METRO Police Recruiting

Police Officers

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Thank you for your interest in employment as a METRO police officer. We are currently accepting applications for peace officers licensed by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE). We are also accepting applications from police cadets currently enrolled in a licensed police academy.

METRO has an online application process that allows applicants to apply only for positions that are available and for which applicants are being solicited (i.e. positions that are posted). To apply for an available position, it is necessary to visit Careers at METRO and follow the instructions on the page. If a position for police officer is, listed then, you will be able to apply. Please check the site often as hiring opportunities may change.

Responsibilities & Duties

  • Enforce federal and state statutes, and county and municipal ordinances within the METRO service area.
  • Respond promptly and safely to calls for service from the Communications Section.
  • Protect METRO employees, property, and patrons from criminal offenses.
  • Patrol bus routes and light rail corridors, including boarding areas as assigned; conduct fare inspections/enforcement as assigned.
  • Patrol all METRO-owned facilities and other properties as assigned.
  • Apprehend persons committing offenses associated with calls for service or investigations conducted, working in uniform or in plainclothes, as appropriate.
  • Initiate actions to facilitate traffic mobility, such as directing traffic or removing road hazards.
  • Conduct preliminary investigations of offenses committed within the METRO service area.
  • Maintain evidence chain of custody pursuant to the arrest and processing of offenders.
  • Ensure that all documentation is completed for the arrest and processing of offenders.
  • Develop good working relationships with municipal, county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.
  • Patrol HOV / HOT lanes and diamond lanes; request services of wreckers as required.
  • Render aid and remain on scene at accidents to maintain safety of motorists and others until appropriate response units arrive.
  • Use computers and appropriate software in office and police vehicle environments to enter daily activity data and prepare reports.
  • Promote safety awareness and follow safety procedures in an effort to reduce or eliminate accidents.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements

The minimum requirements to become a METRO police officer are:

  • Valid TCOLE license
  • Valid Texas Driver's License
  • Minimum of 21 years old
  • United States citizen
  • High school diploma or GED with 12 semester hours from a TCOLE-approved college/university with a minimum GPA of 2.0; or a minimum of two (2) years of active military service with a DD-214 Honorable Discharge.
  • No felony or class A misdemeanor convictions. No class B misdemeanor convictions within ten (10) years of the date of application. No convictions of any family violence.
  • Successfully pass the police officer Selection Test (POST), handgun qualification, and all elements of the medical, psychological, and other pre-employment tests.
  • Meet all criteria set forth in TCOLE rule 217.1, and Texas Occupational Code Section 1701.255.

The Selection Process

  • Phase 1 – Police Officer Selection Test
  • Phase 2 – Handgun Qualification
  • Phase 3 – Formal Application Submission
  • Phase 4 – Background Investigation
  • Phase 5 – Formal Board Interview and other pre-employment tests

Should you become disqualified during any one of the above phases, you may be able to reapply after meeting the requirements of the selection criteria that disqualified you. These may include age, educational requirements, citizenship and residency, driver's license and driving history, physical and mental health, contradictory information, credit and financial responsibility, criminal behavior, narcotics and alcohol usage, references, and affiliation or sympathy with certain organizations. The selection process is normally complete in 60 to 120 days.

METRO Police Pay Scale
Rank Hourly Annual Salary Service Years
Cadet $21.88 $45,510.40 0 - 11 months
Police Officer 7 $29.85 $61,464.00 0 - 1
Police Officer 6 $30.44 $63,315.20 1 - 4
Police Officer 5 $31.35 $65,208.00 4 - 7
Police Officer 4 $32.29 $67,163.20 7 - 10
Police Officer 3 $33.42 $69,513.60 10 - 13
Police Officer 2 $34.59 $71,947.20 13 - 16
Police Officer 1 $35.80 $74,464.00 16 - 20
Sr. Police Officer $37.23 $77,438.40 20+
Sergeant 2   $85,196.80 0 - 2
Sergeant 1   $87,755.20 2 - 5
Sr. Sergeant   $90,396.80 5+
Lieutenant 2   $99,444.80 0 - 2
Lieutenant 1   $101,441.60 2 - 5
Sr. Lieutenant   $103,480.00 5+
Certifications & Annual Incentives
Certification Annual Incentive
Intermediate $1,560
Advanced $3,420
Master $6,000
Assignments & Annual Incentives
Assignment Annual Incentive
Field Training $2,100
K-9 $2,400
Bomb Tech (EOD) $2,700
Degrees & Annual Incentives
Degree Annual Incentive
Associate $1,320
Bachelor $3,180
Master $4,500

Bilingual: qualified employees who have demonstrated proficiency in an approved non-English language for bilingual service provided to the department. Annual incentive is $1,800.

Career Opportunities

  • Transit Marshal
  • Patrol Officer
  • Rail Officer
  • Motorcycle Officer
  • Firearms Instructor
  • Canine Officer
  • Criminal Investigator
  • Training Officer
  • Collision Reconstruction Unit Officer
  • Equipment Control Officer
  • Background / Recruiting Officer
  • Honor Guard Officer
  • Field Training Officer
  • Court Liaison Officer


Uniforms & Equipment - Uniforms and equipment are provided to sworn personnel at no cost. Duty and off-duty firearms are purchased at the Officer's expense.

Health Insurance - Officers become eligible for coverage under one of METRO's major medical insurance programs on the date you are hired. You must complete all required documentation, which is usually handled on your first day of employment, during Employee Orientation. Insurance coverage begins 30 days later. METRO offers insurance packages that provide coverage for hospital room and medical expenses, outpatient care and maternity care. The packages offer different supplemental dental and vision plans as well as coverage for dependents. You may choose between different plans and METRO subsidizes the cost of the medical premium. Employees are required to pay an employee portion, which is handled through payroll deductions, on a pre-tax or post-tax basis.

Life Insurance - On the first day of the month that follows 30 days of continuous employment, Officers are enrolled in METRO's group life insurance program. You can also choose a voluntary, supplemental program for yourself and your family.

  • Group Life Insurance Basic Coverage – paid entirely by METRO for twice your annual salary.
  • Voluntary Term Life – individually age rated; completely paid by the employee for $10,000 toward employee/spouse minimum and $2,500 for eligible children.

Paid Leave Time (Annual) Vacation – vacation is accrued as follows:

  • 1 to 5 years = 2 weeks
  • 5+ to 8 years = 3 weeks
  • 8+ to 15 years = 4 weeks
  • 15+ years = 5 weeks

Employee Days – Three days; used with supervisory approval.

Well Day Incentive – After 90 days of continuous employment, you become eligible to accumulate credit towards Well Time hours. Accrual periods are based on calendar quarters. To receive eight hours of Well Time, you may take no sick leave time off (paid or unpaid) in a calendar quarter. Maximum Well Day accrual is one per quarter/four per year.

Sick Leave – 80 hours

Work Out Facilities – Officers are provided with a workout facility equipped with strength and cardiovascular training equipment. Lockers and showers are also available.

Quiet Room – A quiet room is provided for Officers who want a place to relax and watch television during off-duty hours.

Educational Reimbursement – All regular, full-time METRO employees are eligible to receive educational reimbursements for work-related courses from accredited colleges or universities. Upon approval, employees may annually receive up to $1,500 of educational reimbursement. Upon satisfactory completion of any pre-approved courses, reimbursement is according to final grade received, as follows:

  • A - 100 percent
  • B - 90 percent
  • C - 80 percent

Retirement – METRO offers full-time employees a contributory retirement program, wherein employees can contribute through payroll deduction up to the maximum limit permitted by the IRS (currently $15,500/year). METRO will automatically contribute 2 percent of an employee's salary (including overtime) to the employee's retirement account.  If an employee chooses to contribute, METRO will match dollar for dollar the first 4 percent that an employee contributes, making METRO's contribution a total of 6 percent. There is a pro-rated vesting schedule, and employees are fully vested after five (5) years of service.

Short Term Leave of Absence – Upon the completion of six (6) consecutive months of employment, under a physician's order, and approval by the Benefits Office of the Human Resources Department, employees are eligible for leave-of-absence pay at 100 percent, 75 percent, 60 percent and 50 percent of base salary after a waiting period of 10 days. Duration of pay at each percentage level is determined by the employee's length of service.

For more information, please contact the METRO Police Recruiting Unit:
Phone: 713-615-6483 • Email:


The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County has a "zero tolerance" drug and alcohol program for all employees. All applicants will be required to undergo drug testing prior to employment and will be subject to further drug and/or alcohol testing throughout their employment. Employees who perform safety-sensitive functions must also submit to drug and/or alcohol testing in accordance to the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) regulatory requirements. We provide equal opportunity to all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, veteran status or disability.