Police Officer

Under direct supervision of Police Sergeant; patrol and provide enforcement, detection and crime

prevention under the laws of the City, State, and United States; carry out special assignments in the

field of police work; do related work as required; provide reports of assignments and/or related work

as needed.


Enforce appropriate City ordinances, state and federal laws, all written directives; make ethical

decisions that conform to applicable laws, departmental policy, regulations, etc., without supervision

when appropriate; work well with the public and coworkers daily, communicating effectively,

maintaining alertness, composure, helpful attitude and professionalism in all circumstances,

including stress, verbal abuse, criticism, and/or other adverse conditions; provide police services and

assistance; follow a chain of command and instructions, receptive to supervision; immediately

comprehend and execute orders from a supervisor in emergency situations; adapt toward procedures,

programs, regular and special assignments; begin and seek out work without supervision; recognize

the need for supervisory intervention and seek it when needed; keep supervisors informed ofrelevant

activity; recognize, identify, and preserve crime scenes; conduct accurate, thorough, and complete

investigations; load and unload police equipment from a vehicle, including lifting objects over 30

pounds from truck, back seat, etc.; raise a pistol, rifle, or shotgun to aim at a subject for an extended

period of time without firing; shoot a pistol, rifle, or shotgun; discharge tear gas canisters;

demonstrate competent weapons proficiency; clean and maintain duty weapons; perform defensive

and/or other hand-to-hand combat tactics; display proficiency in officer survival and safety tactics;

physically retrain individuals in the following circumstances: mutual combat, pushing or shoving

(crowd control), those under the influence of hallucinogens or other behavior-altering drugs, those

suffering from psychosis or other violent mental disorder; use arm lock/wristlock/neck restraint on

an individual; wrestle with hostile subjects; physically hold unwilling subjects until help arrives;

apply handcuffs to unwilling subjects; physically take away knives, guns, clubs, or other weapons

from aggressive subjects; physically assist drunks in walking, entering police car; forcefully grab

subjects by the arm to lead them away; search persons/vehicles for weapons, evidence, contraband;

search buildings in dark or low-light conditions; use forced entry techniques such as breaking down

doors; conduct foot patrol; chase suspects for extended distances (over 100 yards) over adverse

terrain e.g. rugged fields, alleyways, over fences, etc.; run up and down flights of stairs/steps to assist

other officers or apprehend subjects; break up fights between/among: citizens at bars, restaurants,

athletic events, other public places and events; carry or drag: injured persons; reluctant protestors and

sit-down strikers from protest area; climb buildings, crawl through window, climb ladders, walk on

rooftops to search for criminal entry, evidence, or suspects; walk door to door seeking information

about a crime or subject; walk long distances ( over l /4 mile) to search for missing

persons/suspects/evidence; may include searching difficult areas e.g. woods, bushes, on ledges, etc.;

physically assist seizure victims to prevent injury; administer CPR/first aid in emergency medical

situations; assist ambulance attendants in carrying victims under adverse conditions, e.g. up/down

stairs, over rough terrain, out of creeks, etc.; direct or control traffic with a flashlight or hand signals

for more than one hour at a time; stand on hard surfaces for long periods of time ( over one hour)

performing guard/security duties; enter and exit a police vehicle quickly; operate speed detection

radar, video camera, mobile radio; drive safely under adverse conditions, e.g. rain, snow, sleet, ice,

dark, etc. even at high speeds; engage in safe high-speed driving while pursuing suspects or

responding to calls; operate a motor vehicle for extended periods of time (several hours); work in

congested traffic in and out of a police vehicle; set up roadblocks using traffic barriers other than cars

e.g. cones, sawhorses, signs, etc.; search the area of an accident to determine the cause; examine

vehicles for accident reports; type on a mobile data terminal or computer; physically push vehicles

off roadways, out of ditches and mud holes, etc. using bodily force; use force to open jammed

vehicle doors, free fenders from tires; remove from roadway objects posing traffic hazards, e.g.

debris, tree limbs, loose livestock, dead animals; change car tires; fight vehicle fires; observe

gruesome sights, e.g. deceased persons, battered children, etc. without losing composure; perform

duties acceptably after long hours ( over 24) without sleep during emergency situations; attend all

courts as scheduled or requested; verbally articulate testimony in court; provide field training for new

recruits; work any day of the week, any hour of the day, extra assignments as needed; communicate

effectively via police radio, telephone, and in person, with citizens, co-workers, supervisors, and

instructors, including person of diverse backgrounds, without bias or prejudice; assist fellow

employees without being asked; share recognition for work done jointly; effectively share work

information; respond positively to constructive criticism; behave in a manner conducive to high

morale; express enthusiasm for work assignments, environment, personnel, and management;

complete all reports and paperwork promptly, legible, accurately, thoroughly, neatly, and with

correct grammar and spelling; follow through on assignments in a timely manner; develop, utilize

and recommend methods for work improvement; obtain useful information during interviews and

interrogations; develop and adequately utilize sources of information; use and maintain departmental

equipment safely and properly; observe and report hazardous conditions; maintain an acceptable

physical fitness level, including visual acuity correctable to 20/20 without color blindness, normal

hearing range; arrive at work on time; work in assigned area (beat); maintain the appropriate uniform

and acceptable personal hygiene; carry/wear appropriate extra equipment other than a gun belt, e.g.

bulletproof vest, shotgun, etc.; maintain work area neatly, safely, and in an organized fashion;

display self confidence and authoritative manner, with conduct reflecting favorably to the

Department; must not pose a threat to the health and safety of self or others; performs any additional

duties assigned by a supervisor.


High School diploma; GED is acceptable if augmented with 60 college credit hours. College degree

preferred. Valid State of Texas Class C Driver’s License and good driving record. Texas Basic

Certificate of Law Enforcement Officer Training (may be waived temporarily by the Chief of

Police). TCLEOSE Certified (current). Must be U.S. citizen to be sworn in as a Texas Officer.


Two years experience; aptitude for law enforcement work; ability to think clearly and act effectively

in emergency situations, making sound and logical decisions quickly; good prioritizing and problem

solving abilities; ability to observe and remember details of incident, names and faces; physical

agility and good cognitive abilities are required for successful performance of essential functions.

es as assigned by a supervisor.