Certified Police Officer – Lateral

Wylie, TX
Wylie Police Department

Salary: $67,134.46 – $85,413.78 Annually.

Position Summary:

The City of Wylie Police Department is seeking certified peace officers. The selected applicants will patrol and provide enforcement, detection and crime prevention under the laws of the City of Wylie, State of Texas, and the United States. The selected applicants will carry out special assignments in the field of law enforcement and perform related work as required. Selected applicants will provide reports of assignments and/or related work as needed.

Essential Functions:

  • Enforces appropriate City ordinances, State and Federal laws, and all written directives.
  • Makes ethical decisions that conform to applicable laws, departmental policies, regulations, etc., without supervision when appropriate.
  • Works well with the public and co-workers daily. Communicates effectively, maintaining alertness, composure, helpful attitude and professionalism in all circumstances, including stress, verbal abuse, criticism, and/or other adverse conditions.
  • Provides Police services and assistance.
  • Maintains acceptable physical fitness level, including visual acuity correctable to 20/20 without color blindness and normal hearing range. Performs on-duty physical fitness training as assigned by the Chief of Police.
  • Follows a chain of command and instructions; receptive to supervision.
  • Immediately comprehends and executes orders from a supervisor in emergency situations.
  • Adapts toward procedures, programs, regular and special assignments.
  • Begins and seeks out work without supervision.
  • Recognizes the need for supervisory intervention and seeks it when needed; keeps supervisors informed of relevant activity.
  • Recognizes, identifies, and preserves crime scenes.
  • Completes accurate, thorough investigations.
  • Loads and unloads Police equipment from a vehicle, including but not limited to lifting objects over 15 pounds from truck, trunk, back seat, etc.
  • Demonstrates competent weapons proficiency.
  • Cleans and maintains duty weapons.
  • Uses appropriate force to control hostile subjects.
  • Performs defensive and/or other hand-to hand combat tactics.
  • Displays proficiency in officer survival and safety tactics.
  • Physically restrains individuals using the minimum amount of force necessary.
  • Uses the minimum force necessary to effect arrests of combative or hostile subjects.
  • Physically assists intoxicated subjects in walking, entering Police car.
  • Searches persons/vehicles for weapons, evidence, and contraband.
  • Searches buildings in dark or low-light conditions.
  • Chases suspects for extended distances (over 100 yards).
  • Walks long distances (over 1/4 mile).
  • Administers CPR/first aid in emergency medical situations.
  • Assists ambulance attendants/carrying victims under adverse conditions.
  • Directs or controls traffic with a flashlight or hand signals for more than one hour at a time.
  • Stands on hard surfaces for long periods of time (over one hour).
  • Operates speed detection radar, video camera, mobile radio and other public safety devices.
  • Drives safely under adverse weather conditions, even at high speeds.
  • Engages in safe high-speed driving while pursuing suspects or responding to calls.
  • Operates a motor vehicle for extended periods of time (several hours).
  • Works in congested traffic in and out of a Police vehicle.
  • Sets up roadblocks using traffic barriers other than cars.
  • Searches the area of an accident to determine the cause.
  • Examines vehicles for information to prepare accident reports.
  • Uses force to open jammed vehicle doors.
  • Observes gruesome sights; e.g., deceased persons, battered children, etc. without losing composure.
  • Performs duties acceptably after long hours (over 24) without sleep during emergency situations.
  • Attends all courts as scheduled or requested.
  • Accurately verbally articulates testimony in court.
  • Provides field training for new recruits as assigned.
  • Works in all weather conditions, indoors or outside, light or dark.
  • Works any day of the week, any hour of the day, extra assignment(s) as needed.
  • Communicates effectively via Police radio, telephone and in person and MDC with citizens, co-workers, supervisors and instructors, including persons of diverse backgrounds, without bias or prejudice.
  • Effectively shares work information.
  • Responds positively to constructive criticism.
  • Behaves in a manner conducive to high morale; expresses enthusiasm for work assignments, environment, personnel, and management.
  • Completes all reports and paperwork promptly, legibly, accurately, thoroughly, neatly and with correct grammar and spelling.
  • Follows through on assignments in a timely manner.
  • Develops and adequately utilizes sources of information.
  • Uses and maintains departmental equipment safely and properly.
  • Observes and reports hazardous conditions.
  • Arrives at work on time at an assigned area.
  • Maintains the appropriate uniform and acceptable personal hygiene.
  • Carries/wears appropriate extra equipment other than a gun belt, e.g., armor, shotgun, etc.
  • Maintains work area neatly, safely and in an organized fashion.
  • Displays self-confidence and an authoritative manner with conduct reflecting favorably on the Police Department and on the City.
  • Maintains self in a manner that does not pose a threat to the health and safety of self or others.
  • Orientation period is a full 12 months, either from date of hire or badge pinning (if sent through the police academy by the City of Wylie).
  • Performs as a responsible steward of the public trust and strives for excellence in public service, enhancing the quality of life for all.
  • Acts in a civil, respectful manner at all times to management, co-workers and others.
  • Other duties as may be assigned.


  • High School Diploma or equivalent. TCOLE certified Peace Officer.
  • Valid Driver’s License without restriction except “A”.
  • Must have Texas Driver’s License within 30 days of hire.
  • Citizen of the United States, 21 years of age, clear driving record, no felony convictions.
  • Completion of National Incident Management System (NIMS) training courses as outlined by Emergency Management after hire.