Wichita Falls Police Recruiting

Civil Service Exam Study Guide

                    Hiring Process                                                             Personal History Statement
Requirement and Disqualifiers Entrance Test Procedures
Salaries and Benefits Veterans Benefits


The Wichita Falls Police Department is compromised of a family of professionals committed to the safety and security of the citizens and visitors in Wichita Falls. Employment with this Department provides a fulfilling, life-long career with a competitive salary and benefits package, excellent career advancement, and continuing education and training

Test Procedures

As a Civil Service Agency, all positions open on the WFPD are filled from a list generated by an Entrance Exam. The Entrance Exam is a written test that rates an applicant's reading and writing ability. Following the written test, a Physical Fitness Test and a Video Assessment are give to assess the applicant's physical and behavioral skills.

Minimum Requirements for Physical Fitness Testing

The physical fitness entrance test for the City of Wichita Falls Police Department consists of a 2,000-meter row on a Concept 2 Rower. To successfully pass the Concept 2 Rower test, an applicant is required to complete the 2,000-meter row and achieve a minimum score of 40%, with the difficulty level set to "5". The passing score is determined based on your gender, age, and weight. All row tests will be administered by a certified tester. To determine your minimum standard for passing 40%, visit the Texas Department of Public Safety website, and follow the steps below:

-select your gender and age range the type in your weight

-under the "Desired Results" section, type in "40"

-click "Calculate"

-you must achieve that time or faster to pass the Concept 2 Rower test.

Training for the 2000 meter row

A COMPLETED Personal History Statement must be brought with you to your entrance test!

The Academy
The Wichita Falls Police Academy is 26 weeks of classroom and hands-on training taught by seasoned Wichita Falls Police Officers who are the best at what they do. Scenario-based training is used throughout the academy allowing trainees to experience a vast array of "real life" scenarios in a controlled environment that prepares them for the career that lies ahead. Upon graduation, new officers enter the Field Training Program where they ride with a Field Training Officer for 16 weeks as they gradually take on more police duties. 

Lateral entry Police Officers 
The Wichita Falls Police Department also accepts Lateral Entry Police Officers who attend a shortened mini-academy. You must be a TCOLE licensed Police Officer meeting certain criteria to apply for the mini-academy. Please contact the Wichita Falls Human Resources at (940) 761-7615 or Training Division at (940) 720-5059 for information on Lateral Entry Positions.

More Information
For more information please contact the Training Section 940-720-5059.