A. If the applicant receives a favorable recommendation from the Command Panel, the applicant is given a conditional job offer.
Out of State Applicants
Applications are accepted from persons living outside the State of Texas. When possible the Friendswood Police Department will make every effort to reduce the number of times that the applicant must travel.
Out of City Applicants
Applications are accepted from persons living outside Friendswood. When possible the Friendswood Police Department will make every effort to reduce the number of times that the applicant must travel for those who do not reside within the Houston metropolitan area.
Lateral Entry Program
The Friendswood Police Department has a Lateral Entry Program for experienced peace officers. The benefits of the Lateral Entry Program are:
Texas Peace Officers
Out of State Peace Officers
United States Armed Forces Military Police (Army, Navy, Air Force and USMC).
PIF and Required Documents for Police Department Positions
Helpful Hints for Succeeding in the Hiring Process:
It is very important for an applicant to do their homework prior to applying and during the application process. The applicant needs to understand that they are applying for a position that is a profession that is highly respected and regarded. The law enforcement profession, but more especially, the Friendswood Police Department has high expectations and standards for their officers. The process and the standards in a hiring process of a police officer in law enforcement and more especially, the Friendswood Police Department is probably unlike any other application process that a police applicant has experienced. The process is lengthy, difficult, demanding, and highly competitive. With that being said, do not let that scare you off; just be aware. DO NOT sell yourself short. We have hired applicants with bachelor’s degrees, with four years or more of military experience, a combination of both, recent police academy graduates with the aforementioned and with no education or military or police experience. A thick resume is impressive, but it alone will not get you the job. This is where the homework comes into play. If you will do the following whether you have 10 years of experience or you or just graduating from the police academy, college or exiting the military your chances of being considered will increase greatly.
1. You will be instructed to fill out and submit forms supplied to you by the Department and you will be instructed to submit certain documents such as college transcripts, birth certificate, etc. It is important that you do the following:
- READ and FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS
b. BE HONEST . LYING BY OMMISSION IS JUST THE SAME AS NOT TELLING THE TRUTH
c. Attention to detail. Do not leave anything blank and do not be vague.
d. Submit the forms and required documents
2. Study for the test. If you are not prepared for the test and make a 69 it is just like making a 0. It would be advisable to purchase a study guide from the testing company and with that guide purchase a study guide that contains more examples. A high score is not necessary, but it does reflect on the applicant's skill sets and preparation.
3. For those that submitted the aforementioned and are not rejected will be invited to appear before an Oral Interview Board. It is highly recommended that you wear a business suit and to conduct research into the following:
a. The department you are applying for
b. The city you are applying for.
c. The county or counties that the city lies in.
d. Typical interview questions asked during a police applicant interview.
e. Be honest in the interview.
f. Be prepared to sell yourself. This is where most applicants fail and miss out on their opportunity to shine and to overcome their resume deficiencies.
g. Have a full understanding of what a police officer stands for and his or her duties and what you are getting into
4. Good luck!
Certified Officers-New hires enter Orientation and then the Field Training Program