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Recruiting – Will You Protect and Serve?

Join the Bryan Police Department

The next test date for Police Officer Applicants will be held on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018. Application deadline is Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. For more information, or to apply click here.

The City of Bryan is conveniently located at the center of the Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston and Austin/San Antonio triangle. With a population of 76,000, and its neighboring city, College Station, with a population of 93,800, there are amenities of a large city, but with the sense of a small community. The cost of living in Bryan is lower than most cities in Texas. Bryan is also proud of its diverse culture, quality homes and neighborhoods, exceptional educational facilities and advanced health care facilities.

Please contact Officer Lori Berndt with questions regarding the application process or the position itself at LBerndt@bryantx.gov or 979-209-5323. The Bryan Police Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Who to Contact with Questions

If you have any questions about the hiring process, becoming a police officer, filling out the Personal History Statement, ride alongs, or any general questions, then please feel free to contact the Recruiting Officer.

Berndt Officer Lori Berndt
(979) 209-5323 | email

Career Paths

Department Opportunities

The Bryan Police Department has 146 sworn personnel and 11 reserve officers. The Department is organized into three bureaus: Patrol Services Bureau, Investigative Services Bureau and Administrative Services Bureau. Specialized divisions within those bureaus include the following:

Patrol

This division consists of the majority of the officers.  We currently operate on 12 hour shifts. There is a Day Shift, Evening Shift and Night Shift. The pay period works off a two week cycle. The days that you work the first week are the days that you are off the second week. This allows the officer to have a three day long weekend off every two weeks. The Shifts are considered permanent unless you request a transfer to a different shift.

Criminal Investigations Division

This Division consists of all the Detectives who are responsible for the follow-up investigations of crimes reported to the police. The Detectives are assigned to either Property Crimes, Persons Crimes or Major Crimes. The Property Crimes Detectives work cases regarding offenses against property including burglary of a motor vehicle, burglary of a habitation, forgeries, criminal mischief, etc. The Persons Crimes Detectives work cases regarding offenses against people including sex crimes, assaults, robberies, etc. The Major Crimes Detectives work cases including homicides, unattended deaths, and any type of serial crimes. Additional staff include crime scene personnel, investigative assistants, crime analysts and crime victim’s coordinators.

Training and Recruiting Division

This Division consists of several officers who are tasked with completing the applicant process once a year. This includes the administration of the physical fitness test, interviews, backgrounds, and the coordination of the polygraphs, oral boards, medicals, etc. These same officers are also responsible for teaching and preparing all of the courses that are taught to all the officers each year so that they stay current on their skills.

K-9 Unit

This Unit consists of K-9 handlers and their partners, which consist of two Belgian Malinois dogs and one Dutch Shepard. These handlers work alternating evening shifts and train weekly. The dogs are trained for drug detection, article recovery, tracking, building searches, and bite work.

Directed Deployment Team (DDT)

This Unit is dedicated to the suppression of all types of organized crime including narcotic use/sales, prostitution, gambling, etc. DDT also assists other units within the Department with high profile cases or surveillance as needed.

Neighborhood Enforcement Team (NET)

This Team consists of officers who are each dedicated to utilizing problem oriented policing strategies to resolve issues that affect crime, fear of crime and quality of life in specific areas of the City. NET builds partnerships with residents, business owners and leaders in order to foster better community involvement in problem solving.

School Resource Officers

The School Resource Officer Program is a cooperative effort between the Bryan Police Department and the Bryan Independent School District. The School Resource Officers serve as counselors, consultants, instructors, and problem solvers who work to reduce crime through education and the promotion of a positive police and student relationship.

Traffic Safety Unit

This Unit consists of motorcycle officers who are responsible for enforcing the traffic laws in our City. The Traffic Unit’s main goal is to work on accident reduction through speed reduction, DWI enforcement, and other hazardous violations.

Drug Enforcement Team

This Team consists of several undercover officers responsible for working on the drug problem within the City of Bryan. These officers work on investigations of drug crimes, suppression of drug crimes, and prosecution coupled with asset forfeiture for all upper level illegal narcotic traffickers.

Tactical Response Team (TRT)

This Unit consists of numerous officers whose part time job is to resolve special threat situations in as peaceful manner as possible to ensure the safety of human life, whether hostages, suspect, police officer or other innocent persons. TRT officers train weekly and regularly assist with search warrants and special arrest warrants. When officers are not utilizing their skills as Tactical Officers they are working their regular job in the patrol division, criminal investigations division or other divisions within the Department.

Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT)

This Unit consists of officers whose part time job is to assist with special threat situations in a peaceful manner by talking to the suspects in an attempt to get them to surrender. This Unit trains monthly and when their skills are not being utilized they are performing their regular jobs within the Department.

Benefits / Salary

Benefits

Health Plan including dental coverage (co-pay plan)

  • Healthy Lifestyles Employee Only: $51.62 per month
  • Healthy Lifestyles Employee/Child(ren): $221.46 per month
  • Healthy Lifestyles Employee/Spouse: $288.04 per month
  • Employee Family: $366.84 per month

Flexible Spending Accounts
This plan allows employees to have money taken out of their paycheck on a pre-tax basis and set aside for medical/dependent care expenses.

Life Insurance
With option to purchase additional coverage for self and/or dependents.

Long Term Disability
The City provides long term disability insurance to all full time regular employees. The coverage is intended to ensure an income when an employee is unable to work due to illness or injury.

Retirement Plan
Automatic participation (7% employee contribution – City matches 2-1)

Optional 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
This is a supplemental retirement option that is fully employee funded. Employees determine the amount to be deducted from their payroll checks prior to being taxed and deposited into an ICMA-RC investment account.

Holidays
Police officers are given ten regularly scheduled holidays and two floating holidays to be used anytime within the year. Those holidays can be taken off on the day scheduled or the officer can be paid overtime for those hours worked.

Paid Sick Leave with Unlimited Accumulation
Accrual of 15 days (180 hours) per year of sick leave in accordance with Chapter 143 of the Texas local Government Code

Paid Vacation Leave with Unlimited Accumulation

  • Up to 15 years continuous service = 15 days (180 hrs) vacation per year
  • Completion of 15 years and up to 20 years of continuous service = 17 days (204 hours) vacation per year
  • Completion of 20 or more years of continuous service = 20 days (240 hours) vacation per year

Employee Assistance Program
The Employee Assistance Program is a confidential service designed to help employees and their immediate family members with problems, such as relationships, legal, finances, drug/alcohol, depression or anxiety. Employees are allowed 6 free counseling sessions per issue per year. Employees are granted 3 free phone calls with an attorney per year and/or 25% discount on legal fees.

Uniforms provided and cleaned
All uniforms will be provided and cleaned at no cost to the officer.

Equipment Furnished, including regulation weapon
All equipment including duty gear, radio, flashlights, jackets, etc. is provided at no cost to the officer. The only item that the officer will need to purchase him/herself is a pair of black duty boots.

Longevity Pay
$4 per month for each year of service to a maximum of $1200 per year

12 hours shift schedule for Patrol Division
3 day weekend every two weeks

TCOLE Certification Pay
Upon completion of the TCOLE exam the officer will be certified as a Basic Peace Officer. Upon obtaining the Intermediate, Advanced and Master’s Certificates the officer will receive an additional monthly certification pay as follows:

  • Intermediate: $75/month
  • Advanced: $100/month
  • Masters: $150/month

Military Veterans
Military Veterans will receive five preference points towards their passing written test score.

G.I. Bill Participants
Military personnel who participated in the G.I. Bill may be eligible for an additional training stipend of up to $1,400 per month from the Veteran’s Administration while being trained as a police officer. These benefits are paid during the four months of attendance at the Police Academy and while you are assigned to the Field Training Officer Program upon graduation, which will be four additional months of the G.I. Bill stipend. All successful academy graduates will also earn 20 hours of college credit from Blinn Community College.

While at the Police Academy
We pay for you to attend the academy and we pay your salary while you are attending the academy.

For clarification on benefits please consult the City of Bryan Personnel and Administrative Policies and Procedures

Salaries

Civil Service Pay Schedule
Effective Oct. 9, 2017

OCCP Code Rank Grade/Step Hourly Rate Annual Rate Requirement
601P Police Cadet PO2-1 $24.96 $51,917 Enrollment in Basic Peace Officer Academy/Start of Probationary Period
602P Police Officer PO3-1 $26.37 $54,850 Basic Certificate
PO3-2 $26.92 $55,994 1 year at PO3-1
PO3-3 $27.50 $57,200 1 year at PO3-2
PO3-4 $28.19 $58,635 1 year at PO3-3
PO3-5 $28.49 $59,259 Intermediate Certificate
PO3-6 $29.37 $61,090 1 year at PO3-5
PO3-7 $30.11 $62,629 1 year at PO3-6
PO3-8 $30.94 $64,355 1 year at PO3-7
PO3-9 $31.75 $66,040 Advanced Certificate
PO3-10 $32.57 $67,746 1 year at PO3-9
PO3-11 $33.46 $69,597 1 year at PO3-10
PO3-12 $34.36 $71,469 1 year at PO3-11
PO3-13 $35.48 $73,798 Master Certificate
PO3-14 $36.02 $74,922 1 year at PO3-13
603P Police Sergeant PO4-1 $34.40 $71,552 Promotion to Sergeant; Intermediate Certificate
PO4-2 $35.10 $73,008 1 year at PO4-1
PO4-3 $35.81 $74,485 1 year at PO4-2
PO4-4 $38.02 $79,082 Promotion to Sergeant; Advanced Certificate
PO4-5 $38.76 $80,621 1 year at PO4-4
PO4-6 $39.55 $82,264 1 year at PO4-5
PO4-7 $41.29 $85,883 Promotion to Sergeant; Master Certificate
PO4-8 $42.12 $87,610 1 year at PO4-7
604P Police Lieutenant PO5-1 $42.32 $88,026 Promotion to Lieutenant; Advanced Certificate
PO5-2 $43.19 $89,835 1 year at PO5-1
PO5-3 $44.05 $91,624 1 year at PO5-2
PO5-4 $46.32 $96,346 Promotion to Lieutenant; Master Certificate
PO5-5 $47.71 $99,237 1 year at PO5-4
PO5-6 $49.58 $103,126 1 year at PO5-5

Requirements

Basic Qualifications

  • Achieve a minimum passing score of 70 percent on the written examination.
  • Pass a background investigation, including a fingerprint records check.
  • Pass oral interviews.
  • Successfully complete a post-job offer psychological examination, medical examination and drug/alcohol test, 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 21 years of age and not more than 44 years of age at the time of hire.
  • Be a graduate of an accredited high school or
  • Have an equivalency certificate with at least 12 hours of college credit or
  • Have an honorable discharge from the armed forces after 24 months of active duty service.
  • Have a valid Texas driver’s license at the date of hire and meet the City’s evaluation criteria for the driver’s license record.
  • 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.
  • Be certifiable as a peace officer as established by TCOLE at the time of hire.
  • Hiring preference may be given to those candidates on the eligibility list who hold a peace officer’s license through TCOLE.

Basic Disqualifications

  • Applicant fails to pass any part of the entrance examination.
  • Applicant fails to make application in the manner prescribed in the notice of examination, and/or fails to file the application with the Director within the time limits prescribed in the notice of examination.
  • Applicant fails to meet Minimum Standards for initial licensure as set forth by TCOLE for peace officer candidates.
  • Applicant is not a citizen of the United States of America by birth or naturalization.
  • Applicant fails to demonstrate his/her ability to read, write, and fluently speak the English language.
  • Applicant is unable to perform the essential functions of the position to which he/she seeks appointment, with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Applicant has engaged in, received deferred adjudication or pre-trial diversion for, or has been convicted of: conduct that constitutes a Class A Misdemeanor under the Penal Code or equivalent under federal law, to include the Uniform Code of Military Justice, or a Class B Misdemeanor within the past ten years, or any other conduct that may be unsuitable for employment.
  • Applicant has made any false statement in any material fact; withheld information, practiced or attempted to practice any deception or fraud in his/her application, examination, or appointment.
  • Applicant fails to complete or satisfactorily meet the employment process requirement, including missed appointments, failure to return necessary paperwork, failure to notify Department of any changes of address or telephone number, failure to properly complete any or all application materials, or who otherwise fails to complete the application process.
  • Applicant fails to satisfactorily complete the oral interview process.
  • Applicants have engaged in, conduct which constitutes excessive and/or recent use of intoxicants, including alcohol.
  • Applicant has unlawful consumption of marijuana within three years.
  • Applicant has unlawful consumption of any Texas Health and Safety Code Penalty Groups I and II drugs (excluding marijuana). This includes cocaine, methamphetamines, ecstasy, mushrooms, etc.
  • Applicant has unlawful consumption of any Texas Health and Safety Code Penalty Groups III and IV drugs within the past 10 years. This includes some prescription drugs and steroids.
  • Applicant has engaged in, received deferred adjudication or pre-trial diversion for, or has been convicted of DWI/BWI/FWI/DUI within the past 5 years.
  • Applicant has violations exceeding 4 events (moving violations or preventable accidents) within the past 3 years.
  • Applicant has been dismissed or resigned in lieu of dismissal from any employment for inefficiency, delinquency, or misconduct.
  • Applicant has demonstrated a failure to pay just debts.
  • Applicant has exercised poor judgment skills within the past 5 years.
  • Applicant has a history of unstable work.
  • Applicant has failed to meet all legal requirements necessary for future licensing and certification as required by TCOLE.
  • Applicant has been discharged from any military service under less than honorable conditions.

Physical Fitness Assessment

Upper Body Strength (Push Ups)
Time Limit of 1 minute

Age 21-29: Male 26, Female 20
Age 30-39: Male 20, Female 15
Age 40-44: Male 15, Female 10

Abdominal Strength (Sit-Ups)
Time Limit of 1 minute

Age 21-29: Male 35, Female 30
Age 30-39: Male 32, Female 22
Age 40-44: Male 27, Female 17

Cardio Respiratory Endurance
Time Limit in 1.5 Mile Run

Age 21-29: Male 13:08, Female 15:56
Age 30-39: Male 13:48, Female 16:46
Age 40-44: Male 14:33, Female 18:26

Application Steps

Online Application

Written Examination

Physical Fitness Assessment

Preliminary Interview

Polygraph Exam

Background Investigation

Oral Interview Board

Chief’s Interview

Psychological Exam

Medical Exam / Drug Screen

(The whole process takes 2-4 months to complete.)

Police Officer Training Timeline

Successful Employment with the Bryan Police Department

Academy Orientation
(Minimum of 1 week preceding the Police Academy. We will hire you as early as possible even if the Academy does not start for several months.)

Police Academy
Police Academy located in Bryan, TX
(17 weeks of school 8am to 5pm)

Bryan Police Department Mini Academy
(2 weeks at Bryan PD)

Field Training Program
(16 weeks – The Probationary Police Officer will work on the street with a minimum of 4 different Field Training Officers in one month cycles.)

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