Join the Elm Ridge Police Department!

Elm Ridge Police Department is looking for community minded individuals that are willing to be part of something great. If you are a service minded individual who believes in community policing we would like to speak with you. Elm Ridge Police Department serves a population of over 18,000 residents who reside in the the communities of Savannah, Artesia, and Arrowbrooke in northern Denton County.

Working as a member of Elm Ridge Police Department means you will be part of a remarkable team that is supported by the communities we serve. Along with being part of a police department that has an outstanding relationship between the police and the community , you will be rewarded with job security, great pay, and excellent benefits.

Current Openings


  • Police Officer


A career with Elm Ridge Police Department offers security. The communities we serve are committed to maintaining a competitive salary and excellent benefits.

Salary / Pay Range

  • Competitive Salary with a lateral entry plan for experienced police officers.  Police Officer pay ranges from $69,000.00 – $77,615.60 depending on experience. Recruit pay starts at $65,000.00. Raises are on a yearly STEP Plan.


Incentive Pay

  • Education: All Elm Ridge Police Officers earn $100 per month for an approved Bachelors Degree or Masters Degree.
  • Texas Peace Officer Certification: All Elm Ridge Police Officers earn $50 per month for holding an Intermediate Certificate, $100 per month for holding an Advance Certificate or $150 per month for holding a Master Peace Officer Certificate.
  • Longevity: $5.00 per month for each year of service
  • FTO Pay: Officers assigned as Field Training Officers receive an additional $35 per day when training officers.

All uniform items including Shadows Systems DR920 sidearm with Red Dot Sight, Springfield Saint Rifle with optic, ballistic vest, Tasers, encrypted P25 digital radios, 5-11 uniforms, boots, and body camera are furnished by the department.

There are ten (10) paid holidays given annually to each employee.

Compensation Time

At the employee’s request, the employee may accrue compensation time in-lieu of overtime up to 48 hours

Vacation / Sick Leave (Paid Time Off)
All Elm Ridge Police Officers earn 6.92 personal time off per pay period during years 1-4, 8.46 hours during years 5-9, and 10 hours per pay period upon 10+ years of service with the district.

All Elm Ridge Police Officers become eligible for participation in the district insurance programs on the date they are hired.

The district sponsored health insurance is available to officers and dependents. The district offers two different health insurance plans through Cigna. The district covers 85% off the employees plan and provides an annual $1000 HSA Medical Account contribution to the employee.

Each officer is provided dental insurance at low cost. Officers’ dependents may be added at additional low cost.

All Police Officers are provided on-duty workout time when time permitted.

Each officer is provided life insurance equal to one year’s salary.

All Elm Ridge Police Officers are required to be members of the Texas County & District Retirement System. The plan is a 7% employee contribution in which the district matches the employee contribution with a 2 to 1 match. The plan also provides an annual yearly yield of a 7% return. (Five-year vesting, twenty-year retirement).

State Income Tax
There is no state income tax in Texas.

Deferred Compensation
You may participate in a 457 Deferred Compensation Program (Mission Square Retirement) to shelter a portion of your gross annual salary from income taxes. The deferred portion will be placed into investment options of the employees choice and may be withdrawn at termination or retirement.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education and Experience:

High school diploma or GED equivalent; AND be 21 years of age and have a clear criminal record. Must pass background investigation, a medical, psychological, and polygraph examination, and final interview with the Chief of Police. College course credits towards a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Business or Public Administration are preferred.

Required Licenses or Certifications:

Must possess current Peace Officers License from Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE), and must possess a valid Texas Driver’s License.