Police Officer Trainee

Dallas, TX
Dallas County Community College District


$22.09 Hourly

Closing Date:

January 8, 2024


Police officer trainee is a full-time, non-sworn, temporary classification intended to prepare individuals to become sworn police officers. This position, under direct or general supervision, performs a variety of non-sworn law enforcement duties and attends a formalized education program in preparation for employment as a police officer.


  • Upon completion of police academy, patrol’s campus/location either on foot or in an official vehicle to answer complaint calls, investigate disturbances, accidents and/or criminal activity.
  • Prepares files and records associated with a variety of investigations, as well as testifying in a court of law, if applicable.
  • Plans and organizes daily work routine. Establishes priorities for the completion of work in accordance with sound time-management methodology.
  • Attends meetings, planning sessions and discussions, on time and as directed.
  • Develops and maintains working relationships with diverse, multicultural co-workers, students, faculty, staff and other stakeholders and constituents internal/external to the Dallas College network community.
  • Uses tact and diplomacy to effectively handle requests, suggestions, and complaints internal or external to the Dallas College network.
  • Recognizes and emphasizes the importance of maintaining a positive image within the district and surrounding area.
  • Identifies or assists in identifying alternative solutions to problems or situations, implementing decisions in accordance with prescribed and effective policies and procedures and with a minimum of errors.
  • Collects evidence, writes preliminary reports on each case after initial investigation; prepares supplemental reports as necessary.
  • Interacts with the public with courtesy and tact.
  • Exercises self-control and good judgement in emergency/hazardous situations.
  • Uses appropriate safety principles and techniques.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Associate’s degree or the ability to complete an Associate’s degree within six (6) months of hire.
  • Psychological testing, freedom from drug dependency testing, and a physical (medical) will be conducted as a condition of employment.
  • Works shifts, as assigned, including nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • Trainee may be assigned to various campuses/locations throughout the Dallas College Police Department.
  • Must successfully complete a certified Basic Law Enforcement course as prescribed by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) and associated field training within one year of employment.
  • Must have a current and valid Texas driver’s license.
  • Official transcripts and licenses will be required.

***Will be subject to a criminal background. Some positions may be subject to a fingerprint check. ***