Police Officer in Training
The Police Officer in Training is responsible for the public safety by maintaining order, responding to emergencies, protecting people and property, enforcing motor vehicle and criminal laws, and promoting good community relations. This position follows a career path leading to specialization in Police Patrol and the opportunity to promote to Police Officer. If this job description sounds interesting to you, we invite you to apply to be considered for this opportunity.
- Patrol specific area on foot or motorized conveyance, responding promptly to calls for assistance. Monitor, note, report, and investigate suspicious persons and situations, safety hazards, and unusual or illegal activity in patrol area.
- Record facts to prepare reports that document incident and activities.
- Issue citations or warnings to violators of motor vehicle laws.
- Identify, pursue, and arrest suspect and perpetrators of criminal acts. (May require heavy lifting.)
- Review facts of incidents to determine if criminal act or statute violations were involved.
- Investigate traffic accidents and other accidents to determine causes and to determine if a crime has been committed. (May require heavy lifting.)
- Process prisoners, and prepare and maintain records of prisoner bookings. (May require heavy lifting.)
- Testify in court to present evidence or act as a witness in traffic or criminal cases.
- Inform citizens of community services and recommend options to facilitate long-term problem resolution.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- High school diploma or equivalent combination of education and experience. 45 college credit hours from an accredited college or university or an equivalent combination of education and experience. College credit hours are defined as semester hour credit earned while enrolled and completed at an accredited college or university on a certified transcript from the original crediting higher education institution. Workforce education credits do not fulfill this requirement. (Each year of continuous experience as a commissioned law enforcement officer in the state of Texas and/or each year of active duty in a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces may be substituted for ten (10) college credit hours. A maximum of 30 college credit hours may be substituted. A minimum of 15 college credit hours from an accredited college or university is required).
- Two years of full-time employment experience (a Baccalaureate or higher degree may substitute for two years of full-time employment experience).
- Certified as a Police Officer by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE).
- Must have a State of Texas class ‘C’ vehicle operator’s license or ability to obtain within 30 days of employment.
- Meet minimum licensing standard requirements as required by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE).
- Must be in excellent physical health and stamina.
- May be required to work weekends, holidays and hours other than Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.
- May require out of town travel.
- Successful completion of field training program.
- Applicant must pass an entrance exam to be considered for employment.
- Applicant must successfully pass psychological evaluation, physical examination, and complete background investigation to include but not limited to driving history, criminal background, and credit history.
- Bachelor’s degree.
- Previous experience in a college or university environment and experience dealing with the public.