Lateral Entry Police Officer (Peace Officer Certification Required)

Bedford, TX
Bedford Police Department

Salary: $32.11 – $42.14 / Hour.

Position Summary:

Patrols assigned area, in a police vehicle. Enforces traffic regulations, responds to requests for service, performs preliminary investigations to prevent/deter crime and arrest violators.

Essential Functions:

  1. Responsible for following and promoting the Mission of the Bedford Police Department.
  2. Responsible for enhancing the quality of life in the City of Bedford by working cooperatively with the citizens we serve and within the framework of the U.S. Constitution to enforce laws, preserve the peace, reduce fear and provide a safe environment.
  3. Maintains a presence in their assigned patrol area and familiarizes themselves with persons frequenting, working, or living in the area.
  4. Conducts preliminary and field investigations. Interviews and/or interrogates victims, witnesses and suspects. Documents complaints and investigations as required by policy and procedure.
  5. Responds to calls for police assistance by operating a police vehicle in routine and emergency situations while being able to talk and operate the police radio and emergency equipment.
  6. Directs and reroutes traffic around fire or other disruptions by using recognizable arm movements and related equipment.
  7. Serves warrants and/or makes arrests under normal and/or under elevated risk situations.
  8. Operates police communication equipment in order to communicate via radio and/or by typing information on computer/mobile data terminal.
  9. Collects, retrieves, logs, and stores property and evidence utilizing accepted methods and equipment.
  10. Administers first aid, and assists paramedic/medical personnel as needed. May be required to lift and/or carry injured persons.
  11. Issues written citations for traffic and other violations. Testifies in court and describes or illustrates conditions, situations, and occurrences before juries, defense attorneys, prosecutors and judges.
  12. Operates firearms and other impact and/or less-lethal weapons in a safe and accurate manner under stressful and potentially life threatening situations.
  13. May perform other assignments and handle special projects as required.
  14. Regular and timely attendance is required as well as the ability to get along with others in a professional manner.


  • High School Diploma / GED.
  • Must successfully complete the Department’s in-service and Field Training Program.
  • Must possess a valid Texas Driver’s License and be licensable by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE).