TEST DATE: Tuesday, February 1, 2022
DEADLINE TO APPLY: Friday, January 14, 2022 by 5:00pm
APPLICATION MUST INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
QUALIFICATIONS: As prescribed by Chapter 143 Local Government Code
MINIMUM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR POLICE OFFICERS
An applicant for Firefighter or Police Officer shall meet the following qualifications in order to be considered for an entry-level position:
(a)Makes application in the manner prescribed in the Notice of Examination, and files the application with the Director within the time limits prescribed in the notice of examination.
(b) Achieve a minimum passing score of seventy (70) percent on the written examination: This minimum passing grade must be achieved before any veteran’s points are added to the applicant’s final grade.
(c)Pass a background investigation, including submitting fingerprints for a criminal record check and a polygraph examination.
(d)Applicants convicted of a felony under State, Federal or military law will not be considered for employment. The applicant will not be considered for employment while charges are pending for any offense.
(e)Pass oral interviews conducted under the direction of the Fire or Police Chief.
(f)Be a graduate of an accredited high school or have an equivalency certificate. Applicants shall be required to furnish official transcripts or other competent evidence of completion of the aforementioned academic requirements.
(g)Applicants shall be a citizen of the United States and be able to read, write and fluently speak English.
(h)Be of good moral character.
ADDITIONAL MINIMUM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR POLICE OFFICERS
An applicant for police officer shall meet all of the following criteria in order to be considered for an entry-level position:
(a)A person may not take an entrance examination for a beginning position in the police department unless the person is at least 18 years of age on the date of the entrance examination.
(b)A person who is 45 years of age or older may not be certified for a beginning position in the police department. Applicants who initially qualify to submit an application for an entrance examination, and whose name is subsequently placed on an eligibility list, shall have their names stricken from the list if they have exceeded the maximum age limit, prior to appointment and/or the expiration of the eligibility list, whichever occurs first.
(c)Preferably possess certification as a Texas peace officer on the date of the entrance examination. Applicant shall provide evidence of certification by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) on or before date of hire. If applicant does not possess peace officer certification, he/she must meet all legal requirements necessary to become certified by TCOLE.
(d)Have a valid Texas or out of state driver’s license that is not in jeopardy of suspension or revocation on the date of hire.
(e)Applicants for beginning positions in the police department shall, on their date of hire, have any of the following:
(i.)An associate’s degree; or
(ii.)60 semester hours of credit from an accredited college or university; or
(iii.)An honorable discharge from the armed forces of the United States after at least 24 months of active service.
(f)In lieu of the above listed college education or military experience, applicants who are at least 21 years of age may have any of the following:
(i.)Current Texas peace officer license; or
(ii.)Current enrollment in a bachelor’s or associate’s degree program at an accredited college or university; or
(iii.)Current enrollment in a Texas basic peace officer course; or
(iv.)At least 24 months of full-time employment.
(g)All education and/or experience must be verifiable. Applicants shall be required to furnish official transcripts or other competent evidence of eligibility to the police department’s background investigator.
(h)Is not prohibited by state or federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition.
(i)Successfully complete (1) a post-job offer psychological examination conducted by a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist, if required by TCOLE Regulations; and (2) medical examination and physician certification that the candidate is not dependent on and does not use illegal drugs or misuse legal drugs and includes passing a visual acuity test with the standard established as 20/100 or better in each eye with both eyes correctable, with eyeglasses, to at least 20/20 binocular vision with contact lenses, and the ability to distinguish between basic color groups; and physician certification that the applicant is not dependent on and does not use illegal drugs or misuse legal drugs.
(j)Successfully complete the physical ability assessment, as determined by the police department, demonstrating the applicant is physically capable of performing the essential functions for the position of police officer with or without accommodation. See Appendix for police officer physical ability assessment components.
(k)Applicants must pass a typing test with a minimum of 30 wpm.