Police Officer

Bellaire Police Department (TX) - Bellaire, Texas

Jul 26, 2020

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Application Deadline:
Aug 16, 2020

Salary Information

Entry Level:
$Pay: $30.44 to $41.49/hour annual

Job Description

TITLE: Police Officer POS NUMBER: 5045-910-1-00


REPORTS TO: Police Sergeant EEO CATEGORY: Protective Service Workers



The purpose of this position is to fulfill the mission and specific purpose of this department through the prevention of crimes, traffic control, assist victims of violent crimes, apprehend criminals, and enforce state laws and local ordinances. This includes the issuance citations, participates in and conducts a variety of criminal investigations, makes arrests, provides support and assistance to special crime prevention and law enforcement programs to ensure the safety and security of City streets, buildings, residences, and neighborhoods. Performs a variety of technical and administrative tasks in support of law enforcement services during Emergency Management activities.


Note: This information is intended to be descriptive of the key responsibilities of the position. The list of essential functions below does not identify all duties performed by any single incumbent in this position.

• Responds to 911 calls for service by acknowledging the dispatch; assessing the response priority; driving to the location; contacting victim, complainants, and witnesses; gathering information to determine if a crime has been committed; requesting additional resources if needed; arresting subjects if appropriate; and completing initial reports, using proper grammar, symbols, and mathematical computations in incident reports for the prosecution of offenses.

• Performs self-initiated patrol activities by actively looking for violations of state statutes, traffic laws, and City ordinances; enforcing traffic laws through traffic stops; contacting residents and business owners to identify quality of life issues; following up with citizens about prior complaints; conducting property checks; serving subpoenas and warrants; and making referrals to the appropriate City or County agency when appropriate

• Conducts preliminary basic investigations by responding to incident locations; determining the type of incident; locating and identifying complainants, victims, and witnesses; identifying possible suspects; recording information; collecting and submitting evidence; completing the incident report; and obtaining warrants for suspects

• Conducts traffic accident investigations by responding to the accident location; checking for injuries; clearing the roadway; interviewing involved parties and witnesses; completing reports; issuing traffic citations; following up with any injured parties at the medical facility; and securing the scene if required

• Appears in Court by complying with scheduled court dates; answering subpoenas to appear on days other than regularly scheduled dates; reviewing reports and notes; testifying; discussing the case with the District Attorney and Defense Attorney as appropriate; and assisting in contacting witnesses and serving subpoenas

• Serve as liaison and promotes good community relations public relations establishing and preserving good relationships with the public

• Participate in continuous training to enhance law enforcement skills including firearms proficiency, defensive driving skills, apprehension and arrest techniques, investigative skills, and general law enforcement skills

• Ability to work the allocated hours of the position and report for duty regularly and timely to attend/fulfill said shifts. Ability to report to shift assignment on short notice at any hour of the day or night

• Performs other duties as assigned within the scope and responsibilities of the position


• Federal, State and local laws, legal codes, court procedures, regulations and ordinances, government regulations, local ordinances and agency rules.

• Modern law enforcement policies, principles, practices, public safety and security strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

• Principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction

• Business English, spelling and grammar, including composition of routine business correspondence

• Principles, practices, and techniques of project and case management documentation

• Specialized equipment and proficiency in the use of all police-related equipment including, but not limited to personal computer, modern office equipment, communication equipment, cameras, weapons, radios, alcohol detection devices, speed detection devices, and operation of emergency vehicles

• Basic file and recordkeeping principles


• Exercising physical and mental fitness and skill to manage, direct, and command people in such a manner as to obtain maximum cooperation with minimum use of coercion and minimum creation of hostility and rebellion

• Overseeing and providing law enforcement for the safety and security of the public and related property

• Making appropriate decisions quickly using sound judgement under adverse, stressful conditions

• Accurately interpret individuals' distresses in mental and physical conditions on scene

• Empathize, value, and deal successfully with the special capabilities, distinctive cultural histories, and unique needs of people of various socio-economic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. Serving as a liaison with the public, other departments

• Maintain the highest standards of ethical behavior, exercising honesty and integrity, respect, confidentiality, and fairness in the execution of their official responsibilities

• Establish and maintain effective Professional relationships by utilizing communication and interpersonal skills as applied to interact with coworkers, supervisor, the public, and others to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction

• Interpreting and applying applicable laws, codes, regulations and standards

• Assessing emergency and non-emergency situations to determine and take appropriate actions; solving the problems and investigating the issues

• Operating personal computers, utilizing a variety of standard and specialized software, emergency vehicles and specialized equipment of assigned area

• Preparing initial/supplement reports, correspondence and documentation and maintaining records and files

• Self-discipline, dependable, and ability to work independently, provide project management, manage multiple projects, and prioritizing multiple tasks and demands to accomplish outcomes

• Training and facilitating operational activities and service response

• Basic administrative duties such as maintaining records, files and documentation, preparing reports, monitoring and maintain supply and equipment needs.

• Qualification in marksmanship biannually with duty weapons and secondary weaponry.


-Physical strength for this position is indicated below with “X”-

Sedentary Light Medium X Heavy Very Heavy

Exerting up to 10 lbs. occasionally or negligible weights frequently; sitting most of the time. Exerting up to 20 lbs. occasionally, 10 lbs. frequently, or negligible amounts constantly OR requires walking or standing to a significant degree. Exerting 20-50 lbs. occasionally, 10-25 lbs. frequently, or up to 10 lbs. constantly. Exerting 50-100 lbs. occasionally, 10-25 lbs. frequently, or up to 10-20 lbs. constantly. Exerting over 100 lbs. occasionally, 50-100 lbs. frequently, or up to 20-50 lbs. constantly.




2/3 or more of the time. F


From 1/3 to 2/3 of the time. O


Up to 1/3 of the time. R


Less than 1 hour per week. N


Never occurs.

Note: This is intended as a description of the way the job is currently performed. It does not address the potential for accommodation.

Physical Demand Frequency Brief Description

Standing F To talk to suspects; question witnesses at a scene; give citation; to communicate with staff; obtain internal and external information; to take firearms tests; conducting training sessions;

Sitting F To drive the patrol car; attend/conduct meetings; perform other miscellaneous office tasks; to work at desk; appear in court; to do surveillance work.

Walking/Running F Varying distances to chase suspects; to move to safety; frequently on concrete; occasionally on all types of surfaces and terrain, including rough terrain, rock or uneven ground, or areas presenting obstacles such as alleys with garbage or debris.

Lifting/Carrying O Frequently: light objects including firearms and recovered property; occasionally: 50-100 lbs. or over 100 lbs. to move victims at the scene of an accident or to assist elderly or disabled persons who have fallen in their homes or elsewhere; 50-100 lbs. for recovered property such as TV’s; to transport supplies/materials to various programs

Pushing/Pulling O To move vehicles off the road; pull victims from accident scene; push open doors or windows; move obstacles.

Reaching F Varying distances to open or crawl through windows; at times to reach into vehicles to assist accident victims.

Handling/Fine Dexterity C To restrain suspects; use firearms, files, radio, or equipment; recover property; change tires; to do paperwork; make phone calls; to gather, perform tests on and examine evidence; to operate computer, copier and other equipment; possibly to do complete field sketches.

Crouching/Bending/ Kneeling/Crawling/

Twisting F The nature of police work is such that all types of body positions are assumed to varying degrees; depending on the shift worked and the nature of the calls, the officer may be required to assume positions of kneeling, crouching, crawling, or bending, or twisting in order to:

-Chase and apprehend a suspect in a narrow, small, or cramped space

-Handcuff or restrain a suspect who is attempting to flee, particularly a suspect who has to be brought to the ground and searched

-Maneuver around, through, or under various kinds of obstacles

-Assist an elderly or disabled person onto a bed or chair from the floor

-Assist at the scene of a traffic crash

-Extract a crash victim from a vehicle

-Move vehicles or assist stranded motorists

-Collect evidence

-Access materials stored in low file cabinets or shelves

-Surveillance work

Climbing/Balancing O To go up on roofs; climb stairs in apartment complexes or other buildings; climb ladders to apprehend a suspect or assist in rescue; jump or climb over fences or other obstacles in a chase

Vision C To observe suspects, drive patrol car. Visual discrimination required to distinguish and identify suspect’s clothing, features, license plates, etc.; read paper and online/computer documents; write; conduct investigations; to examine evidence

Hearing/Talking C To communicate effectively with other officers, other law enforcement/human service agencies, suspects, children, young, adults, and the general public in person, on the telephone, or remotely/virtually.

Lying on Ground O To take target practice and firearms test; as part of surveillance work

Foot Controls C Driving


Police vehicle, two-way radio, firearms, vehicular radar, Intoxilyzer, handcuffs, body armor, defensive weapons, mobile and landline telephone, video/still camera/equipment, copier, fax, calculator, computer and associated hardware and software.



Continuously F

Frequently O

Occasionally R

Rarely N

Never D

Daily W

Several Times Per Week M

Several Times Per Month S

Seasonally N


-Health and Safety Factors- -Environmental Factors-

Mechanical Hazards R Respiratory Hazards W

Chemical Hazards R Extreme Temperatures S

Electrical Hazards R Noise and Vibration W

Fire Hazards R Wetness/Humidity S

Explosives R Physical Hazards D

Communicable Diseases O

Physical Danger or Abuse F

Other (see 1 below) N

(1) N/A


Employees are required to properly wear/use Personal Protective Equipment as required by applicable city or department policy, regulation, procedure, and/or directive. Examples include mandatory wearing of bullet-resistant vest for uniformed patrol officers; gloves; eye protection; respirator/gas mask; etc.




From 1/3 to 2/3 of the time O


Up to 1/3 of the time R


Less than 1 hour per week N


Never occurs

-Description of Non-Physical Demands- -Frequency-

Time Pressure F

Emergency Situation O

Frequent Change of Tasks F

Irregular Work Schedule/Overtime F

Performing Multiple Tasks Simultaneously F

Working Closely with Others as Part of a Team F

Tedious or Exacting Work F

Noisy/Distracting Environment F

Other (see 2 below) N

(2) N/A


Office Environment Vehicle X

Warehouse Outdoors X

Shop Other (see 3 below) X

Recreation/Neighborhood Center

(3) Occasional office environment, jail, and court settings.

• Position is considered "Essential Personnel," which requires being on duty to respond during emergency situations for pre- and post-event activities including, but not limited to, natural and man-made disasters.

• Position is considered an “Essential Driver”, which requires maintaining a current valid driver license and participating in an annual motor vehicle report


• Citizen of the United States

• Twenty-one (21) years of age or older upon appointment

• Documentary evidence of graduation from an accredited high school or successful completion of the General Educational Development Test

• Experience or training in personal computer use with Microsoft Office software


• Valid Texas Driver’s License

• Appointment will be conditional upon successful completion of the following pre-employment checks:

o Entry level written examination

o Entry level physical agility test

o Criminal background check including, but not limited to job history, education, criminal history, and driving record

 No conviction, guilty plea, court-ordered community service or probation, or deferred adjudication for a Class A misdemeanor or a felony.

 During last ten (10) years, has not been convicted, plead guilty, been on community service/probation or deferred adjudication for a Class B misdemeanor in this state, other state, or while serving in the military

 No convictions of family violence

o Controlled substance screening

o Physical readiness examination

o Psychological examination

o Polygraph examination

o Oral interview Board

• Active Basic Peace Officer License from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) at the time of appointment


• Two (2) years post-secondary education in a related field

• Military Veteran preferred. A military veteran is a defined as an individual who served on active duty at the armed forces for a period of more than 180 consecutive days, any part of which occurred on or after September 11, 2001, and who has been discharged or released from active duty in the armed forces under honorable conditions. Four (4) years of military experience will be equivalent to two (2) years of sworn police officer experience

• Crime Prevention 1 Certification preferred or achieved within one year of assignment

• Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Program (CPTED)

• Bike Patrol Certified

• Basic TCOLE Instructor

• CPR/First Aid Certification

• Ability to fluently speak Spanish, Mandarin, sign language, or other foreign language as a secondary language

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required. This description is subject to modification as the needs and requirements of the position change.

Additional Information

Job Requirements

  • Age: Min. 21 yoa
  • Education: Basic Peace Officer License Required at Time of Appointment
  • Experience: Preferred

Contact Informaton

Onesimo Lopez

Bellaire Police Department (TX)
5110 Jessamine St
Bellaire, Texas 77401-4425
phone: 713-662-8288

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