VPD Applicant Procedures and Requirements

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City of Victoria applications for all Victoria Police Department positions must be completed online by visiting this link:  City of Victoria Human Resources Job Openings.  At this website, prospective applicants must create an account and follow all instructions regarding the position for which they are applying.

The Human Resources Office is located at 700 N. Main, Suite 101, Victoria, Texas and they are open between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and can be reached for questions at 361-485-3500.

Click this link for the VPD Rejection Criteria

The Police Department must adhere to requirements set out by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) as well as the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services policies.

Victoria Police Department Hiring Process Overview

The selection process for employment by the department is divided into several steps. An applicant must complete one step prior to advancing to the next step. All steps are normally completed within 90 days.

The hiring process for all Victoria Police Department positions is essentially the same. Tests will be administered for all entry level positions.   This hiring process is subject to change.  We ask that candidates utilize this website as much as possible to help answer questions pertaining to employment with the Victoria Police Department.

Applicants for all positions within the Police Department must meet the following requirements for further processing:

  • Must satisfactorily pass a credit review and/or meet City guidelines for financial obligations such as an IRS lien or garnishment, judgment for non-payment or admission of non-payment of child support.  A sustained disqualification will be in effect until the applicant meets the City of Victoria standards.
  • Failure to meet the City of Victoria driving standards which includes:
    • Three (3) or more at-fault accidents and/or moving violation convictions within the last three (3) years.  (if the applicant is applying for a position that requires driving)
    • Driving during suspension of driving privileges within the last three (3) years
  • Must have been fingerprinted and subjected to a search of local, state and U.S. national records and fingerprint files to disclose any criminal record.  The VPD fingerprints all employees.
  • Must not have been on court-ordered community supervision or probation for any criminal offense above the grade of Class B misdemeanor or a Class B misdemeanor within the last ten years from the date of the court order.
  • Must not currently be charged with any criminal offense for which conviction would be a bar to obtaining a TCOLE license for the position.
  • Must not ever have been convicted of an offense above the grade of a Class B misdemeanor or a Class B misdemeanor within the last ten years.
  • Must never have been convicted of any family violence offense.
  • Must not be prohibited by state or federal law from operating a motor vehicle (if the applicant is applying for a position that requires driving).
  • Police Officer applicants must not be prohibited by state or federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition.
  • Must have been subjected to a background investigation and have been interviewed prior to appointment by representatives of the appointing authority (Police Department).
  • Police Officer applicants must successfully pass a medical examination from a physician selected and approved by the City of Victoria.  These applicants must be physically sound and free from any defect which may adversely affect the performance of duty appropriate to the type of license sought
  • Police Officer and Telecommunications Operator applicants must successfully pass a psychological examination from a Psychologist or Psychiatrist appointed and approved by the City of Victoria.
  • All applicants must successfully pass a City of Victoria approved drug screening.
  • Must not have been discharged from any military service under less than honorable conditions including, specifically;     (A) under other than honorable conditions;     (B) bad conduct; (C) dishonorable;     (D) any other characterization of service indicating bad character.
  • Must not have had a TCOLE license denied by final order or revoked.
  • Must not have a TCOLE license that is currently on suspension, or must not have a voluntary surrender of the license currently in effect.
  • Must meet the minimum training standards and pass the TCOLE licensing examination for each TCOLE license sought.
  • Must not have violated any TCOLE rule or provision of the Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 1701.
  • Citizenship:  Police Officer Applicants must be a U.S. citizen according to TCOLE Rules.  For other positions, check with the City of Victoria Human Resources Office for eligibility.

Physical Requirements

  • Police Officer applicants must successfully complete the VPD physical ability course.  The VPD physical ability course consists of an obstacle course that must be completed in 90 seconds which includes a 4' and a 6' wall; balance beam; hurdles; running, etc.  Applicants must also drag an approximately 180 lb dummy.  
  • Applicants for Police Officer Trainee to be sent to the Victoria College Police Academy by the VPD, must meet the Academy's physical fitness entrance requirements.

Click here for the Police Academy physical fitness entrance requirements.

Click here for more information on the Victoria College Police Academy.

Required Documents

It will be necessary to submit your completed Personal Information and History Packet and additional required documents upon the passing of the applicant's written test and VPD Review Board. Your background process will not begin until all of these forms have been turned in.

This list below is provided as a guide for applicants to gather the documents required for the position for which they are applying.

Documents for Background Investigation

VPD Personal Information and History Packet

Additional Documents required

  • Confidential Information Agreement Form
    (Notarized) (Included in the Personal Information and History Packet)
  • City of Victoria Personal History Statement
    (Notarized) (Included in the Personal Information and History Packet)
  • Authority to Release Information – TCOLE form (Police Officer Applicants Only)
    (Notarized) (Included in the Personal Information and History Packet)
  • Birth Certificate
  • High School Diploma / GED Certificate
  • High School Transcript (Certified / Official)
  • College Transcript (Certified / Official)
  • College Diploma
  • TCOLE License
  • TCOLE Exam Results (if known)
  • TCOLE Form F-5R (if currently or previously licensed)
  • Training Certificates (if applicable)
  • Copy of Driver’s License
  • Copy of Social Security Card
  • Police Academy Diploma
  • Military Discharge / DD214
  • Typing/Spelling Scores from:
    • Workforce Solutions of the Golden Crescent
      120 S. Main Street, Suite 110, Victoria, TX  - 361-578-0341
      This is required for all positions and should be accomplished by you, on or before your VPD Review Board date.  Results will be forwarded from Workforce Solutions to the City Human Resources Department who will then forward the scores to the Police Department Training and Recruitment Unit.

City of Victoria - Certified Police Step Pay Plan

Updated for 2017-2018 Fiscal Year

2017-2018 Police Salary




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