The Houston Police Department is hiring qualified police officer candidates for our upcoming academy classes. As the fifth largest agency in the nation, HPD sets the bar for professionalism, innovation and a progressive approach to relational policing. Our more than 5,000+ officers and 1,000+ civilian employees are a dedicated, enthusiastic group of professionals who proudly serve over 2 million Houston residents.
Officers receive a competitive salary with regular salary increases, city-subsidized insurance, 11 paid holidays with an additional 35-40 paid days off per year, tuition reimbursement, as well as retirement plans and a pension plan with early retirement options. With Houston’s low cost of living, salaries stretch even further than other large cities.
With over 45 divisions, officers have lateral and promotional opportunities in Patrol, Homicide, Bomb Squad, Mounted Patrol, SWAT, Helicopters, Gangs, Financial Crimes, Victim Services, Criminal Intelligence, Dive Team, Bike Patrol, Vice, K-9, Motorcycle Detail, Juvenile, Missing Persons, Narcotics, as well as other specialized units. Regardless of the assignment, you will work in an environment that fosters leadership, teamwork and service to the community.
Houston is the fourth largest city in America and one of the fastest growing. It is a diverse, world-class city with a lively urban center and outdoor activities that are unrivaled by other cities. Houston’s year-round tropical climate allows you to enjoy over 163 miles of hiking and biking trails, 375 parks in the city and 32 miles of sandy beaches just 45 minutes from downtown. With its thriving arts scene, award-winning restaurants and 4 professional sports teams, it’s no wonder Houston was ranked as the “#1 Coolest City to Live” by Forbes and “#1 Best City to Live, Work and Play” by Kiplinger.
No prior law enforcement experience required. Upon employment, you will attend our 6 month paid police academy and obtain your peace officer’s license. You will receive specialized training from some of the finest officers in law enforcement. For those who have full-time experience as a licensed peace officer, your salary may be based on your years of law enforcement experience up to five years.
Apply today and you could be a part of the HPD family in as little as 180 days or less. Go to hpdcareer.com to for more information and to apply.
The Houston Police Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
HPD BASE SALARIES
Cadet/Probationary Officer ($42,000)
Police Officer ($53,721 – $70,841)
Sr. Police Officer ($72,129 – $78,979)
Police Sergeant ($86,621 – $91,047))
Police Lieutenant ($96,446 – $102,041)
Police Commander ($111,120 – $120,454)
In addition to the base pay, you may be eligible to receive various incentive pays.
YEARLY INCENTIVE PAY
Education Pay* – Bachelor’s Degree ($3,640), Master’s Degree ($6,240), Doctorate Degree ($8,840)
Equipment Allowance** – ($2,000)
Shift Differential Pay** – ($1,800)
Weekend Pay – 2 Days** – ($1,800)
Weekend Pay – 1 Day** – ($900)
Training Pay** – ($1,400)
Bilingual Pay*** – ($1,800)
*Paid bi-weekly after graduation from the academy.
**Paid bi-weekly after probationary period.
**Must pass language test after probationary period ends. Paid bi-weekly after probationary period.
Other Pay opportunities include Special Duty Pay, Patrol Officer Incentive Pay, Investigator Pay, Clothing Allowance
Additional pay may be available, please visit hpdcareer.com for details.
You must have at least one of the following four qualifications:
1. At least 48 semester hours of credit in any area of study from an accredited college or university with at least a 2.0 grade point average; OR
2. A minimum of 18 months active duty in the United States armed forces and received an honorable discharge; OR
3. At least 3 years of full-time employment as a peace officer licensed by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) or an equivalent licensing entity in another state; OR
4. At least 36 months of full-time employment in the last 48 months.
- Must be between the ages of 20.5 – 44 years of age (applicants must be 21 prior to graduating the academy and must not turn 45 prior to graduating the academy).
- Must be a U.S. citizen.
- Must have a valid driver’s license.
HOW TO APPLY
Apply at http://www.hpdcareer.com. Out-of-town applicants can choose one trip or two trip options to complete the application process. Please note, out-of-town applicants should apply three months prior to the approximate time they would like to come in for an interview. The application process can take up to 180 days. For more information, contact the Recruiting Division at (713) 308-1300.
Houston Police Department
1200 Travis, Suite 1300
Houston, Texas 77002
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