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METRO Police Officers

Thank you for your interest in employment with METRO's Police Department. We are currently not accepting applications for licensed Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) officers. We are currently not accepting police cadet applications.

METRO has an online application process that allows persons to apply only for positions that are available and for which applicants are being solicited. To apply for an available position, it is necessary to visit a different area of the website. Return to the website home page and click on the ‘Opportunities’ tab, and then on the ‘Careers at METRO’ tab on the drop down menu. If a police officer position is available, it will be listed on this page. If no position is available, it will not be listed and you will not be able to apply online until a position becomes available. Please check the site frequently as hiring opportunities may change.


Responsibilities & Duties

  • Protect METRO employees, property, and patrons from criminal offenses.
  • Apprehend persons committing offenses against the Authority.
  • Deter transit-related crimes through increased visibility and mobility.
  • Enforce federal and state statutes, and county and municipal ordinances within the METRO service area.


Minimum Requirements

The minimum requirements to become a METRO police officer are as follows:

  • Valid TCLEOSE License
  • Valid Texas Driver's License
  • Minimum age of 21
  • United States citizen
  • High school diploma or GED with 12 semester hours from a TCLEOSE-approved accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 2.0; OR a minimum of two years of active military service with a DD-214 Honorable Discharge.
  • No felony or Class A misdemeanor convictions. No Class B misdemeanor convictions within ten (10) years of date of application. No convictions of any family violence offense
  • Successfully pass Police Officer Selection Test (POST) and all elements of the medical, psychological, and other pre-employment tests.
  • Meet all criteria set forth in TCLEOSE rule 217.1, and Texas Occupational Code Section 1701.255.

     

    The Selection Process

    • Phase 1 - Police Officer Selection Test
    • Phase 2 - Formal Application Submission
    • Phase 3 - Background Investigation
    • Phase 4 - Formal Board Review and other Pre-Employment Tests

    Should you become disqualified during any one of the above phases, you may reapply after meeting the requirements of the selection criteria that disqualified you. These include age, educational requirement, citizenship and residency, drivers license and driving history, military history, physical and mental health, contradictory information, credit and financial responsibility, criminal behavior, narcotics and alcohol usage, references, and affiliations or sympathy with certain organizations. The selection process is normally completed in 60 to 120 days.

     

    Compensation (Annual)

     Non-Experienced Officer Starting Salary & Progression    Salary Status
    Probationary Officer Trainee $35,000 Academy graduate, TCLEOSE license, no law enforcement experience
    1st-yr Officer Trainee $38,000 After completion of six-month probationary period
    Police Officer $42,000 After completion of one year’s law enforcement experience with METRO; annual merit increases thereafter
    Experienced Officer Starting
    Salary & Progression  
    Salary Status
    Probationary Officer $41,000 TCLEOSE license; through completion of six-month probation; next salary increase after first six months’ employment based on prior experience level; annual merit increases thereafter
    Police Officer (with 1-yr prior police experience) $42,000 After completion of six-month probationary period
    Police Officer (with 2-yrs prior police experience) $42,500 After completion of six-month probationary period
    Police Officer (with 3-yrs prior police experience) $43,000 After completion of six-month probationary period
    Police Officer (with 4-yrs prior police experience  OR ≥ 5-yrs prior experience without Intermediate Certification) $43,500 After completion of six-month probationary period
    Police Officer (with ≥ 5-yrs prior police experience plus Intermediate Certification) $45,000 After completion of six-month probationary period
    Supplemental TCLEOSE
    Certification Pay
    Salary Status
      $988 Intermediate
      $1,976 Advanced
      $3,610 Master


    Career Opportunities

    • Bus Marshal
    • Patrol Officer
    • Crime Suppression Unit
    • Motorcycles
    • Firearms Instructor
    • K9 Handler (Explosives; Narcotics; Patrol)
    • Watch Command Officer
    • Traffic Management

     

    • Accreditation Officer 
    • Criminal Investigations
    • Community Services Officer
    • Training Officer
    • Special Operations Response Team
    • Serious Collision Assessment Team
    • Personnel Officer

     

    BENEFITS

    Uniforms & Equipment - Uniforms and equipment are provided to sworn personnel at no cost. Personal choice duty weapons, other than department issue, may be purchased at your expense.

    Health Insurance - You become eligible for coverage under one of METRO's major medical insurance programs on the date you are hired. You must complete all required documentation, which is usually handled on your first day of employment during Employee Orientation. Insurance coverage begins 30 days later. METRO offers insurance packages that provide coverage for hospital room and medical expenses, outpatient care and maternity care. The packages offer different supplemental dental and vision plans as well as coverage for dependents. You may choose between two medical plans, the POS Plan and an HMO Plan. METRO subsidizes the cost of the medical premium. Employees are required to pay an employee portion, which is handled through payroll deductions, on a pre-tax or post-tax basis.

    Life Insurance - On the first day of the month that follows 30 days of continuous employment, you are enrolled in METRO's group life insurance program. You can also choose a voluntary, supplemental program for yourself and your family.
    • Group Life Insurance Basic Coverage — paid entirely by METRO for twice your annual salary.
    • Voluntary Term Life — individually age rated; completely paid by the employee for $10,000 toward the employee/spouse minimum and $2,500 for eligible children.

    Paid Leave Time (Annual) Vacation - Vacation is accrued as follows:
    • 1 to 5 Years — 2 Weeks
    • 5+ to 8 Years — 3 Weeks
    • 8+ to 15 Years — 4
    • 15+ Years — 5 Weeks

    Employee Days - Three days; use with supervisory approval.

    Well Day Incentive - After 90 days of continuous employment, you become eligible to accumulate credit towards Well Time hours. Accrual periods are based on calendar quarters. To receive eight hours of Well Time, you may take no sick leave time off (paid or unpaid) in a calendar quarter. Maximum Well Day accrual is one per quarter/four per year.

    Sick Leave - 80 hours

    Work Out Facilities - Employees are provided with a workout facility equipped with strength and cardiovascular training equipment. Lockers and showers are also available.

    Quiet Room - A quiet room is provided for employees who want a place to relax and watch television during off-duty hours.

    Educational Reimbursement - All regular, full-time METRO employees are eligible to receive educational reimbursements for work-related courses from accredited colleges or universities. Upon approval, employees may annually receive up to $1,500 of educational reimbursement. Upon satisfactory completion of any pre-approved courses, reimbursement is made as follows:

    A - 100% B - 90% C - 80%

    Retirement - METRO offers full-time employees a contributory retirement program, wherein employees can contribute through payroll deduction up to the maximum limit permitted by the IRS (currently $15,500/year). METRO will automatically contribute 2% of an employee’s salary (including overtime) to the employee’s retirement account.  If an employee chooses to contribute, METRO will match dollar for dollar the first 4% that an employee contributes, making METRO’s contribution a total of 6%. There is a pro-rated vesting schedule, and employees are fully vested after five years of service.

    Short Term Leave of Absence - Upon the completion of six consecutive months of employment, under a physician's order, and approval by the Benefits Office of the Human Resources Department, employees are eligible for leave-of-absence pay at 100%, 75%, 60% and 50% of base salary after a waiting period of 10 days. Duration of pay at each percentage level is determined by the employee’s length of service.

    The METRO Police Department is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). Accreditation is a coveted award that symbolizes professionalism, excellence, and competence within law enforcement
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METRO has an online application process that allows persons to apply only for positions that are available and for which applicants are being solicited. To apply for an available position, it is necessary to visit a different area of the website. Return to the website home page and click on the ‘Opportunities’ tab, and then on the ‘Careers at METRO’ tab on the drop down menu. If a police officer position is available, it will be listed on this page. If no position is available, it will not be listed and you will not be able to apply online until a position becomes available. Please check the site frequently as hiring opportunities may change.

For more information, please contact the METRO Police Recruiting Unit:
Phone: 713-615-6483 • E-mail: PoliceRecruiting@ridemetro.org


The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County has a “zero tolerance” drug and alcohol program for all employees. All applicants will be required to undergo drug testing prior to employment and will be subject to further drug and/or alcohol testing throughout their employment. Employees who perform safety-sensitive functions must also submit to drug and/or alcohol testing in accordance to the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) regulatory requirements. We provide equal opportunity to all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, veteran status or disability.

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