Police Officer

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AGE: Applicant must be at least twenty (20) years of age as of the date of the entrance examination, and must be twenty-one in order to be hired as a Certified Peace Officer.  Police Cadets may be hired at 20, as long as they turn 21 before graduation from the academy. 

EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS: Applicant must have:
1) A High School Diploma or GED Certificate.
2) A valid Texas driver license at time of hire.
3) Must be able to read and write English.
4) Must complete a physical agility test  (click here for additional information)

COMPENSATION:   $5,000 Sign on Incentive for Certified Officers with more than 1 year experience paid $3,500 on the first paycheck and $1,500 at the completion of 1 year probation.  $2,500 Sign on Incentive for Probationary Police Officers with 0-1 year experience paid on the first paycheck.   $2,500 Sign on Bonus for Police Recruits with no experience paid on first paycheck after successful completion of FTO Program.  All who receive a Sign on Incentive must remain with BPD for 2 years.  Salary based on years of experience:  Police Cadet = $40,428; Probationary Police Officer 0-1 years’ experience = $46,356; 1 to 3 years’ experience = $49,704 per year; 3 to 6 years’ experience = $51,012 per year; 6 to 10 years’ experience = $52,956 per year; 10+ years’ experience $55,560 per year. 

CITIZENSHIP & RESIDENCE: Must be legally eligible to work in the United States. Civil Service personnel are permitted to live outside the city limits as long as the distance is within 30 miles from the City Limits. The residence requirement must be met within 6 months of hire.

GENERAL: Must meet all applicable requirements as stated in Chapter 143, Local Government Code, Municipal Civil Service, and City of Brownwood Civil Service Rules, applicable Meet and Confer Agreements and the City of Brownwood Personnel Rules and Regulations.

DUTIES & REQUIREMENTS: As outlined in job description #06-0804; works 12 hours shifts depending on assignment; some duties include routine patrol, either by motor vehicle or on foot, responsibilities of controlling traffic and enforcing all traffic laws, to prevent vandalism and damage to property, and to protect human life, etc. Specific and general work assignments are received from superior officers, plus the employee works independently using personal discretion and judgment in meeting any eventuality which might arise.

BENEFITS: Group medical, dental, vision and life coverage are provided for the employee and paid by the City after 90 days of full-time employment. Vacation leave is earned at the rate of 15 days (126 hours) per year of continuous employment. Sick leave is earned at the rate of 15 days (126 hours) per year of continuous employment. Holiday leave is earned at the rate of 12 days (84 hours) per year.

EXAMINATIONS / TESTS: A grade of 70% or above is required in order to pass the written examination. An applicant who served in the Armed Forces of the United States and received an Honorable Discharge shall receive five (5) points in addition to his/her competitive grade after passing the written examination. In case of a tie of grades on the complete examination, the applicant who filed his/her application first shall be given first consideration. Candidates passing the written examination shall also be required to pass a physical agility test and an oral interview conducted by the Police New Hire Board in order to be placed on the Eligibility List. A candidate must pass a medical exam, a drug test and a psychological exam prior to appointment.

Any questions regarding this Notice shall be addressed to the Director of Civil Service at 501 Center Avenue, mail: P. O. Box 1389, Brownwood, Texas 76804, phone 325-646-5775, X 1178.