CCPD Careers



Begin the application process by completing and submitting the Eligibility Questionnaire,
linked below.

Eligibility Questionnaire

The City of Corpus Christi does not discriminate against any applicant or employee based on race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, military status, citizenship, work related injury or illness, disability, or genetic information.


The Corpus Christi Police Department is looking for a select few community-minded men and women willing to accept the challenge of becoming one of Corpus Christi’s finest. Becoming a Corpus Christi Police Officer means joining a team of dedicated men and women serving a community that respects and supports their service. Our hiring process is designed to recruit a diverse and highly talented, highly qualified pool of applicants that reflect the gender, ethnic and racial composition of the community for which they will serve. We only hire the best because our citizens deserve the best.

If you are ready to accept the challenge, our recruiters and background investigators are here to help you navigate the process. One thing that separates us from other Police Departments our size is the personal relationship that exists between our officers and civilians. Here you are a name, not a number. Some officers describe it as being part of a “big family”. That personal touch begins with the hiring process. If you have a question, our recruiters are just a text, email, or phone call away. Feel free to send us a message. If you want to learn more about our Lateral Hiring process and benefits, click here


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You must be at least age twenty (20) by the start of the Academy which begins in August 2022 and must have reached age twenty-one (21) by the projected Academy graduation date in February 2023.


You must have a high school diploma or a General Educational Development (GED) certificate.

Citizenship & Residency

You must be a United States Citizen and once hired you must reside within a sixty-minute drive of City Hall.


Step One: Submit Your Eligibility Questionnaire

Complete the Eligibility Questionnaire (see link at top of page) and submit by email to A background investigator will review your EQ to verify that you meet our minimum requirements for employment and then provide you with an Application for Employment.  

Step Two: Complete and Submit Your Application

Complete and submit your Application and any other requested documents by mail or in person within seven days, making sure you provide all requested information. Be thorough and remember if you have questions, our recruiting staff is here to help you through the process.

Step Three: Written Exam and Physical Efficiency Battery

Once your Application has been received, a background investigator will review it for completeness and then schedule you for the written exam and physical efficiency battery. The written exam consists of a two-part 100 question test that measures your general (not police specific) knowledge. The PEB is a three-component physical fitness test designed to measure your agility, upper body strength and cardio/respiratory endurance. These exams are generally scheduled on the same day, so come prepared to challenge your mind and body.

Step Four: Preliminary Interview

A background investigator will meet with you and conduct a preliminary background interview, covering topics including your education, employment, military, and any prior questionable or illegal behavior.

Step Five: Pre-employment Polygraph Exam

Following the preliminary interview, your background investigator will provide you with the Personal Information Packet (PIP) to complete, and then schedule your Pre-Employment Polygraph Examination. The PIP is a comprehensive document requiring you to fully and accurately detail your previous employment history, education, credit history, places of residence, driving record, military history, and so on. It is imperative that you answer honestly, completely and to the best of your ability. Your PIP will be used by our Polygraph Examiner as a reference document. Any evidence of deception is grounds for immediate and permanent elimination from the hiring process. Qualified candidates have eliminated themselves at this point because they admitted to behavior (that in itself was not grounds for dismissal) during the Polygraph Examination that they intentionally omitted or lied about on the PIP. No matter how minor you believe the transgression to be it should be listed on your PIP. Honesty is the best policy here.

Step Six: Oral Interview Panel

Your background investigator will then schedule your Oral Panel Interview. This consists of an approximately 45-minute interview before a three-person panel of two CCPD ranking officers and one civilian Human Resources employee. You will be asked a series of standardized questions to evaluate your communication skills, judgment, decision making ability, and character. 

Step Seven: Background Investigation

Your assigned background investigator will conduct a thorough inquiry into your employment history, education, credit history, places of residence, driving record, military history, family, friends and acquaintances. CCPD Command Staff will then review your background investigation, and if approved you will be placed on the Eligibility Roster in ranked order based upon your written and oral interview scores.

Step Eight: Conditional Offer of Employment

Depending on your rank on the Eligibility roster, you may receive a conditional offer of employment. The Corpus Christi Police Department presently anticipates filling a August 2022 Academy with 30 cadets.

Step Nine: Psychological Evaluation

Prior to entering the Police Academy, you must pass an evaluation for psychological and emotional suitability by the Police Department Psychologist.  

Step Ten: Medical Examination and Drug Testing

Prior to entering the Police Academy, you must be evaluated by a licensed physician selected by the City of Corpus Christi and declared physically sound and free from any defect that may adversely affect your ability to effectively perform the duties of a police officer.