CERTIFIED & NON-CERTIFIED POLICE OFFICER Job - City of Big Spring - Big Spring, Texas

April 11, 2014

City of Big Spring

Position Type: Police
Closing Date: 12/31/2014
Job Description

  • Patrols an assigned zone on foot, on bicycle, and by vehicle to detect and deter criminal activity and traffic violations.
  • Enforces traffic and parking laws.
  • Receives information on activity in an area and assists in plans to address problems.
  • Responds to calls relayed by Communications Officers, including but not limited to domestic disputes, assaults, burglaries, traffic accidents, lost or missing persons searches, public service duties, stranded motorists, and others.
  • Gathers information/probable cause to secure either arrest or search warrants as needed.
  • Conducts preliminary investigations into traffic accidents and other incidents, including but not limited to interviewing victims, complainants and witnesses, gathering information and evidence, and securing crime scenes.
  • Process crime scenes to recognize, collect and preserve evidence.
  • Apprehends arrest, and process offenders, including fugitives; subpoenas witnesses and serves warrants.
  • Provides assistance and backup support to other officers and emergency service providers as necessary.
  • Assists motorists.
  • Performs bailiff duties at Municipal Court.
  • May provide first-aid and CPR to victims as necessary.
  • Provides traffic direction as needed for special events such as parades, funerals, athletic events, and school crossings.
  • Preparing for and attending court proceedings as necessary.
  • Completes all required reports and forms, including accident and incident reports.
  • Inspects and maintains assigned patrol car, uniform, and equipment.
  • Provides relief duties for communications officers and jailers.
  • May serve as Hazardous Materials Technician.
  • Serves criminal and court-related paper work.
  • Participating in mandatory and elective training.
  • May serve as a member of the department’s SORT team.
  • May serve as a field-training officer for the department.
  • May serve as School Resource Officer/DARE Officer; provides DARE instruction to school children.
  • May serve as relief supervisor in the absence of the Sergeant.
  • May be on call after hours to respond to emergency situations.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Additional Information

Applications are being accepted for the position of Certified and Non-Certified Police Officer with the City of Big Spring, Texas. An application form and details of the selection process may be obtained at the City of Big Spring Human Resources office located at 310 Nolan Street, Big Spring, Texas, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Applications are also available at www.mybigspring.com. Completed applications must be filed with the Human Resources Office.

A Big Spring Police Officer works forty (40) hours per week on different shifts and overtime may be required. Patrol officers work twelve hour shifts with every other weekend off. The City of Big Spring offers excellent benefits including a fully equipped take home patrol vehicle, twelve paid holidays, tuition reimbursement, medical and dental insurance, deferred compensation program, long term disability insurance, TMRS (7% 2 to 1 match), 120 hours of paid vacation, and 40 hours of paid sick leave.

Certified officers are eligible for a relocation incentive payment in the amount of $2,400.00, payable on the day of hire. An officer hired by the Big Spring Police Department and having personally incurred expenses for tuition and fees within the twelve (12) months preceding the date of hire to attend any training school meeting Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education requirements for a basic academy and received his or her certification as a result, will be eligible for reimbursement in an amount not to exceed $1,500.00. Non-certified candidates receive comprehensive training, at your full starting salary, which includes sixteen weeks at the Police Academy prior to field training at the department. Candidates are provided with a vehicle to travel to and from the Police Academy in Midland, Texas.


All applicants who pass the written test must take and pass the Big Spring Police Department PAT in order to move forward in the recruitment process. A sample test includes the following six events:

    15 seconds per hand – Using a department issued weapon, the applicant will pull the trigger thru twelve (12) times with the strong hand using the index finger.
    30 seconds – Using a department issued Remington 870 shotgun, the applicant will load the shotgun with four (4) dummy rounds and cycle all shells through the weapon while at shoulder point.
  3. 3.220-YARD RUN:
    42 seconds – The applicant will run 220 yards in the time allotted.
  4. 4.165 LB DUMMY DRAG:
    35 seconds – Lift and drag 165-pound lifelike mannequin 75-feet.
    80 seconds – Applicant will run an obstacle course consisting of several sharp turns, a number of curb-height obstacles, a 4-foot high wall that applicant must climb over, and an incline wall that the applicant must climb.


The written and physical agility examinations for NON-CERTIFIED CANDIDATES will be conducted on May 29, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. at the Big Spring Police Department. Interested individuals must submit an application packet by 5 p.m. on May 23, 2014, in order to be eligible to test on that date. If you feel you possess the minimum requirements and have the maximum desire to serve your community then a career with us may be right for you.
Job Requirements
  • Age : Twenty-one
  • Education : High school diploma or GED certificate
  • Experience : Preferred but not required
  • Additional Requirement :


    • Applicants must be twenty-one (21) years of age on the day of testing.
    • High School diploma or GED with college hours as required by the Texas Commission of Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Education (TCOLE).
    • Ability to read, write and perform mathematical calculations at a level commonly associated with the completion of high school or equivalent.
    • Possession of a valid driver’s license issued by the State of Texas for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.
    • Ability to meet current requirements set forth by the Texas Commission of Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Education to be certified as a Peace Officer.
    • No illegal drug use.
    • No arrest record with higher than a Class C Misdemeanor.
    • Meet or exceed physical agility requirements of department.
    • Demonstrate proficiency with handgun during scheduled testing with the Police Department.
  • Salary Information
    Entry Level Salary: $18.891   hourly
    Academy Graduate: $19.849   hourly

    Contact Information

    Stacie King
    City of Big Spring
    310 Nolan Street
    Big Spring, Texas 79720
    ph: (432)264-2347

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