Police Officer (Recruit)
City of Allen, TX - Allen, TX

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The Allen Police Department is currently accepting applications for the position of Police Officer (Recruit). Individuals who meet the minimum qualifications listed below are invited to submit an on-line employment application. Applications must be submitted no later than 5p.m. CST on Friday, February 22, 2013.

Essential Functions:
The information listed below is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of this position.

Performs a variety of duties in the enforcement of laws, the protection of persons and property, and the prevention of crimes; performs specialized police work for assigned area of responsibilities.
Promotes a secure environment by patrolling, on car, by foot and on bike, the City and assigned districts, deterring crime by presence, assisting in high risk situations, providing special surveillance operations, taking reports, operating Police equipment, enforcing State and local laws and City ordinances, subduing combative or uncooperative citizens, making lawful arrests and keeping the peace on civil scenes.
Enforces traffic laws by patrolling roadways, responding to calls from Dispatch Center, observing violations and making traffic stops, searching vehicles in probable cause is found, issuing citations or verbal warnings and filing reports.
Reports on motor vehicle accidents by responding to accidents, clearing the road way, interviewing involved parties, observing and recording evidence at the scene, interpreting and drawing conclusions from evidence, making an overall assessment of the incident, taking appropriate actions, issuing citations and filing reports.
Investigates crimes by responding to calls for service, interviewing witnesses, victims and suspects, gathering and documenting evidence, submitting evidence, filing reports, issuing citations, taking suspects into custody, and filing charges through the District Attorney’s office.
Maintains positive community relations by answering citizens’ questions and providing various other forms of civic service and assistance for citizens, by surveying the public to evaluate problem areas and specific needs and questioning citizens for their opinions on Police matters.

Job Requirements:
High School diploma or GED

Certification and Other Requirements
Must posses a current and valid Driver's License and/or be able to obtain a Texas Driver's License prior to employment, Must be at least 21 years of age

Supplemental Information:
Thank you for your interest in the Allen Police Department. We look forward to having you participate in our application process. We hope this information will give you a better insight into our hiring process.
All applications will be reviewed and applicants will be notified of their eligibility to continue in the employment process via email no later than 5p.m. CST on February 22, 2013.
The written and physical agility examinations as well as the preliminary interview will be conducted on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at the Ereckson Middle School located at 450 County Road 141 (Tatum Dr) Allen, TX 75013. Registration will begin promptly at 7:30 am and instructions will begin at 8:00 am. No one will be admitted after 8:00 am. Out of town applicants are responsible for making their own overnight accommodations. All travel related expenses will be the responsibility of the applicant.
Study guides for the examination are available at Police Headquarters located at 205 West McDermott. The cost for the study guide is $5.00 (only cash or money order is accepted). If you desire to have the guide mailed to you, please send a $7.00 money order for the cost of the guide and shipping.

On the test day, you MUST bring with you:
1. Gym clothes and athletic shoes for the physical assessment.
2. Proper identification (State or Federal Government ID/DL)
3. Completed Preliminary Interview Questionnaire (Upon receipt of application and
verification of qualifications, applicants will receive the Preliminary Interview
Questionnaire via email)
Each of the following steps must be successfully completed prior to your appointment as a police officer:
Entrance Examination
The entrance examination is a four-part examination, which consists of reading comprehension, basic arithmetic, spelling/grammar and writing skills. A score of 70 or higher in each section must be achieved in order to pass the examination and proceed in the process.
Physical Assessment
Each physical assessment exercise attempts to measure whether or not the applicant is fit for duty as a police officer. Failure in any of the areas tested will constitute failure of the entire physical assessment.
Both the written test and physical fitness assessment are PASS/FAIL scores. A passing score in both areas will determine that the candidate is eligible to proceed to the background phase.
Background Investigation
An extensive check of criminal, driving, employment records, education, and credit references will be conducted as well as verification of character references.
Interview Board
After the background investigation is completed, the Investigators will forward this information to the Administrative Staff. The qualified applicants will then be notified of the interview date.
The applicant will be interviewed in the areas of their general background, current and past employment, prior police experience, criminal history, traffic record and military service. The applicant is also given situational reasoning scenarios and evaluated on those responses. During this interview, the applicant is evaluated in the areas of professionalism, dependability, reaction to pressure and situational reasoning ability, along with interpersonal and oral communication.
Polygraph Examination
The department’s polygraph examiner is licensed by the state and conducts the examinations within the state guidelines. The results of the examinations will be regularly reviewed to ensure that polygraph procedures are fair, impartial and, that all applicants are given adequate opportunity to resolve areas of deception through every reasonable means. The ultimate decision to employ remains with the Chief of Police.
Psychological Examination
The applicant is assessed for their psychological suitability for law enforcement work. The applicant is evaluated for hypersensitivity, impulsiveness and frustration tolerance, as well as attributes such as achievement, flexibility, sensitivity, maturity, intelligence, somatic concerns, mood, social adjustment, anxiety, emotional control, dominance, moral-ethical behavior, impression formation and attitudes. An applicant must receive a rating of 4.0 or above to pass the psychological examination.
Physical Examination and Drug Screen
A police officer is responsible for preservation of the public peace, the protection of life, liberty, and property, the prevention of crime, the arrest and prosecution of violators of State Law and City Ordinances. The work environment includes vehicle patrol and in some instances foot patrol. Therefore, applicants are evaluated for their ability to perform the specific job requirements, specifically: lifting, running, bending, and walking. Hearing and eyesight are also tested.
Once an applicant has successfully passed each of the previous phases, they will then be scheduled for an interview with the Chief of Police.
Should you have any questions, please contact Officer Richard Ferguson at 214-509-4210 or rferguson@cityofallen.org
Each applicant will be required to complete each of the following physical requirements within the specified range to pass the physical agility examination. There is no difference in the requirements for males and females.
Physical Requirements
  • Vertical Jump 15.5 inches
  • 1 RM Bench Press .78 body weight
  • 1 Minute Sit-up 30 reps
  • 300 Meter Run 66.0 seconds
  • 1 Minute Push-up 25 reps
  • 1.5 Mile Run 15:54 minutes
An applicant must complete the minimum set requirement on each test to receive a passing score for the physical agility examination. If an applicant fails one section of the examination, they will not proceed to the next test.
  • Applicant must be at least 21 years of age;
  • Applicant must be a citizen of the United States;
  • Applicant must have a High school diploma or GED;
  • Have been honorably discharged from any and all military service or provide proof of acceptable military re-enlistment eligibility if prior service is uncharacterized;
  • Must a have current and valid motor vehicle operator’s license;
  • Not have been convicted of or received deferred adjudication for any offense of family violence;
  • Not have been on court-ordered community supervision or probation for any criminal offense above the grade of a Class B misdemeanor or a Class B misdemeanor within the last ten years from the date of the court order;
  • Not ever been convicted of an offense above the grade of a Class B misdemeanor or a Class B misdemeanor within the last ten years;
  • Not have any criminal charges pending or under indictment for any criminal offense;
  • Not be currently on court-ordered community service or probation for any criminal offense;
  • Not have excessive traffic tickets or accidents;
  • Not have had a license issued by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education revoked or suspended;
  • Be of good moral character
  • Must be able to work shift work, holidays and weekends
  • Must have the ability to read and comprehend training materials, departmental policy, rules, regulations, laws and ordinances;
  • Must have the ability to establish effective working relationship with other employees, law enforcement agencies and the public;
  • Must have the ability to learn the use and care of firearms and specialized equipment;
  • Must possess 20/20 vision, either corrected or uncorrected or uncorrected in each eye, unless vision is corrected by the use of contact lenses which must be worn on duty and/or during all law enforcement related activities. Must be free of dichromatic color blindness, night blindness and any other visual deficiencies or limitations.
  • Must possess hearing that cannot exceed an average hearing loss of 25 decibels (ANSI) at 1000, 2000, and 3000 Hertz; cannot exceed a single reading of 35 decibels at 1000, 2000, 3000 Hertz; cannot exceed a single reading of 35 decibels at 500 Hertz; and cannot exceed a single reading of 45 decibels at 4000 Hertz.
Below is a list of occurrences that may disqualify the applicant either permanently or make the applicant ineligible for hire for a specified period of time. These causes for disqualification are in accordance with Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education. These causes include, but are not limited to those listed below:
1. IS NOT A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES. The applicant will be considered ineligible until citizenship is obtained in accordance with state and federal laws.
2. HAS BEEN CONVICTED OF OR ADMITTED TO CONDUCT that constitutes a Class B misdemeanor under the Penal Code or equivalent under federal law, to include the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), within ten (10) years, will result in a temporary rejection. Crimes involving moral turpitude may result in permanent disqualification and will be considered on a case-by-case basis with appropriate consideration of circumstances.
3. Has been convicted of or admitted to conduct which constitutes a class A misdemeanor or a felony under state or federal law, to include the UCMJ. Conviction of or admission to conduct that constitutes a class A misdemeanor or a felony will result in a permanent disqualification.
An applicant will not be considered for employment while charges are pending for any criminal offense.

For the purposes of item #2 mentioned above, a person is convicted of a felony or misdemeanor crime involving moral turpitude, if a court of competent jurisdiction enters an adjudication of guilt against the person, or a plea of guilty is entered by the person, under the laws of this or another state or the United States, regardless of whether:
The sentence is subsequently probated and the person is discharged from probation or community supervision;
Deferred adjudication is granted;
The accusation, complaint, information, or indictment against the person is dismissed is released from all penalties and disabilities resulting from the offense: or
The person is pardoned for the offense, unless the pardon is granted expressly for subsequent proof of innocence.
3. HAVING A CONVICTION FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE (DWI OR DUI) WITHIN TEN (10) YEARS PRECEDING THE DATE OF APPLICATION OR DURING THE HIRING PROCESS. This will result in a temporary disqualification until the ten-year time period has expired from the date of the conviction.
4. NOT EVER BEEN OR CURRENTLY ON COURT ORDERED COMMUNITY SUPERVISION OR PROBATION ABOVE THE GRADE OF A CLASS B MISDEMEANOR OR A CLASS B MISDEMEANOR WITHIN THE LAST 10 YEARS. This will result in a temporary disqualification until the ten-year time period has expired from the date of the court order.
5. HAS FAILED TO DEMONSTRATE THEIR ABILITY TO READ, WRITE AND FLUENTLY SPEAK THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE. The applicant will be ineligible until the deficiency is corrected.
6. IS UNABLE TO PERFORM THE ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE POSTION TO WHICH HE/SHE SEEKS APPOINTMENT, WITH OR WITHOUT REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION. The applicant will be ineligible until he/she is able to perform the essential job functions.
7. IS UNABLE TO OBTAIN A TEXAS DRIVERS LICENSE WITHIN THE SPECIFIED TIME REQUIRED BY THE TEXAS TRANSPORTATION CODE. The applicant will be ineligible until he/she is able to obtain a Texas Driver’s License.
Subject to final interpretation by the Chief of Police or his/her designee any of the following categories can be used as guidelines for temporary or permanent disqualification.
Applicants will be temporarily disqualified when they have admitted to conduct which constitutes illegal use of marijuana during the last five (5) years.
Applicants, who admit to conduct which constitutes abuse of legally obtained prescription medication(s), or illegal use of prescription medication(s) of another person, may be temporarily or permanently disqualified. Conduct involving the abuse and/or misuse of prescription medication(s) will be considered on a case-by-case basis with consideration given to circumstances.
Applicants will be permanently disqualified when it has been determined or they have admitted to conduct which constitutes illegal use of felony grade substances as defined in the Texas Penal Code.
Lesser but more severe violations that tend to indicate driving habits that are not compatible with the operation of emergency vehicles and present potential liabilities to the City of Allen will be temporarily disqualified. Re-application will be permitted when the candidate can meet the above standards.
Disqualification under this provision will be considered permanent.

Medium - Exerting 20-50 lbs. occasionally, 10-25 lbs. frequently, or up to 10 lbs. constantly.