METRO Police Recruiting

METRO Police Officer


At METRO, our culture is driven by three core values:

  • Act with integrity
  • Consider others before self
  • Serve with respect

If that’s a culture you’d thrive in, we’d love to hear from you. Below, please find common questions and answers about working for the METRO Police Department (MPD), or go right to where you can see current opportunities with MPD on the METRO Careers website.

If you already work for METRO, see opportunities for METRO employees on the METRO Careers website.

We only accept online applications, and they must be submitted through the METRO Careers website.

 

MPD staffs positions which include:

  • Patrol Officer
  • Rail Officer
  • Canine Officer
  • Collision Reconstruction Unit Officer
  • Criminal Investigator
  • Field Training Officer
  • Motorcycle Officer
  • Transit Marshal
  • Background / Recruiting Officer
  • Honor Guard Officer
  • Part-Time Officer


All METRO peace officers are licensed by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE).

METRO offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • Competitive pay (including bilingual pay incentive)
  • Flexible work schedules
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Retirement and savings plan
  • Educational assistance
  • Paid vacation, employee days, well day, sick days and holidays
  • Employee assistance program
  • Uniforms and equipment
  • Workout facilities
  • Advancement opportunities
  • Free transportation for employees and spouses

To become a METRO police officer, you must possess or meet the following criteria:

  • Valid TCOLE license
  • Valid Texas driver's license
  • 21 years of age or older
  • United States citizen
  • High school diploma and 30 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 takes about 60-120 days. It’s conducted in phases:

Phase 1 – Police officer selection test
Phase 2 – Handgun qualification
Phase 3 – Formal application submission
Phase 4 – Oral review board
Phase 5 – Background investigation
Phase 6 – Human Resources and other pre-employment test

If you become disqualified during any of those 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
  • Affiliation with, or sympathy for certain organizations
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

 

If you’d like to learn more about working for MPD, contact us at PoliceRecruiting@RideMETRO.org or call 713-615-6483.

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.