Police Officer

City of Grand Prairie, TX
Grand Prairie, TX
United States

Exam Date: January 26, 2019

The Grand Prairie Police Department is continually seeking diverse, highly motivated, community-oriented officers with integrity, who are willing to face a variety of challenges and responsibilities. We are committed to working in partnership with the residents of our growing community to provide a safe, secure environment to enhance the quality of life for the 187,050 Grand Prairie residents.
A career with the Grand Prairie Police Department offers a variety of assignments with opportunity for advancement. Grand Prairie Police have specialized units in Lake Patrol, School Resource Officers, Motorcycle Squad, Tactical Teams, SWAT, Detectives, Traffic Enforcement, Community Service, Training and many others. Our officers are proud members of a progressive Police Department.

View the full recruitment brochure here

Minimum Qualifications

U.S. Citizen 21 - 44 years of age, a person 45 years of age or older are not eligible for a beginning position as a police officer.

Applicants must have at least a Bachelor's degree with at least a 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) from a college or university accredited by the United States Department of Education or Council for Higher Education by the time of their hire date with the Police Department, OR

Be eligible for certification from TCOLE (Texas Com­mission on Law Enforcement) and

By the time of hire as a Police Officer, possess at least thirty (30) college semester hours AND two (2) years of any of the following:

experience as a regular full-time peace officer with arrest powers for a law enforcement agency; or
active duty military experience in accordance with the definition of Military Service Credit listed in Section 2.1 (e); or
experience in a Grand Prairie Police Department non-civil service position; or
any combination of experience totaling at least two (2) years from items 1, 2, and 3 above.

Mili­tary po­lice expe­ri­ence does not count as regular full-time peace officer experience.

Lateral Requirements

The Police Lateral Entry Program is authorized as a form of seniority pay as authorized by an ordinance through the City Council and designed to attract additional qualified applicants who would not require the training time involved with an applicant who lacks previous experience. This additional recruiting tool shall involve compensating lateral entry officers for their experience based on the number of years of their prior experience.The Police Lateral program in effect at the time of hire shall be followed for placement in the pay plan.

Eligibility for Lateral Entry

To be eligible for lateral pay, a lateral entry applicant shall have at least two (2) years continuous service as a paid, full-time certified peace officer in a law enforcement agency, including out-of-state agencies, as approved by the Chief of Police.
The lateral applicant shall have been in a position where they had the authority to enforce laws, investigate crimes, make arrests, respond to calls for service, carry a firearm, and use discretion as part of their assigned duties.
A lateral entry applicant shall not have more than a three (3) year break in service from the time they left the former law enforcement agency and the time they made application with the Grand Prairie Police Department.

(click on link for more details) www.grandprairiepolice.org/jobs/qualifications.htm
All applicants must provide the following documentation no later than the deadline of application:

Birth Certificate (original or certified copy)
Form DD-214 - Applicants with military service will have 5 points added to their passing raw test score provided they submit a DD-214 reflecting an honorable discharge.
Applicants have 10 days after the Civil Service Exam to complete the background packet Personal History Statement. Please click link for PHS. (Personal History Statement)

Closing Date/Time: 1/11/2019 5:00 PM Central

1/11/2019 5:00 PM Central