Minimum Requirements & Hiring Process

Minimum Requirements

The following are the minimum requirements to be considered for a position as a Police Officer with the Galveston Police Department. 

You MUST meet these requirements to apply:

  1. Must be 21 years of age by swear in date
  2. Must not have reached their 45th birthday by the date of hire
  3. High School Graduate OR attained GED AND 12 credit hours from an accredited college or university
  4. U.S. Citizen
  5. Not prohibited by State or Federal law from operating a motor vehicle
  6. Not prohibited by State or Federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition
  7. Good physical and mental condition
  8. No felony convictions
  9. Has never been convicted of a Family Violence Offense
  10. Has never been convicted of a Class A Misdemenor
  11. Has not been convicted of a Class B Misdemenor in the last 10 years
  12. Has never been discharged from the Military under a less than honorable discharge

Hiring Process

The following is the normal process associated with applying as and being hired as a Police Officer for the City of Galveston Police Department:

  1. Register to take the scheduled Civil Service Exam by completing the information on the “Civil Service Test Registration” page under the “Employment” drop down menu on the home page. If you have questions you may contact the City of Galveston Human Resources at 409-797-3650.
  2. Attend and PASS the Civil Service Exam
  3. Pass the Physical Agility Test which will be held on the same day as the Civil Service Test for those who pass
  4. Submit the Personal History Statement and required documents
  5. Background Investigation will commence
  6. Applicants MAY be subject to a Polygraph Exam if their background investigator feels that they have been deceptive during the Background Investigation
  7. Chiefs Interview / Conditional Offer of Employment
  8. Physical (Medical) Screening
  9. Psychological Evaluation
  10. Galveston PD In-service Academy
  11. Sworn in as a Galveston Police Officer