Patrol Officer

Pecos, TX
Pecos Police Department

Position Summary:

Protects the City’s residents and property by striving to promote voluntary compliance to laws and ordinances through the use of enforcement, public education and role modeling. Has frequent contact with department employees, other City employees, other law enforcement agencies, related agencies and organizations, juveniles, volunteers, court and juvenile probation employees, schools, youth, and the general public.

Essential Functions:

  • Patrols an assigned area, by vehicle or on foot, to prevent crimes and enforce laws and ordinances on non-permanent shifts.
  • Responds to emergency calls and routine complaints and disturbances and takes necessary action.
  • Directs traffic, escorts traffic, operates traffic radar monitoring equipment and issues traffic citations.
  • Conducts initial investigations of traffic accidents and criminal offenses.
  • Questions witnesses, complainants, victims and suspects and takes statements and affidavits.
  • Makes referrals to DHS when appropriate.
  • Keeps records of activities and prepares reports concerning crimes, complaints, accidents, and investigations.
  • Serves warrants and makes arrests.
  • Pursues and apprehends suspects.
  • Responds to the public’s calls for assistance and takes necessary action, including performing first aid.
  • Shares information and works with other law enforcement agencies as directed and appropriate.
  • Processes prisoners, including fingerprinting, photographing, ensuring magistration by a judge, approving City bonds, searching prisoners, recording and securing the prisoner’s property, and transporting prisoners to appropriate facility.
  • Appears/Testifies in court and before grand juries as necessary/required.
  • Conducts security checks of businesses and residential areas on patrol route.
  • Assists EMS personnel, Firefighters, and Animal Control Officers.
  • Performs police-community relations activities.
  • Problem Solving.
  • Tags and logs in evidence.
  • Performs upkeep and simple maintenance on department vehicles.
  • Assists with special activities, such as Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) operations, weather watches, school traffic monitoring, and funeral escorts.
  • May impound vehicles and may maintain inventory.
  • May provide dispatch relief when necessary.
  • Performs such other law enforcement, investigative, technical and educational duties as may be assigned.
  • Serves in extension of current duties as required for emergency management, particularly in the areas of staff alerting, communication, public warning, and law enforcement.
  • May be assigned as a Crime Scene Processor, Intoxilyzer Operator or K-9 handler.
  • Provides quality customer service to City staff, the general public, and all other work contacts.
  • Educates the public on issues of crime prevention and awareness including: conducting inspections, classes, and speeches relative to crime prevention, safety education, and community involvement, including Neighborhood Watch programs.


  • High school graduate, or its equivalent (some college work in criminal justice, psychology, or a related field, and/or previous police experience preferred); Or any equivalent combination of experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Basic Certification by the Texas Commission of Law Enforcement (TCOLE) Valid Texas Driver’s License.