Civil Service Exam - September 22, 2017

A Civil Service Entrance Exam will be held on September 22, 2017. If you did not register for the exam, please arrive early to reserve a seat. 

On the exam day, please plan to arrive at 8:30 a.m. to present your identification and sign in for the exam.  Be sure to read all the information below regarding minimum requirements, details about the exam, and what happens after the exam including the physical agility test and the application process.

This information details what you need to know to answer the call to serve your community today!


You MUST meet the following minimum requirements in order to register for the Civil Service Entrance Exam and apply for a position with the Galveston Police Department:

  1. Must be 21 years of age by the swear in date
  2. Must not have reached your 45th birthday by the date of hire
  3. Must be a High School Graduate OR have attained a GED AND 12 credit hours from an accredited college or university
  4. Must be a United States Citizen
  5. Must not have any visible facial or neck tattoos
  6. Must not be prohibited by State or Federal law from operating a motor vehicle
  7. Must not be prohibited by State or Federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition
  8. Be in good physical and mental condition
  9. Must not have any felony convictions
  10. Must have never been convicted of a Family Violence Offense

10. Must have never been convicted of a Class A Misdemeanor

11. Must have not been convicted of a Class B Misdemeanor in the last 10 years

12. Must have never been discharged from the military with less than an Honorable Discharge


  • The next exam will be held on September 22nd, 2017.
  • A two-story parking garage is located directly below the Convention Center with ample parking spaces.  There are two entrances – one on 57th Street and another from the Hilton Galveston Island Resort Hotel parking lot.
  • Participants will need to arrive at 8:30 a.m. to present identification and sign in for the exam.  You will need to present your photo identification and be prepared to give your social security number.
  • Participants should plan for the test to take up to three hours.
  • Those participants who pass the test will be required to take a physical agility test following the exam.  Please bring appropriate attire.
  • We are now offering a study guide online accessible via the link below. The link and access to materials are valid until September 22, 2017. 


  • You will submit a Personal History Statement and required documents
  • A Background Investigation will commence
  • Applicants may be subject to a Polygraph Exam if the assigned Background Investigator finds that an applicant has been deceptive during the Background Investigation
  • Interview with Chief / Conditional Offer of Employment
  • Physical (Medical) Screening
  • Psychological Evaluation
  • Galveston Police Department In-Service Academy
  • Sworn as a Police Officer with the Galveston Police Department