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Q: Is Friendswood Police Department Civil Service?

A: No

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

A: 61 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 $51,305 to $61,353 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: Apply online, submit back ground packet, preliminary screening, written exam, oral interview board, background investigation, 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: Can I make copies of originals or certified copies?

A: Yes

Q: When should I apply?

A: You may apply anytime you see a peace officer position listed under the City of Friendswood job listings.

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: 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: 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: 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.