The Frisco Police Department is a forward-thinking law enforcement agency that is always in search of well-qualified, highly motivated employees. Our department offers many great opportunities for individuals looking to be a police officer, dispatcher, criminalist, detention officer, and more.
Police officers currently top out at $103,706.76 (not including incentives). Officers normally progress through the pay steps at a rate of one step per year, with the exception of the first year of service when officers move through two steps. Police Officers also receive certification pay for some specialized skills and certificates.
If you're interested in a career with a nationally accredited police agency that is a leader among departments in the north Dallas area, and one that is growing at an incredible rate and affording a multitude of opportunities, then the Frisco Police Department is the agency for you. Join our family today!
Our department has a Lateral Transfer Program for currently certified Texas Peace Officers, as well as out-of-state officers, who meet certain criteria. Please see the Combined Police Pay Plan (PDF) for more information.
In addition to providing highly competitive salaries and benefits, our department also offers numerous forms of incentive pay to both sworn and civilian employees. Please see the Combined Police Pay Plan (PDF) for more information.
The City of Frisco offers numerous benefits for its employees including comprehensive medical and dental plans. Employees receive some of the best benefits in the state. For a complete list of benefits offered, view the City of Frisco benefits plan.
- What are the elements of the selection/hiring process?
- ONLINE APPLICATION: Online applications for Police Officer remain in the “pending” status until a written exam date is known. When a written exam date is set, all applicants in “pending” status that meet the minimum requirements will be given an invitation to the exam. The time from application date to exam invitation date could be as quick as a few days, or it could be as long as a few weeks.
- WRITTEN EXAMINATION: On the day of the written exam, each applicant will be given twenty-five minutes to review the written exam study guide before the test. The written exam itself consists of 100 multiple choice questions and each applicant is given one hour and 45 minutes to complete it. Every applicant that successfully passes the exam with a score of 70 or higher, will participate in the physical readiness test the same day.
- PHYSICAL READINESS TEST: The physical readiness test will be administered immediately after the completion of the written exam. Each applicant will be required to row 2000 meters on a Concept 2 rower with the damper set on 5. The Frisco Police Department follows the Texas Department of Public Safety standards for administering and scoring the rowing assessment. Applicants must row a minimum of 50% to pass the rowing assessment and move on to the next phase. For more information about your required rowing performance, consult the Texas Department of Public Safety website and enter your specific information.
- BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: Applicants that successfully passed all previous portions of the hiring process and are selected to move forward to the background investigation process, will be notified by an investigator. Applicants not selected to move forward in the process will be notified within 30 days of the decision. Due to the fact the Frisco Police Department believes in conducting thorough background investigations, this part of the process is often the most time consuming.
- ORAL BOARD: After successful completion of the background investigation, applicants will be required to participate in an oral board. Three members of the Frisco Police Department will ask questions and present scenarios to the applicant. The questions and scenarios will be related to law enforcement in general and may include some information gathered during the background investigation.
- CHIEF’S INTERVIEW: On the same day an applicant successfully completes the oral board, he or she will have an interview directly with the Chief of Police. During that interview the Chief of Police will ask questions about the applicant and will give information to the applicant, possibly including his philosophies and goals for the department. Immediately following this interview, applicants that have successfully completed all previous steps in the process, and are chosen to move forward in the process, will be given a conditional job offer.
- POLYGRAPH: Those who are given a conditional job offer must successfully complete a polygraph examination which is administered off site by an independent polygrapher. The polygraph will not be on the same day as the oral board and Chief’s interview but will most likely be within seven days of the conditional job offer.
- PSYCHOLOGICAL EXAM: Every attempt is made to schedule an applicant’s psychological examination for the same day as the applicant’s polygraph examination. Normally one of the examinations will be in the morning and one in the afternoon. On the day of the polygraph and psychological examinations, applicants should prepare to spend the entire day completing these exams.
- MEDICAL EVALUATION AND DRUG SCREEN: A medical evaluation and drug screen will be required as one of the final steps in the hiring process. The medical exam will be conducted by a local physician utilized by the City of Frisco and will include the drug screen. Applicants 40 years of age and older will have a stress test as part of their medical evaluation. Instructions related to fasting and preparation will be sent prior to the evaluation.
- Do you offer lateral entry?
Yes, the Frisco Police Department has a Lateral Transfer Program for currently certified Texas Peace Officers, as well as out-of-state officers, who meet certain criteria. /422/Salary-Benefits Please visit our Career Opportunities page and the Combined Police Pay Plan for more information.
- What is included in the Physical Readiness Test?
All applicants for sworn positions must complete Physical Readiness Testing (PRT). Prior to participating in PRT applicants must complete a PAR-F medical questionnaire - https://www.friscotexas.gov/DocumentCenter/View/18718/Frisco-Police-Department-PAR-F
The PRT is offered in one format, the 2000 Meter row. The test is conducted indoors on a Concept 2 rower with the damper set on five (5). The minimum standard for each applicant is based on age, weight and gender. Using the percentage results for the test battery found on the Texas Department of Public Safety website chart, and the 2000 Meter row calculator, applicants must meet a minimum percentage score of 50% in order to be considered for employment. Applicants are reminded this is a competitive process and are encouraged to put forth their best effort.
To find your required time, click on the following link and enter your information. Enter your gender, your weight, and your age. Enter 50% in the target VO2 max percentage box and hit “enter”. The time listed is the maximum time you will have to successfully row 2000 meters.
If you are interested in learning more about the proper rowing technique, click on the following link and watch the short video:
- Do I need to submit a resume?
No, resumes will not be accepted with your application.
- Do I need to turn in an application before I take the test?
Yes, an application is required and must be completed online.
- Do you have incentive pay (bilingual, education, certifications, etc.)?
The department does offer incentive pay for education, certification, and language ability, as outlined in the Combined Police Pay Plan section of our website.
- Is the Frisco Police Department civil service?
We are not civil service and are an at-will agency.
- Do I get extra credit or points for prior military service?
We do not give extra credit for military service.
- What type of retirement system does Frisco Police Department utilize?
Our agency uses the Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS) that allows for a 7% employee contribution, 14% city match, and employees are fully vested in 5 years.
- Do you have tuition reimbursement?
The City of Frisco does provide tuition reimbursement to its employees and is outlined in the Tuition Assistance Program policy found on the city's Human Resources website.
- Are there age restrictions?
Applicants must be at least 20 years of age to apply and must be 21 years of age upon graduating from the Police Academy. There is no maximum age for our agency.
- Does the agency have a K9 unit?
Currently we do have K9 unit with future plans to expand the unit.
- Can I be hired if I have speeding tickets, criminal history, or instances of drug use in my past?
In order to be hired by our agency, you must meet the licensing requirements set forth by TCOLE. You cannot have been convicted of a class B misdemeanor or higher in the past 10 years, been convicted of family violence, or ever been convicted of a class A misdemeanor or felony. Traffic tickets and drug usage are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
- When does the next academy start?
The Frisco Police Department has partnered with surrounding agencies to hold several academy dates throughout the year.
- Is there a study guide for the written test?
No study guide is provided.
- What is covered in the written test?
The exam is a basic police officer exam that will cover an applicant’s ability to apply police information, observe and remember details, use judgment and logic, follow directions, and vocabulary/reading comprehension.
- What is scheduled on the day of the test?
On the day of the written test, you will be required to complete the 100-question examination and pass the Physical Readiness Test.
- What if I do not have any college hours?
You do not need to have any college credit in order to apply for a police officer position with the Frisco Police Department if you have a high school diploma. If you received your GED then you will be required to have at least 12 college hours.
- Can I receive GI Bill benefits while in the police academy?
Yes, it is possible to receive GI Bill benefits while in the police academy, as well as during the Field Training Program.
- Do patrol officers work 8, 10, or 12-hour shifts?
The Frisco Police Department utilizes 12-hour shifts for its patrol officers. Officers work 80 hours in each two week pay period, which includes working Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during one week of the pay period, and Wednesday and Thursday in the other week. One of the patrol days is classified as an 8-hour day, as opposed to 12 hours, which allows for exactly 80 hours for the pay period.
- Does the department have a tattoo policy?
Yes, the department has a policy related to tattoos. Employees may have tattoos, but may not have body art or tattoos on the head, face, neck, ears or hands. Cosmetic tattooing and wedding band tattoos are allowed within reason. Tattoos that are deemed offensive, inappropriate and/or presents an unprofessional appearance in nature, must be covered by a standard police uniform. The Chief of Police, or his designee, makes the final decision on what meets these criteria and what will be allowed.
In 2022 and 2023, Smartasset named Frisco the "#1 Safest City in the U.S.". In bestowing that honor, Smartasset analyzed data across five metrics: violent crime, property crime, vehicular mortality rate, drug poisoning mortality rate, and the percentage of the population engaging in excessive drinking.
Moreover, Frisco ranked fifth on Smartasset's "Most Affordable Cities", making our city the only one to rank in the top five in both safety and affordability.
The City of Frisco is an Equal Opportunity Employer