METRO Police Recruiting

METRO Police Officer

Become one of the highest-paid police officers in the region.

We're currently accepting applications for peace officers licensed by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE). We're also accepting applications from police cadets currently enrolled in a licensed police academy.

METRO has an online application process that allows you to apply only for positions that are available and for which applicants are being solicited. Apply now and follow the instructions on the page. If a police officer job is listed then you'll be able to apply. Please check the site often as hiring opportunities may change.

Career Opportunities

  • Background / Recruiting Officer
  • Canine Officer
  • Collision Reconstruction Unit Officer
  • Court Liaison Officer
  • Criminal Investigator
  • Equipment Control Officer
  • Field Training Officer
  • Firearms Instructor
  • Honor Guard Officer
  • Motorcycle Officer
  • Patrol Officer
  • Rail Officer
  • Training Officer
  • Transit Marshal


  • Bilingual Pay
  • Educational Reimbursement Program
  • Employee Days
  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Paid Leave Time (Annual) Vacation
  • Retirement
  • Short Term Leave of Absence
  • Sick Leave
  • Uniforms & Equipment
  • Well Day Incentive
  • Work Out Facilities

The Selection Process

  • Phase 1 – Police Officer Selection Test
  • Phase 2 – Handgun Qualification
  • Phase 3 – Formal Application Submission
  • Phase 4 – Background Investigation
  • Phase 5 – Formal Board Interview and other pre-employment tests

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

METRO Police Pay Scale
Rank Hourly Annual Salary Service Years
Cadet $21.88 $45,510.40 0 - 11 months
Police Officer 7 $29.85 $61,464.00 0 - 1
Police Officer 6 $30.44 $63,315.20 1 - 4
Police Officer 5 $31.35 $65,208.00 4 - 7
Police Officer 4 $32.29 $67,163.20 7 - 10
Police Officer 3 $33.42 $69,513.60 10 - 13
Police Officer 2 $34.59 $71,947.20 13 - 16
Police Officer 1 $35.80 $74,464.00 16 - 20
Sr. Police Officer $37.23 $77,438.40 20+
Sergeant 2   $85,196.80 0 - 2
Sergeant 1   $87,755.20 2 - 5
Sr. Sergeant   $90,396.80 5+
Lieutenant 2   $99,444.80 0 - 2
Lieutenant 1   $101,441.60 2 - 5
Sr. Lieutenant   $103,480.00 5+
Certifications & Annual Incentives
Certification Annual Incentive
Intermediate $1,560
Advanced $3,420
Master $6,000
Assignments & Annual Incentives
Assignment Annual Incentive
Field Training $2,100
K-9 $2,400
Bomb Tech (EOD) $2,700
Degrees & Annual Incentives
Degree Annual Incentive
Associate $1,320
Bachelor $3,180
Master $4,500


Minimum Requirements

The minimum requirements to become a METRO police officer are:

  • Valid TCOLE license
  • Valid Texas Driver's License
  • Minimum of 21 years old
  • United States citizen
  • High school diploma or GED with 12 semester hours from a TCOLE-approved college/university with a minimum GPA of 2.0; or a minimum of two (2) 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 the date of application. No convictions of any family violence.
  • Successfully pass the police officer Selection Test (POST), handgun qualification, and all elements of the medical, psychological, and other pre-employment tests.
  • Meet all criteria set forth in TCOLE rule 217.1, and Texas Occupational Code Section 1701.255.

Responsibilities & Duties

  • Enforce federal and state statutes, and county and municipal ordinances within the METRO service area.
  • Respond promptly and safely to calls for service from the Communications Section.
  • Protect METRO employees, property, and patrons from criminal offenses.
  • Patrol bus routes and light rail corridors, including boarding areas as assigned; conduct fare inspections/enforcement as assigned.
  • Patrol all METRO-owned facilities and other properties as assigned.
  • Apprehend persons committing offenses associated with calls for service or investigations conducted, working in uniform or in plainclothes, as appropriate.
  • Initiate actions to facilitate traffic mobility, such as directing traffic or removing road hazards.
  • Conduct preliminary investigations of offenses committed within the METRO service area.
  • Maintain evidence chain of custody pursuant to the arrest and processing of offenders.
  • Ensure that all documentation is completed for the arrest and processing of offenders.
  • Develop good working relationships with municipal, county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.
  • Patrol HOV / HOT lanes and diamond lanes; request services of wreckers as required.
  • Render aid and remain on scene at accidents to maintain safety of motorists and others until appropriate response units arrive.
  • Use computers and appropriate software in office and police vehicle environments to enter daily activity data and prepare reports.
  • Promote safety awareness and follow safety procedures in an effort to reduce or eliminate accidents.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Join Our Team

Contact METRO Police Recruiting Unit email or call 713-615-6483.


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.