Patrol Officer
City of Schertz - Schertz, TX

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Patrols assigned sector on in patrol car, bicycle or on foot, to control traffic, prevent crime or disturbance of peace, perform preliminary investigations and arrest violators. Position responsibilities are carried out by performing the following duties. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Other duties may be assigned.


Patrol Corporal or Patrol Sergeant
2. DIRECTS: Non-applicable
3. OTHER: Works closely with all city employees. Has contact with representatives of state and federal agencies, vendors/providers, and the general public. A pre-employment drug screen and physical assessment are required if a conditional offer of employment is made.

The City of Schertz is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Other duties may be assigned. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

· Under general supervision, patrols an assigned area in patrol car, on a motorcycle, on bicycle, on foot, or on any means as assigned.

· Reports directly to Patrol Sergeant or Patrol Corporal.

· Maintains a presence in their assigned patrol area, identifies problems or issues that are important to the community, and seeks resolution of such problems through the resources of the Police Department, other City Departments, and/or other governmental or private agencies.

· Conducts preliminary field investigations, reports findings in writing or other approved methods on prescribed departmental adopted reporting forms or by other electronics means as prescribed by the department.

· Responds to calls for police assistance by operating a police vehicle in routine and emergency situations while being able to talk and operate the police radio and emergency equipment.

· Directs and reroutes traffic around fire or other disruptions by using recognizable arm movements and a whistle. Reports traffic and other hazards.

· Serves warrants and/or makes arrests under normal and hostile situations.

· Interviews and/or interrogates victims, witnesses and suspects.

· Operates police communication equipment in order to communicate verbally and by typing information on computer/mobile data terminal.

· Collects and retrieves property and evidence utilizing accepted methods and equipment, presents evidence and testifies at hearings and in court in connection with criminal prosecutions.

· Administers first aid, assisting paramedic/medical personnel and able to lift and/or carry injured persons.

· Active enforcement of traffic violations by issuance of written citations for traffic and other violations, verbally testifies in court and describes or illustrates conditions, situations, and occurrences before juries, defense attorneys, prosecutors and judges.

· Operates firearms in a safe and accurate manner under stressful and life threatening situations to the extent that one can reasonably protect themselves and the public from imminent threats of their well-being.

· May provide relief to specific job functions such as radio dispatch or detention duties or providing assistance at the police facility as necessary.

· May perform other duties, assignments and handle special projects, as required.

Required Qualifications:

Must have working knowledge of police patrol methods, practice and procedures, municipal ordinances, a willingness to handle routine, repetitive tasks; enforce laws that may conflict with personal values; relate to others; work with minorities; work with fellow officers and the general public; participate in situations which require courage; function in different roles, work under hazardous conditions over long periods of time; change appearance for job requirements and conditions; accept new job duties; work weekends, holidays, varied shifts, overtime, ability to relate to supervisors; maintain objectivity; take criticism, take verbal abuse and control temper; ability to work without supervision; refrain from abusing authority vested in official role; maintain confidentiality of information; assume a command presence in conflict situations; ability to control one's temper, maintain objectivity; function under oral or physical stress; work accident and crime scenes which involve severe personal injuries, or in situations which involve loss of life; ability to testify accurately; obtain information from witnesses under normal and stressful conditions; communicates in flawless English in person, in writing, and via radio; ability to reason logically; ability to observe and interpret what is observed, evaluate situations and people effectively; and apply good judgment; willingness to take actions which will result in imposing penalties on others, including: depriving them of their freedom; taking a life if necessary; fighting and injuring another if required; ability to write legible, comprehensive reports in flawless English using excellent grammar and spelling; to read and interpret relevant laws and procedural material, maps, and regulations and analyze material and situations; record observations from accident and crime scenes; consistently demonstrate honesty, integrity, maturity, tolerance, self-confidence, truthfulness and psychological stability; ability to meet the physical and psychological demands of police work Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs. Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out written or oral instructions. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations. The ability to maintain information in confidence when appropriate.


  • High School or G.E.D. certification.
  • Must be licensed by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.
  • Must be able to successfully complete the departments physical fitness testing.
  • Must be able to show proficiency in the department’s firearms qualifications courses.
  • Must have a valid Texas Driver’s License.

  • Physical Requirements: