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This position is responsible for the enforcement of federal, state, and local laws, the protection
of life and property and preserving the peace.
• You must be twenty one (21) years of age to hold a Texas Peace Officers License; thus,
that translates to, you must be at least be twenty one (21) years of age the day you
take the test to become a Texas Certified Police Officer.
• In-addition to the following: Graduation from High School or GED. In-addition, accordance
with the TEXAS COMMISSION ON LAW ENFORCEMENT STANDARDS, applicants with a
GED requires twelve (12) hours of College Credits to be qualified to enroll in a Police
Academy to meet TEXAS COMMISSION ON LAW ENFORCEMENT STANDARDS, along with
the ability to meet other current requirements set forth by the Texas Commission of Law
Enforcement Officers Standards and Education.
• Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver’s license issued by the State of
Texas for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.
• Ability to read, write and perform mathematical calculations at a level commonly
associated with the completion of high school or equivalent.
• No experience requirements.
• No illegal drug use
• No arrest record with higher than a class C misdemeanor,
• Meets or exceed the physical agility requirements of the department.
• Demonstrate proficiency with handgun, and shotgun during scheduled testing with the
DUTIES, FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the
following. Other related duties may be assigned.
• Attendance is an essential job function to perform the duties of this position.
• Patrols an assigned zone on foot, on bicycle, and by vehicle to detect and deter criminal
activity and traffic violations.
• Responds to calls relayed by communications officers, including domestic disputes,
assaults, burglaries, traffic accidents, lost or missing persons searches, public service
duties, stranded motorists, and others.
• Conducts preliminary investigations into traffic accidents and other incidents, including
interviewing victims, complainants and witnesses, gathering information and evidence,
and securing crime scenes.
• Apprehends, arrests, and processes offenders, including fugitives; subpoenas witnesses;
• Provides assistance and backup support to other officers and emergency service providers
• Assists motorists.
• May provide first-aid and CPR to victims as necessary.
• Provides traffic direction as needed for special events such as parades, funerals, athletic
events, and school crossings.
• Testifies in judicial proceedings as necessary.
• Completes all required reports and forms, including accident and incident reports. Inspects
and maintains assigned patrol car, uniform, and equipment.
• May serve as Hazardous Materials Technician.
• Serves criminal and court-related paper work.
• Attends ongoing training classes as required.
• May serve as a member of the department’s SORT team, as a field training officer for the
department, as School Resource Officer/DARE Officer; provides DARE instruction to school
• Performs other related duties as assigned.
SKILL, KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES REQUIRED BY THE POSITION:
• Knowledge of relevant federal and state laws, criminal and traffic codes, search and
seizure laws, city ordinances, and department policies and procedures.
• Knowledge of traffic accident investigation techniques and procedures.
• Knowledge of the geography and streets of the city.
• Knowledge of first-aid and CPR techniques.
• Knowledge of the court system and judicial procedures.
• Skill in operating police vehicles, firearms, and emergency equipment.
• Skill in operating radios and communications equipment.
• Skill in operating radar equipment.
• Skill in evidence packaging.
• Skill in restraining persons without causing physical harm.
• Skill in controlled substance field-testing.
• Skill in the use of a computer.
• Skill in oral and written communication.
The Sergeant - Patrol assigns work in terms of general instructions. Work is reviewed for
accuracy, compliance with established procedures, and the nature and propriety of the final
Guidelines include state and federal laws, traffic laws, city ordinances, court rulings,
constitutional guidelines, training manuals, department policies and procedures, and supervisory
instructions. These guidelines are generally clear and specific, but require some interpretation in
The work consists of related law enforcement duties. The varied nature of calls and the
potential for emergencies contribute to the complexity of the work.
SCOPE AND EFFECT:
The purpose of this position is to protect life and property and enforce federal, state, and local
laws. Successful performance helps ensure the safety and well-being of citizens and
contributes to the efficient and effective operation of the department.
Contacts are typically with co-workers, other city employees, other emergency service
providers, court system personnel, attorneys, judges, medical personnel, law enforcement
officers from other agencies, and the general public.
PURPOSE OF CONTACTS:
Contacts are typically to give or exchange information, provide services, interview persons,
resolve problems, and negotiate or settle matters.
The work is typically performed while sitting, standing, walking, running, bending, crouching or
stooping. The employee occasionally lifts light or heavy objects, uses equipment requiring a
high degree of dexterity, and must be able to distinguish between shades of color and use the
physical force necessary to arrest and restrain persons.
The work is performed indoors, in a vehicle, and outdoors. The employee may be exposed to
inclement weather, infectious diseases, and life-threatening situations. The work requires the
use of protective clothing and devices.
SUPERVISORY AND MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITY:
This position may serve as relief supervisor in the absence of the Sergeant.