This page will explain our hiring process for new Snyder Police Officers. There are a number of steps which must be completed prior to receiving an offer for employment. All steps in the hiring process must be successfully completed in order for you to be hired. Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements below will be disqualified. Please note: Out of town applicants will be required to travel to Snyder at least 5 times throughout the hiring process.
- Must be at least 21 years of age, 20 for Academy Cadets meeting TCOLE exemptions
- Must possess a Basic Peace Officer License from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, or be currently enrolled in a basic licensing course approved by TCOLE.
- Must possess a High School Diploma or GED
- Must have a valid driver license
- Must be a U.S. Citizen
- Must read, write, and speak English
- Written Application & Personal History Statement
- Applicant Ride Alongs
- Medical & Psychological Exams
- Background Investigation
- Oral Board Interview
- Conditional Job Offer
- Physical and Drug Screen
- Probationary Employment
Written Application & Personal History Statement
All City of Snyder Police Applicants must submit a City of Snyder Employment application and Personal History Statement. Both Documents can be obtained on the Apply Now page.
Applicants should not send an personal information such as social security card, birth certificate, or driver license information to recruiters via email. Submitting personal information by email is not a secure form of communication and could result in those items not being accepted.
All City of Snyder applications, Personal History Statements, and accompanying required documents must be hand delivered or mailed to the department clearly marked "PERSONAL AND CONFIDENTIAL" to Snyder Police Department, ATTN: Recruiting, 400 37th Street Snyder, TX 79549.
Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
Applicant Ride Along Requirement
All Police Officer applicants are required to complete a minimum of 3 ride alongs prior to being considered for an interview, these ride alongs can be completed at any time before application or after application and during the background investigation.
During each ride along the applicant is subject to evaluation by officer he/she is riding with.
For a complete set of ride along rules as it pertains to applicants please contact a recruiter.
MEDICAL & PSYCHOLOGICAL EXAMS
APPLICANTS THAT APPLY WITHIN 180 DAYS FROM GRADUATION FROM A TCOLE APPROVED ACADEMY, OR HAVE BEEN COMMISSIONED BY ANOTHER AGENCY WITH LESS THAN A 180 DAY BREAK IN SERVICE ARE EXEMPT FROM MEDICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL EXAMS.
|TCOLE RULE 217.1 (11)(C) for the purpose of meeting the requirements for initial licensure, an individual's satisfactory medical exam that is conducted as a requirement of a basic licensing course may remain valid for 180 days from the individual's date of graduation from that academy, if accepted by the appointing agency|
|TCOLE RULE 217.1 (12) (C) for the purpose of meeting the requirements for initial licensure, an individual's satisfactory psychological exam that is conducted as a requirement of a basic licensing course may remain valid for 180 days from the individual's date of graduation from that academy, if accepted by the appointing agency;|
Those applicants not meeting the above exemptions should contact the department for further instructions.
Applicants are required to submit a TCOLE Personal History Statement and a list of required documents to recruiters at time of application. In order to prepare for the amount required in the background investigation phase, it is highly recommended that applicants begin gathering this information ahead of time prior to obtaining an application. You will be asked to provide the following:
- Last 10 years of chronological work and volunteer history, including phone numbers and email addresses for a supervisor and coworker at each place of employment or for each volunteer position
- Last 10 years of chronological residence history
- Last 10 years of relationship history including names, phone numbers, and email addresses for current and past relationships
- Life history of vehicle crashes, citations, and warnings
- Contact information for all immediate family members including parents, step-parents, adoptive parents, in-laws, siblings, half-siblings, step-siblings, adoptive siblings and all children
- Contact information for 5 personal references that you have known for at least 2 years (cannot include family members, current/prior relationship, or current/prior supervisors/coworkers that are already listed in your work history section)
Documents that must be submitted with Personal History Statement:
- Driver’s license
- Social security card
- High school diploma, official high school transcripts or GED
- Original or certified birth certificate
- Naturalization documents, if applicable
- College transcripts, if applicable
- DD214 (Member 4 or Service 2 versions only) or good standing letter from Commanding Officer if active military, if applicable
- Copy of your Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certificate
- Copy of your Texas Peace Officer License & All training certificates awarded to you.
- Copy of a TCOLE approved Firearms Qualification within the last 12 months
Once the applicant has submitted all of the required information, and passed any required initial testing, a background investigator will conduct the investigation. Applicants are expected to communicate with their assigned investigators in a timely manner throughout this stage of the hiring process. Failure to respond with required information, or a failure to communicate in a timely manner will result in disqualification.
Oral Board Interview
All candidates for employment will be sat in front of a panel of Snyder Police Officers ranging from the rank of Officer to Sergeant, and members of the Human Resources department. During the oral board interview, the applicant will be asked questions designed to demonstrate certain knowledge, skills and abilities considered basic for the effective performance as a police officer. Candidates should dress in business formal attire for the oral board interview.
Conditional Job Offer
In most cases applicants who successfully pass through the background investigation and oral board interview will be offered a conditional offer of employment. This offer is conditional upon the successful completion of the remaining portions of the application process and any remaining background investigation follow ups.
Physical and Drug Screen
In accordance with City of Snyder Personnel policy, upon receipt of a conditional job offer, the applicant will be contacted by the Human Resources Director to coordinate a pre-employment screening. Pre-employemt screening for Police Officers include a Physical Examination and Drug Screen conducted at Cogdell Memorial Hospital or other appropriate site.
All new Police Officers are subject to a 1 year probationary period in which time they will be continuously evaluated for performance, job adaptability, and suitability for service.