What are the elements of the selection/hiring process?
- Submit an online application
- Fill out a Personal History Statement (turn this in on the day of your entry level test)
- Written examination (100 questions)
- Physical fitness test (1.5 mile run in under 15 minutes)
- Preliminary interview
- Oral interview
- Fingerprint check
- Background investigation
- Chief's panel interview
- Psychological examination
- Medical evaluation and drug screen.
What is scheduled on the day of the test?
On the day of the entry level test, you will be required to complete the written examination, complete a Preliminary Information Form and complete the physical fitness test. You may also be asked to conduct your preliminary interview on this same day.
Do I need to submit a resume?
Resumes can be attached to your on-line application or included with your Personal History Statement. However, a resume is not required.
Are there age restrictions?
The College Station Police Department requires that you meet all TCOLE requirements at the time of your application, including the minimum age requirement of 21 years old. You must be 21 years of age prior to the start of the police academy. There is no maximum age for our agency.
What if I do not have any college hours?
You do not need to have any college credit in order to apply for a police officer position with the College Station Police Department if you have a high school diploma. If you received a GED, you will be required to have at least 12 college hours or two years of continuous military service with an honorable discharge.
Do I need to turn in an application before I take the test?
Yes - Applications must be completed online. After the application is submitted, you will receive instructions on how to complete the Personal History Statement (PHS). You must download, print, and complete the PHS. The PHS must be completed and turned into Recruiting personnel the day of your scheduled entry level exam.
When do I have to turn in the Personal History Statement?
You will be required to complete the Personal History Statement and turn it in prior to taking your scheduled entry exam. If more time is needed please contact a recruiter. We understand some items needed for the PHS takes time.
You will receive the PHS via email after passing the online application.
What is included in the written exam
National Police Select Test (Entry-Level Written Exam). National Police Select Test is designed to measure the “whole” police officer candidate, rather than focus exclusively on cognitive aptitudes. This test measures critical human relations skills in addition to reading comprehension, writing ability, mathematical reasoning, and reasoning/analysis skills.
Is a study guide available for the test?
Applicants may order the practice “NPST Candidate Orientation Guide” by entering the following link: http://fpsi.com/police-candidate-orientation-guide. The NPST Candidate Orientation Guide is a helpful tool to prepare for the exam and can be downloaded as a PDF file or printed. Please read through the disclaimer on the order page to have a successful download. Payments will be submitted through PayPal via an account or credit/debit card. Once payment is submitted, PayPal automatically redirects you back to the FPSI site where access to the download link will be located on the Order Details-Checkout Status page. Applicants must pay close attention to ALL instructions on both FPSI and PayPal’s websites in order to access the instant download successfully!
What is included in the physical fitness test?
The physical fitness test consists of a 1.5 run. All applicants must be able to run 1.5 miles in 15 minutes or less. The test does not include push-ups or sit-ups.
How can I prepare for the physical fitness test?
Below are some resource links to assist you with successfully completing the physical fitness test.
Please click here for a sample workout.
What is the dress code for the entry level test (written and physical)?
You may wear any athletic clothing of your choice for both the written and physical fitness test.
Do you get paid while attending the police academy?
Yes, you're paid a full salary while attending the police academy. In addition, you will have full benefits (health insurance, retirement, etc.).
CSPD will also pay for your police academy and equipment.
When does the next academy start?
The College Station Police Department does not set the academy schedule. Instead, we use the CENTRAL TEXAS POLICE ACADEMY for all new police cadets.
Do you offer lateral transfers?
Yes. Licensed officers with prior experience of two years or more will enter at one step below their current years of service upon being hired up to step 6 of our pay plan (example: an officer with four years of experience will start at step 3). Click here to view police officer salaries.
What is the process for officers from other states?
It is departmental practice to follow the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement requirements for state licensing. Please refer to the TCOLE WEBSITE for more information on Texas licensing.
Do you have a ride-along program for interested applicants?
Yes – We do have a ride-along program. If you're a prospective police applicant you can contact Police Assistant, Michael Overton (979-764-5037) to set up a ride-along.
Do you have incentive pay?
The department does offer incentive pay for education, certification, special assignments and language ability, as outlined in the POLICE SALARIES section of our website.
What type of retirement system does the College Station Police Department utilize?
Our agency uses the Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS) that allows for a 7% employee contribution, 14% city match, and employees are fully vested in 5 years at which time the employee will qualify for the City’s matching fund ratio upon retirement. Employees may retire at any age with 20 years of service or at age 60 with 5 years of service.
What type of benefits do you offer?
This will provide you with a link to our Benefits Brochure.
Do you have language incentive pay?
The City of College Station does provide incentive pay for those who show proficiency in a foreign language. View the POLICE SALARIES of our web site for more information on this incentive.
What specialized units do you have?
The College Station Police Department has numerous specialized units. We have opportunities in the following areas:
- Criminal Investigations Division
- Recruiting and Training Division
- Traffic Unit - Motorcycles
- Community Enhancement Unit
- College Station Tourism and Entertainment Police - Bicycles
- Bomb Squad
- Hostage Negotiation Team
- Crisis Intervention Team
- Joint Terrorist Task Force
- Crime Scene
- Honor Guard
- Corporal Position
- K9 Division
How long do you have to work for your agency before you can request a specialized assignment?
Normally, officers are required to work for our agency for two years before they are eligible to request an assignment to a specialized unit. On occasion, the Chief will make exceptions for special circumstances.
Do patrol officers work 8, 10 or 12-hour shifts?
The College Station Police Department utilizes 10 and 12-hour shifts for its patrol officers. Night and day shift officers work 12 hour shifts. Evening shift officers work 10 hour shifts.
Does the department have a tattoo policy?
Yes - Tattoos/body-art/branding that display an offensive design, logo or wording and is not concealed by an authorized uniform shall be covered through the use of a bandage or wrap when any employee represents the Department to the public. Tattoos, body art or branding adverse or contrary to the mission and values of policing such as drug related, gang related, that convey sexual, racial, religious, ethnic, or related intolerances in nature or displaying derogatory or offensive designs, logos, or wording shall be prohibited for all employees. Any tattoos/body-art/branding of the face or head are prohibited.
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- Chief of Police
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