The Cedar Park Police Department is currently expanding to meet the law enforcement needs of a growing community and we are looking for diverse and qualified individuals who :
want to be more than just another badge number and desire to utilize their unique gifts, talents, and personal contributions to help make the Cedar Park community a great place to live, work and raise a family
recognize the honor of police service and who would appreciate the opportunity to work in a community where they’re supported by the citizens they serve
have character and expect more from themselves and their peers
are ready to accept the challenge of change
who realize that law enforcement goals can only be achieved through teamwork, creativity, and dedication.
The Cedar Park Police Department is looking for those individuals who know that true service does not lie in numbers, but in the quality of service provided by the individual.
The Lateral Entry Program is designed to offer experienced Police Officers an additional incentive to apply with the Cedar Park Police Department. Lateral Entry candidates must meet all basic requirements and successfully pass all phases of the hiring process like any potential entry-level candidate. However, if the experienced candidate meets the criteria, he/she may be eligible for pay level placement at “Step 4” on the established Police Department Pay Schedule. A candidate must be certified by Texas Commission on Law Enforcement., have at least (4) years of work experience with similar duties in a comparable Law Enforcement Agency, and must not have a break in service for more than 180 days prior to the applicant’s examination date.
An applicant that does not have a law enforcement certification in Texas may be eligible for the Police Cadet Program. Applicants must meet all basic requirements and successfully pass all phases of the hiring process like any potential candidate. A successful applicant is then hired as a Police Cadet and is paid by the City of Cedar Park while attending a local law enforcement academy. A Police Cadet must attend and successfully complete a Basic Peace Officer Training Course and be certified by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) before becoming a Cedar Park Police Officer. The Police Department will also pay for the basic academy tuition, as well as provide the basic uniform and equipment necessary to participate in the academy. A Police Cadet, upon becoming a sworn Police Officer for the City of Cedar Park, must serve a one-year probationary period and is not considered a Civil Service employee until they have completed that probationary period.
Patrol Corporals, Field Training Officers, and Officers, including Community Services and Special Operations, are eligible for a take-home vehicle if a vehicle is available. The Corporal and Officers must reside within the city limits of Cedar Park. In order for Officers to be eligible for the Patrol Take Home Vehicle Program, they Officer must have successfully completed their probationary period.