Police Recruit

Savannah, TX
Elm Ridge Police Department

Salary: $65,000.00 Annually.

Position Summary:

Upon successful hiring as an Elm Ridge Police Recruit, applicant will be enrolled in a state accredited basic peace officer course in a police academy to be determined.

After graduating the police academy, under general supervision, provides responsive and courteous police services in the protection of life and property through the enforcement of laws and ordinances, generally consisting of routine patrol, interventions, assistance, investigations, and traffic regulation duties.

Essential Functions:

  • Preserves the peace of the community through mediation, investigation, intervention, assistance, documentation, and arrest; utilizes all lawful means to improve the quality of life by reducing the fear and incidence of crime, recognizing, and resolving problems, and meeting the public safety needs of the citizens of the Elm Ridge WCID.
  • Patrols the District to respond to citizens’ requests for assistance, enforce traffic regulations, detect crime, apprehend violators, and assure public safety.
  • Patrols and provides security for assigned areas, looking for unusual or suspicious activities or persons; responds to emergency and non-emergency calls for service; interrogates and communicates with victims, witnesses and suspects in cases; provides scene security and protection for Fire and Medical personnel.
  • Enforces local, state and Federal laws, and enforces compliance with local regulations and ordinances, according to Department policies, procedures and regulations.
  • Investigates crimes and accidents; secures and processes crime and accident scenes and identifies and collects evidence within scope of authority.
  • Arrests law violators; transports and processes suspects, victims and prisoners.
  • Completes detailed reports and required paperwork.
  • Maintains vehicle and equipment according to Department standards.
  • Represents the District Police at court hearings; prepares reports and testifies in court cases.
  • Assists and coordinates with other emergency services personnel, outside organizations and businesses, and Federal, state and local law enforcement organizations.
  • Presents education and information programs for community and school awareness projects; teaches and counsels residents on law enforcement activities and referral resources.
  • Performs specialized functions in areas of expertise, including training, K-9, SWAT, event security, computer systems, and other special enforcement and investigative teams.
  • Maintains the integrity, professionalism, values and goals of the Department by assuring that all rules and regulations are followed, and that accountability and public trust are preserved.
  • Performs other duties as assigned or required.


  • High school diploma or GED equivalent.
  • Be 21 years of age.
  • Have a clear criminal record.
  • Must pass background investigation, a medical, psychological, oral board, and final interview with the Chief of Police.
  • College course credits towards a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Business or Public Administration are preferred.
  • The ability to obtain a Peace Officers License from Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE).
  • Must possess a valid Texas Driver’s License.