Job Title:                  Police Officer

Job #:                        3733

Opening Date/Time:   Thu. 05/26/16 12:00 AM Central Time


Salary:                       $43,000.00/Year

Job Type:                 Full-Time

Agency:                 Harris County Transit Authority

Location:                 Houston, TX

Department:             Operations, Public Safety, Customer Service



Basic Functions 

Under the supervision of a METRO police shift sergeant, protects METRO employees, property, and customers from criminal offenses, apprehends persons committing offenses against METRO, deters transit-related crimes through increased visibility and mobility; enforces federal and state statutes, and county and municipal ordinances within the METRO service area.  Performs duties in a safe, efficient manner and in compliance with all applicable rules and safety procedures.


 Responsibilities and Specific Duties:

                     Enforces federal and state statutes, and county and municipal ordinances within the METRO service area.

                     Responds promptly and safely to calls for service from the Communications Section.

                     Protects METRO employees, property, and patrons from criminal offenses.

                     Patrols bus routes and light rail corridor, including boarding areas as assigned; conducts fare inspections/enforcement as assigned.

                     Patrols all METRO owned facilities and other properties as assigned.

                     Apprehends persons committing offenses associated with calls for service or investigations conducted, working in uniform or in plainclothes, as appropriate.

                     Initiates actions to safely facilitate traffic mobility, such as directing traffic or removing road hazards.

                     Conducts preliminary investigations of offenses committed within the METRO service area.

                     Maintains evidence chain of custody pursuant to the arrest and processing of offenders.

                     Ensures that all documentation is completed for the arrest and processing of offenders.

                     Develops good working relationships with municipal, county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.

                     Patrols HOV and/or HOT lanes and diamond lanes; requests services of wreckers as required.

                     Renders aid and remains on scene at accidents to maintain safety of motorists and others until appropriate response units arrive.

                     Uses computers and appropriate software in office and police vehicle environments to enter daily activity data and prepare reports.

                     Promotes safety awareness and follows safety procedures in an effort to reduce or eliminate accidents.

                     Performs other duties as assigned.



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 Minimum Qualifications/ Requirements:

High school diploma or GED with 12 semester hours from a TCLEOSE-approved accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 2.0; OR a minimum of two years of active military service with a DD-214 Honorable Discharge.
Must meet the training standards successfully in the first year of hire.  Minimum age of 21
Possess valid TCLEOSE License and valid Texas Driver's License. Meet all criteria set forth in TCLEOSE rule 217.1, and Texas Occupational Code Section 1701.255. Be able to maintain and/or obtain additional certifications or licenses as required.  

A Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) check is required prior to the placement of any individual in a position that requires the operation of a METRO revenue or non-revenue vehicle on behalf of METRO:

The Disqualifying Criteria is as follows:
- Invalid, suspended, or revoked driver's license
- Conviction of driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) within the preceding three (3) years
- 2 or more DUI or DWI convictions with no time limit.
- Any accumulation of suspensions of over 1 year in length within the last 3 years


 Additional Information:


The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas has a zero tolerance drug and alcohol policy for all employees. All internal and external applicants will be required to undergo drug testing before employment and will be subject to further drug and/or alcohol testing throughout their employment.

Further, employees who perform safety-sensitive functions will submit to drug and/or alcohol testing in accordance to the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) regulatory requirements.

We provide equal opportunity to all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, veteran status, genetic information or disability.