Police Recruiting

As peace officers, our department's police officers have the same authority to detain and arrest as municipal police officers.

The campus police officers enforce rules, policies and state law. Any law enforcement matters, including traffic accident investigations, are handled by the TCC Police Department.

Each campus has concurrent jurisdiction with a municipal police agency. Municipal police departments support and back up the campus police.

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Hiring Process

The hiring process for law enforcement positions can take several months. In most cases, some or all of the following steps will be involved:

  • Completion of a detailed employment application and personal history statement
  • A written examination (to measure basic reading comprehension and writing skills, general intelligence and/or specific knowledge)
  • An extensive background investigation for the purpose of ascertaining an applicant's character, maturity level, integrity and suitability for police work
  • A physical examination by a physician to determine if an applicant is in sound health
  • A drug screening test to detect use of any illicit drugs
  • A psychological examination by a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist, usually including standardized tests to detect serious psychological disorders and potential psychological problems
  • An oral review board (group interview) often consisting of scenario situations and problem-solving exercises, designed to measure the applicant's decision-making ability, knowledge of the law and general law enforcement procedures, and ethical factors
  • A follow up interview with the Chief of Police or his designated police official

Minimum Standards for Texas Peace Officer Licensure

  • Meets the minimum educational requirements:
    • Has passed a general educational development (GED) test indicating high school graduation level
    • Is a high school graduate
    • Has 12 semester hours credit from an accredited college or university
  • Meets the minimum age requirements:
    • 21 years of age for peace officers and public security officers
    • 18 years of age if the applicant has:
      • Earned an associate degree or
      • Completed 60 semester hours of credit from an accredited college or university or
      • Received an honorable discharge from the armed forces of the United States after at least two years of active service
  • Is fingerprinted and is subjected to a search of local, state and U.S. national records and fingerprint files to disclose any criminal record
  • Has not ever have 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
  • Is not currently charged with any criminal offense for which conviction would be a bar to licensure
  • Has not ever been convicted of an offense above the grade of a Class B misdemeanor or a Class B misdemeanor within the last ten years
  • Has never been convicted of any family violence offense
  • Is not prohibited by state or federal law from operating a motor vehicle
  • Is not prohibited by state or federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition
  • Has not been discharged from any military service under less than honorable conditions including, specifically:
    • Under other than honorable conditions
    • Bad conduct
    • Dishonorable
    • Any other characterization of service indicating bad character
  • Has not had a commission license denied by final order or revoked
  • Is not currently on suspension or does not have a voluntary surrender of license currently in effect
  • Meets the minimum training standards and passes the commission licensing examination for each license sought


Recruiting Information

Lieutenant Corey Lea

Applicant Background Information

Captain VaNessa Harrison

Updated January 20, 2023