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 have already gone through the police academy and 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 and are interested in attending the police academy, 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 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 409-983-8216.  
  • Follow the links below for the Examination Application paperwork: 
Entry Level Application

Essential Functions of a Police Officer
Qualifications to Become a Police Officer
Selection Process to Become a Police Officer
Pay/Benefits of a Port Arthur Police Officer
The Port Arthur Police Department maintains an eligibility list, although positions may not be available.  

Information on other available positions with the Police Department can be found on the City's Employment Opportunities page as they become available.