Police Officer (Lateral Only)

Celina, TX
Celina Police Department

Salary: $75,046.40 Annually.

Position Summary:

Under the general supervision of a Police Sergeant; enforces Federal, State, and City laws, rules, regulations, ordinances, and codes by performing various law enforcement tasks that support law enforcement and crime prevention activities. Performs investigative work and other special assignments; performs a variety of technical and administrative tasks in support of the Celina Police Department. Maintains high visibility in the community to deter and prevent criminal activity and educates the public in ways to protect themselves from criminal activity and/or prevent accidents and injuries. Actively promotes the department’s community policing philosophy by involving the community as partners.

The intent of this position description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by the incumbent(s) in this position. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties in this description and incumbent(s) may be required to perform position-related tasks other than those specifically listed in this description.

Essential Functions:

  • Patrol a designated area of the City to preserve law and order, discover and prevent the commission of crimes, and enforce traffic and other laws and ordinances.
  • Answer calls and complaints involving automobile accidents, misdemeanors and felonies.
  • Respond to general public service calls including domestic disturbances, civil complaints, criminal offenses, and related incidents.
  • Secure crime scenes.
  • Collect, process, photograph and present evidence using scientific techniques including fingerprints, fibers, blood, and related physical evidence.
  • Check buildings for physical security.
  • Serve as Field Training Officer as assigned; train new officers on departmental policies, procedures, culture, and activities.
  • Enforce traffic laws and ordinances; issue warnings and citations; direct traffic at fire, special events, and other emergency or congested situations.
  • Conduct investigations of private property, non-injury, serious injury, and fatality traffic accidents; conduct traffic accident analyses and general traffic surveys.
  • Conduct a variety of criminal investigations involving crimes against persons and property, auto theft, white-collar crime, fraud, and narcotics; gather evidence and prepare cases for prosecution.
  • Identify suspects; conduct interviews; apprehend and arrest offenders.
  • Contact and interview victims and witnesses; preserve and investigate crime scenes.
  • Conduct covert, undercover investigations as assigned.
  • Contact and coordinate with other law enforcement agencies in matters relating to the apprehension of offenders and the investigation of offenses.
  • Maintain contact with the community regarding concerns of crime and the fear of crime; foster good relationships with the community; take an active role in areas of public education relative to crime, proactive crime prevention, and identifying areas where the police and the community can work together.
  • Promote and practice the department’s community policing philosophy and related strategies of policing.
  • Practice procedural justice both inside the department and with all outside contacts.
  • Prepare and present presentations to the community as assigned.
  • May assist with a variety of special projects as assigned, including department initiatives, weapons qualifications, training events, and activities related to community partnerships.
  • Assist in the performance of special investigative and crime prevention duties as required.
  • Prepare reports on arrests made, activities performed, and unusual incidents observed.
  • Make arrests as necessary; present testimony and evidence in court as required.
  • Utilize department and City resources in an efficient and effective manner.
  • Successfully complete a one-year probationary period which includes field training and related evaluations.


  • Must be a United States citizen.
  • Must be 21 years old.
  • Possess a valid Texas driver’s license.
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Must have 30 college credit hours from an accredited university or college with a 2.0 or higher overall Grade Point Average (GPA); or
  • Must have two (2) years of full-time law enforcement services in the United States; or
  • Two (2) years of active-duty U.S. military service with and Honorable discharge; or
  • Self-sponsored graduate of a TCOLE-Certified Police Academy and you currently have a TCOLE certificate (Police) in good standing. We may waive the college credit requirement needed on a case-by-case basis.