General Information for Police Officer Candidates
The Paris Police Department operates under Texas Government Code 143, commonly known as Civil Service. An entrance examination is given to establish an eligibility list. Candidates are ranked on the list according to the passing score on the written examination along with preference points. Five points called veteran preference points are added to the passing score of those veterans who have provided a copy of the form DD214 with their application to test. The DD214 must list an honorable discharge. The department does recognize the importance of candidates who already have a peace officer certification. Candidates with a TCOLE peace officer license are processed first on the eligibility list.
Starting pay for an officer is $41,349 per year. There is a pay increase at the end of the first year to $46,796 and increases at 3, 5, 10, 15 and 20 years service. Officers can also earn additional pay for TCOLE Peace Officer certification level, seniority pay, longevity pay and assignment pay.
|TCOLE Certificate Pay||$1612.00||$2262.00||$2860.00|
Assignment pay is available for those officers who apply for and are accepted as Field Training Officers, SWAT Team Members, Accident Re-constructionist, Crime Prevention Specialist, Canine Handler and officers who are Bi-lingual. The assignment pay is $1200.00 a year.
Seniority Pay has been established for 3, 5, 10, 15 and 20 Years service.
|Service Time||3 years||5 years||10 years||15 years||20+ years|
Civil Service Longevity pay is also available at the rate of $4.00 per month per year of service up to 20 years.
Example: A 3 year officer with an intermediate certificate who also serves as an SWAT team member would be making $50,452.22.00.
Promotions are in accordance with civil service rules. An officer has to be in rank for a minimum of two years before being allowed to test for the next higher rank. Promotions are made on an as needed basis.
The department operates a uniform patrol division which includes community policing, a detective division and a support division. The following specialized units are in use by the department: Canine, SWAT, Crash Reconstruction, Negotiators and Auto Theft.
Officer issued equipment include uniforms, bullet resistant vest, handgun and duty gear along with other related equipment.
Medical insurance is provided for the employee and coverage is available for family members.
The city of Paris participates in the Texas Municipal Retirement System. Employees contributions have a 2:1 match by the city. There is a voluntary deferred compensation program.
Police officers are allowed 120 hours of vacation leave each year along with 80 hours of holiday leave.
The police department uniform patrol division works 12 hour shifts with every other weekend off. Shift times are 6 PM to 6 AM and 6 AM to 6 PM. All shifts rotate every three months.
Civil Service Entry Level Police Officer Test Announcement
When a test is scheduled, the date, time and location of the test will be listed here.
The application to test may be obtained in the Civil Service Director's office or the Paris Police Station. An application to test can be downloaded by clicking here.
The application to test must be submitted to the Civil Service Director at City Hall, 135 1st S.E., Paris, Texas 75460. Applications may also be obtained by calling Sandy Collard, Civil Service Director at 903- 784-9272 or by clicking here to send an email. If the candidate is a veteran, for veteran preference points and to comply with TCOLE rules, a copy of the DD214 form must be submitted with the application or prior to the test. A photo identification card such as a state driver's license or military identification card, is required to take the test. Evidence of a peace officer license has to be presented prior to the test for certified officer preference.
On the written test day, the physical assessment is taken shortly after the last person completes the test.
Tutoring sessions for the written test are usually held on two different nights the week before the entry test is given. The same information is provided at each session. The class usually takes about one hour to complete.
Employment Requirements for the position of Police Officer
- Be a Citizen of the United States
- At least 21 and less than 45 years of age. Applicants can be 18 with 60 hours of college or 2 years of military service with an honorable discharge
- Valid Driver’s License with good driving record.
- Be of good moral character with no felony conviction and no conviction for any Class A or B misdemeanor in the last 10 years.
- Must possess a High School Diploma or GED Certificate.
- Candidates must meet all requirements for licensing as a peace officer by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement along with the requirement set forth in the state of Texas Occupations code 1701.00.
- Candidates must live within one hour travel time to the downtown of Paris.
- Candidates must pass all tests and exams, and make timely appearances at appointments.
Candidates should consider the questions below as to their suitability for a position with the department. A 'yes' answer could indicate your application would be rejected. If you have any questions regarding drug use and the position of a police officer, please call Lt. John Berry, 903-783-4774.
- Have you used marijuana within the last 3 years?
- Have you used any other illegal drug (including anabolic steroids) at all in the last 10 years?
- Have you ever sold any illegal drug?
- Have you ever used an illegal drug (no matter how many times or how long ago) while in a law enforcement position or in a position which carries with it a high level of responsibility or public trust?
- Have you used paint, glue or other inhalants for the purpose of intoxication in the last 10 years?
- Have you inhaled, smoked, ingested or used any 'legal' synthetic drugs which may be known as 'K2' or 'bath salts' in the last 10 years?
- Have you used prescription drugs for any purpose other than that of the prescribed use for the prescribed person?
The hiring process for a police officer position is lengthy. Here are the steps we take to process a police officer candidate:
- The application to take the test has to be turned in on time to be placed on the list for admittance to the test location.
- The written examination is given to all candidates who arrive on time for the test. The candidate's score is posted within 3 days of the written exam. The candidates passing score determines the position on the eligibility list. Remember we give preference to certified police officers and veteran preference points are added to a passing score.
- After the written test is given, candidates are put through the physical assessment. The test tasks are listed in the next paragraph. The test is pass/fail.
- Candidates will be scheduled to meet with a 'mentor' officer to receive the Personal History Statement packet. The candidate will be provided instruction and assistance in completing the forms along with going over the list of documentation needed to conduct a background investigation.
- Officers are assigned to complete a criminal and employment background investigation. The candidate may be required to meet with the investigator regarding the personal history statement and questions that may arise.
- Successfully passing the background investigation moves the applicant to an appearance before the interview board.
- Successfully passing the interview board moves the applicant to a polygraph examination, a psychological examination and a physical examination with drug screen.
- The last step in the hiring process is the interview with the Chief of Police.
The Paris Police Department uses a task-based assessment for potential police officers. There is a blood pressure check and a step test provided to make sure the candidate is not at risk to take the test. Resting blood pressure needs to be 140/90 or less and the heart rate needs to be less than 145 after a 3-minute step test. The candidate must be able to do 25 sit-ups in one minute. After these procedures are completed at the police department, the test moves to the fire department drill field.
The procedure for the test at the drill field will be demonstrated to candidates. Below is a step by step description of the test:
- The candidate is seated in the drivers seat in a patrol car. A 115 pound dead weight human dummy is seated in the passenger seat.
- On the go signal, the candidate runs 50 yards through a serpentine course to a solid 4 foot wall, climbs over the wall and returns to the patrol car through the serpentine course.
- Back at the patrol car, the candidate removes the dummy from the car and drags the dummy 50 feet to a designated spot.
- The candidate runs 15 yards to the 'tower' and ascends three floors of staircase to the top.
- At the top of the tower, the candidate has to hold a revolver with extended arm straight and level and pull through the trigger 6 times. Time stops.
- Time cannot not exceed 1 minute and 40 seconds.
Non-Sworn Civilian Positions
Civilian positions in the department include 9-1-1 emergency dispatcher, animal control officer, records clerk, Property and Evidence and other clerical positions. For open civilian positions, a job description and information on how to apply are posted on this page. These positions and other open positions for the city of Paris are also listed on the Human Resources page on the city website. To visit that page, please click here.