LAW ENFORCEMENT APPLICANT STANDARDS AND HIRING PROCESS INFORMATION

The Comal County Sheriff's Office has adopted the following standards for the selection process of new applicants for law enforcement positions such as: Corrections Officers, Deputy Sheriff's, and Telecommunications Operators as indicated.

All applicants must have a valid Texas Driver’s License at the time of hire.

Applicants must comply with licensing requirements of the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) and as required for the posted position. Licensing information can be found by clicking on the following link:https://www.tcole.texas.gov/.

A valid basic certificate from TCOLE for all Deputy Sheriff's and Reserve Deputies is required.

Corrections Officers must obtain a basic Jailer's TCOLE certification within one (1) year from date of hire (if not currently certified).

Telecommunications Operators must obtain a basic Telecommunications TCOLE certification within one (1) year from date of hire (if not currently certified).

Telecommunications Operators must obtain aTCIC/NCIC certification within one (1) year from date of hire (if not already certified).

AGE REQUIREMENTS:

  • Correction Officer applicants must be 18 years of age as of the date of hire.
  • Deputy Sheriff’s & Reserve Deputies must be 21 years of age as of the date of hire.
  • Telecommunications Operator applicants must be 19 years of age as of the date of hire.

CHARACTER:

All applicants must be of good moral character and habits. Any applicant who has been charged or convicted of a Class B Misdemeanor or a crime of moral turpitude, within the last 10 years, shall be disqualified and not eligible for hire. Anyone charged or convicted of a Class A Misdemeanor or above shall not be eligible for hire.

TRAFFIC RECORDS:

  • Applicant must not have been convicted of four (4) or more hazardous traffic violations within 12 months preceding date of application.
  • Applicant must not have been convicted of seven (7) or more hazardous traffic violations within 24 months preceding date of application.
  • Applicant must not have been convicted as a habitual violator within the last five (5) years preceding date of application.
  • Applicant must not have convicted of FSRA (failure to stop and render aid).
  • Applicant must not have been convicted of DWLS (driving while licensed suspended) within the last five (5) years.
  • Applicant must not currently be on probation for any traffic offense.
 
APPLICATION PROCESS – (CORRECTIONS OFFICERS, DEPUTIES, RESERVE DEPUTIES)

Note: Willful omission or falsification of information will result in an application being rejected.

  1. Applications are screened to include a criminal history check.
  2. Applicants passing criminal history checks are scheduled for a written exam. (Applicants will be contacted via email for the next available testing date)
  3. Applicants passing the written exam will complete a physical fitness assessment immediately following the written exam.Physical Fitness Assessment Document.
  4. Applicants passing the physical fitness assessment will be scheduled for a panel interview.
  5. Applicants are contacted via email if chosen for the position.

The Comal County Human Resources Department will prepare a conditional offer of employment with requirements explained (i.e. personal history background statement; current copy of credit report; copy of high school diploma/transcripts or GED certificate; DD214 long form (current/prior military only); proof of citizenship (copy of birth certificate or valid US Passport); Authority to Release Information waiver-notarized). The Human Resources Department will coordinate remaining requirements once a background is completed (i.e. 12-Jail Tour (Corrections Only), drug screen and physical exam (L2), and a psychological exam (L3)).

Note: Length of time for this process will vary. Applicants are not to call to check on progress of a background once a personal history background statement has been submitted. Applicants will be kept notified of their progress by the Human Resources Department and/or Sheriff's Office.

If the applicant successfully completes and passes the background investigation and all other requirements as listed in the conditional offer of employment, they will be officially offered employment.

Once an applicant has officially been offered employment, Human Resources will schedule an in-processing date.

APPLICATION PROCESS - TELECOMMUNICATIONS OPERATOR

Note: Willful omission or falsification of information will result in an application being rejected.

  1. Applications are screened to include a criminal history check.
  2. Applicants passing criminal history checks are scheduled for a typing test (minimum 50 WPM) and a written exam (applicants will be contacted via email for the next available testing date)
  3. Applicants passing the typing test and written exam will be scheduled for a panel interview.
  4. Applicants are contacted via email if chosen for the position.

The Comal County Human Resources Department will prepare a conditional offer of employment with requirements explained (i.e. personal history background statement; current copy of credit report; copy of high school diploma/transcripts or GED certificate; DD214 long form (current/prior military only); proof of citizenship (copy of birth certificate or valid US Passport); Authority to Release Information Waiver-notarized); The Human Resources Department will coordinate remaining requirements once a background is completed (i.e. drug screen (L2) and a psychological exam (L3)).

Note: Length of time for this process will vary. Applicants are not to call to check on progress of a background once a personal history background statement has been submitted. Applicants will be kept notified of their progress by the Human Resources Department and/or Sheriff's Office.

If the applicant successfully completes and passes the background investigation and all other requirements as listed in the conditional offer of employment, they will be officially offered employment.

Once an applicant has officially been offered employment, Human Resources will schedule an in-processing date.

For questions regarding the application and/or hiring process with the Comal County Sheriff’s Office please contact:
Sarah Smithers
Training Coordinator
smithsa@co.comal.tx.us

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