FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. Are you currently hiring?
Yes. The Alvin Independent School District Police Department is always searching for quality applicants who are service minded and motivated by the opportunity to make a difference.
Alvin ISD is a fast growing school district and the AISD Police Department is adding police officer positions to keep pace with the increased student population and new school construction. Additional police officer positions will be added each academic year, creating vacancies for full-time police officers and auxiliary (substitute/part time) police officers.
2. How do I get started in the hiring process?
The first step in the hiring process is to complete an online job application, which can be found here.
3. How long does the hiring process take?
The hiring process normally takes 4 to 8 weeks to complete. However, this time period can be shorter or longer, dependent upon the individual situation.
4. What are the steps in the hiring process?
· Online Application
· Preliminary Interview
· Written Test
· Physical Agility Test
· Background Investigation
· Interview with Chief of Police
· Conditional Offer of Employment
· Firearms Qualification
· Fingerprint Applicant Services of Texas (FAST) Pass
· Psychological Testing
· Medical Evaluation
· Drug Screen
· Offer of Employment
5. Do you have to have prior law enforcement experience to apply?
Prior law enforcement experience is not required but applicants must have a Texas Commission of Law Enforcement (TCOLE) peace officer license. Applicants with five (5) or more years of prior law enforcement experience are preferred.
6. What is the starting salary?
Newly hired full-time police officer salaries will be based on a 225-day work schedule. The starting salary will vary, depending upon years of experience and qualifications.
7. What type of schedule do AISD Police Officers work?
The Alvin Independent School District Police Department is a 24-hour a day department. Officers are subject to assignment to any campus, shift or day of the week.
Most officers are assigned to school campuses Monday through Friday. Shifts are varied to maximize campus coverage and accommodate campus needs. Campus officers are assigned shifts that begin as early as 6:30 a.m. or as late as 10:00 a.m. The Day, Flex, Evening and Night patrol shifts begin at early 7:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m., respectively.
Officers are responsible for security coverage for after-school events on the campuses to which they are assigned. Overtime is paid for such work in excess of 40 hours in a workweek in accordance with federal wage and hour laws.
Full-time officers are placed on an on-call rotation list for weekends and holidays and, therefore, subject to being called to respond to incidents for the period in which they are on-call.
Full-time officers work a 225-day schedule with 35+ non-duty days. As the term implies, officers do not work non-duty days. Generally, the non-duty days are divided as follows: one week for Thanksgiving, two weeks for Christmas, one week for Spring Break, 4-6 days for various holidays throughout the school year and 11 days during the summer which may be taken at the officers’ discretion.
Generally, full-time officers work four days during the summer, to include coverage Monday through Fridays.
8. What retirement plan do Alvin ISD Police Officers participate in?
All personnel employed on a regular basis for at least four and one-half months are members of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS). Substitutes (auxiliary) not receiving TRS service retirement benefits who work at least 90 days a year are also eligible for TRS membership and eligible to purchase a year of creditable service.
9. How much family and/or medical leave is earned annually?
All full-time employees shall earn five workdays of paid local (sick) leave per school year in accordance with administrative regulations.
Additionally, state law entitles all full-time employees to five days of paid personal leave per year.
10. Are newly hired officers with experience required to complete a Field Training Officer program?
Yes. A field training program is required to familiarize any officer, regardless of prior experience, with the operational policies, procedures, and practices of this department and this community. However, prior experience and training will be considered in determining the duration of the program. Most newly hired officers will undergo a ten (10) week field training program.
Newly hired officers may complete an abbreviated Field Training Program, of no less than four (4) weeks), if recommended by the Field Training Supervisor and if they meet one of the following requirements:
a. Have at least two (2) years prior service as a sworn peace officer and have previously completed a Peace Officer Field Training program (3722) as indicated by TCOLE;
b. Have ten (10) years prior service as a sworn peace officer.
11. Does the Police Department furnish the uniforms and equipment?
The Department provides police uniforms, rain coat, winter jacket, leather gear, ballistic vest and OC-Spray. Officers provide their own weapon, handcuffs, flashlight, baton, footwear and undershirts.
12. Can officers carry a duty weapon of their choice?
No. Officers must carry a Glock 22 or Glock 35 as their duty weapon, including a minimum of two (2) extra magaiznes.
13. How large is Alvin Independent School District?
Alvin ISD covers 252 square miles in northern Brazoria County and serves the communities of Pearland, Alvin, Manvel, Iowa Colony, Liverpool, Amsterdam, and parts of Rosharon, and Arcola. The department serves a student population approaching 29,000, along with 3,300 employees. The District anticipates continued growth of 1,000+ students per year.
The district has a total of three high schools, one college and career academy, one academic alternative school, one behavior alternative school, eight junior high schools and nineteen elementary schools, with Iowa Colony High School slated to open in 2022.
As a growing district, planning, construction and the opening of new campuses is likely to continue for the next several years. Demographers project that Alvin ISD will eventually have a total of six high school campuses.
14. What is the difference between a Sheriff, Constable or Municipal law enforcement agency reserve police officer program and Alvin ISD’s auxiliary police officer program?
The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) no longer issues “Reserve Officer” licenses, but many still exist. School districts are prohibited from hiring “Reserve Officer” licensees but may hire “Peace Officer” licensees to work part-time. Many Sheriff, Constable and Municipal law enforcement agencies operate a reserve police officer program which may be comprised of “Reserve Officer” and/or “Peace Officer” licensees.
The roles between the two programs may or may not be similar, depending upon the needs of the particular agency. The primary purpose of the Alvin ISD Auxiliary (Substitute or Part-Time) Police Officer Program is to supplement the full-time police officers of the Department by providing patrol duties on weekend, holidays and special events.
15. Do auxiliary police officer applicants have to complete the same hiring and training process as full time police officer applicants?
Yes. While on-duty, auxiliary police officers have the same law enforcement authority and duties as full-time police officers. Therefore, auxiliary police officer applicants must meet the same minimum police officers selection qualifications and employee selection procedures as full-time police officer applicants.
16. Can you apply for an auxiliary police officer, if not selected for a full time officer?
Yes. However you must have submitted an online application for auxiliary officer at the time you applied for the full time officer position.
17. Do auxiliary police officers receive compensation?
Yes. Unlike most police department reserve police officers, Alvin ISD auxiliary police officers are paid for their service after completion of a Field Training Program. Auxiliary police officers receive no compensation during the Field Training Program. Currently, the compensation is $20 per hour.
18. How much is an auxiliary police officer required to work?
Auxiliary police officers shall serve a minimum of two eight hour shifts per month to maintain their employment status with the Department.
19. As an auxiliary police officer, can you apply for a fulltime police officer position?
Yes. Auxiliary police officers who wish to apply for a full-time police officer position must apply and compete with all other applicants for the full-time position. Service as an auxiliary police officer will be given its proper consideration.
20. Can auxiliary police officers work extra jobs?
No. Auxiliary police officers shall not engage in or accept extra employment as a peace officer for the purpose of working security or traffic control in any capacity other than those duties directly related to Alvin Independent School District events.
21. Do you consider dual commission?
Yes. On a case by case basis.
22. What will disqualify an applicant from consideration?
Disqualifiers include but are not limited to the following:
· Not eligible for licensing as a peace officer by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) by the date of hire.
· Making false statements, being deceptive by statement or omission in the hiring and selection process
· Failure to meet application process deadlines.
· Failure to fully provide all necessary information on the personal history statement.
· Failure to provide documentation related to the hiring process.
· Failure to keep appointment(s). At least 24 hour prior notice for rescheduling of appointments is required to avoid disqualification unless otherwise specified.
· Is unable to perform the essential functions of the position with reasonable accommodations.
· Has a conviction for, being under indictment for, or is currently charged with any felony offense.
· Has a conviction for or currently charged with any misdemeanor offense involving moral turpitude.
· Has ever been convicted of a Class A misdemeanor, including cases disposed of through Deferred Adjudication or Probated Sentence.
· Has been convicted of a Class B misdemeanor, including those disposed of through Deferred Adjudication, within the last ten (10) years.
· Has a conviction for driving under the influence (DWI or DUI) within ten (10) years.
· Has been or is currently on court-ordered community supervision or probation for any Class B misdemeanor or above within the last ten (10) years. This includes deferred adjudication for Class B misdemeanor or above charges.
· Is currently under indictment for any criminal offense.
· Is prohibited by state or federal law from operating a motor vehicle.
· Has a conviction or history of Family Violence.
· Has had a Dishonorable Discharge or the equivalent from a previous law enforcement job within the last 10 years.
· Has been discharged from any city, county, state, federal or private corrections institution for disciplinary reasons, or having resigned to avoid suspension or discharge during a disciplinary investigation without a final judgment being rendered within the last 10 years.
· Has a history of sustained Internal Affairs complaints or behavior that indicates poor conduct.
· Has been discharged from any military service with a dishonorable discharge.
· Applicants are deemed unsuitable if they currently are, have belonged to, or been closely associated with:
§ Any organization, which advocates the overthrow of any government by force or violence.
§ Any organization, which advocates or engages in unlawful conduct directed at individuals or groups based upon the individual’s or group’s race, sex, religion, national origin, age, skin color, sexual preference, disability, or conduct; otherwise known as “Hate Crimes”.