Lateral Entry Program - Police Officer

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Applicants with prior law enforcement experience in Texas may be eligible for lateral entry. Police Officers that qualify for the lateral entry program will complete the RPD mini-academy as well as a modified Field Training period. Lateral entry eligibility is based upon law enforcement experience prior to the date of employment with the City of Richardson.


  • Minimum of 2 years continuous experience as a peace officer in a municipal police department.
  • Break in service of no more than 12 months prior to the date of application.
  • Must possess valid Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Peace Officer License.

Upon successful completion of the six month probationary period, the employee is eligible to move to Step C. Six months later the employee will be eligible to move to Step D. Step increases after that point, as high as top pay, are considered annually and are based on merit.

       START  $63,732 (STEP B)
6 MONTHS  $63,696 (STEP C)
      1 YEAR  $70,272 (STEP D)
   2 YEARS  $73,776 (STEP E)
   3 YEARS  $77,508 (STEP F)
   4 YEARS  $79,824 (STEP G)

For more information, contact a recruiter at (972) 744-4845 or

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