Patrol Officer

Hillsboro, TX
Hillsboro Police Department

Position Summary:

To protect the city’s residents and property and to enforce laws and ordinances.

This is a responsible non-supervisory position as a sworn officer. Duties include patrolling an assigned area generally by vehicle, to prevent crime and enforce laws and ordinances; and responding to emergency calls and routine complaints, and taking appropriate action.

Essential Functions:

  1. Patrols an assigned area, by vehicle or by foot, to prevent crimes and enforce laws and ordinances;
  2. Responds to emergency calls and routine complaints and disturbances and takes necessary action, including performing first aid;
  3. Directs traffic, escorts traffic, operates traffic radar monitoring equipment, and issues traffic citations;
  4. Investigates traffic accidents and crimes against persons and property;
  5. Questions witnesses, complainants, and suspects and takes statements and depositions;
  6. Keeps records of activities and makes reports concerning crimes, complaints, accidents, and investigations;
  7. Serves warrants and makes arrests;
  8. May assist in criminal investigations;
  9. Appears in court as required;
  10. Impounds vehicles and may maintain inventory;
  11. Shares information and works with other law enforcement agencies as directed and appropriate;
  12. May tag and log in evidence;
  13. Conducts security checks of businesses and residential areas on patrol route;
  14. Performs upkeep and simple maintenance of department vehicles;
  15. Assists emergency medical personnel, firefighters, and animal control officers;
  16. Fosters good police-community relations among residents in the community;
  17. Assists with special activities such as weather watches, school traffic monitoring, and funeral escorts;
  18. May serve as dispatcher or operate teletype, as necessary, and may deliver emergency messages;
  19. May act as specialist in relation to traffic, suspect apprehension, internal affairs, direct patrol, or other specialized assignments;
  20. May serve as jailer at detention facility, transporting, releasing, and supervising prisoners; and performs such other duties as may be assigned.


  • High school graduation or its equivalent (some college work in law enforcement and/or previous police experience preferred); or
  • Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills) and abilities and satisfies state statutes.
  • Basic Certification by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and
  • Education; and Valid Texas motor vehicle operator’s license