Police Officer (Certified or Attending an Academy)
Company: City of Pflugerville
Posted on: September 13, 2023
Protects the life, property, general safety, and welfare of the
general public within appropriate jurisdiction by enforcing, City,
state, and federal laws and ordinances.
Exercises significant levels of judgment, discretion, and
initiative in performing duties. Applies technical and legal
knowledge and expertise to solve complex problems; frequently
interfaces with the general public, other department personnel and
management, and state, federal, and local government
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
- Patrol City streets to deter crime and assist citizens as
needed; note suspicious persons, activities, or establishments;
take action or report the situation.
- Investigate criminal or suspicious activities; secure crime
scenes; gather evidence; interview/interrogate witnesses/suspects;
- Prepare cases for court; appear in court to present evidence
and serve as a witness.
- Investigate and assist at accident scenes: administer first aid
as required; call for necessary assistance; investigate the cause
and results of accidents; recommend corrective action(s) to help
avoid similar future accidents.
- Identify and correct or report public safety hazards.
- Control traffic flow for compliance with local and state
regulations: direct and re-route traffic at fires and other
disturbances; issue tickets for parking and traffic violations;
authorize the tow and impoundment of vehicles as required.
- Prepare accurate and timely reports regarding response
- Perform animal control for City ordinance violations and wild
animals in the absence of or in conjunction with the Animal Control
- Provide information and direction to the public; provide the
public with other assistance as necessary, e.g., accessing locked
vehicles and homes, obtaining roadside assistance with disabled
cars, and other community policing activities, etc.
- Provide support to other Police functions such as School
Resource Officers or Police Dispatchers
- Book, monitor, and control property ensure safety, and search
and frisk inmates in the holding facility.
- May help train and oversee the work of less experienced Patrol
- Maintain patrol cars in safe and clean operating
- Conduct crime prevention inspections and surveys for
residential areas or businesses.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Thorough working knowledge of City ordinances and state and
federal laws relating to police operations.
- Ability to understand detailed written and verbal operating
procedures and instructions.
- Ability to establish and maintain professionally effective
working relationships with prosecutors, judges, co-workers, other
law enforcement personnel, EMS and fire personnel, the general
public, and representatives of state, federal, and local government
- Ability to remain calm, make sound decisions, and respond
appropriately during stressful situations and under adverse
- Ability to safely operate a patrol vehicle and all related
equipment, including laptop computers, radio, radar, and video
- Good communication (verbal and written) skills.
- Proficiency with weapons, and patrol car equipment, Weapons
proficiency is to be demonstrated quarterly as prescribed by TCOLE
or departmental policy
- Ability to maintain currency in required TCOLE and departmental
- High school diploma or equivalent; Associates degree in
Criminal Justice preferred.
- Completion of approved Basic Peace Officers Certification
- Certified Peace Officers Certificate from the Texas Commission
on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCOLE).
- Valid Class C Texas driver's license.
Physical Job Requirements:
- Verbal and written communications.
- Occasional strenuous activity, including running, jumping,
climbing, lifting up to 50 lbs., and carrying, or any other
physical activity required to pursue and arrest suspects
- Extended periods of sitting at a desk or in a vehicle.
- Operation of the patrol vehicle and related equipment.
- Satisfactory physical, psychiatric, and drug testing results,
as prescribed by department standards.
Environmental Factors and Other Physical Requirements (Work
- Will be required to work in settings with extreme cold or
extreme heat, depending on the time of year.
- Exposure to potentially hazardous materials.
- Work may be conducted under stressful or hazardous conditions;
occasionally exposed to life-threatening situations.
- Work hours are determined by scheduled shift, as assigned by
the supervisor; work shifts may include weekends and holidays;
overtime may be required; on-call as needed to respond to emergency
Lateral Officer Eligibility Requirements:
Be a certified Texas Peace Officer by the Texas Commission on Law
Have at least 4 years prior work experience with similar duties in
a comparable law enforcement agency and must hold an Intermediate
Peace Officer Certificate, or higher, through the Texas Commission
on Law Enforcement (TCOLE)
Must not have had a break in service as a Police Officer of more
than 180 days prior to the start of the background process.
The Chief of Police shall determine eligibility for lateral entry
of police applicants. Based on the applicant's experience, the
Chief will submit a starting Step recommendation to the City
Manager for approval, up to Step 6 of the Police Step Plan.
Potential starting pay is $64,912.77 to $75,251.69.
- Flexible scheduling and the opportunity to work from home.
- 10 hours of vacation leave per month, 3 weeks per year.
- 8 hours of sick leave per month, 12 days per year.
- Sick leave incentive pay- Employees are compensated in December
each year for 25% of their unused sick leave accumulated during the
preceding fiscal year.
- Medical insurance and benefits are provided at zero premium
cost to the employee.
- 50% dependent health benefits premium contribution.
- Dental benefits are provided at zero premium cost to the
- 24 hours of paid personal holiday leave each fiscal year.
- 10 wellness hours each fiscal year for eligible preventive and
mental health services.
- Longevity pay of $8 per month begins with the first anniversary
and will be paid separately in December of each year.
- Retirement plan includes a 7% contribution of an employee's
gross salary to the Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS) with a
City contribution match of 2 to 1 (14%) at retirement.
- Retirement eligibility requires 5 years of service at age 60 or
20 years of service at any age.
- Employees also have an additional retirement fund option to
participate in a 457 plan.
- Long-Term Disability is employer-paid and covers 60% of the
employee's salary up to $7,500.
- For eligible employees, military leave provides up to 15 days
of paid leave per fiscal year.
- Education reimbursement assistance up to $5,000 per fiscal
- Employer-paid basic term life insurance policy two (2) times an
employee's base salary, up to $325,000 maximum.
- 40 paid service hours are available to volunteer within our
- Up to 160 hours of paid parental leave to eligible employees
following the birth of an employee's child or the placement of a
child with an employee in connection with adoption, foster care, or
other legal placement to care for and bond with the child.
For more details about the benefits offered by the City please
Officer Salaries and Incentives:
Salary is based on 2080 hours per year and 26 pay periods. The
current starting pay is $64,912.77 to $75,251.69 per year
($31.21/hr to $36.18). Applicants may be eligible to start at a
higher rate with experience. Any increase must be approved by
As of October 1, 2020, the Pflugerville Police Department has
adopted a Step Pay Plan. Each Step represents a year of service at
the Pflugerville Police Department.
- Intermediate Peace Officer - $50 a month
- Advanced Peace Officer - $100 a month
- Master Peace - $150.00 a month
- Associates Degree - $75.00 a month
- Bachelors Degree - $125.00 a month
- Masters Degree - $150.00 a month
- Night Differential $2.00 per hour
- Bilingual Pay - $150.00 a month (Must Pass Test)
- FTO - $150.00 a month (Must Be Assigned as an FTO)
- Firearms Instructor - $50.00 a month (Must be assigned as a
- Detective On Call - $392 a month
- Advance Accident Investigator - $50.00 a month
- K-9 - Based on the Officer's hourly rate for care of K-9
- Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) $46 a month
- Patrol will receive a $950 uniform allowance per year for duty
gear, boots, dry cleaning, etc.
- Longevity pay - $8 per month or $96 per year of service is paid
to employees in December
- Sick Leave Incentive - 25% of unused but accrued sick leave for
the year is paid to employees in December.
- Employee Purchase Program - Eligible for up to $1200 per fiscal
year for employees to purchase duty-related gear.
Testing and Hiring Process:
The following information will explain the Pflugerville Police
Department hiring process. There are several steps in the process
that each applicant must pass before receiving an offer of
employment. Please keep in mind before reading through these
- Applicants who do not meet the Minimum Requirements will be
- Applicants should review the page before applying for a
position with the Pflugerville Police Department.
- Applicants who meet minimum requirements and do not have a
disqualifier should complete the steps below.
Step 1: Online Application
- Individuals who are interested in applying will need to
complete an online application.
- Online Applications will be placed in a queue and reviewed in
the order they are received.
- Applicants who pass the initial application process will be
emailed three forms to complete and return to the Recruiting Office
(1. Authorization for Release of Information 2. Disqualifier Form
3. Personal History Statement - Due on the first date of
- Along with these documents, the Applicant must also submit an
Experian Credit Report.
- All pre-testing documents must be completed and returned prior
to the testing date.
- Applicants who do not pass the application process will receive
an email notifying them of the disqualification and the time period
associated with the disqualifier.
Step 2: Testing
- Applicants who complete the Online Application and complete the
Pre-Testing Documents by the date expected will receive an
invitation to attend the Testing Process.
- Applicants must arrive at the Pflugerville Police Department
(Pflugerville Justice Center) by 08:30 a.m. on the date of the
- Applicants who do not arrive on time will be disqualified
- Applicants will complete a written examination (Standard &
Associates National Police Officer Selection Test)
- Applicants who pass the written exam will proceed to the
physical fitness testing
- THE FOLLOWING ARE EXEMPT FROM THE WRITTEN EXAM:
- Veterans who separated from any branch of the United States
Military with an Honorable Discharge
- Any applicant who has successfully challenged and passed the
Texas Commission on Law Enforcement's Basic Peace Officer's License
Examination regardless of the applicant has ever been commissioned
as a Texas Peace Officer
- Any applicant who holds a bachelor's degree or higher obtained
from an accredited college or university
- Any applicant applying, and meets the requirements for, a
"lateral" hire from another law enforcement agency.
Step 3: Physical Fitness Testing
- Applicants will be required to complete and pass one of two
physical tests to proceed with the process:
- Standard Cooper test consisting of:
- One mile run
- Sit-ups (click the link for minimal standards)
- 500-meter row using a concept 2 rower (click the link for
Step 4: Oral Board
- Applicants who pass the physical testing will then proceed to
an Oral Board
- Applicants may complete all testing on the same day or may be
required to return for Oral Boards depending on the number of
- Applicants should wear formal attire for their Board
- The Oral Board will be a panel of Pflugerville Police Officers
with varying ranks from Officer to Lieutenant.
- Questions asked will give Applicants an opportunity to
demonstrate knowledge, skills, and abilities considered basic
attributes of a Police Officer
- Top Applicants from the process will continue with a background
Step 5: Background Investigation
- Applicants who are chosen will undergo a complete background
investigation using the Personal History Statement that is turned
in on the date of testing.
- It is recommended that the Applicant begin completing the
Personal History Statement and obtaining required documents
immediately upon receiving the packet.
Step 6: Conditional Job Offer
- Once the Applicant passes the background investigation he or
she may be offered a position contingent on satisfactorily passing
- Medical / Physical Examination
- Drug Screening
- Psychological Examination
- Firearms Qualification
- Chief's Interview
Contacts: Sgt. David Alkire Professional Standards Phone:
Cpl. Jermain Williams Professional Standards Phone:
The Pflugerville Police Department is an Equal Opportunity
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