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Law enforcement officers (i.e. Police Officers, Deputy Sheriffs, Constables, etc) within the State of Texas are considered "PEACE OFFICERS". All Texas Peace Officers are required to obtain and maintain a commission through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement or TCOLE, pronounced "TEE-COAL", for short. TCOLE requires individuals to complete the following to obtain a commission:
If you have had or currently have a Peace Officer commission (or its equivalent) issued from another State or the Federal government, you may be eligible to attend a "Texas Supplemental Peace Officer Course" in lieu of the basic peace officer course. For further information, you should contact the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE), or an area training academy for specific qualifications.
No. Currently, the Schertz Police Department provides instruction and in-service training only to persons who hold a current Peace Officer Commission. However, we have just enacted a new program for civilians currently in the police academy. For individuals that are in a Police Academy, they will go through the same testing process as the Certified applicants. After passing the required steps following the written test, and physical agility test, a conditional job offer is given. After the successful completion of the police academy, the officer will start the field training program.
Another option for individuals seeking enrollment into a Basic Peace Officer Course are encouraged to research and attend one of several local or area training academies. A benefit to attending a regional or area training academy is that individuals attending these academies do not necessarily have to be currently employed with an agency in order to be accepted into the program. Frequently, these individuals first attend the Basic Peace Officer Course and pass the State required license examination on their own before seeking employment with any of the various law enforcement agencies within the State of Texas. The following is a list of the major local training academies in the Schertz area:
In order to become a police officer for the City of Schertz, you must meet the minimum qualifications for employment as a Texas Peace Officer. The process begins with the completion and submission of a City of Schertz employment application. From there, your application will be forwarded to the Schertz Police Department for review. When appropriate, you may be scheduled for the following:
When applying for employment as a Schertz Police Officer, the applicant must:
The following items are considered disqualifications for police service within the Schertz Police Department:
Employment with the City of Schertz includes the following benefits:
Police Applicants must visit the City of Schertz Employment Opportunities page, locate the open job posting and click "Apply".
Questions regarding Schertz Police Department can be directed to:
Lt. Hillory MurphySchertz Police Department1400 Schertz ParkwayBuilding 6Schertz, TX 78154Phone: 210-619-1242
Hiring processes are scheduled when positions become available. When a hiring process is planned, you can check the Schertz Police Department website.
Our written test consists of four separate sections that are timed. The questions involve multiple-choice and True/False response formats, which include basic reading, writing, and arithmetic. The last section of the test requires an applicant to write a short incident report, answering all the questions in complete sentences. Although most questions on the test pertain to police work, no prior knowledge of law or law enforcement is needed to answer the questions.
After successful completion of the written test (A score of 70 or higher), applicants will move immediately to the obstacle course and PT Test.
PT Test consists of:
Applicants will have sufficient time between the written test and the PT test to change into PT clothing.
An applicant will negotiate various obstacles and verbal commands while attempting to detain a suspect. This course will include running, crawling, jumping and climbing. There will also be requirements of being able to safely and effectively apply restraints to a potential suspect. This is a timed event.
An applicant will be required to move a 165-pound training aid a specified distance. This task must be completed in the allotted time.