FAQs

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Click Steps Below For Further Information

<span class="fr-tmp fr-em">F</span><span class="fr-tmp fr-sm">F</span>CSS Accordion

To apply, you must be at least 21 years old and have obtained a GED or High School Diploma.

Out of state applicants and those traveling a considerable distance will typically need to make two trips to Kerrville for processing. See the Hiring Process for additional information.

Applicants can provide copies of documents with their Personal History Statement; however, they will need to provide a certified birth certificate and certified college transcripts for review. These documents will then be returned.

Yes. Copies of all documents must be submitted with your Personal History Statement. If you are having difficulty obtaining a requested document for your personal history packet, contact the Recruiting Sergeant at (830) 258-1370.

Contact the Recruiting Sergeant at (830) 258-1370 or kpdrecruiting@kerrvilletx.gov

The hiring process typically takes about 8 -10 weeks. The time frame is highly contingent upon the applicant themselves. The applicant’s assertiveness to complete and submit the needed documentation and their availability to complete the required steps plays a major role in relation to how expeditiously the hiring process is completed. Background investigations can take several weeks. The more you communicate with your background investigator, the faster your investigation will be completed and the smoother your hiring process will be.

The reason the applicant was disqualified will have an impact on when and if they are eligible. If an applicant fails the written test, they are eligible after three months from their original date of application.

Professional business attire.

No, you may live where you want and commute.

The academy is approximately 6 months long.

Typically, there are 3 full time academies a year. The Kerrville Police Department only provides sponsorship for full time academies.

Sponsored cadets attend the Alamo Area Regional Law Enforcement Academy located in San Antonio.

Yes. Military personnel and veterans who have, or are anticipated to have, an honorable discharge are eligible and encouraged to apply. General discharge and uncharacterized discharge are also accepted but are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Applicants who are discharged must submit their DD-214 (Member 4 copy) for discharge status verification. Applicants in the Reserves or National Guard should advise their command of the police academy training schedule and attempt to work out a schedule that will allow regular attendance of the academy. Remember, the regular police academy is approximately 6 months long.

Applicants must have an honorable discharge, or a general discharge under honorable conditions. Uncharacterized discharges will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. No applicant with a dishonorable discharge, bad conduct, or other characterization of bad character will be considered.

THE FOLLOWING ARE DISQUALIFYING CIRCUMSTANCES:
• Having been convicted, or on court-ordered community supervision or probation, for any criminal offense the grade of a Class A misdemeanor or higher.
• Having been convicted, or on court-ordered community supervision or probation for a Class B misdemeanor within the last ten (10) years.
• Currently under indictment for any criminal offense.

If you have multiple moving violations (4+) in the last three years this could disqualify you. If you have had your driver’s license suspended in the last three-years this will disqualify you. Once you are outside the three year window, you become eligible for consideration.

Simply having a poor credit score will not be an automatic disqualifier. If you are behind on child support payments, you are not eligible until those payments are up to date.

Drug use is not automatically a permanent disqualifier. Disqualification timeframes depend on many factors including the substance used, age at time of use, and frequency of use. For specific questions, contact the Recruiting Sergeant to ascertain if you are eligible prior to initiating the process.

Having less than a General Discharge from a previous agency.

Recent drug usage, not submitting documentation in a timely manner, offense convictions, poor driving record, poor work history, and omissions on documentation submitted.

No, but we prefer employees work within a 45-minute radius.

Applicants are responsible for all moving costs. However, your uniforms and equipment are issued by the Kerrville Police Department and you are paid a salary while attending the Academy.

Yes. Consideration is given to Lateral Transfers based on years of service, experience and training. This is handled on a case-by-case basis. Click here for more information.

Yes, there are opportunities for officers who have completed the field training program to sign up for extra jobs, such as school sporting events, traffic control for special events, estate sales, funeral escorts, and more.

Currently, KPD offers certification pay based on your TCOLE certification level: Intermediate $600, Advanced $900, and Masters $1,500.

Policy states, “While in uniform, no officer may display tattoos or any type of body art, which can be deemed inappropriate or excessive.”

Yes. Command Staff members and Investigations personnel have take-home cars. Presently, Patrol Officers have a shared take-home car program if they live within 40 miles of the Kerrville city limits.

If you are serious about applying with the Kerrville Police Department you may do a ride along. To initiate this process, contact the Recruiting Sergeant so he can complete the necessary documentation and gain approval from the Division Commander. After completing an application, you will be paired with a patrol officer in a marked vehicle and will observe as he or she responds to calls for service. This is one of the best ways to evaluate if police work is right for you. For more information click here

•Responding to calls for service from the community
•Conducting preliminary investigations at crime scenes
•Familiar with Texas Penal Code, Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, Texas Transportation Code and Texas Family Code
•Investigating traffic related incidents
•Driving and safe operation of police vehicles
•Documenting incidents in police reports and gathering of evidence
•Searching, pursuing and detaining suspects
•Responding to burglar and robbery alarms
•Making arrests
•Enforcing traffic and parking laws
•Participating in Community Policing activities
•Preparing for and attending court appearances
•Participating in mandatory and elective training
•Keeping proficient with firearms and self-defense

School Resource Officer
Traffic Officer
Criminal Investigations Detective
Special Investigation Unit Detective
Field Training Officer
Evidence Technician
K-9 Officer
Please visit our Careers page for further information.

You will undergo a three week mini-academy and orientation process. This involves being introduced to the various sections of the Department and being provided supplemental training such as Defensive Tactics, Standardized Field Sobriety Testing training, Firearms training, etc. Upon completion, you will enter the Field Training Program which will take approximately three months. Upon successful completion, you will be assigned to a patrol shift.


Apply Now Graphic Opens in new windowCareer Paths GraphicAbout KPD Graphic