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City of Coppell | Coppell, Texas
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Job Description

Basic Function

Basic Function
A Police Officer for the City of Coppell provides essential law enforcement and community services to City residents, business owners, visitors and other City and law enforcement personnel.General duties include, but are not limited to, motorized, bicycle and foot patrols, response to dispatched calls for emergency and law enforcement services, alley checks, residence and business as well as alarm checks, routine traffic enforcement, accident investigation and other public service duties.

Qualified applicants will be invited to test during one of the upcoming test dates. You must submit an online application and meet minimum qualifications to be invited to test.
Upcoming Test Date:
Friday, October 4
Essential Job Functions

Essential Job Functions
*Drive patrol car, perform bicycle and foot patrol services and provide enforcement, protection and crime prevention services under the laws of the City of Coppell, the State of Texas and United States.
*Enforce city ordinances, state and federal laws and written and unwritten directives.
*Produce crime, accident and other reports as required or instructed.
*Conduct accurate, thorough and complete investigations as required or instructed.
*Preserve crime scenes and process information as required or instructed.
*Follow-up on prior calls for service as required or instructed.
*Assist other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, fire department and animal control agencies as required or instructed.
*Administer CPR/first aid in emergency medical situations.
*Apprehend, arrest, book and process criminal suspects and transfer prisoners from other localities.
*Attend and testify in scheduled and required court sessions.
*Attend daily briefings.
*Participate in community policing efforts through business and citizen contacts, non-enforcement public contacts, crime prevention checks, community relations, safety representations, and neighborhood crime watch programs.
*Demonstrate competent and continuing weapons proficiency.
*Routinely inspect, maintain and ensure equipment upkeep.
*Assist other officers, provide field training for new recruits as appropriate or assigned.
*Maintain regular work attendance, arrive at work on time and work in assigned area; this may include overtime hours being worked on an as-needed basis.
*Assist in other areas where staffing shortages exist.
*Participate in special assignments (both law enforcement and non-law enforcement).
*Maintain continuing professional education through scheduled training classes and legal updates.
*Complete assignments in a professional and timely manner.
*Serve on various advisory and other police/civic related committees as assigned or instructed and maintain related records.
*Perform other related duties as required, requested or instructed.
City of Coppell Core Competencies

Technical Competencies
Knowledge and ability to correctly apply professional/specialized expertise; skillfully manage information; properly use tools, equipment and technology; effectively allocate resources; proactively identify and resolve issues; consistently make sound decisions; correctly execute policy processes and procedures; strictly adhere to/enforce safety polices; consistently produce quality results; proactively plan and organize; consistently provide exceptional customer service.
Human Competencies
Motivation of Self & Others:We demonstrate a core desire to serve the Public and the Organization through our commitment, passion, initiative and drive.
Leadership of Self & Others:We motivate, inspire and influence others to strive towards excellence by being participatory, positive, accountable, team focused, influential in goal achievement, and empowering.
Service Oriented: We behave in a friendly and professional manner centering on a desire to address the needs of internal and external customers while respecting their rights and dignity by being people-oriented, helpful, understanding and compassionate.
Trustworthy:We earn the confidence of others by demonstrating both the character and the competence to fulfill our obligations with both integrity and honesty along with ethical,credible behavior.
Relational:We establish trust, cooperation, mutual respect and support with an objective to improve relationships by valuing diversityandbeing diplomatic/tactful, cooperative, empathetic, broadminded, flexible, respectful and compassionate/caring.
Communication:We exchange information and ideas in a manner which results in mutually supported decisions for the greater good by sharing thoughts & feelings, and through persuasiveness,assertiveness, empathic listening, conflict resolution and deliberating/debating.
Emotional Maturity:We demonstrate the ability to manage and monitor our emotions and to assess the emotional state of others by understanding stress management, balance and consistency.
Development of Self & Others:We are committed to improving the knowledge, skills, personal qualifications and performance of ourselves and others through coaching, counseling/discipline, delegation and self-development.
Conceptual Competencies
Organizational Awareness:We are aware of the Organization's structure and culture for how we do business by understanding organizational structure, departmental impact on organization, interdepartmental relations, organizational culture, organizational developmentand leadership style.
Global Awareness:We stay informed of issues and trends that may impact the Organization by understanding intergovernmental relations,political awareness, and media/public relations.
Community Awareness:We have a sense of the community's culture and its impact on service delivery by understanding purpose of service, citizen/stakeholder expectations, demographics and branding.
Professional Insight:We thoroughly understand our particular professions and apply the principles and ethics required in the professions' service delivery by applying principles, professional ethics and by understanding futuring/profession trends, legal implications and resource planning.
Innovation:We successfully implement ideas that improve and/or add value to service delivery through creative thinking,risk taking, continuous improvement and by being quality minded and a change agent.
Critical Thinking:We actively and skillfully conceptualize, apply, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information to reach a sound answer or conclusion by understanding issue/problem identification, analysis, consequences, and by balancing decision factors.
Visioning:We understand the future direction of the Organization and understand the efforts and processes needed to achieve it through goal setting and by following the mission/values
Minimum Requirements

A Police Officer must meet and maintain standards of physical fitness, agility and endurance as established by the City.Officers must have a high school education or GED equivalent with 30 college hours.One must obtain both basic police academy and TCOLEbasic police officer certification.Each officer must pass a thorough background check and have no felony convictions.Each officer must have the ability to fluently read, write and communicate using the English language.Desirable qualifications include bi-lingual communications skills, prior patrol duty experience, TCOLEadvanced certification or a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice or a related area.

Lateral Transfers
  • Certified Police Officer with at least 2 years of experience in a progressive agency of comparable size of Coppell from any state
  • Be in good standing with current/previous agency
  • 30 college credit hours


The City of Coppell is self-funded and pays employee coverage for medical, dental (HMO plan), life insurance, AD&D, and long-term disability. The employee pays dependent coverage for medical, dental, life and AD&D insurance. Coverage is effective the first of the month concurrent with or following date of hire.

Medical Insurance

We offer a PPO United Healthcare Options network HRA annual rollover plan. For this plan year, the HRA funded by the City is $500 reimbursement for in-network deductibles and 20% co-insurance only. The fiscal year individual/family in-network deductible is $2,500/$5,000 with 80% coverage after deductible. Office co-pays are $40 for PCP/$50 for specialist. Basic outpatient lab work by Lab Corp is covered 100% up to $1,000. Our plan summary and premium rate sheet is on our website.

Dental Insurance

Our dental insurance is through Guardian and offers the HMO and PPO plan. Both plans include two cleanings each year per person. The HMO out of pocket is based on set fees with no deductible or maximum. The PPO plan has 80% basic coverage and 50% major coverage after a $50/$150 individual/family deductible. Orthodontia is also available on both plans for adults and children.

Prescription Benefit

Our prescription benefit is through Kroger Pharmacy Plan. There is a $50 brand plan year deductible. Then following applies:

30 day supply 90 day supply (mail order or retail)

Tier 1 - $5 Tier 1 (generic) - $10
Tier 2 - $40 Tier 2 (name brand) - $80
Tier 3 - $70 Tier 3 (non formulary) - $140
Specialty Drug - $300


Our vision plan is with Superior Vision with $10 exam/$25 eyewear in-network co-pays. Annual exams and most lenses are paid in full after co-pays. Frames are paid once each 12 months up to $125 retail value. Contact lenses are paid once each 12 months up to $150. The premium rates are on our website.

Life Insurance

The City of Coppell pays 2 times your annual salary to your beneficiary up to a maximum of $400,000. Those employees age 65 and over will receive a reduced benefit. Additional voluntary individual and dependent life insurance is available through Mutual of Omaha.

AD&D (Accidental Death & Dismemberment)

The City of Coppell pays 2 times your annual salary to your beneficiary up to a maximum of $400,000 in addition to your life insurance. Those employees age 65 and over will receive a reduced benefit. Additional voluntary individual and dependent AD&D insurance are available through Mutual of Omaha.

Short-term Disability

The city pays for short-term disability. Coverage begins on the 15th day of absence due to your own covered injury or illness. Earnings are 60% of weekly income up to $2,300 maximum per week.

Long-term Disability

Long-term Disability is equivalent to 60% of your monthly salary up to $10,000 after 90 days of qualifying disability.

TMRS (Texas Municipal Retirement System)

TMRS is your retirement program. Employees contribute 7% of gross earnings each paycheck. The City's match is 2 to 1 upon retirement. TMRS members are vested with 5 years of service. Employees are eligible to retire with 20 years of service or at age 60 with 5 years of service.


The City of Coppell has 10 paid holidays per year: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving (2 days), Christmas (2 days) and one personal day.


Vacation leave accrues at the end of the first full pay period and may not be used until successful completion of the initial probationary period. During the 1st year of employment, 10 days of vacation are accrued (5 days for 24 hour shift). After the 1st year, the accrual is earned at the rate of 15 days per year (7.5 days for 24 hour shift). The accrual rate increases with years of service up to 24 days annually (12 days for 24 hour shift).

Sick Leave

Sick leave begins accruing during the first full pay period of employment at the rate of 12 days annually (6 days for 24 hour shift). The maximum cumulative accrual is 1040 hours (1560 hours for 24 hour shift).


The City of Coppell pays $6 per month for accumulated months of service in a lump sum annually in November.

Compensation Incentive

The City of Coppell gives employees $150 per month to apply first towards their dependent medical premium if applicable, or invest in our ICMA 457 plan.

Deferred Compensation Plan

ICMA provides tax-deferred supplemental 457 retirement plans

Flex Spending Section 125

Employees may participate in the Flexible Benefit Plan, which corresponds to Section 125 of the IRS Code. The plan allows employees to set aside pre-tax dollars to pay for out of pocket medical, dental, vision and related health care expenses. Employees may also elect to contribute to a dependent care reimbursement account through voluntary pre-tax payroll deductions.

100% Direct Deposit

It takes two pay periods for complete processing.

Wellness Health Center

Free to City of Coppellemployees and dependents on our medical plan for health coaching and acute care.


Free individual and family membership for employees.

Coppell Library

All employees and their families have free access to our Library.

Employee Assistance Program

The City of Coppell pays for confidential counseling on life and family issues.


Online healthcare coaches to guide through challenges as a caregiver.

Bereavement Leave

The City of Coppell provides up to 24 hours (36 hours for 24 hour shift) paid leave in the event of a death(s) for current spouse, child, parent, brother, sister, stepparent, stepchild, grandparent or grandchild of an employee or employee's current spouse.

Civil Leave

Employees receive paid leave for jury duty and other approved civil leave.

Military Leave

Full pay for up to 15 work days per fiscal year and one time partial pay for up to 180 days if eligible.

Workers' Compensation

Anytime an employee is injured on the job during the scope of City business, the employee is covered by workers' compensation insurance.

Tuition Reimbursement

Once initial probationary period is complete, the City provides proportional tuition only reimbursement from an approved college for job related courses within a degree plan with requirements.

Other Optional Benefits:

Legal Shield
Long-Term Care

What is the highest level of education attained?
  • High School/GED
  • Associates/30 college hours
  • Bachelors
  • Masters
Are you currently TCOLE certified?
  • Yes
  • No

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