Lateral Entry Program

The Burleson Police Department’s lateral entry salary program compensates TCOLE certified police officers with a minimum of two years prior service upon successfully completing their field-training program. Lateral police officer applicants  starting salary will be based on the qualified years of continuous service at their current department, up to six years. 


  • Meet existing requirements as outlined in City of Burleson and the Burleson police manuals, including passing the entry-level test.  
  • Must hold a current peace officer license from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE).
  • Out of state applicants must challenge and pass the TCOLE state exam.
  • Must be a currently employed full-time, paid peace officer employed by a municipality, Sheriff’s Office, or the Department of Public Safety, with a minimum of two years patrol experience handling a full array of police work.
  • Work in a comparable size city or for a department with a minimum of thirty (30) paid, full-time, sworn peace officers. Those that do not meet these requirements will be evaluated on an individual basis.
  • Successfully complete the field training as required by BPD to include weapons proficiency prior to moving into the appropriate salary range.


  • Competitive pay
  • Educational or certification pay
  • TMRS retirement plan
  • Educational programs
  • Career advancement
  • Stability of employment
  • Dental, life and health insurance
  • Paid vacation and sick days
  • Lateral Entry Salary Program - Sworn


Employment/ experience with the following do not qualify for the lateral transfer.

  • School or university law enforcement
  • Military police


  • 2 years of service: $70,040
  • 3 years of service: $72,141.20
  • 4 years of service: $74,305.44
  • 5 years of service: $76,534.60
  • 6 years of service: $78,830.64

Steps for Selection as a Police Officer

  • Completion of Application
  • Written Test
  • Completion of Personal History Statement
  • Oral Board
  • Background Investigation
  • Interview with Chief
  • Polygraph Examination
    • Employment History
    • Credit History
    • Employment Theft
    • Criminal Conviction's
    • Serious Crimes
    • Sex Crimes
    • Illegal Drug and Alcohol Use
  • Psychological Examination
  • Drug Analysis
  • Medical Examination
  • Hiring Decision

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