The Cedar Park Police Department is currently expanding to meet the law enforcement needs of a growing community and we are looking for diverse and qualified individuals who :
- want to be more than just another badge number and desire to utilize their unique gifts, talents, and personal contributions to help make the Cedar Park community a great place to live, work, and raise a family
- recognize the honor of police service and who would appreciate the opportunity to work in a community where they’re supported by the citizens they serve
- have character and expect more from themselves and their peers
- are ready to accept the challenge of change
- who realize that law enforcement goals can only be achieved through teamwork, creativity, and dedication.
The Cedar Park Police Department is looking for those individuals who know that true service does not lie in numbers, but the quality of service provided by the individual.
Minimum Requirements for Police Officers
The City of Cedar Park has adopted Civil Service for Public Safety and all hiring processes are conducted in accordance with established Civil Service Rules and Chapter 143 of the Texas Local Government Code. The following minimum eligibility requirements information is from the Cedar Park Fire Fighters’ and Police Officers’ Civil Service Commission rules and regulations. An applicant for police officer shall meet the following criteria in order to be considered for any entry-level position:
- Achieve a minimum passing score of seventy (70) percent on the written examination;
- Pass the required physical ability course; click here for Ability Course Requirements
- Successfully complete the video-based behavioral testing (BPAD) or other situational reasoning testing and assessment;
- Pass an in-depth background investigation;
- Pass oral interviews;
- Successfully complete a post-job offer psychological examination and medical examination that includes passing a visual acuity test, and physician certification that the applicant is not dependent on and does not use illegal drugs;
- Be at least twenty-one (21) years of age at the time of hire.
- Be a graduate of an accredited high school or have an equivalency certificate;
- Have a valid Texas driver's license at the date of hire;
- Be a citizen of the United States by birth or naturalization;
- Be able to read, write, and speak the English language;
- Be of good moral character;
- Shall not be prohibited from carrying a firearm or possessing ammunition; and
- Meet all requirements as established in Texas Civil Service law in accordance with the Texas Local Government Code, Cedar Park Local Civil Service Rules, and any amended articles agreed upon through the established Meet and Confer process.
Visual Acuity Standard:
In accordance with Civil Service Rule 143.023 Eligibility for Beginning Position (3) Minimum Eligibility Requirements for Police Officers (e), and local Cedar Park Civil Service Rules, the Police Department has established a basic visual acuity standard. Candidate for police officer possesses uncorrected visual acuity of 20/100 or better in each eye with both eyes correctable to at least 20/20 binocular vision with contact lenses; and the ability to distinguish between basic color groups.
Basic Application/Hiring Process Outline
Civil Service applications for law enforcement positions will only accepted when a hiring process is about to begin. This is generally once a year and historically has been in the fall. Persons interested in applying for any Police Officer or Police Cadet position should watch the City of Cedar Park, Human Resources page http://agency.governmentjobs.com/cedarparktx/default.cfm for the application link to be listed or complete a job interest card. Applications submitted outside of the enrollment period (either before or after) will not be accepted. The Civil Service Exam is conducted and those passing with a 70% or higher are then placed on the hiring eligibility list. The list will remain in effect for the next 365 days. Applicants will need to re-apply if the list expires.
1. In order to be considered applicants must complete the basic City of Cedar Park on line application available on our website NEOGOV.COM, (Click here to view and/or apply for positions. If this is the first time you are using our new on-line application system, you will need to create an account and select a Username and Password. After your account has been established, you can build an application by clicking on the "Build Job Application" link. This application can be saved and used to apply for more than one job opening. In order to apply, a current, valid email address is required. If you do not have an email address, you can create a free account by utilizing various online.)
2. When Applicants complete the appropriate application, they are then screened for Texas Commission On Law Enforcement (TCOLE) eligibility requirements. More information can be found here. http://www.tcole.texas.gov/content/commission-rules Click Chapter 217 then select minimum standards for initial licensure (217.1)
If no disqualifiers are noted then the Applicant is eligible to participate in the Civil Service Examination. This examination will be posted in accordance with Civil Service Law and Rules and will be available to those applying. Applicants must pass the exam with a score of at least 70% to proceed through the remainder of the process. Applicants with appropriate military experience will have additional “Veteran’s Points” added to their overall score in accordance with Chapter 143 of the Texas Local Government Code. Once any applicable points are added, applicants will then be placed on a list for consideration. Placement on this list does not guarantee the candidate employment with the City of Cedar Park Police Department.
3. After the candidate successfully passes the written exam, they will then participate in the physical ability course. Candidates must be prepared to take the physical ability course the same day as the written exam. Proper athletic clothes are recommended.
4. Candidates will then participate in and must pass the video based BPAD (Behavioral Personnel Assessment Device) situational reasoning testing.
5. Candidates who successfully pass the BPAD will then be provided with a Background Investigation packet. Candidates will be required to complete this packet and return it will all requested documentation. Incomplete packets or failing to return requested documentation will not allow a full and complete background to be conducted. Applicants who fail to provide the necessary information to complete the background portion of the process will be disqualified from further consideration in the process.
6. When the Background Investigation is complete, those candidates who passed their background check will then appear before an Interview Board. The Board will consist of members of the Police Department and possibly members of the community. Candidates will be asked questions about their background, skills and training, and should be prepared to answer some situational questions structured around the Cedar Park Police Department Core Values and Mission Statement. Applicants must pass this portion of the process before proceeding through the remainder of the process.
7. Those candidates, who successfully complete the preceding portions of the process, will then be interviewed by a Chief’s Board of Review. The Board of Review is a group of police personnel designated by the Chief of Police to conduct an interview. After this interview, the Chief of Police will determine whether to extend a conditional offer of employment to the applicant or pass over the candidate at that time.
8. Entry level officer candidates who are given a “conditional offer of employment” must then pass a “post job offer” psychological examination and medical examination that includes passing a visual acuity test, and physician certification that the applicant is not dependent on and does not use illegal drugs. A candidate must pass all examinations to be considered for employment, this in accordance with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) and Civil Service Rules.
9. The Chief of Police reserves the right to offer or rescind any offer of employment. If candidates are given and accept a full offer of employment, they will remain on probationary status for one year from their date of hire. Probationary officers will not be covered by Civil Service until this 1-year probation is over. Probationary officers must complete a Field Training Program. Officers who cannot complete this program may be discharged from employment depending on the circumstances surrounding their inability to complete the training.
10. Applicants must have passed the State Licensing Exam as administered by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) at the time of appointment as scheduled by the Chief of Police.
Lateral Entry Program / Cadet Program
Lateral Entry Program
The Lateral Entry Program is designed to offer experienced Police Officers an additional incentive to apply with the Cedar Park Police Department. Lateral Entry candidates must meet all basic requirements and successfully pass all phases of the hiring process like any potential entry-level candidate. However, if the experienced candidate meets the criteria, he / she may be eligible for pay level placement at “Step 2” on the established Police Department Pay Schedule. A candidate must be certified by Texas Commission on Law Enforcement., have at least (4) years of work experience with similar duties in a comparable Law Enforcement Agency, and must not have a break in service for more than 180 days prior to the applicant’s examination date.
Police Cadet Program
An applicant that does not have a law enforcement certification in Texas may be eligible for the Police Cadet Program. Applicants must meet all basic requirements and successfully pass all phases of the hiring process like any potential candidate. A successful applicant is then hired as a Police Cadet and is paid by the City of Cedar Park while attending a local law enforcement academy. A Police Cadet must attend and successfully complete a Basic Peace Officer Training Course and be certified by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) before becoming a Cedar Park Police Officer. The Police Department will also pay for the basic academy tuition, as well as provide the basic uniform and equipment necessary to participate in the academy. A Police Cadet, upon becoming a sworn Police Officer for the City of Cedar Park, must serve a one-year probationary period and is not considered a Civil Service employee until they have completed that probationary period. If the Cadet leaves the employ of the Cedar Park Police Department within 2 years after they are sworn in as a Police Officer, the employee will be required to repay all costs associated with sending the employee to the police academy as a cadet.
Patrol Take Home Car Program
Patrol Corporals, Field Training Officers, and Officers, to include Community Services and Special Operations, are eligible for a take home vehicle, if a vehicle is available. The Corporal and Officers must reside within the city limits of Cedar Park. In order for Officers to be eligible for the Patrol Take Home Vehicle Program, the Officer must have successfully completed his or her probationary period.
Professional Standards Contacts
Cedar Park Police Department
Professional Standards Division
911 Quest Parkway
Cedar Park, Texas 78613
Main Station Number: (512) 260-4600
Sergeant Scott Linnborn
Investigator Rob Harris