Welcome to the Lake Dallas Police Department, where you get a small town feel with big city training and experience.  Below are the list of qualifications and disqualifiers for joining the Lake Dallas Police Department. If you meet the qualifications to be a Lake Dallas Police Officer, visit the bottom of the page for the employment application and the personal history statement. For questions, contact



  1. It is the mission of the Lake Dallas Police Department to protect the lives and property of all persons within our jurisdiction; to promote a safe city where everyone can live in a secure environment knowing their safety and well-being is our highest priority. 
  2. We seek to accomplish our mission by:
  • Providing the citizens with protection against the violent actions of others;
  • Safeguarding the personal possessions and property of the community; and
  • Becoming a viable entity in the community by interacting with the public in a manner of professionalism, understanding and compassion.

Core Values

In the fulfillment of its mission, the Lake Dallas Police Department strives to become a leader in the professional delivery of police services.

Integrity: The officers of the Lake Dallas Police Department will act with integrity and conduct themselves in a manner as to not compromise the trust given to them by the citizens of Lake Dallas. 

Compassion: The officers of the Lake Dallas Police Department will demonstrate compassion to those in need and will put the needs of others before themselves.

Commitment: The officers of the Lake Dallas Police Department are committed to ensuring the safety and security of the citizens of Lake Dallas by providing excellence in service to the public.

Innovation: The Lake Dallas Police Department will continue to strive to implement innovative technology, training, and practices to ensure progressive and community oriented police service.

Fairness: The Lake Dallas Police Department is committed to equal application of the law to offenders and members of the public as well as the equal application of rules and regulations to all members of the department.


The minimum qualifications that all applicants for the position of police officer must meet include the following:

  1. Age of 21.
  2. Is a United States citizen.
  3. Holds a high school diploma or has passed a general educational development (GED) test indicating high school graduation level.
  4. Must possess a valid driver license prior to employment (must obtain Texas Class C driver license within 30 days of hire per State Law).
  5. Submit a written exam or other written evaluation tool.
  6. Pass a comprehensive background investigation.
  7. Pass a polygraph test. 
  8. Pass an oral interview.
  9. Pass a physical examination, psychological screening, and a drug test.
  10. Be of good moral character.  Good moral character is determined by a favorable report following the comprehensive background investigation.


Annual Salaries (as of October 1, 2019)

  • $50,967 (lateral pay offered depending on qualifications)

TCOLE Certificate Pay

  • Intermediate Certificate $25.00 per month
  • Advanced Certificate $50.00 per month
  • Master Certificate $100.00 per month

Longevity Pay

  • $6.00 per month after one full year of service

Paid Vacation

  • 1-5 years earns 10 days
  • 6-11 years earns 15 days
  • 12+ years earns 20 days

Paid Sick Time

Personal Days

  • 2 paid personal days per year

Other Benefits

  • Employer Paid Health Insurance
  • Employer Paid Long Term and Short Term Disability
  • Employer Paid Teledoc
  • Dental, Vision, Life, and AD&D Insurance Offered
  • Deferred Compensation Plan
  • TMRS 7% with a 2:1 match


The following are disqualifiers for employment as a sworn officer:

  1. Conviction or admission of any felony.
  2. Conviction of an offense above the grade of a Class B misdemeanor or a Class B misdemeanor within the last ten years.
  3. Has been on court ordered community supervision or probation for any criminal offense above the grade of Class B misdemeanor or a Class B misdemeanor within the last ten years from the date of the court order.
  4. Is currently charged with any criminal offense for which conviction would be a bar to licensure.
  5. Has been convicted or placed on community supervision in any court for an offense involving family violence as defined under Chapter 71, Texas Family Code.
  6. Is prohibited by state or federal law from operating a motor vehicle. 
  7. Is prohibited by state or federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition.
  8. Has received a dishonorable or other discharge based on misconduct which bars future military service.
  9. Has had a commission license denied by final order or revoked.
  10. Is currently on suspension or has a surrender of peace officer license currently in effect.
  11. Conviction or admission of marijuana use within the past two years.
  12. Conviction or admission of felony level drug usage.  Abuse and/or misuse of legally obtained prescription medication will be considered on a case-by-case basis and may be used to disqualify the applicant.
  13. Driver’s license is suspended or has a surrender of license currently in effect.
  14. Has a history of excessive traffic citations or motor vehicle accidents.


The applicant must do the following:

  1. Complete a written city application and a personal history statement and submit them to the Lake Dallas Police Department.
  2. Submit each of the following documents:
  • Copy of Social Security card.
  • Certified copy of birth certificate.
  • Copy of valid Texas driver license or a copy of another State’s driver license. (Applicant must possess a valid Texas driver license prior to beginning employment). 
  • Copy of high school diploma or GED certificate.
  • Copy of military discharge papers (DD-214), if any.
  • Sealed original certified copy of college transcript (No photo copy).
  • Copy of marriage license and divorce decree.
  • Copy of peace officer certificate from police academy, if any.
  • Original certified copy of naturalization papers, if applicable. (No photo copy).