Becoming a Port Arthur Police Officer


The City of Port Arthur accepts applications from both Texas certified peace officers and non-certified persons that want to become police officers in accordance with the following guidelines:

The City of Port Arthur accepts applications on an on-going basis from those certified through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) as a Texas Peace Officer.  If you are certified through TCOLE and wish to apply with our department, please submit this online application.  Once the application is received, we will review it and contact you for more information.

If you are not certified through TCOLE, we administer a Civil Service Exam two times per year.  This exam is usually given in February and September but actual dates may vary.  Details of the exam dates, including study sessions, will be posted here when the dates for the exam are announced.  If you want to be personally notified when the next Civil Service Exam will be administered, contact our Human Resources Department at 409-983-8210.

NEW  Civil Service Exam — Saturday, November 4, 2017
Study Sessions for Civil Service Exam
Click here for Essential Functions of a Police Officer
Click here for Qualifications to Become a Police Officer
Click here for Selection Process to Become a Police Officer
Click here for Benefits of a Police Officer
The Port Arthur Police Department maintains an eligibility

list, although positions may not be available.