Houston Police Department - Opportunities

Opportunities

After an initial three-year period as a patrol officer, an officer will be eligible to apply for transfer to another work assignment pending a selection process for a posted vacancy. Police officer career paths/job assignments include some of the following, but are subject to change depending on the needs of the department.

Helicopters K-9
Dive Team Vice
Auto Theft SWAT
Bike Patrol Robbery
Bomb Squad Juvenile
Mounted Patrol Homicide
Missing Persons Narcotics
Major Offenders Solo (motorcycle squad)
Truck Enforcement Vehicular Crimes


PROMOTIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

  • Sergeant
  • Lieutenant
  • Captain
  • Assistant Chief (appointed)
  • Executive Assistant Chief (appointed)
  • Chief of Police (appointed)


A police officer is currently eligible for promotion to the rank of sergeant once they have attained five (5) years of service from their hire date as a cadet.

Sergeants are eligible to promote to the rank of lieutenant after two (2) years in grade as a sergeant and must have attained an associate's degree or completed a minimum of 65 hours towards a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.

Lieutenants are eligible to promote to the rank of captain after two (2) years. Candidates for promotion to the rank of captain must have obtained a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university.

Promotion to the ranks of sergeant, lieutenant, and captain each require passing a written examination and an assessment center in order to be placed on a promotional eligibility list. Captain is the last rank that can be attained via the testing process.

The ranks of assistant chief and executive assistant chief are appointed by the Chief of Police and require a master's degree from an accredited college or university.