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Q: Is Friendswood Police Department Civil Service?

A: No

Q: How many commissioned officers does Friendswood Police Department employee?

A: 57 sworn, including the Chief on down

Q: What are the different shifts?

A: There are three shifts- Days (6a-2p), Evenings (2p-10p) and Nights (10p-6a).

Q: What equipment is issued to a new patrol officer?

A: See detailed equipment list

Q: Does the Friendswood Police Department have a Take Home Ride Program?

A: There is a Take Home Program for Sergeants (and above), CID, and other divisions. Also we have a new fleet that revolves with less than 80,000 miles per car.

Q: How many paid holidays, sick, and vacation days do employees get each year?

A: 14 paid holidays (including 1 floating holiday), 12 paid sick days (3.69 hours per pay period), and 15 paid vacation days per year (after six months of continuous dutyt year).

Q: What is the pay scale for Friendswood Police Department?

A: Starting salary for entry-level police officer is $43,243 to $54,059 depending on college credits and prior law enforcement experience.

Q: What type of certification or education pay is offered?

A: See detailed Pay Plan Scale

Q: What is the length of time needed before joining a specialized division (SWAT, Marine, Bike)?

A: 13 months with the Friendswood Police Department as a full-time service as a Police Officer.

Q: How fast is the back ground process?

A: The back ground process varies from person to person but usually takes 2-4 months

Q: What are the steps of the back ground process?

A: Written exam, submit back ground packet, preliminary screening, oral interview board, background investigation, and command panel interview, medical exam and drug screening and psychological exam and interview.

Q: Is there a physical agility test?

A: No. But there is a pre-employment physical administered to all applicants by a physician designated by the Police Department at no cost to the applicant. And applicant’s weight must be proportional to height.

Q: What is the population of the City of Friendswood?

A: 38,000 residents

Q: What is the average income of the population of Friendswood?

A: $117,000.00 per year

Q: What types of crime are common in the City of Friendswood?

A: See Annual Report Printout.

Q: Do you have a study guide for the police entrance exam?

A: yes, applicants can order a study guide from the testing company at www.bannonandassociates.com.

Q: Do I need to submit all my documents and the PIF before testing?

A: No, you will be given a deadline…

Q: Can I make copies of originals or certified copies?

A: Yes

Q: When should I apply?

A: You may register to take the exam as soon as the position is posted. If you pass the exam you will then submit an application.

Q: As an out of state applicant how many trips will I need to make to Friendswood during the Hiring Process?

A: This is determined on a case by case basis.

Q: Are there any waivers for testing?

A: No, however, you may submit your scores from another agency where you took the same exam as long as it has been less than a year and the agency is willing to submit the score in writing on Department Letterhead with your personal identifying information.

Q: What is your turnover/attrition rate?

A: We do have not officially analyzed the data. However, I can say that our attrition rate is low. Most of our new hires are from new budgeted positions, which is usually two (2) per year.

Q: How many do you hire?

A: It varies with the budget and attrition, but I would say that is is on the average of two (2).

Q: How many examinations are held each year?

A: It varies need.

Q: Can I do a Ride Along?

A: Yes, however, once you are in the process you are restricted to only one ride-along, which is evaluated.

Q: Does the department have a policy on tattoos?

A: Yes, all tattoos must be able to be covered by the uniform shirt.

Q: How many sworn officers work for the Friendswood Police Department?

A: 57 sworn

Q: What types of questions are on the police entrance guide?

A: The test is comprised of five dimensions:
    · Reading Comprehension
    · Grammar
    · Spelling
    · Math
    · Fact versus Inference

Q: When is the next police entrance exam?

A: Tests are scheduled as needed and are advertised on this site and the City’s employment opportunities page.

Q: How do I sign up for the police entrance exam?

A: After you submit an application and if you meet the minimum requirements for the position you will be mailed a letter advising you that if you wish to take the exam you must return the letter of intent form. After we receive the letter of intent to take the exam you are then registered for the exam.

Q: What are the qualifications for the peace officer position?

A: See the Requirements Page.

Q: What are the requirements for a lateral transfer?

A: See the lateral Transfer page.

Q: Do you have to be a U.S. Citizen?

A: Yes, this is mandated by the State of Texas (TCLEOSE).

Q: How old do you have to be to become a police officer?

A: 21 years of age.

Q: How do I find out about other jobs within the police department?

A: See Other Job Opportunities Page or Career Page.