Requirements

The City of The Colony has high minimum requirements in order to attract the best applicants possible. We feel that it is our duty to our citizens to hire only highly qualified personnel.

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must be at least 21 years of age with a High school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Ability to pass departmental physical agility test. (see details below)
  • Possess 20/20 vision in each eye either corrected or uncorrected, and with no color or night blindness
  • Have normal hearing range in each ear either corrected or uncorrected
  • Have the ability to intelligently read, write, and speak the English language
  • Valid Texas Driver’s License without restriction (except A) at the time of appointment. In the past three years; no more than three total entries for moving violations and/or accidents, nor any involuntary license suspensions during that period
  • No Class A Misdemeanor or Felony Convictions ever and no Class B Misdemeanor convictions within the past 10 years
  • Must never have been convicted of domestic violence
  • Must not be addicted to narcotics
  • Must not indulge in excessive use of intoxicants
  • Nothing less than “Honorably Discharged” from military service or prior law enforcement service
  • Pass a detailed background investigation.  

Drug Use History

Candidates answering yes to any of the following questions will not be considered for employment as a police officer:

    1.  Have you used marijuana at all within the last year?

    2.  Have you used any other illegal drug (including anabolic steroids after February 27, 1991) at all in the past 10 years?

    3.  Have you ever sold any illegal drug for profit?

    4.  Have you ever used an illegal drug (no matter how many times or how long ago) while in a law enforcement or prosecutorial position, or in a position which carries with it a high level of responsibility or public trust?  

Tattoo Policy

Any tattoos or body art on any part of the head, neck, face or ears are prohibited.  This includes body art, intentional scarring, branding, or body mutilation. Also prohibited are: gauges; pierced, split or forked tongue; any foreign objects inserted under the skin on hands, neck, face, and head; and / or dental ornamentation (gold, platinum, silver or other veneer caps for the purpose of ornamentation). Teeth, whether natural, capped or veneered shall not be ornamented with designs, jewels, initials, etc. Accessories attached to the body must be removed if visible while in uniform.

    After a conditional offer of employment is made you must:

  • Pass a polygraph exam and a psychological evaluation
  • Pass a physical exam based on job description
  • Pass a drug screen

Assessment Program

  • As of September of 2023, all officers will undergo mandatory fitness testing once a year. The test consist of completing the row machine testing. 
  • This testing will be overseen by certified Department Fitness Coordinators. 
  • 85% - 100% $1000 fitness bonus.
  • 75% - 84% $750 fitness bonus. 

Testing Procedures

  • There are three (3) sections on the written test; Mathematics, Reading Comprehension, and Grammar. The Colony Police Department uses The National Police Officer Selection Test by the "Standard & Associates" Corporation.  
  • You may search online, https://www.applytoserve.com/Study/ to find study guides and practice test. 
  • Applicants must score a minimum of 70% in each section of the written test to pass. 
  • Mandatory Fitness Test Standards:
    Below is the Physical Fitness requirement of tests, minimal standards, and the order in which they are completed. 

Physical Fitness Evaluation Guidelines

  • Rowing Test: The physical testing system will consist solely of a rowing test on a Concept 2 rowing machine.  All applicants must pass this test in order to proceed with the hiring process.  Applicants who do not meet the minimum standard (50th percentile) on the first try will need to re-apply.
  • Applicants are required to choose one of the three available fitness tests, based on their physical makeup. The passing standard for the tests is 50% on a Concept 2 rower with a damper setting of 5.
  • Applicants are advised not to underestimate the difficulty of the rowing test.  Once you start the rowing test, you are expected to give it your best effort and will not be allowed to stop until you have completed your chosen test.  If you stop, you will be disqualified. 

All test results will be compiled for internal use only. Only those individuals in an officer’s direct chain of command, Legal Advisor, and persons with the permission of the Chief will have access to fitness testing information.

Any officer who is medically exempted from undergoing fitness testing will be scheduled to complete the fitness test upon receiving medical clearance from the treating physician or in certain circumstances a Department physician. Any officer who cannot participate in fitness testing for medical reasons will not be allowed to return to duty until medical clearance is obtained, nor allowed to work off duty as a police officer.



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