City of Paris, TX
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General Information for Police Officer Candidates

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.

Civil Service Entry Level Police Officer Test Announcement
An examination will be held on Tuesday, May 1st, 2018 @ 1:30 p.m. at the Paris Police Department, 2910 Clarksville St., Paris, TX. for the position of police officer in the Paris Police Department.

Applications for testing will be accepted now through Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. at which time applications close.

Applications may be obtained in the Civil Service Director's office or the Paris Police Station. An application can be downloaded by clicking here.

All applications must be submitted to the Civil Service Director at City Hall, 135 1st S.E., Paris, Texas 75460. Applications may also be obtained by calling Sandy Collard, Civil Service Director @ 903 784-9272 or e-mail: . If the applicant is a veteran, a copy of the DD214 form must be submitted with the application or prior to the test. A photo identification, preferred state driver's license, is required to take the test. Evidence of a peace officer license has to be presented prior to the test for certified officer preference.

On the day of the test, candidates are required to participate in a physical assessment. The assessment will be held at 3:00 PM on the same day.

Tutoring Class

Tutoring sessions for the written test will be held on two dates at the police station, 2910 Clarksville Street. The same information is provided at each session.

The approximately one hour class will be held on:

Tuesday April 24th at 6:00 PM and Thursday April 26th at 6:00 PM

Employment Requirements for the position of Police Officer

Be a Citizen of the United States

At least 21 and less than 45 years of  age.  Applicants can be 18 with 60 hours of college or 2 years of military service with an honorable discharge

Valid Driver’s License with good driving record.

Be of good moral character with no felony conviction and no conviction for any Class A or B  misdemeanor in the last 10 years.

Must possess a High School Diploma or GED  Certificate.

Applicants must meet all requirements for licensing as a peace officer by TCOLE.

Applicants must be able to pass a task oriented physical assessment.

Applicants must pass a physical examination with a drug screen.

Applicants must pass the pre-employment interview board.

Applicants must pass a polygraph examination.

Applicants must live within one hour travel time to the downtown of Paris.

Drug Use
Applicants should consider the questions below as to their suitability for a position with the department. A 'yes' answer could indicate your application would be rejected. If the applicant has a question, we will be glad to discuss the situation.

Have you used marijuana within the last 3 years?
Have you used any other illegal drug (including anabolic steroids after February 27, 1991) at all in the last 10 years?
Have you ever sold any illegal drug?
Have you ever used an illegal drug (no matter how many times or how long ago) while in a law enforcement position or in a position which carries with it a high level of responsibility or public trust?
Have you used paint, glue or other inhalants for the purpose of intoxication in the last 10 years?
Have you inhaled, smoked, ingested or used any 'legal' synthetic drugs which may be known as 'K2' or 'bath salts' in the last 10 years?
Have you used prescription drugs for any purpose other than that of the prescribed use for the prescribed person?

Hiring Process
The hiring process for a peace officer can be lengthy.

Application has to be turned in on time to be placed on the test admittance list.

Written examination is given.  This test result is normally posted within 3 days of the written exam.  The candidates passing score determines the position on the eligibility list. 

Physical Assessment is given.  This test is pass/fail, see below for a full explanation of the assessment.

Personal History Statements are given out for return on a certain date.
Officers are assigned to complete a criminal and employment background investigation.  The candidate may be required to meet with the investigator regarding the personal history statement and questions that may arise.

Successfully passing the background investigation moves the applicant to an appearance before the interview board.

Successfully passing the interview board moves the applicant to a polygraph examination, a psychological examination and a physical examination with drug screen.

The last step in the hiring process is the interview with the Chief of Police.

Physical Assessment
The Paris Police Department uses a task based assessment for potential police officers.  There is a blood pressure check and a step test provided to make sure the applicant is not at risk to take the test.  Resting blood pressure needs to be 140/90 or less and the heart rate needs to be less than 145 after a 3-minute step test.  The candidate must be able to do 25 sit-ups in one minute. After these procedures are completed at the police department, the test moves to the fire department drill field. 

The procedure for the test at the drill field is this:

The candidate is seated in the drivers seat in a patrol car. A 115 dead weight human dummy is seated in the passenger seat.

On the go signal, the candidate runs 50 yards through a serpentine course to a solid 4 foot wall, climbs over the wall and returns to the patrol car through the serpentine course.

Back at the patrol car, the candidate removes the dummy from the car and drags the dummy 50 feet to a designated spot.

The candidate runs 15 yards to the 'tower' and ascends three floors of staircase to the top. 

At the top of the tower, the candidate has to hold a revolver with extended arm straight and level and pull through the trigger 6 times.  Time stops.

Time cannot not exceed 1 minute and 40 seconds.

Non Sworn Civliian Positions
Civilian positions in the department include 9-1-1 emergency dispatcher, animal control officer, records clerk, P & E Clerk and other clerical positions.  Openings are posted along with job descriptions when needed.

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