How to Become a Police Officer in El Paso
El Paso is located in western Texas and has a population of over 670,000.1 The city is touted as having the lowest crime rate in the US when compared to cities with a population over 500,000.2 Cops in the city earn an average annual salary of $56,110.3 El Paso is an affordable place to live; the cost of living is 16% lower than the national average.4
Men and women who want to join the El Paso Police Department will find information on the application, selection and training process below.
El Paso Police Officer Requirements
The El Paso Police Department (EPPD) employs over 1,000 sworn officers and 218 civilians.5 In 2012, the Department’s annual budget was $112,478,238.5 EPPD cops can earn an annual salary of $41,031 their first year, and $47,499 by their fourth year of service.6 To become a law enforcement officer in El Paso, applicants must:
- Be 21 years of age with a high school diploma or GED*
- Be a US or naturalized citizen
- Possess a valid driver’s license and liability insurance
- Not have been convicted of three or more moving violations and/or motor vehicle accidents (at fault) within the past three years
- Not have been on court-ordered community supervision or probation for any offense above a class B misdemeanor nor for a class B misdemeanor within the past ten years
- Not have been convicted of any court offense involving family violence
- Not have been dishonorably discharged from the military
*An applicant can fulfill the education requirement if he or she has 12 credit hours from an accredited postsecondary institution.
Applicants can apply if they are at least 18 years of age and:
- Have an associate degree or 60 credit hours from an accredited college or university OR
- Have received an honorable discharge from the military OR
- Have a military discharge based on misconduct that bars future military service plus one year of general experience
Applicants get two chances to pass the four parts of the job simulation test which include the pursuit agility test, wall climb, body drag, and 500-yard pursuit run. After successfully completing the job simulation test, applicants must undergo a background investigation, and a medical, psychological and polygraph exam. Applicants must also pass a drug test.
For more information about becoming a law enforcement officer in a big city, check out 10 Steps to Becoming a Police Officer on our home page.
El Paso Police Department Information
The EPPD has five regional commands, each with its own Commander and special units. Law enforcement officers can work with one of the Department’s many units, some of which include: cyber crimes, special, victims unit, Mexico liaison, homeland security, narcotics, vice, SWAT, and aviation.
El Paso Police Training Academy
The El Paso Training Academy offers a 30-week training that all EPPD must attend and pass. Crossfit training is the main strength and conditioning program used at the Academy.
Since 2012, the Academy has graduated 176 students: 47 in 2012, 65 in 2013, and 64 in 2014.7
El Paso Police Salary and Jobs Outlook
More than 1,600 cops are employed in the City of El Paso and they earn an average annual salary of $56,110.3 The number of cops in Texas is projected to increase by 17% between now and 2022, creating an average of 2,760 law enforcement openings per year.8 The exact number of police officers recruited and hired depend on the city’s budget and the police officer retirements and resignations during that period.
To view open listings for police officers in El Paso, visit our jobs board page.
More Information on the El Paso Police Department and Crime
The EPPD has created a Community Advisory Board to serve as a liaison between the community and the law enforcement. Each Regional Command has its own community advisory board. El Paso encourages neighborhood watch groups to be the eyes and ears of the community and to help keep community members safe. The EPPD has a Police Explorers Program for youth looking to learn more about police operation and training. It is paid for by the El Paso Police Foundation.
Hopeful cops and curious citizens wishing to participate in the EPPD’s ride-along program may contact an officer at any regional command center for more information.
El Paso Police Department Headquarters
911 N Raynor St
El Paso, TX 79903
1. US Census Bureau, El Paso TX: http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/48/4824000.html
2. Visit El Paso, TX: http://visitelpaso.com/visitors/about_el_paso
3. Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2014 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, El Paso, TX: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_21340.htm
4. Sperling’s Best Places, El Paso, TX: http://www.bestplaces.net/cost_of_living/city/texas/el_paso
5. El Paso Police Department 2012 Annual Report: http://www.elpasotexas.gov/~/media/files/coep/police%20department/annual%20report%202012.ashx?la=en
6. El Paso Police Department Salary and Benefits: http://www.elpasotexas.gov/police-department/join-eppd/salary-and-benefits
7. TCOLE FY 2014 Basic Licensing Exam Results: http://tcole.texas.gov/sites/default/files/FormsAppsPubs/Basic%20Licensing%20Exam%20Results%202012-2014%20version2.pdf
8. Projections Central: http://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm