Most police officers spend several years in patrol before moving laterally into other positions such as investigator, school resource officer, traffic enforcement and administration. There is a two year minimum of assignment as a patrol officer before application can be made for these assignments. However, when positions come open, interested officers will be competing with other officers seeking the same positions. Selection criteria vary from section to section.
There are six ranks in the Denton Police Department:
- Police Officer
- Deputy Chief
- Assistant Chief
Promotions for Sergeant and Lieutenant are based on civil service provisions. Deputy Chiefs and Assistant Chiefs are selected by the Chief. The Chief is selected by the City Manager and approved by the City Council.
Police Officers must have three years of time in service before being eligible for Sergeant. Sergeants must have two years of time in grade to be eligible for Lieutenant. On average, newly promoted Patrol Sergeants have seven or more years of time in service.