First responders: Law enforcement seeks recruits
Police officers enforce the law of the land, protecting lives and property and are usually first on the scene when some sort of accident, crisis or crime happens in Houston. Currently, local law enforcement departments are seeking new staff members.
“The Houston Police Department is now hiring,” said Lt. Denise Davis, Houston Police Department spokesperson. “Between the beginning of the fiscal year, which started July 1 and will end June 30, 2019, we hope to hire 375 officers. Preference is given to veterans. Everything someone needs to know about applying to the Houston Police Department can be found at HPDcareer.com.”
Davis said that the city of Houston is very diverse, so the Houston Police Department has to be diverse as well.
According to information on its website, the base salary for a cadet/probationary officer is $42,000, while a first-year police officer starts off at $49,917. Additional incentive pay is available.
Applicants must have at least one of the following three qualifications:
At least 48 semester hours of credit from an accredited college or university with at least a 2.0 grade point average; or
A minimum of 18 months active duty in the U.S. armed forces and received an honorable discharge; or
At least five years of full-time employment as a peace officer licensed by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement or an equivalent licensing entity in another state.
Additional requirements and information about benefits can be found at the Houston Police Department website. For more information, call 713-308-1300, or visit www.hpdcareer.com.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is looking for new staff members as well.
“We are currently accepting applications for communications officers, entry-level deputies, lateral deputies and detention officers. The only open medical position the HCSO is currently accepting applications for is a pharmacist,” said Jason Spencer, public affairs director, HCSO. “There are registered nurse, licensed vocational nurse and medical assistant positions that are open, but due to a large volume of applications already received, the application portal has been temporarily closed for these positions. Applicants are encouraged to keep checking on our website for further updates.”
The salary for entry-level deputy depends on a person’s qualifications. The salary range for a lateral deputy sheriff is $50,814 to $63,523, according to information from its website.
Requirements for deputy positions include the following:
Applicants must be a licensed Peace Officer by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE), in good standing and ready to be commissioned.
They must pass a thorough background check (criminal background check, fingerprinting, personal interview, etc.)
They must pass physical and psychological evaluations as required by TCOLE.
Additional detailed requirements for these positions and information about benefits can be found online at www.harriscountyso.org, and at 713-755-7466.