Police Officer
City of McKinney, TX - McKinney, TX

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  • The City of McKinney is now accepting applications for Police Officer*
Application and submittal:
Written Exam Test Date: June 22nd, 2013; 8:30 a.m.

Physical Ability Test Date: June 22nd, 2013; Following written exam
All qualified applicants will be notified of the testing details via e-mail

Applicants must have a current e-mail address

Applicants are not eligible to test if they have failed any portion of the hiring process within the previous 6 months

Applications will be accepted until June 14, 2013, or until the maximum occupancy of 350 has been reached
Personal history statements will be distributed following successful completion of the written exam and physical ability test.

The Police Officer position performs a wide variety of police and law enforcement activities. This includes providing public protection services on a routine basis; arbitrating disputes; protecting and recovering property; and patrolling the City of McKinney to prevent, detect and investigate criminal violations of federal, state and local laws.

Duties and Responsibilities/Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Behaviors:

Duties include an element of personal danger, i.e., exposure to life-threatening circumstances, apprehending criminals, and transporting prisoners. Incumbents perform duties in accordance with State Statutes and established departmental policies, procedures and guidelines. Incumbent must be able to act without close supervision and must be able to exercise independent judgment.

Minimum Requirements:
High school diploma or GED AND one of the following three requirements: · Thirty (30) hours of college education from an accredited university or college with a 2.0 or higher overall grade point average (GPA);

  • Two (2) years experience of active U.S. military service with an Honorable Discharge
  • Two (2) years of full-time law enforcement service in the United States as a Police Officer, Jailer, Dispatcher or Corrections Officer. Applicants must also meet the following criteria:
  • Possess a Basic Peace Officer Certification from the Texas Commission of Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) OR have the ability to obtain within six (6) months of employment.
  • Possess a valid Texas Class “C” driver’s license.
  • Be a U.S. Citizen at time of application.
  • Be 21 years of age at time of entrance exam.
  • Be able to work various shifts including nights, holidays and weekends.
  • Pass a physical examination and drug screen.
  • Physical exam includes a vision and hearing test. Applicants must pass the hearing test and vision must be correctable to 20/20 with normal color vision.
Meet all legal requirements for future licensing and certification required by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education (TCLEOSE). For a complete list of the state's licensing requirements please visit TCLEOSE at www.tcleose.state.tx.us

Physical Demands/Supplemental:
Tasks involve the ability to exert heavy physical effort in heavy work, with greater emphasis on climbing and balancing, but typically also involving some combination of stooping, kneeling, crouching, and crawling, and the lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling of moderately heavy objects and materials (20-50 pounds); may occasionally involve heavier objects and materials (up to 100 pounds).

The Police Officer examination being offered is a two part test consisting of a written exam and a physical agility test. Applicants who pass the written exam will move forward to the physical agility test which will be completed on the same day. Items to bring with you on test day:

1.) Gym clothing or something suitable to change into for the physical agility test.

2.) Driver's License Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m., doors will lock at 8:30 a.m. No one will be admitted to the exam after 8:30 a.m.

Physical Ability Testing will conclude at approximately 5:00 p.m. Instructions and the written exam will begin at 8:30 a.m. or shortly thereafter.

Written Exam:
The entry exam is based on reading comprehension, vocabulary, ability to follow directions, ability to use situational judgment, ability to observe and remember and ability to learn and apply Police information.

Study Guides:
Information on how to obtain a study guide will be distributed to applicants that submit an employment application.

Test information packets will be handed out prior to the test booklets and candidates will have 25 minutes to read and review the test information packet. At the end of the 25 minutes the test information packets will be collected and the test booklets will be handed out. A certain percentage of the test questions will relate to the information in the test information packet in order to assess how well candidates learn and absorb the material.

The written test contains 100 questions and has a time limit of 1 hour and 45 minutes. A minimum score of 70 is needed to pass.

Physical Ability Test:
The physical fitness examination will be administered on the same day for applicants who successfully complete the written examination. It is recommended that your bring water on the day of the exam and properly hydrate prior to the exam. Ample time will be given to change into proper clothing and stretch before the test begins.
The physical fitness examination consists five events outlined below. Applicants are given points based on the performance level of each event. In order to successfully pass the physical agility test, a total of 15 points must be earned for all five events The table below outlines the test point standards for each event.

Test Point Standards
Points 300 meter run Push-ups(not timed) Vertical jump Timed sit-ups 1 minute 1.5 mile run 1 1:16 and over 14 and under 13" and under 21 and under 16:31 or over 2 1:11-1:15 15-20 Up to 14.5" 22-26 14:31-16:30 3 1:06-1:10 21-26 Up to 16" 27-31 12:31-14:30 4 1:01-1:05 27-32 Up to 17.5" 32-36 10:01-12:30 5 1:00 and under 33 and up Over 17.5" 37 and up Under 10:00
Event # 1 300-Meter Run
The 300-meter run measures anaerobic capacity. This is your ability to perform short, intense bursts of effort like foot pursuits. You must sprint 300 meters – about 3/4 of a lap around the track – for this event.

Event # 2 Maximum Push-up Test
Push-ups measure the endurance of your upper body muscles including your shoulders, chest and the back of your upper arms. This test measures your ability to use force involving a pushing motion. The test ends when you can no longer continue due to muscle fatigue.

You assume a push-up position with your feet together or up to twelve inches apart. Your hands are placed approximately shoulder-width apart with fingers facing forward. An instructor places a three inch push-up block beneath your sternum.

A proper push-up is when you lower your body, touch the block with your sternum, then return to your starting position with elbows in a soft lock. Resting position is up, and proper form is closely monitored.

Event #3 Vertical Jump
The vertical jump measures the difference between your standing reach and your jumping reach. This event relates to the explosive power that is needed in operational or pursuit tasks that require jumping and vaulting.

With the use of the Vertec Jump Apparatus, the instructor measures your standing reach, then you may choose from two stances to gain explosive power: feet parallel with one jump up, or feet apart and then gather and jump. You will jump three times reaching as high as possible. The instructor records the highest jump. If you achieve a jump measurement of 24 inches or more, no more jumps are required.

Event # 4 One-Minute Sit-ups
Sit-ups measure your abdominal muscle endurance, which relates to your ability to perform tasks that involve force. Performance sit-ups are not crunches. You lie on your back with knees bent and hands cupped behind your ears or interlocked behind your head. Your elbows must touch the top of your thigh or knee. An instructor holds your feet down during the test. You complete as many sit-ups as possible in one minute. Resting position is up, and proper form is closely monitored.

Event # 5 1.5-mile Run
The 1.5-mile run measures your cardiovascular endurance. This relates to your ability to perform sustained activities such as a long foot pursuit followed by a physical confrontation. The test is conducted on a 440-yard track. One lap equals one-quarter mile and six laps equals 1.5 miles.

Following the Exam:
After a background investigator reviews the applicant’s personal history, the applicant will go through the following steps below. The order is determined by needs and schedules. Applicants will only move to the next step after successful completion of the previous step. Thorough background investigation Oral review board Interview with the Chief Conditional job offer Polygraph Psychological examination Medical examination
Disqualifiers A class B conviction within the last 10 years A family violence conviction An incomplete or falsified applicant questionnaire An incomplete or falsified application Conviction of any offense above a class B misdemeanor Currently on probation or under indictment for any criminal offense Discharge from the military under less than honorable conditions including: Any other characterization of service indicating bad character Bad conduct Dishonorable Other than honorable condition
Drug Use

Admission of illegal use of any kind within three years prior to the date of the entrance exam.

Any illegal use of PCP or LSD regardless of time.

Any illegal use of a felony grade substance as defined in the Texas Penal Code or Health & Safety Code, within ten years prior to the date of the entrance exam.

Extensive use of any illegal drug will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Factors considered are number of times, length of usage and lifestyle improvements.
Driving Record A driving record that for the last three years indicates the following: Three or more moving violations Two moving violations and one preventable accident Two preventable accidents A DWI / DUI or reckless driving conviction within the last ten years Not able to obtain a class "C" Texas drivers license Police Officer Step Plan:
For additional information regarding the pay plan for the Police Officer position please visit : http://mckinneytexas.org/index.aspx?NID=472
Steps Salary Recruit $49,186 Step 1 $51,775 Step 2 $53,855 Step 3 $55,935 Step 4 $58,015 Step 5 $60,095 Step 6 $62,175 Step 7 $64,255 Step 8 $66,335 Step 9 $68,415