Police Officer (Certified/Experienced)

Odessa, TX
Odessa Police Department

Salary: $67,684 annualized.

Position Summary:

Under basic supervision, provides professional, responsive, and courteous police services for the Odessa Police Department (OPD); responds to calls for service, enforces laws and ordinances, prevents crime, and maintains peace and public order in the community; basic duties include patrol, interventions, investigations, surveillance, traffic regulation; may act as trainer, team leader, and technical specialist in area of expertise.

Essential Functions:

  • Enforces state and federal laws, and City regulations; identifies, prevents, and terminates unlawful activities using experience and technical training; performs work according to OPD policies to preserve the peace, solve problems, and provide the highest quality police services; duties will vary according to job assignment.
  • Performs duties of Police Officer and assists OPD officers in the performance of their duties; may act as a team leader, training officer or technical specialist; participates in complex crime prevention, investigation, intervention and enforcement activities.
  • Patrols the City, looking for unusual and suspicious activities and persons; recognizes criminal activities and suspects, and uses reasonable cause to stop vehicles and initiate contact with persons of interest.
  • Responds to emergency and non-emergency calls for service; investigates, documents, and resolves citizen complaints, traffic incidents, crimes, and dangerous and illegal activities; interrogates and communicates with victims, witnesses, and suspects in cases; provides scene security for emergency services personnel.
  • Responds to citizens’ requests for assistance, enforces traffic regulations and safety issues, apprehends violators, and assures public safety; applies laws and regulations fairly and consistently.
  • Investigates crimes and accidents; secures and processes crime and accident scenes and identifies and collects evidence; arrests law violators; transports and processes suspects, victims, and prisoners.
  • Provides community-oriented police services and improves the quality of life in partnership with the community; works with citizens to address the issues of safety, crime, crime prevention, and neighborhood problems; assures citizens are treated with courtesy and respect for individual liberties.
  • Preserves the peace of the community through mediation, investigation, intervention, assistance, and arrest; utilizes all lawful means to improve the quality of life by recognizing and resolving problems.
  • Completes detailed reports and required paperwork; testifies in court as directed.
  • Maintains OPD vehicle and equipment according to Department standards.
  • Assists and coordinates with other emergency services personnel, regional organizations and businesses, and federal, state, and local law enforcement organizations.
  • Performs specialized functions in areas of expertise, including training, SWAT, Tactical Flight, and other special enforcement, assessment, surveillance, intervention, and investigative teams.
  • Maintains the integrity, professionalism, values, and goals of the Odessa Police Department by assuring that all rules and regulations are followed, and that accountability and public trust are preserved.
  • Supports the departmental operations with regular and timely attendance.
  • Supports the relationship between the City of Odessa and the general public by demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with visitors and City staff; maintains confidentiality of work-related issues and City information; performs other duties as required or assigned.


  • High School Diploma or GED required; AND successful completion of Police Academy training.
  • A valid Texas State Driver’s License is required. Basic Peace Officers License and certification from Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) is required. Depending on the needs of the City, additional technical training and certifications may be required.
  • Be a citizen of the United States.
  • Be at least 21 years of age.
  • Has the ability to fluently read, write, and speak English language.
  • Not be currently on court ordered community service or probation for any criminal offense.
  • Not have been convicted of, or placed on deferred adjudication or pretrial diversion for a misdemeanor of the classification “Class B”, or its equivalent, within the last ten (10) years in any state or federal court.
  • Not have been convicted of, or placed on deferred adjudication or pretrial diversion for intoxication offenses as defined by the Texas Penal Code, Title 10, Chapter 49, Section 49.04, 49.05 and 49.06 within the last ten (10) years.
  • Not have been convicted at any time of a felony offense, or its equivalent, “Class A” misdemeanor, or its equivalent in any county, state or federal court.
  • Not have been convicted at any time of an offense of family violence.
  • Not have any criminal charges pending.
  • Not have excessive traffic tickets or accidents.
  • Be of good moral character.
  • Have been honorably discharged from any and all military service or provide proof of acceptable military re-enlistment eligibility if prior service is uncharacterized.
  • Not have had a license issued by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement revoked.