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September 29th, 2008
City of Kyle channel: KPD positions up for grabs

STAFF REPORT

KYLE – Looking for a job? The Kyle Police Department (KPD) has several openings, and they’re all up for grabs.

The city will conduct its first civil service examination for prospective cops at 10 a.m. on Oct. 18 at the Lehman High School cafeteria. Anyone can take the test, provided they are between 21 and 45 years old at the time of hire, have a valid Texas driver’s license and high school graduation or its equivalent. Applicants must also have either 30 hours of college credit, an associates degree with a C average, two years of active duty military service with an honorable discharge or a peace officer’s license.

Applicants with the right amount of police experience may qualify for additional pay through the city’s modified entry program.

Leading scorers on the test who fulfill the other requirements will be placed at the top of an eligibility list to fill vacancies on the KPD.

With the city’s implementation of voter-approved civil service rules and the passage of a new budget, the city has 10 openings for officers and one more opening for a sergeant.

Applications can be downloaded from the City of Kyle website (www.cityofkyle.com) or picked up at the front desk of City Hall. Applications must be turned in to the human resources department at 100 W. Center Street, Kyle, TX 78644 or mailed to P.O. Box 40, Kyle, TX 78640, Attn: Sandra Duran, Director of Human Resources.

The application deadline is 5 p.m. on Oct. 13.

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4 thoughts on “City of Kyle channel: KPD positions up for grabs

  1. Does anyone know if the existing officers are required to take the exam as well? It would be very interesting to see how they stack up to the new recruits.

  2. Unless I’m wrong, the civil service hiring rules apply only to new hires from this day forward. Of course, the new salary scale will apply to everyone. Now that you mention it, I’d be real interested in seeing the actual test. As it’s been explained to me, it’s a general aptitude test that doesn’t call for special knowledge of law enforcement.

  3. Sure. My curiosity would be to see if the decision to go to civil service actually results in higher qualified police officers. The undercurrent during the election was that civil service would raise the level of professionalism and take the department to the next level. And, the promise was that it would do so without leading to a tax increase.

    I’ve never seen evidence that civil service requirements improve the overall quality of the workforce to which they are applied. With the clear evidence that at least half of the unprecedented tax increase that the city council just enacted is to pay for doubling the number of police officers, I am curious to see if civil service improves the quality of the department in addition to pressuring the city to grow the size of the department. I does seem obvious that the political pressure from the police union that supported civil service certainly had an impact on what tax payers will be paying for law enforcement going forward.

    That’s about all I should probably say. With all of these new cops on the road, it is probably better if I don’t give them an extra reason to want to pull me over.

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