Eligibility and Disqualifiers

The Irving Police Department is looking for individuals who possess good decision-making skills and good judgment, who can handle pressure, are dependable, are physically fit, possess emotional control and above all, have impeccable integrity. 

Men and women interested in becoming Irving Police officers must also meet the following requirements. Applicants may be rejected for employment at any point in the screening process. 

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General Eligibility


  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be 21 to 44 years old.
  • Must complete and file a legible application with the Police Personnel office.
  • Must have a high school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Must have an associate’s degree or equivalent (60 college hours) from a Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE)-approved / accredited school with at least a 2.0 GPA with the following exceptions: 
    • Applicants who have completed three or more years of active military service and have exited within 18 months prior to submitting their application must have a high school diploma or G.E.D.
    • Applicants who have completed three or more years of active military service and have exited more than 18 months but less than 36 months prior to submitting their application must have completed 30 or more college hours with at least a 2.0 GPA.
    • Applicants who have been employed as a full-time certified peace officer for three or more years during the period immediately preceding the submission of their application must have a high school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Must not have any criminal conviction above the grade of a Class B misdemeanor or any Class B misdemeanor within the past 10 years.
  • Must not have been on any court-ordered community supervision or probation for any criminal offense above the grade of a Class B misdemeanor or any Class B misdemeanor within the past 10 years from the date of the court order.
  • Must intelligently read and write the English language.
  • Must be of good character.
  • Must not have made any false statement in any material fact or practiced, or attempted to practice, any deception or fraud in application, examination or appointment.
  • Must not have been dismissed from public service for inefficiency, delinquency, or misconduct.
  • Must appear for all requested examinations and interviews.
  • Must not have received more than two moving traffic violations or had two preventable accidents, or any combination, in the past 18 months or four in the past 36 months.
  • Applicants must also be able to pass a physical exam as determined by the appointed civil service physician.
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No mental, nervous, organic or functional disease likely to interfere with safe performance of duties. No loss of body part or other structural defect or limitation likely to interfere with performance of duties.

Eyesight 

Telebinocular visual acuity correctable to 20/20 (Snellen), field of vision in the horizontal meridian of not less than 140 degrees, ability to distinguish the colors red, green, and yellow.

Hearing 

Shall not be less than 10/20 in the better ear for conversational tones without a hearing aid.

Liquor, Narcotics, and Drugs 

Shall not be addicted to the use of narcotics or habit-forming drugs or the excessive use of alcoholic beverages or liquor. Drug test required by state law.