City of Paris, TX
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Entry Level Civil Service Test Announced
A Civil Service Entrance Test is required for employment as a police officer. There is no test currently scheduled. When a test is scheduled, information regarding the date, time and location will be posted here.

Information will be presented on the hiring process along with additional preparation for the test on two dates. It is not mandatroy to attend these sessions. The sessions are designed to assist the applicant in being successful on the test. The same information is presented at both, so applicants only need to attend one if they wish to do so. 

More information regarding the qualifications, hiring process and Civil Service is available on this page. If you have other questions, please contact Lt. John Berry at 903-783-4774 or by e-mail by clicking here.  

Eligibility List for Civil Service Test Given March 6th 2017
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Civil Service

The City of Paris Police Department operates under the auspices of Government Code Chapter 143, commonly referred to as Civil Service. The City of Paris is an equal opportunity employer and strives to maintain a police force that is consistent with the diversity of the community.

Under Civil Service, a written examination is given to potential police applicants. Applicants must pass the written examination with a score of 70% or better for inclusion on the eligibility list.

Certified Peace Officers are given preference on the eligibility list. Veterans of the US armed services are given five additional points to their passing score with submission of the form DD-214 showing an honorable discharge with at least 180 days of service not including training.

Pay and Benefits for Police Officers
Recruit officers begin at $40,000 a year while in the basic peace officer academy or the Field Training Program.  At the end of the first year of service, the pay increases to $42,655 a year. Other pay increases are available at 3, 5, 10, 15, and 20 year service anniversary.

Other Pay Incentives:
Officers are paid when the receive certifications from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement:
    Intermediate        $62.00    per pay period
    Advanced              $87.00    per pay period
    Master                   $110.00   per pay period
Officers earn civil service longevity pay at the rate of $4 per month per year of service.
Officers receive a $25 monthly uniform cleaning allowance.
Officers are compensated for any time over 80 hours in a pay period by time and a half pay or compensatory time off.

Officers earn 120 hours of vacation leave and 80 hours of holiday leave yearly.
Officers have paid sick leave available for illness.
Officers have access to a deferred compensation program.
Officers become members of the Texas Municipal Retirement System in which the city matches a percentage amount of the employees contribution.
Officers are furnished a sidearm, duty belt, portable radio, flashlight, ASP baton, OC spray, bullet resistant vest and uniforms.
Officers in the Uniform Patrol Division work 12 hour shifts on the 2-2-3 model in which they have every other weekend off. Patrol shifts rotate every three months.

Requirements for the position of Police Officer
Requirements for employment are directly related to the requirements of obtaining a Peace Officer License from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.
  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Be at least 21 years of age and less than 45 years of age, or at least 18 with 60 semester-hours at an accredited college or university or an honorable discharge from US military service (after at least 2 years of service)
  • Be of good moral character with no felony convictions.
  • Has never been convicted of a offense above the grade of a Class B Misdemeanor or a Class B Misdemeanor within the last ten years from the date of court order. 
  • Be a high school graduate or have passed the GED test.
  • Applicants must be able to successfully pass the following tests:
    • Civil Service Entrance Examination
    • Physical assessment (Test Description)
    • Medical physical
    • Drug screen
    • Psychological
    • Polygraph examination
  • Applicants must pass an oral interview board
  • Applicants must meet all requirements for licensing as a peace officer through TCOLE       
  • Applicants must live within one hour of the downtown square of Paris, Texas
  • All newly-hired police officers are required to sign an employment contract. 

Hiring Process
    The hiring process begins with an application being turned in to the Civil Service director with the proper documentation.  Here is a step by step description of our hiring process from that point:
  • Civil Service Written Examination (Must score 70 or better)
  • Physical Assessment (Pass / Fail)
  • Personal History Statement returned with complete documentation
  • Intensive Criminal Background Investigation
  • Oral Interview Board
  • Pre-Employment Testing:
    • Drug Screen Test
    • Physical Exam
    • Psychological Exam
    • Polygraph Examination
  • Final Interview with Chief of Police
  • Hire Date dependent on certification as a peace officer or starting date for a Basic Peace Officer Academy.

An application is required to be completed and on file to take the written civil service test. Your application should have a armed service separation form commonly known as a 'DD-214' for Veteran Preference Points and / or a copy of your Peace Officer License to be given preference as a peace officer or certifiable peace officer.

The Civil Service test is scheduled only as needed.  Applications are accepted year round at the Civil Service Director's office, 135 SE 1st Street, Paris, TX 75460. 

When a test is scheduled, applicants who have an application on file since the last test are notified of the date and time of the upcoming test.  If you have not turned in an application, you can download one by clicking here.  Once completed, the application is required to be turned into the Civil Service Director's office, 135 SE 1st Street, Paris, TX 75460.  If you have any questions about your application, please feel free to contact Lt. John Berry at 903-737-4135, Asst. Chief Randy Tuttle at 903-737-4130 or Civil Service Director Sandy Collard at 903-784-9272.  When a civil service test is scheduled, that information will be provided in the next paragraph of this web page. 

Application Download: Click here.

Civilian Opportunities
Civilian positions in the department such as communications, records clerks, secretaries, animal control officers, and kennel technicians are posted only when openings occur.

Postings are available on this website under Human Resources web page and also throughout the city buildings including the lobby of the police department and at the city hall annex building.

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