MAY I APPLY
FOR MORE THAN POSITION?
Answer: Yes, an applicant
can apply for more than one position. You may refer to the
Department Brochure for the qualifications and minimum requirements
for employment with the Sheriff's Department. In this employment
packet, you will see the qualifications for the positions
of Deputy, Corrections Officer, and Clerical staff. Also available
are specific job descriptions of the particular position for
which you are applying for.
WHEN WILL I
HEAR FROM THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT REGARDING THE STATUS OF
Answer: Your application
will be placed on file with our department for a period of
1 year pending a testing session, in which you may or may
not receive a test date. You will not be contacted by the
Personnel Office until a test session date is determined (testing
sessions are scheduled as deemed necessary by the department);
therefore, we ask that you do not call inquiring about the
"status" of your application, since it will be considered
"pending." If you are selected to proceed in the process,
you will be sent a "continued process letter" and if you are
not selected to continue, you will be sent a letter stated
you were not selected during this processing period. Contact
with you is made through a Personnel Officer to the address
and or phone number you provided. If you have moved since
completing your application, call the office with those change(s).
HOW DO I KNOW
IF MY APPLICATION IS BEING CONSIDERED?
Answer: Once the Personnel
Office receives your application, it is placed in our computer
system according to the date received and position sought.
Subsequently, a preliminary criminal history check is generated
to determine if you qualify under the "Criminal History" criteria
only,(e.g., outstanding warrants(s), unfavorable criminal
history, etc.). when this has been established, you may or
may not be contacted for a testing date.
Once again due to the many applications
received each day or due to one or more of the circumstances
listed in this packet.
As posted employment positions
become available, applicants will be contacted in order their
application was submitted to this department. There is a large
volume of applications received daily. Unfortunately, applications
far outnumber the employment positions and only a small portion
of the applicants will be contacted for a testing session.
(NOTE: Applications remain on file for a 1 year period only.)
You will be contacted concerning our next testing date, with
the location and at what time the test will be administered.
If you have submitted your application
to this Department in the past and have not heard from us,
it may have been due to one or more of the following reasons:
(a) You did not meet one or more
of the Department minimum requirements,
(b) The position you are seeking
was not available during that 1 year period, and/or
(c) The Department was unable
to contact you due to an incorrect address.
HOW LONG DOES
THE ENTIRE PROCESS TAKE?
Answer: This question is
very difficult to answer since everyone's background varies.
Furthermore, not all applicants are required to undergo all
phases (e.g., a clerical applicant is not required to undergo
the Agility Test.
All applicants will be required
to successfully pass all required phase(s) of the employment
process for the particular position sought and will do so
at the direction of the Deputy Chief or designated Personnel
Ultimately, your completed file
will be forwarded to the Sheriff, Deputy Chiefs and others
on the Review Board for their consideration for employment.
Upon their review, you may or may not be contacted for an
interview with the Review Board and the Sheriff.
IF I AM ACCEPTED
FOR EMPLOYMENT, WHERE WILL I BE ASSIGNED AND ON WHAT SHIFT?
Answer: That information
will be provided to you during your orientation period. During
this period you will receive a tour of the Department and
the mission of each division. Assignment will depend on whether
you applied for Corrections division, Law Enforcement division
or Clerical. If you read the brochure you will see their are
many different areas of each division to pursue. All Corrections
and Law Enforcement applicants may be required to work shift
work (including holidays and weekends). As a new employee,
you are required to work a forty-hour work week, and you will
have two consecutive days off.
For example, you may be assigned
to night shift with Monday/Tuesday off until you build the
seniority to be eligible for a more favorable assignment.
The same applies whether you apply for Corrections division
or Law Enforcement division.
However, there are different
functions of each division, you may refer to the department
brochure for more information regarding different job functions
within each division. In another words it depends on what
position, and division you apply for in regard to what shift
or assignment you receive.
WILL THE SHERIFF'S
DEPARTMENT STOP ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS?
Answer: The Sheriff's Department
will accept applications for as long as deemed necessary.
At any given time, we may find it appropriate to discontinue
accepting applications. We suggest that you contact our Personnel
office (409) 835-8411 or 726-2500 to verify which positions
CAN I BE HIRED
AS A CORRECTIONS OFFICER IF I'M NOT TCLEOSE CERTIFIED?
Answer: Yes, you can be
hired, You have 1 year to complete the TCLEOSE Corrections
Officer Academy from hire date. If you do not have 60 hrs.
of college you may sign a educational waiver stating that
you will have 60 hrs. college within 5 years of hire date.
What is TCLEOSE?
Answer:TCLEOSE is the Texas
Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education. This
state agency sets the standards, regulations and guidelines
for all Law Enforcement training within the state of Texas.
For example, this agency administers the state licensing exam
ARE SOME OF THE MOST COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS BY APPLICANTS.
Question: Isn't Law Enforcement
and Corrections work dangerous?
this type of work is less dangerous than many other occupations.
After extensive training and much exposure you are prepared
to do the job.
Question: Am I too small
or not strong enough to be a Deputy Sheriff or Corrections
Answer: You find yourself
using your mind more than your physical abilities. Once again
the extensive training you receive in the Corrections or Peace
Officer academy will make you proficient in defensive tactics
and verbal commands.
Question: I'm afraid of
guns, will I have to use one?
firearms are a needed tool of the Law Enforcement and Corrections
profession. However depending on what division you apply for
will depend on whether or not you will use a firearm in the
course of your duties. For example, if you apply for Corrections
you will be trained to use firearms however, you may or may
not use them in the course of your duties. If you apply for
Law Enforcement division, you will be trained to use a firearm
and be required to carry one while on duty. The good thing
is the majority of Peace officers go their entire career with
out having to discharge their weapon. The fear will eliminate
itself as you become trained and proficient in firearms training.
Question: What if my family
doesn't agree with me choosing this profession?
Answer: Your family will
overcome their reservations once they realize the important
and vital role you play in our community. You are serving
and protecting the citizens whether you work in the Correctional
facility or patrolling the streets.
Question: Do male officers
treat female officers as equal?
Answer: Yes. Correction
Officers and Deputies understand the need to work as a team
and for that reason they assist each other regardless of gender.
Question: As a Corrections
officer will I have to work in a dormitory within the Correctional
Answer: Yes, for the first
few years you will be required to work in the correctional
facility. However, once you gain seniority and after you complete
your probationary period of 1 year you may bid for other jobs
within the facility and test for promotions such as: Sergeant,
ect.. when their is an opening in the Law Enforcement Division
you may test for that position, If you are a TCLEOSE Certified
Question: Is the Correctional
and Peace Officer training very hard and intense?
Answer: Yes. The physical
training is very intense and strenuous. If an individual has
not exercised in sometime, the physical training could be
difficult. The training staff in the Correctional and Peace
officer academy will provide assistance to any cadet that
needs additional training.
Question: Will I be required
to have a partner when I begin working in Patrol or the Correctional
Answer: Yes. While working
in the Correctional Facility or in Patrol you will be working
with a partner while you are a probationary officer while
completing the field training program in the Correctional
Facility or in Patrol.
Question: What are the
duties of a Correctional Officer, Communications Officer,
Clerk, and Peace Officer?
Answer: The Duties: include
the following, but not limited to:
1) MAKE SECURITY ROUNDS INSIDE
DORMS AND OTHER AREAS OF THE FACILITY.
2) INSPECT DORMS FOR CLEANLINESS
3) ENFORCE THE RULES AND REGULATIONS
OF THE FACILITY AND DORM 4) WRITE DISCIPLINARY AND INCIDENT
5) OPERATE RADIO, TO COMMUNICATE
WITHIN THE FACILITY
6) CONDUCT SEARCHES WITHIN THE
FACILITY AND DORM AREA
***** AND MANY OTHER DUTIES
NOT MENTIONED ******
1) OPERATES ASSIGNED RADIO FREQUENCIES,
RECEIVING FROM AND TRANSMITTING TO AUTHORIZED UNITS.
2) PERFORMS 911 DUTIES. ANSWERS
3) PERFORMS EMERGENCY DISPATCH
DUTIES, ANSWERS TELEPHONES, TRANSFERS CALLERS TO APPROPRIATE
LOCATIONS, ENTERS DATA INTO COMPUTER AND PROVIDES INFORMATION.
4) PERFORMS TLETS SYSTEM DUTIES.
5) MAINTAINS RECORDS AND FILES
PERTAINING TO DISPATCH CENTER OPERATIONS.
***** AND MANY OTHER DUTIES NOT
1) FILES MEMORANDA, LETTERS,
DOCUMENTS AND OTHER RELATED DUTIES.
2) ANSWERS TELEPHONES AND TAKE
3) TYPES REPORTS AND DOCUMENTS
FOR APPROVAL, ENTER COMPUTER DATA.
***** AND MANY OTHER DUTIES NOT
1) ENFORCE LAWS. APPREHENDS VIOLATORS,
INVESTIGATES VIOLATIONS OF THE LAW. PREPARES REPORT AND DOCUMENTS
RELATED TO OFFENSES WHICH ARE SUBMITTED TO THE PROPER AUTHORITIES.
2) MAINTAINS ORDER. DETERS VIOLATIONS,
INTERVENES IN ADVERSE SITUATIONS. PROTECTS PEOPLE AND PROPERTY
FROM INJURY AND DAMAGE.
***** AND MANY OTHER DUTIES NOT