Police Officer – Certified-City of Sugar Land (TX)

The City of Sugar Land is seeking highly qualified applicants for the position of Certified Police Officer. The City of Sugar Land is located on the southwest side of Houston and is one of the fastest growing communities in the state. With a population of 118,118, Sugar Land has been repeatedly ranked as one of America’s safest cities in the past ten years. Sugar Land boasts a diverse population, entertainment venues and a vibrant business community. The Sugar Land Police Department is a CALEA accredited department of over 170 sworn officers with opportunities for specialized assignments and training.

A Certified Police Officer is an individual who has attended a Police Academy and is certified and licensed as a Peace Officer by TCOLE (Texas Commission on Law Enforcement) no later than October 1, 2021.

Qualified candidates must have:
at least two years of service as a sworn peace officer
at least 30 hours of college credit from an accredited university with a cumulative 2.0 grade point average or higher (The institution/program must be recognized as accredited through the U.S. Department of Education – Office of Postsecondary Education.)
at least 24 months of active duty military service with an honorable discharge.

In addition, qualified candidates must have a valid driver’s license with a good driving record and a stable employment record with no history of any conduct which may affect suitability for law enforcement work. Candidates must pass each step of the selection process, which includes: written test, physical fitness test, oral interview board, polygraph test, and a thorough background investigation. Candidates should be aware that sensitive or confidential aspects of their personal lives will be explored. Admission, discovery or conviction of a felony is a permanent rejection. A job description for a City of Sugar Land Certified Police Officer is posted online. Non-smokers are preferred.

Candidates must meet all qualifications by October 1, 2021 to be eligible to participate in this recruitment.

FY2021 Starting Pay: $30.46/hour
Incentive pay for education and TCOLE certifications
Member – Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS) – 7% contribution with 2:1 matching funds.
Excellent health benefits.
Uniforms, weapons and equipment provided.
11 paid holidays annually, sick leave and 80 hours paid vacation annually.

Recruitment/Selection Process (You must pass each step of the selection process before you go to the next step.)

Step 1: Complete an Application

Applications must be received by 5:00 PM on September 24, 2021. Qualified candidates will be notified by e-mail that they are eligible to test. A study guide for the written test may be picked up between September 27 and October 1, 2021 at Sugar Land City Hall.

To complete an application, go to www.sugarlandtx.gov click on “Employment”, scroll to the list of open positions and select “Certified Police Officer”. You must complete the on-line application.

Step 2: Testing (Written, Physical Assessment and Preliminary Interview – Saturday, October 2, 2021 scheduled for same day)

Report on the date, time and location for the written test. Passing score is 70% or higher on each section.
A physical assessment will be administered after written test. Information about these requirements is posted online and will be e-mailed to qualifying applicants.
A preliminary interview will be conducted with those applicants who have passed both the written test and physical assessment.

Step 3: Background Packet Completion and Investigation

Applicants who pass the phases of testing listed in Step 2 will be given a Personal History Statement to complete and return to the Training Unit by the specified date.

Step 4: Oral Review Board

After the initial interview applicants will be scheduled for an interview with the Oral Review Board during the week of October 4, 2021. This interview is pass or fail, and will consist of 3 parts:

getting to know the applicant
job knowledge questions
situational reasoning questions

Step 5: Polygraph Examination

Applicants who pass the background investigation and are being considered for sworn employment will undergo a polygraph examination.

Related Time Periods and Information:

Our goal is to complete the recruitment process by January 1, 2021.

If an applicant is rejected for any of the reasons listed in the “Rejection Criteria”, they will be required to wait the specified time to apply again.

Final Steps: Eligibility Pool, Conditional Job Offer, Medical and Psychological Testing
Candidates who pass all of the above are placed in an eligibility (applicant) pool. This is not a guarantee of employment; however, the City of Sugar Land does make job offers from the applicant pool. Subsequently, if a conditional job offer is made to a candidate by the Chief of Police, the candidate must successfully complete medical and psychological exams before a final job offer is made by the Human Resources Department.

Candidates should be aware that sensitive or confidential aspects of their personal lives will be explored.

Equal Opportunity Employer – Drug Free Workplace

Posted August 30, 2021

For detailed information and to apply online please visit our website at www.sugarlandtx.gov and look under “Job Opportunities”. For any other inquiries please contact the Sugar Land Police Department Training Unit at 281-275-2914.