Police Department Recruitment

BPD Officers

Thank you for your interest in employment with the City of Buda, review the information presented about the requirements for police officers, the application process, benefits and incentives. In you have any questions, please contact our HR Department at: Budahr@ci.buda.tx.us

Minimum Requirements:

  1. High School diploma/graduate or GED;
  2. Applicants must hold a Basic TCOLE license or be enrolled in a TCOLE Police Academy with a nearing graduation date. We do not currently send applicants to a police academy to become licensed.
  3. Valid State of Texas Class "C" drivers license
  1. Hiring Process
  2. Lateral Entry Program
  3. Police Officer Compensation & Benefits Summary
  1. Minimum Requirements - Ensure you meet all requirements before submitting the registration application.
  2. Application / Personal History Statement - The process involves first completing an online employment application. Review and read ALL instructions before starting to complete the application. When this process is complete, you will be provided with a confirmation email. Until you receive this email, the process is not complete. Qualified applicants will be selected to move on to the next phase which is a formal interview.
  3. Oral Interview Board - The interview panel is composed of 5 individuals from various assignments around the department including the Chief or his representative and Human Resources. The candidate will respond verbally to questions asked by the members of the panel which are designed to allow the panel to determine the communication skills, qualifications, and character of the candidate. Questions asked during the interview will range from situational-based topics to questions arising from the background packet. 
  4. Physical Fitness Assessment - The duties of law enforcement officers require a high level of physical fitness and readiness to meet the demands of the job. The City of Buda PD has adopted one of the methods used by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to assess officer and candidate fitness and readiness.

    To perform this assessment, we use Concept 2 Rowers for candidates to complete a 2000- meter row. This activity measures the candidate’s VO2max, which is used to determine the ability of the candidate to meet this fitness requirement. During the assessment, the candidate will be required to row 2000 meters at maximum effort at the 50th percentile. The required performance standard is determined based on the candidate’s gender, weight and age. The DPS has validated the percentile at which we assess both officers and candidates. Note: The row machine tension will be set at five (5).
  1. Background Investigation - The police officer Personal History Statement or Background Packet  is the key document for our background investigation of police applicants. Family members, references, acquaintances, past employers and co-workers are interviewed, and a review is conducted of military and school records, driving records, credit history, and any other area the investigator deems appropriate.
  2. Conditional Offer of Employment - A conditional offer of employment will be made to applicants who pass the background investigation. At this time we may ask for Birth certificate, naturalization documents, high school transcripts, diploma or GED, College/university transcripts and diplomas for all schools attended, marriage licenses, divorce decrees, peace officer license, driver’s license and military discharge DD-214. 
  3. Psychological Exam and Interview - A psychological examination is a TCOLE requirement. We use an independent psychologist for this examination.
  4. Medical Exam / Drug Screen - A pre-employment physical is required for this position. The examination will be performed by a city selected licensed physician.

If you have any questions regarding this process, please email:   BudaHR@ci.buda.tx.us