Police Officer Positions - There are three pathways to join the HCPD officer family.
1. Non-TCOLE Certified applicant
You haven't served as a Texas peace officer before. We will conditionally hire you and put you through a police academy. Upon successful completion of that academy, you will start the FTO program where you will receive on the job training for a minimum of three months. Then you will hit the streets and serve the Horizon City community.
2. TCOLE Certified applicant
You may or may not have served as a police officer before. You likely finished training at a police academy and if we have an immediate opening, you may be hired directly to full time status. If there are no immediate openings you may consider joining the reserve program.
3. Reserve Program
You have to have your TCOLE certification from the onset of your application and this program is intended for those who may want to serve their community but they are quite happy with their current day jobs. In exchange for volunteering for a minimum of 24 hours a month, the non-paid officer will gain experience and will benefit from the activation of their peace officer license. In the event we have any full-time openings, it is our practice to hire those who are already police reservists with the Horizon City Police Department. We see this as a win-win situation as we are able to quickly replace full-time openings that may occur throughout the year". In the field of Law Enforcement, preparation is the key to success.
Communications Specialist Positions
Our communications division has been in operation for four years. The office is open 24/7 and we have 17 Communications Specialists in the division. We conduct dispatching services for the Horizon City Police Department and all El Paso County fire departments. Our Communications Specialists are all trained to handle 911 calls, non-emergency calls and dispatch those same calls for service in a timely manner to our officers and fire units out in the field. They document all information, including officer response times and activities, into our CAD (Computer Aided Dispatch) system. They are all licensed telecommunicators and are able to provide our officers with information on driver’s licenses, license plates, wanted and missing persons, stolen vehicles, and stolen articles.
We accept applications for Communications Specialists throughout the year. If you apply and there are no current openings, your application will remain on file for 365 days. We will review applications as openings occur.
The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement or TCOLE, serves as the regulatory agency for all peace officers in Texas. Only those candidates who hold a current TCOLE certification are considered.
While the HCPD regularly conducts in-service training for officers, the department does not hold its own police training academy. Most of our officers come from the El Paso Community College Law Enforcement Training Academy. (EPCC LETA)