City of Athens
Entry Level Police Officer
City of Athens
City of Athens
508 E. Tyler Street
75751 Athens , TX
Job Description: 

Please visit the website for the City of Athens, TX for more information on this position and testing exam date.

Special Skills/Abilities/Knoweledge: 
Minimum qualifications for entry-level police officer position in the APD: 
  • Be at least twenty-one (21) years of age and not more than forty-four (44) years of age at the time of appointment;
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED certificate;


Possess at least one of the following:

  • Thirty (30) semester hours from an accredited college or university; or,
  • Three years of active military service with an honorable discharge; or,
  • Three years of continuous police experience as a full-time, paid, peace officer in the State of Texas.


  • Possess a valid Texas driver’s license at the time of employment;
  • Be a citizen of the United States by birth or naturalization;
  • Be able to read, write, and speak the English language;
  • Be of good moral character;
  • Not prohibited from carrying a firearm or possessing ammunition;
  • Possess a certification as a peace officer as established by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement at the time of appointment;
  • Achieve a passing score of at least seventy (70) percent on the written examination;
  • Successfully complete the physical ability test (described below);
  • Pass a thorough background investigation which includes a polygraph examination;
  • Successfully complete an oral interview; and,
  • Successfully complete a post-job offer psychological examination and medical examination that includes a visual acuity test and drug screen. 
Physical ability test for entry-level police officer position in the APD: 
1. 100 Yard Run – Candidate will run one hundred (100) yards in twenty-five (25) seconds or less.
2. Vehicle Push – Candidate will push a mid-sized, unoccupied vehicle in the neutral position on a semilevel grade a distance of forty (40) feet in eighty (80) seconds or less.
3. Dummy Drag – Candidate will drag/pull a weighted dummy, approximately six (6) feet tall, weighing approximately one hundred, sixty-five (165) pounds a distance of fifty (50) feet across a semi-level grade.
4. Obstacle Course – Candidate will complete a forty (40) yard obstacle course consisting of obstacles/barriers at various heights, such as fences and agility barriers in forty-five (45) seconds or less.*
5. Sit-Ups – Candidate will complete twenty (20) sit-ups with knees bent, hands held behind head, and with an assistant holding feet down in sixty (60) seconds or less. 
Each candidate will have a ten (10) second rest period between each stage except for stage one (1).  There will be a ninety (90) second rest period between stage one (1) and stage two (2). 
*Current obstacle course consists of a series of serpentine cones, stepping through a series of tires, a balance beam, and physical barriers approximately three (3) feet, four (4) feet, and five (5) feet in height.