If I'm hired, how long is the academy and other training?

The academy is approximately six months long. Once recruits have graduated the academy they are placed in the MPD Recruit Training Academy, which is more in depth to our agency specifics and lasts approximately six weeks. Recruits then enter into the field training program which lasts 12 weeks unless remedial training is necessary.

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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?