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Posted on: May 13, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Certified Officers Invited to Join the SMPD Family

SMPD vehicle parked in front of SMPD Headquarters

The San Marcos Police Department is hosting an entrance exam for certified applicants on Saturday, June 6 that includes a potential $3,000 hiring incentive for those chosen. In order to qualify for the exam, registrants must be currently licensed by Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) as a Peace Officer or anticipated to graduate no later than July 31.

Officers hired from this process will be eligible for a $3,000 hiring incentive with $1,500 at hire and $1,500 upon successful completion of training. The starting annual salary for SMPD officers is between $57,163 and $64,913, based on experience.

“At this time, our department is looking to add at least six qualified and community-oriented officers to our SMPD family,” said Commander Lee Leonard. “We would love to see a record number of interested candidates respond.” 

The deadline to apply is June 3. To learn more about the hiring process and to apply online, visit the TCOLE Certified Police Officer Job Posting. The department will likely open testing for all applicants, including non-certified, as soon as August.

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