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Frequently Asked Questions 

What are the elements of the selection/hiring process?

   -  Online application;

   -  Preliminary Interview Form (PIF);

   -  Written examination;

   -  Interview with a background investigator;

   -  Background investigation;

   -  Oral board;

   -  Chief's interview;

   -  Polygraph;

   -  Psychological examination;

   -  Physical assessment test; and

   -  Medical evaluation and drug screen.

What is included in the physical assessment test?

The purpose of the physical assessment test is to ensure that the police officer candidate is capable of performing the essential job functions.  During the test, extensive baseline data regarding the candidate's physical ability to perform the physical requirements will be obtained, which will qualify legitimate candidates while disqualifying those candidates who do not meet the basic requirements.  The test includes medical history, musculoskeletal evaluation, maximum safe lifting ability, and may include job tasks (e.g. climbing a wall, crawling, etc.).  The test does not include push-ups, sit-ups, or a run.

Do you have tuition reimbursement?

The City of Frisco does provide tuition reimbursement to its employees and is outlined in the Salary and Benefits section of our web site.

Do you have incentive pay?

The department does offer incentive pay for education, certification, and language ability, as outlined in the Salary and Benefits section of our web site.

What type of retirement system does Frisco PD 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 five years.

Do I need to turn in an application before I take the test?

Yes, applications must be completed online.  After the application is submitted, you will receive instructions on how to download the Preliminary Interview Form (PIF).  You must download, print, and complete the PIF.  Then, mail or drop off the completed PIF to the Recruiting & Training Unit at the Frisco Police Department.

Do I need to submit a resume?

No.  Resumes will not be accepted with your application.

Do I get extra credit or points for prior military service?

We do not give extra credit for military service.

Is the Frisco Police Department Civil Service?

We are not civil service and are an at-will agency.

Do you have language incentive pay?

The City of Frisco does provide incentive pay for those who show proficiency in a foreign language.  View the Salary and Benefits section of our web site for more information on this incentive.

Does the agency have a K9 unit?

Yes.  There is one officer assigned to the unit currently with plans for expansion in the future.

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.  Use of LSD is an automatic disqualifier.

Do you offer lateral transfers?

No.  All officers start at either a police officer cadet (non-certified) or police officer rate of pay.  More information on our pay scale can be found in the Salary and Benefits section of our web site.

What is the process for officers from other states?

It is departmental practice to send all out-of-state officers to a regional Texas police academy for state licensing.  Please refer to the Tcole web site for more information on Texas licensing.

When does the next academy start?

The Frisco Police Department does not set the academy schedule.  Instead, we normally use the City of Denton Police Academy, NCTCOG Regional Police Academy, or the Collin County Law Enforcement Academy for all new police cadets.

Are there age restrictions?

The Frisco Police Department requires that you meet all TCOLE requirements at the time of your application, including the minimum age requirement of 21-years-old.  There is no maximum age for our agency.

What is covered in the written test?

The National Police Officer Test is an entry-level basic skills test that helps select the most qualified applicants by ensuring that candidates possess the basic cognitive skills necessary to successfully perform the job. The test is designed specifically for law enforcement use, which will measure, Arithmetic, Reading Comprehension, and Grammar.  In order to pass the test each of the three sections are scored independently and must have a score of a 70 or above.

What is scheduled on the day of the test?

On the day of the written test, you will be required to complete the examination, complete a written autobiography, and conduct a preliminary interview with a background investigator (if you pass the test).  There is no physical fitness test administered at this time.

Do you have a ride-along program for interested applicants?

No.  We only provide ride-alongs to graduates of the Citizens Police Academy.

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 agency has adopted a tattoo policy that prohibits any visible tattoos while in a short sleeve police uniform.  Applicants cannot use bandages or other products to conceal tattoos that would normally be visible.

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