Police Officer

Houston, TX
Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County

Position Summary:

Under the supervision of a METRO police shift sergeant, protects METRO employees, property, and customers from criminal offenses, apprehends persons committing offenses against METRO, deters transit-related crimes through increased visibility and mobility; enforces federal and state statutes, and county and municipal ordinances within the METRO service area. Performs duties in a safe, efficient manner and in compliance with all applicable rules and safety procedures.

Essential Functions:

  • Enforces federal and state statutes, and county and municipal ordinances within the METRO service area.
  • Responds promptly and safely to calls for service from the Communications Section.
  • Protects METRO employees, property, and patrons from criminal offenses.
  • Patrols bus routes and light rail corridor, including boarding areas as assigned; conducts fare inspections/enforcement as assigned.
  • Patrols all METRO owned facilities and other properties as assigned.
  • Apprehends persons committing offenses associated with calls for service or investigations conducted, working in uniform or in plainclothes, as appropriate.
  • Initiates actions to safely facilitate traffic mobility, such as directing traffic or removing road hazards.
  • Conducts preliminary investigations of offenses committed within the METRO service area.
  • Maintains evidence chain of custody pursuant to the arrest and processing of offenders.
  • Ensures that all documentation is completed for the arrest and processing of offenders.
  • Develops good working relationships with municipal, county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.
  • Patrols HOV and/or HOT lanes and diamond lanes; requests services of wreckers as required.
  • Renders aid and remains on scene at accidents to maintain safety of motorists and others until appropriate response units arrive.
  • Uses computers and appropriate software in office and police vehicle environments to enter daily activity data and prepare reports.
  • Responsible for knowledge of and compliance with the policies and procedures of METRO and all General Orders, policies, procedures of the METRO Police Department.
  • Provides excellent customer service to METRO internal and external customers.
  • Promotes safety awareness and follows safety procedures to reduce or eliminate accidents.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned.

Requirements:

  • High school diploma, a GED or a minimum of two years of active military service with a DD-214 Honorable Discharge.
  • Must meet the training standards successfully in the first year of hire. Must be at least 21 years of age at hire.
  • Possess valid TCOLE License and valid Texas Driver’s License.
  • Meet all criteria set forth in TCOLE rule 217.1, and Texas Occupational Code Section 1701.255. Be able to maintain and/or obtain additional certifications or licenses.