Young (806) 378-6181 [email protected]
Human Resource Technician for civilian personnel Kelly Hixon (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 our staff if you would like to know more about becoming a member of the Amarillo Police Department.

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