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Posted on: September 14, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Testing Scheduled Oct.12 for Career with SMPD

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The San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) is hosting the biannual entrance exam for interested applicants on Saturday, Oct. 17. The department is interested in both certified and noncertified applicants. The deadline to apply for the test is Monday, Oct. 12.

SMPD offers a competitive salary, cadet training, and lateral entry for persons with four or more years of experience. The starting annual salary for SMPD cadets in training is $51,258. The base salary for officers starts at $58,306. The base salary for lateral entry officers with at least four years of experience is $66,211. TCOLE-certified peace officers will also be eligible for a $3,000 hiring incentive.

The deadline to apply for the test is Monday, Oct. 12. To learn more about the hiring process and to apply online, visit

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