Andres Gutierrez, NBC 5 News
The Dallas Police Department is looking to hire 200 new officers and is testing candidates this week.
The Dallas Police Department is hiring.
The department said Monday they are looking to hire 200 new officers and will conduct on-site testing this week from Wednesday through Saturday.
The department is using jobs fairs, social media, and other ways to recruit 200 new officers to join the force.
"We have officers retiring, we have officers leaving the department and this is what we do annually," Sgt. George Aranda with Dallas police said.
To qualify, applicants must be U.S. citizens, must be at least 21-years-old with at least 45 college credit hours or 19.5-years-old with 60 college credit hours.
The department offers detective pay, language pay, shift differential pay and education pay in addition to 15 paid vacation days and nine annual holidays.
Staring pay is $42,000 per year or $46,000 per year for those with a degree.
They will waive the college hours for applicants with three years of active military duty.
Dan Fayad spent nearly $1,000 to travel all the way from Dearborn, Michigan for an opportunity to join the Dallas Police Department.
"It's a big department, you have a lot of potential to grow within the department and advance your career," Fayad said.
For more information visit dallaspolice.net/recruiting/recruiting.html
NBC 5's Andres Gutierrez contributed to this report.