Hiring Process

Each applicant must successfully complete the following:
  1. Written Exam
  2. Applicant Interview Board
  3. Polygraph Examination
  4. Background Investigation
  5. Psychological Examination
  6. Medical Examination


Should you not be a Certified Police Officer the Huntsville Police Department will pay a salary to you at the recruit level and pay for your attendance at a local police academy of our choice. Once you have successfully passed the academy and become a Certified Police Officer you will enter into our Field Training Program at the Police Officer level. Intensive Field Training will last a minimum of 12 weeks.
Upon your offer of employment if you are a Certified Police Officer with the State of Texas you will immediately enter Field Training. During this time you will be assigned with a Field Training Officer.

Career Development

As your career develops, promotional opportunities of the rank of Senior Officer, Sergeant and Lieutenant become available.

As an Officer you may qualify to join our specialized teams such as:
  • Advanced Accident Investigation
  • Community Services
  • Crime Scene
  • K-9
  • Problem Directed Policing Unit
  • Special Response Team
As a Senior Officer, you can become a detective and conduct detailed investigations in such areas as burglary, robbery, homicide, auto theft and sexual assaults.


To place your name on a waiting list for the next available testing date when a current posting is not available, please email Hollie Mitchell with your full name, address, and a good contact phone number(s). Please include any email addresses you may be reached at as well.