Lateral Entry Program

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based on years of experience

  • 2 - 3 years of service: $77,250
  • 4 - 5 years of service: $79,567.50
  • 6 - 7 years of service: $81,954.53
  • 8 - 9 years of service: $84,413.16
  • 10 years or more of service: $86,945.56


  • Lateral Transfer: $10,000 hiring incentive, depending on experience
  • Written test waived for TCOLE certified applicants
  • Relocation assistance
  • Education Pay
  • Certification Pay
  • Bi-lingual Pay
  • Longevity Pay
  • Beards and tattoos allowed
  • BPD provides uniforms, load bearing vests and service weapons
BPD - Lateral Officer recruitment flyer
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 ten years. 


  • 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



  • Meet existing requirements as outlined in City of Burleson and the Burleson police manuals. Written test is not required for TCOLE certified applicants. 
  • 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. Employment at any other police agency will be decided on an individual basis.
  • 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.

Steps for Selection as a Police Officer

  • Completion of Application
  • Written Test, not required for TCOLE certified applicants
  • 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