Job description


  • Entry level
  • No Education
  • Salary $30.75 - $39.29 gross per hour
  • Allen


The Allen Police Department is currently accepting applications for the position of PoliceOfficer - TCOLE Certified. Individuals who meet the minimum qualifications listed below are invited to submit an on-line employment application.

If chosen to proceed in the application process, you will receive an email with information on the next steps in the process.Testing for Certified applicants will be scheduled by appointment. If you have any questions, you may email Investigator Gilmore

Lateral Entry Program guidelines:
If you are currently a TCOLE Certified Police Officer, please review the information below to determine if you would qualify for the Lateral Entry Program. If you meet these criteria, you will not be required to take the written exam or physical agility test.Once the information has been confirmed, you will be contacted todiscuss next steps in the process. Your starting salary will be based on training and experience.

- Must have a minimum of three (3) years of continuous service as a paid full-time Peace Officer from a Municipality, Sheriffs' Office or Department of Public Safety. You must also currently be employed by one of the above agencies.
- A minimum of two (2) years of your experience must be patrol experience handling a full array of Police work to include enforcing laws, investigating crimes, making arrests and carrying a firearm.
- Your experience must be from agencies with a population of at least 50,000 and the Department size will need to be a minimum of 60 full-time sworn officers.
- You will not be allowed to proceed in the process if there are any pending disciplinary actions or investigations for misconduct or criminal activity.
- The Chief of Police or designee will make the final determination if an applicant meets the eligibility standards.

If you are TCOLE Certified and do not meet theabove criteria, you may schedule a date/time that fits your schedule for the written exam and physical agility test. Your experience and training will be taken into consideration for your starting salary.

If you are interested in going on a ride along with one of our Officers, please go to the Police Department website Follow the Join our Force page and then look under FAQ. Print outthe form, complete everything including the notary and drop it off at the front desk of the Police Department (205 W. McDermott Drive)

Essential Functions
The purpose of this position is to protect and serve the property and citizens of the City. This is accomplished by patrolling the City, recognizing and citing offenses and making arrests where necessary. Other duties may include promoting a secure environment, enforcing traffic laws, reporting motor vehicle accidents, investigating crimes, maintaining positive community relations and interfacing with other City employees and citizens. This position does not provide direction to other employees.

This information is intended to be descriptive of the key responsibilities of the position. The following examples do not identify all duties performed by any single incumbent.

- 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
Formal Knowledge / Education
• High School diploma or GED.
• Must be at least 21 years of age

License or Certification
•Must posses a current and valid Driver's License and/or be able to obtain a Texas Driver's License prior to employment.
• Basic TCOLE Certification.

Overall Physical Strength Demands:
Medium - Exerting 20-50 lbs. occasionally, 10-25 lbs. frequently, or up to 10 lbs. constantly.

Supplemental Information

Thank you for your interest in the Allen Police Department. We look forward to having you participate in our testing process. We hope this information will give you a better insight into our hiring process.

Study guides for the examination are available at The cost for the study guide is $10.00. The written exam covers mathematical reasoning, writing ability, situational judgment/human relations and reasoning/analyzing.

Applicants are required to pass the Department's physical readiness test in order to continue in the application process. The applicant will be required to complete a 2000 meter row on a Concept2 Rower with a damper setting of 5. The minimum standard will be the50 percentile based on your age, gender and weight. The test is pass/fail; however, we expect all applicants to give 100%.

Rowing tips:
To find required time:
- Look under the Time and Percentage Calculator on the bottom right tab:

1. Enter your sex
2. Enter your weight
3. Select your age
4. Enter 50% in the target VO2 max percentage box and hit enter. Your target time is what you'll need to meet to pass the test. (This is the maximum amount of time you have to complete the test)

On the test day, you MUST bring proper identification (State or Federal Government ID/DL) with you. You may wear your gym clothes to the testing.

Each of the following steps must be successfully completed prior to your appointment as a Police Officer: (Lateral Officers are not required to complete the written exam or physical assessment)

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 80 or higher in each section must be achieved in order to pass the examination and proceed in the process.

Physical Assessment
The physical assessment exercise attempts to measure whether or not the applicant is fit for duty as a police officer.
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 t

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