If I'm a Texas certified officer, do you have a lateral entry program?

Yes.  You would still complete all the steps in our hiring selection process.  However, if you have a current certification from another Texas agency, you would bypass the academy and enter directly into our Recruit Training Academy to familiarize yourself with our policies, procedures and paperwork etc., and then move on to the field training program.  You may be eligible to begin employment at a higher step in the pay scale, based on your years of service.  Please find our step pay plan under the Salary & Benefits tab. 

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1. How do I apply for a police officer position?
2. How long does the hiring process take?
3. What if I am not certified? Can I still apply?
4. Do I have to pay for the academy? Will I get paid while attending the academy?
5. If I'm a Texas certified officer, do you have a lateral entry program?
6. What if I'm a certified officer from another state, will I need to attend the academy?
7. As an out-of-state applicant, how many trips will I need to make to complete the hiring process?
8. If I'm hired, how long is the academy and other training?
9. Can I still turn in my Personal History Statement if I don't have all of my required documents?
10. Is it possible to do a ride along with a McKinney Police Officer if I'm in the application process?
11. Are there any residency requirements to work for the McKinney Police Department?
12. What is the McKinney Police Department's policy on tattoos?
13. How do I get into specialized units like Criminal Investigations, Narcotics or SWAT?