Dear Prospective Applicant:
Congratulations on taking the first step towards becoming a Rockwall Police Officer! We are excited that you’re considering joining our incredible team. The Rockwall Police Department is a professional and respected organization with a proud history and tradition. The City of Rockwall is a great place to live and work, and our schools are some of the best in the State of Texas.
Our staff makes this organization one of the most respected law enforcement agencies in the State of Texas. As Chief, one of my primary roles is to continue the tradition of the department’s core value of extraordinary customer service. We are passionate about our ability to continue to excel in this most critical area of policing and we strive to provide excellent police service every day.
The Rockwall Police Department is a diverse and innovative agency. Our department is comprised of 84 sworn officers and 21 civilian employees. We are a “Recognized Agency” in the Texas Police Chiefs Association’s Best Practices Program, which means our policies and procedures adhere to the highest standards in law enforcement today.
We are a community-oriented department, relying on cooperation with our businesses and citizens to meet our vision of, “Striving for Excellence through Community Involvement, One Interaction at a Time.” We are involved in numerous community education programs and have officers involved with students at each grade level.
We recognize the value and strength in employing a diverse workforce. The Rockwall Police Department is committed to the fair and equitable treatment of all applicants, and we encourage people of every origin and background to apply.
You will discover that we offer a meaningful and rewarding career to all of our employees. Our department offers educational and bilingual pay, as well as many other benefits.
I encourage you to learn more about your future agency by following us on social media, scheduling a ride along, or visiting our website, www.rockwallpolice.org.
Kirk H. Riggs
Rockwall, Texas Police Department
"The mission of the Rockwall Police Department is to provide a safe and secure city. Through community partnerships, fair and impartial enforcement of the laws, and by maintaining standards of excellence; this department demands the highest levels of integrity, honesty, and trust in keeping with the traditions of our city. We as professionals will always be responsive to the needs of our citizens and visitors and are committed to providing this service with distinction."
We are a “Recognized Agency” in the Texas Police Chiefs Association’s Best Practices Program which means our policies and procedures adhere to the highest standards in law enforcement today. The Rockwall Police Department is a community-oriented department, relying on cooperation with our businesses and citizens to meet our goal of, “Success through Community Partnerships.”
We are involved in numerous community education programs and have officers involved with students at each grade level. The Rockwall Police Department is committed to a philosophy of public relations and enhancing the quality of life in our city.The Rockwall Police Department offers an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in a career in law enforcement. We are a people-oriented agency dedicated to the job we do, the community we serve, and upholding the highest standards of law enforcement ethics and conduct.
Criminal Investigations Unit ■ Narcotics Unit ■ Warrants Unit ■ Background Investigator ■ Traffic Unit ■ Deployment Unit ■ K-9 Unit ■ Bicycle Patrol ■ SWAT Team ■ Hostage Negotiator ■ Honor Guard ■ Field Training Officer (FTO) ■ Intoxilyzer Operator ■ Community Services Officer ■ School Resource Officer (SRO)
To be eligible for a voluntary transfer or special assignment, sworn employees who are hired with less than five years of previous law enforcement experience must have three years with the Rockwall Police Department. Sworn employees with five or more years of previous law enforcement experience, must have two years with the Rockwall Police Department. All employees desiring a voluntary transfer or special assignment, must be in their current assignment for one year.
The Rockwall Police Department is looking for individuals who exemplify integrity and professionalism to join our team. The ideal canidate will possess impeccable integrity, a solid work ethic, good decision-making skills and good judgment. They will also need to work well under pressure, possess emotional control and be dependable. The Rockwall Police Department is an innovative, proactive and progressive organization that utilizes state-of-the-art equipment and technology.
Candidates interested in becoming a Police Officer for the City of Rockwall must also meet the following minimum requirements:
Must be at least 21 years old
Must complete and file an employment application with the City of Rockwall Human Resources Office
Must have a high school diploma or G.E.D.
Must have at least 45 hours of college credit from a State Accredited college
Military/Previous Law Enforcement College Credit: Receive three (3) college credit hours up to a maximum accumulation of 15 hours for every one (1) year Active Military Duty and/or Previous Law Enforcement as a licensed Police Officer (maximum of 5 years).
Must not have any criminal conviction above the grade of a Class B misdemeanor or any Class B misdemeanor within the past 10 years.
Must not have been on any court-ordered community supervision or probation for any criminal offense above the grade of a Class B misdemeanor or any Class B misdemeanor within the past 10 years from the date of the court order.
Must intelligently read and write the English language.
Must be of good character.
Must not have made any false statement in any material fact or practiced, or attempted to practice, any deception or fraud in application, examination or appointment.
Must not have been dismissed from public service for inefficiency, delinquency, or misconduct.
Must appear for all requested examinations and interviews.
If you have any questions regarding recruitment or the hiring process please contact Administrative Sergeant Dennis Ray at firstname.lastname@example.org or (972)772-6777.
Submission of completed application to the City of Rockwall Human Resources office
Pass a written examination
Oral Interview Board
Extensive background investigation
Interview with Police Chief and Command staff
Pass a psychological evaluation
Pass a job placement assessment (physical) and drug test
The hiring process takes approximately 2 – 4 months
Physical Agility Test:The Physical Agility guidelines utilize the Public Safety Physical Fitness Test Absolute
Standards for Municipal Departments and have been determined by The Cooper Institute
for Aerobics Research. The Test Batteries and cut-points have been validated for use by
municipal police agencies. The following cut-points are the same for both male and
Event 1: 1.5 mile run Cut-point 16:28
Event 2: Push-ups Cut-point 25
Event 3: 1 minute sit-ups Cut-point 29(min/sec)
Event 4: 300 yard dash Cut-point 1:11(seconds)
The Physical Agility procedures are as follows:1. Applicants must pass the written test before taking the Physical Agility. 2. Physical Agility Exercise is only a measure, not a pass/fail. A person will be allowed to continue through the hiring process regardless if the cut-points are not met.
You can access a PDF copy of the Rockwall Police Department Pay Scale by clicking here. "Officers generally receive the 5% lump sum one year after being at Step 5"
Pay for Previous Full-Time Police Experience: One (1) Step Pay Increase for every two (2) years as a licensed Police Officer with a max of eight (8) years experience, which corresponds with Step 5 of the Pay Scale.
Education Pay: Associates - $300 per year / Bachelors Degree - $600 per year / Master $900 per year
Certificate Pay: Intermediate - $300 per year / Advanced - $600 per year / Masters - $900 per year
Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance: There is a 30 day waiting period for insurance. The city provides each employee with a choice of 3 plans to choose from.
Sick Leave: 6.67 hours per month with no maximum accrual
0 – 1 years of service 6.67 hours per month
1 - 4 years of service 10.00 hours per month
5 – 9 years of service 11.67 hours per month
10 years > 13.34 hours per month
Holiday Pay: 8 holidays + Birthday (option of double time and a half pay if worked or bank holiday to be used within fiscal year)
Work Schedule: Officers assigned to patrol duties work four 10 hour shifts, with 3 days off per week. Officers are assigned to a shift and get to choose days off based on seniority.
Patrol Officers work the following shifts:
1st shift works from 6:30 A.M. until 4:30 P.M.
2nd shift works from 4:00 P.M. until 2:00 A.M.
3rd shift works from 9:00 P.M. until 7:00 A.M.
Longevity Pay: $5.00 per month of service after completing 1 year
Uniforms/Equipment: All equipment provided by the department plus pay for uniform dry cleaning.
Retirement: Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS) – 14% contribution by City – 20 year retirement, 5 year vesting
Life Insurance: 1 x Pay up to $50,000 through City 1 x Pay through TMRS (no max)