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Police Officer Recruit

City of Grapevine

Location: City of Grapevine, TX 76099
Type: Full-Time, Temporary (unspecified), Non-Remote
Posted on: August 1, 2022
Salary
See Position Description
Location
City of Grapevine, TX
Job Type
Full-Time
Department
Police Dept
Job Number
PD2208-10
Closing date and time
10/1/2022 at 5:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada)
Job Summary Police Officer
Provides crime prevention and law enforcement responsibilities for the conduct of routine patrols, preliminary, criminal, and specialized investigations, and traffic control duties in a designated area during an assigned shift.
This position will normally work on a probationary status for one year from date of swearing in with the City of Grapevine Police Department.
Police Recruit
This position is a temporary status for new employees while they:
• Attend and satisfactorily complete the Basic Course in Applied Police Science (BCAPS, basic police academy), and
• Acquire a Texas Peace Officer’s License by taking and passing the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) licensing exam.
After passing the academy and the TCOLE test, the employee will be promoted to the Police Officer position and will normally work on a probationary status while in the academy and for one year after swearing in date with the City of Grapevine Police Department.
Starting Police Recruit salary is $4,881.07 monthly plus benefits (those attending Basic Academy, or while transferring to a TCOLE license)
$5,383.73 monthly plus benefits for applicants with a TCOLE Peace Officer License and less than 2 years , post-academy, police officer experience
$5,652.40 monthly plus benefits for applicants with TCOLE Peace Officer License and 2 years , post-academy, police officer experience
$5,934.93 monthly plus benefits for applicants with TCOLE Peace Officer License and 3 years , post-academy, police officer experience
$6,233.07 monthly plus benefits for applicants with TCOLE Peace Officer License and 4 years , post-academy, police officer experience
$6,543.33 monthly plus benefits for applicants with TCOLE Peace Officer License and 5 years , post-academy, police officer experience
Essential Functions Police Officer
With limited supervision this position operates in an assigned area(s) of the City of Grapevine and through the application of sound judgment developed through training, education, and experience, performs crime prevention and detection activities to enforce federal, state and local laws, preserve the peace and protect property and lives. Typical duties include:
1. Patrols an assigned area to prevent and detect criminal activities, normally operating a city vehicle.
2. Responds to emergency calls to protect lives and property, often involving criminal activities. Apprehends suspected criminals as situation dictates.
3. Initiates applicable investigation techniques to develop and prosecute criminals under each offense.
4. Prepares reports to document investigative actions, interviews, interrogations, subpoena procurement; written statements; affidavits for evidentiary warrants and arrest warrants; evidence collection; identification, location and apprehension of perpetrator and property recovery. Submits these documents for supervisory review.
5. Prepares and presents cases to relevant courts, legal processes, and testifies when required.
6. Investigates non-criminal actions such as missing persons, internal affairs, found property, and other relevant requests for service.
7. Enforces traffic laws through patrol and issuance of citations.
8. Participates in Police Department crime prevention and education programs and activities.
9. Conducts specialized undercover investigations as assigned.
10. Performs related duties as directed when such duties are a logical and appropriate assignment to the position.
11. Interacts professionally and respectfully with the public, coworkers, and others in the course of daily work.
12. Maintains regular and timely attendance.
Police Recruit
The Police Recruit will attend BCAPS at a local accredited training facility that has been approved by the Chief of Police.
The Police Recruit must pass all written and physical tests to satisfactorily complete the course.
The Police Recruit will adhere to the rules and regulations of the Grapevine Police Department, City of Grapevine, and the training facility.
The Police Recruit must attend all courses related to the BCAPS program. Any absence from the course must be approved by the Police Recruit’s designed supervisor and should not exceed 5% of the required attendance.
The Police Recruit must pass the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) licensing exam.
Any time spent between the date of hire and the beginning of the BCAPS program will include internal policy and procedure training and other duties as scheduled by the Grapevine Police Department.
Required Skills POLICE OFFICER
SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES
•Ability to acquire knowledge of applicable local, state, and federal laws.
• Ability to accept responsibility and account for his/her actions.
• Ability to follow instructions, safety practices and standard operating procedures in performing assigned tasks.
• Ability to be punctual and attend work regularly
• Ability to work effectively with people regardless of their age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, or job type.
• Ability to perform work accurately and thoroughly.
• Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
• Ability to make critical decisions while following established procedures.
• Ability to demonstrate conduct conforming to a set of values and accepted standards.
• Ability to be truthful and be seen as credible in the workplace.
• Ability to make decisions or take actions to solve a problem or reach a goal.
• Ability to formulate a sound decision using the available information.
• Ability to influence others to perform their jobs effectively in a team environment and to be responsible for making decisions.
• Ability to find a solution for or to deal pro-actively with work related problems.
• Ability to overcome violent resistance and apprehend and arrest law violators.
• Ability to physically accomplish the job and protect one’s self.
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS
Applicants must:
1. At a minimum, have received a high school diploma or GED,
2. Hold a current TCOLE Peace Officer’s license,
3. Be at least 21 years of age or older,
4. Have a TCOLE honorable discharge from any previous agency(s), if applicable.
5. Have or be eligible to obtain a valid Texas driver’s license by hire date.
6. Employees who are designated to drive a commercial motor vehicle in a non-emergency situation must have and maintain a CDL driver’s license.
7. Pass a full background investigation, polygraph exam, and psychological exam.
8. Pass a pre-employment basic physical, drug screen, functional assessment screening (Level 1), Titmus vision screening, Ishihara vision screening, and smell test.
Applicants must NOT:
1. Have any DWI (alcohol or drugs) convictions in the last ten years.
2. Have any felony convictions.
3. Have been convicted, put on court-ordered community supervision, or probation for any criminal
offense above the grade of Class B misdemeanor or a Class B misdemeanor within the last ten years from the date of the court order.
4. Have any convictions, deferred adjudication, or probation for assault family violence.
STARTING SALARY
The starting salary of certified officers is based on the previous experience level of the applicant as full-time police officer. Experience as a reserve officer, constable, military service, military police, and jailer is not accepted.
Experience                    Police Officer Starting Step
Less than two years     Step A
Two years                      Step B
Three years                    Step C
Four years                      Step D
Five or more years        Step E
If the department deems it necessary to send a new employee who is a licensed Peace Officer (TCOLE or another state) through the Police Academy, or who is licensed by another state and is waiting for the license to be transferred to TCOLE, then the new employee will enter the department as a Police Recruit and be paid accordingly.
POLICE RECRUIT
SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, AND ABILITIES
Since this position is a pre-cursor for the Police Officer positions, the same set of skills, knowledge and abilities are required.
• Ability to acquire knowledge of applicable local, state, and federal laws.
• Ability to accept responsibility and account for his/her actions.
• Ability to follow instructions, safety practices and standard operating procedures in performing assigned tasks.
• Ability to be punctual and attend work regularly
• Ability to work effectively with people regardless of their age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, or job type.
• Ability to perform work accurately and thoroughly.
• Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
• Ability to make critical decisions while following established procedures.
• Ability to demonstrate conduct conforming to a set of values and accepted standards.
• Ability to be truthful and be seen as credible in the workplace.
• Ability to make decisions or take actions to solve a problem or reach a goal.
• Ability to formulate a sound decision using the available information.
• Ability to influence others to perform their jobs effectively in a team environment and to be responsible for making decisions.
• Ability to find a solution for or to deal pro-actively with work related problems.
• Ability to overcome violent resistance and apprehend and arrest law violators.
• Ability to physically accomplish the job and protect one’s self.
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS
One of the following criteria for education and experience is required:
• High School Diploma or GED plus 2 years active military service with an honorable discharge, or
• High School Diploma or GED plus be a licensed Peace Officer from another state or qualifying federal officer (see TCOLE requirements), in good standing, with 2 years full-time continuous employment post academy and within 4 years of application, or
• High School Diploma or GED plus a Peace Officer License from the State of Texas (TCOLE) with an Honorable Discharge (if applicable), or
• 30 college hours from an accredited institution prior to the hire date. (Accredited institution is a college or university accredited through one of the six accreditors of the Higher Learning Commission.)
In addition to one of the education and experience criteria, applicants must:
1. Be at least 21 years of age or older
2. Have or be eligible to obtain a valid Texas driver’s license by hire date.
Employees who are designated to drive a commercial motor vehicle in a non-emergency situation must have and maintain a CDL driver’s license.
3. Pass a full background investigation, polygraph exam, and psychological exam.
4. Pass a pre-employment basic physical, drug screen, functional assessment screening (Level 1), Titmus vision screening, Ishihara vision screening, and smell test.
Applicants must NOT:
1. Have any DWI (alcohol or drugs) convictions in the last ten years.
2. Have any felony convictions.
3. Have been convicted, put on court-ordered community supervision, or probation for any criminal offense above the grade of Class B misdemeanor or a Class B misdemeanor within the last ten years from the date of the court order.
4. Have any convictions, deferred adjudication, or probation for assault family violence or theft.
If the department deems it necessary to send a new employee who is a licensed Peace Officer (TCOLE or another state) through the Police Academy, or who is licensed by another state and is waiting for the license to be transferred to TCOLE, then the new employee will enter the department as a Police Recruit and be paid accordingly.
Advertised requirements for the minimum qualifications may vary among the above-mentioned options based on the City’s need for experienced officers at the time of advertisement.
WORKING CONDITIONS
Prior to and during the academy, working conditions will primarily be in a class room or office setting. Physical activity such as physical training, firearms training, emergency driving training, among other activity, is a part of this position.
Since this position is a precursor for the Police Officer positions, the applicant should be aware of the listed
working conditions listed in the Police Officer job description. As a police officer, while performing the essential
functions of this position may involve routine and possibly frequent exposure to:
• Bright/dim light
• Dusts and pollen
• Extreme heat and/or cold
• Wet or humid conditions
• Extreme noise levels
• Animals/wildlife
• Vibration
• Fumes and/or noxious odors
• Traffic
• Moving machinery
• Heights
• Disease/pathogens
• Toxic/caustic chemicals
• Explosives
• Violence
• Other extreme hazards not listed above
Safety equipment is provided as needed per job assignment and must be worn as required by department procedures and good safety practices.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the essential functions of this job the employee is regularly required to perform medium work that involves walking, standing, sitting, stooping, jumping, stretching, or lifting. The employee frequently is required to stand; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk and hear. The employee is occasionally required to smell. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move more than 150 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Disclaimer The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the person assigned to this position.  The are not intended to be an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties and skills required.  This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and the employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs change.