Police Officer I/II

Balch Springs, TX
Balch Spring Police Department

Salary: $59,749.79.

Essential Functions:

  • Afford all citizens highly efficient and professional protection and services.
  • Accept responsibility for crime prevention/awareness, recognizing that it is more desirable to deter crime rather than to react to it.
  • Investigate crime and incidents impartially using every legal means and make the truth known.
  • Strive for voluntary compliance to laws and ordinances through the use of enforcement, public education and role modeling.
  • Promote an attitude of friendliness, helpfulness, tact, understanding and caring in the performance of assigned duties.
  • Communicate cooperatively and openly with the community.
  • Communicate openly within the organization; be a team player and offer mutual support to facilitate the accomplishment of higher goals of community protection and service over individual accomplishments.
  • This same spirit of inter-organizational cooperation is carried further to cooperate with other law enforcement agencies and other governmental units.
  • Identify problems, develop solutions, and implement strategies that attain desired results to crime, disordered and incidents of concern brought to the attention of police.


  • Achieve a minimum passing score of seventy (70) percent on the written examination;
  • Pass a physical agility test;
  • Pass oral interviews;
  • Pass a background investigation;
  • Successfully complete a post-job offer psychological examination and medical examination that includes passing a visual acuity test, and physician certification that the applicant is not dependent on and does not use illegal drugs;
  • Have a valid Texas driver’s license at the date of hire;
  • Be a citizen of the United States by birth or naturalization;
  • Be able to read, write, and speak the English language;
  • Be of good moral character;
  • Shall not be prohibited from carrying a firearm or possessing ammunition; and
  • Be a graduate of an accredited high school or have an equivalency certificate AND Licensed by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement at the time of examination OR
  • Possess a high school diploma. No college credit hours are required if you possess a high school diploma OR
  • If you do not have a high school diploma, you must have a GED along with 12 hours of college credit from an accredited university with a minimum of 2.00 grade point average OR you must have 2 years’ full time military experience OR
  • Posses a minimum of 30 college hours from an accredited university or served two years active military duty with an honorable discharge.(30-hour college credit waived in lieu of 5 years continuous tenure with the City of Balch Springs.)