Entry Level Police Officer

Red Oak, TX
Red Oak Police Department

Salary: $66,321 – $80,691.

Open until filled

Position Summary:

The purpose of this position is to perform law enforcement and crime prevention services to the public, to control traffic flow and enforce State and local traffic regulations; and to participate in and provide support and assistance to special Department crime prevention and specialized law enforcement programs. Officers will be required to fulfill all duties of a Police Officer including making arrests, running, climbing, sitting and standing for long hours and writing legible and articulate reports.

Essential Functions:

  • Patrols City in radio-equipped vehicle; answers calls for protection of life, property, and enforcement of City, County, and State laws.
  • Conducts preliminary investigations of disturbances, prowlers, burglaries, thefts, hold-ups, vehicle accidents, deaths, and other criminal incidents.
  • Checks buildings for physical security.
  • Responds to calls related to traffic incidents and any other required emergencies; observes, monitors, and controls routine and unusual traffic conditions; assists and advises motorists and enforces traffic safety laws.
  • Stops drivers who are operating vehicles in violation of laws; warns drivers against unlawful practices; issues citations, and make arrests as necessary.
  • Directs traffic at fires, special events, and other emergency or congested situations.
  • Interviews victims, complainants and witnesses; interrogates suspects; gathers and preserves evidence; testifies and presents evidence in court.
  • Searches, fingerprints, transports, and books prisoners.
  • Prepares arrest reports, activities performed, and unusual incidents observed.
  • Plans and executes crime prevention programs and presentations for local schools, churches, businesses, and community groups.
  • Maintains contact with citizens regarding potential law enforcement problems.
  • Assists in the performance of special investigative and crime prevention duties, as assigned.


  • Successful applicants must have effective written and verbal communication skills and be able to create legible, articulate and error-free reports.
  • Applicants must also have strong interpersonal skills to be able to interact with people of different social, economic and ethnic backgrounds in a positive manner.
  • Must be able to render credible testimony in a court of law.
  • Exercise controlled discretion in situations requiring diplomacy, fairness and sound judgement.
  • Interpret laws and regulations, make decisions, maintain composure, and work effectively under stressful conditions and emergency situations.
  • Recognize suspicious behavior patterns, mediate difficult situations, question victims and witnesses, and use effective arrest & control techniques.
  • Interact with people of different social, economic and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Remain alert at all times and react quickly and calmly in emergency situations.
  • Evaluate facts and evidence, draw logical conclusions and make proper recommendations.
  • Safely maintain and operate a variety of firearms, impact weapons, chemical agents and other law enforcement tools and equipment.
  • Operate a personal computer utilizing a variety of business software.
  • Communication effectively, both verbal and written.
  • Render credible testimony in a court of law.