Recruiting & Hiring
JOIN OUR TEAM
The White Settlement Police Department seeks out the best and most qualified applicants to wear our badge, patch, and uniform. Our agency falls under Municipal Civil Service Rules and testing occurs throughout the year as approved by the Civil Service Commission. In addition to meeting minimum standards for licensure with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, our department may mandate more professional standards throughout our hiring process.
A FIRST YEAR OFFICER CAN EARN OVER $65K
(Salary, longevity, education, certification, and opportunities for grant overtime).
A LATERAL OFFICER CAN EARN ALMOST $70K (with $4K bonus).
($2K paid upon hire and $2K paid upon completion of 12 months).
BENEFITS AND COMPENSATION
Police Officers receive industry-leading benefits including a generous public safety employee package:
- Full state retirement at any age with 20 years of service with a 2 to 1 match and 7% employee contribution.
- Social Security Retirement Contribution with 100% match from city.
- 457 supplemental retirement plan available to employees.
- 15 days paid vacation annually (20 days at 15 years of service).
- 16 days paid holidays (1 is a floating holiday and can be used whenever).
- 15 days accrual sick leave annually (Can convert 40 unused hours annually to vacation).
- Paid military leave.
- 100% employer-paid medical, dental, vision, life, and long-term disability insurance.
- Optional short term disability, critical illness, hospital indemnity, and pet insurance available.
- Work out "On Duty" policy.
- TCOLE monthly certification pay:
- Intermediate: $50
- Advanced: $75
- Master: $100
- Educational monthly pay:
- Associate: $75
- Bachelor: $100
- Master: $125
- Translation monthly pay: $75
- Longevity annual pay: $4 a month times the total months employed (Max $1,200 at 25 Years).
- Field training officer pay: 1 hour extra pay per day while training.
- All equipment/uniforms provided, including outer vest carries (excluding footwear).
- Western-style hats provided.
- 12-hour fixed shifts for Patrol Division.
- Tattoos/facial hair allowed within policy.
- Detectives authorized to work 4/10s schedule.
- Upon separation or retirement, employee is paid up to 720 hours of unused sick leave and 480 hours of unused vacation (Total of 6 months of accrued leave).
- Promotions available through competitive civil service examinations.
- Standardized firearms provided (Glock 45 MOS with red dot and standard short barrel patrol rifle with suppressor).
- New Axon Taser 7 electronic control weapons.
- Newly leased police vehicle fleet consisting of Chevrolet Tahoes and Ford Explorers for Patrol Division.
- New Motorola WatchGuard Body-Worn Cameras.
- New Motorola/Spillman Flex Records Management System, CAD, and Mobile Software.
- New Dell Ruggedized Laptops for in-car operation.
- New Intelligence and Information-Sharing Mobile Application.
- Robust social media presence highlighting officer's crime-fighting efforts.
- Culture of excellence and fun work environment with high level of camaraderie.
- Unmatched community support with a "Back the Blue" community.
- Full top-down support from Executive Leadership Team and Chief of Police.
All trainees start at Step 1 and are fully paid during attendance of the police academy and field training. Each step changes with the completion of one year of service after swearing-in date. For example, an employee starting their sixth year of service after being sworn in (completion of police academy and passing TCOLE basic exam) will be paid at the step 6 level.
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To be eligible for promotion to Corporal, an officer has to have two years of service, immediately before the examination date as a Civil Service Police Officer. An officer becomes a Civil Service Police Officer one year after the employee was sworn in as a police officer. Candidates for the rank of Corporal must have also obtained an Intermediate TCOLE certification. Corporals have ten steps.
To be eligible for promotion to Sergeant, candidates for the Sergeant exam must have a minimum of three years of service, immediately before the examination date, as a Corporal and must have obtained an Advanced TCOLE certification. Sergeants have 5 steps.
To be eligible for promotion to Lieutenant, candidates for the Lieutenant exam must have a minimum of three years of service, immediately before the examination date, as a Sergeant and must have obtained a Master TCOLE certification. In addition, candidates must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or must have completed an approved Command Staff Leadership course such as Leadership Command College, FBI National Academy, Institute for Law Enforcement Administration or equivalent as determined by the Chief of Police. Lieutenants have 5 steps.
ASSISTANT POLICE CHIEF
The Assistant Police Chief must be appointed from within the organization under Civil Service Rules, however, they are appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Chief of Police. This exempt position is classified as an Assistant Director level.
CHIEF OF POLICE
The Chief of Police is appointed by the City Manager and confirmed by the White Settlement City Council. This exempt position is classified as a Director and serves on the city's executive leadership team.
The first step into becoming a White Settlement Police Officer is to submit a letter of intent to take the written Civil Service examination. Additional components of the hiring process include:
- Complete intent to test form
- Written examination (Civil Service)
- Physical assessment (Row test effective January 1, 2024)
- Personal history statement issued (background check)
- Pre-polygraph questionnaire
- Oral board
- Extensive background check
- Final interview with Chief of Police
- Conditional offer
- Polygraph, psychological, medical examinations
- Drug screening
- Police academy assignment
- Field training
CIVIL SERVICE DIRECTOR
Shelley Poer is the appointed Civil Service Director for the City of White Settlement and also serves as the Director of Human Resources. Email Director Poer