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. 5 veteran preference points are added to the passing score of those veterans who have provided a copy of the form DD214 with their application. The DD214 has to list an honorable discharge. The department does recognize the importance of applicants who already have a peace officer certification. Certified applicants are processed first as they appear on the 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.
Promotions are in accordance with civil service rule. An officer has to be in rank for a minimum of two years before being allowed to test for the next 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 vests, handgun and duty gear and 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 percentage 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.