If you are looking for a rewarding and meaningful career, if you want to
be a positive role model for your community, and if you want to make a
real difference in people's lives ... then the Port Arthur Police
Department is the place for you. The Port Arthur Police Department has an on-going need for police
officers who are committed to public service, professionalism, and
peaceful neighborhoods. As a Police Officer for the City of Port
Arthur you will be required to perform a variety of law enforcement and crime
prevention tasks, investigative work, special assignments, and technical and
administrative tasks in support of the Police Department.
A high quality of life and all of the features necessary to sustain a progressive community are available in Port Arthur. The City has a population of approximately 60,000 and is 90 miles east of Houston, Texas. Port Arthur is served by the Southeast Texas Regional Airport and has excellent bus and highway access.
Coupled with a moderate climate, Lamar State College- Port Arthur, and an excellent public school system, Port Arthur provides an ample opportunity for lifelong learning.
Port Arthur is a recreational paradise offering movie theaters, hunting, fresh and saltwater fishing as well as beaches and boating activities. The City has over 30 parks, an 18- hole par 72 golf course and Pleasure Island, which is on the shores of Lake Sabine, once a secret anchorage of Pirate Jean Lafitte. Port Arthur also has over 100 churches in every denomination. The City features numerous restaurants (seafood and Cajun specialties,) several shopping centers and malls, and an array of recreation and fitness centers. The City features many historical sites including Rose Hill Manor, the Vuylsteke Home, the Queen Of Peace Statue and Gardens, Museum of the Gulf Coast, and White Haven.
POLICE OFFICER QUALIFICATIONS
|Academy||$ 2278.41||$ 27,340|
|Police Officer Entry||$ 3828.44||$ 45,941|
|1 year||$ 4294.71||$ 51,536|
|2 years||$ 4464.15||$ 53,569|
|5 years||$ 4640.37||$ 55,694|
|7 years||$ 4823.63||$ 57,883|
|10 years||$ 4955.46||$ 59,465|
|12 years||$ 5153.68||$ 61,884|
|15 years||$ 5359.83||$ 64,317|
|20 years||$ 5574.22||$ 66,890|
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|Intermediate Certificate||$100 / month|
|Advanced Certificate||$200 / month|
|Masters Certificate||$300 / month|
|Bilingual Pay||$50 / month|
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The City will provide $2,500.00 (subject to applicable taxes) for down payment and closing cost expenses, to those employees who elect to purchase and move into a home in a non-target area of the City.
The City will provide $4000.00 (subject to applicable taxes) for down payment and closing cost expenses, to those employees who elect to purchase and move into a home in a target area of the City.
The City will provide $500.00 in moving cost assistance to employees who elect to move into the City and rent or lease a residence, plus $ 100.00 per month rental assistance for those that rent/ lease in a non-target area of the City, or $ 200.00 per month for those that rent or lease in a target area.
For those employees who own and reside within the City, the City will provide a $150.00 per month housing expense to those who reside in a non-target area and $300.00 per month to those employees who reside in a target area.
Employee moving into the City and receiving monies for either down payment and closing cost expenses, or moving cost assistance as delineated above who move out of the City within three (3) years of receipt will be required to pay back to the City a pro rata share of the amount received.
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POLICE OFFICER SELECTION PROCESS
A. Obstacle Course
Upon command, from the drivers seated position in a police vehicle with a closed door, you will be require to :
1. Exit and secure the door to the police vehicle
2. Run under a clothes line
3. Go through a concrete culvert
4. Go over a four foot wall
5. Walk on an incline, a balance bar, and a decline
6. Go over a six foot wall
7. Go through a window frame
8. Go over a set of stairs
9. Climb a tower, cross over and come down the opposite end of the tower
Time will start upon command while in the drivers seat of the police car.
Time will stop when your feet touch the ground after going over the tower.
250 Yard Run
Upon command, you will be required to run a designated 250 yards. Time will start
upon command and stop upon completing the 250 yard run.
The times from the obstacle course and the 250 yard run will be added together and the
accumulated time cannot exceed 2 minutes and 8 seconds or 128 seconds.
C. Dummy Drag Test
There is no required minimum or maximum time for the dummy drag test. However,
it must be completed within a reasonable period of time.
Drag or carry the dummy from the starting position to a position 25 yards away.
At this point, an eligibility list will be generated and certified by the Civil Service Commission.
The eligibility list will be in rank order by score using the raw score from the written civil service test and any military points or city residency
points that are added if the applicable information is provided to the Human resource Department.
The Chief of Police will then begin selecting applicants for background investigations as vacancies occur following the guidelines
set out in the Agreement between the City and the Port Arthur Police Association.
A Conditional Offer of Employment is given outlining all the steps that must be successfully completed before a
Final Offer of Employment is given.
A Personnel Evaluation Profile test will be administered.
The selected applicants will complete a Personal History packet of information.
A background investigation will be completed.
The Chief will review the applicants
A review board of Field Training Officers and the Association President will review the applicants not eliminated by the Chief.
A polygraph will be administered.
The review board will review the applicants again.
If selected, applicants will have an open-ended interview with the Chief, the Field Training Officers, the Association President or
and the Field Operations Division Commander.
The applicant must then pass a psychological exam and interview with a selected psychologist, a drug screen, TB skin test, and medical exam.
If successful, the applicant will then receive a Final Offer of Employment.
If the applicant is a certified officer, they will be hired as such and begin a 2-week orientation period before beginning patrol duties with a
Field Training Officer. If the applicant hired is not a certified officer, the applicant is hired and sponsored in the Regional police academy
in Beaumont at LIT. A condition of employment is successful completion of the academy.
The selection process can take 3-6 months from the date of the initial exam.
If you are interested in a career with the
Port Arthur Police Department
City of Port Arthur
By contacting Human Resources immediately
you will insure proper notification
of upcoming test dates.
The City of Port Arthur
Equal Opportunity Employer
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