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PALESTINE (KYTX) - As part of a comprehensive recruiting program, the Palestine Police Department is hosting a civil service test on March 29, 2014. Applications for this test must be received no later than March 21, 2014 at 5pm. No certification is required to apply.

Certified applicants who gain employment with the department go immediately into the field. However, those with no prior experience or certification will spend the first 8 months of employment attending the academy and in on-the-job training. With an authorized strength of 38 sworn personnel, the department currently has 9 vacancies.

Over the last several months, with the help of the City of Palestine City Council, the Palestine Police Department has become increasingly more competitive with regards to pay, having recently approved an 8% pay raise for Officer level ranks, and 4% for supervisory positions.

The City of Palestine benefits package is competitive. The City offers health insurance to employees with no up-front premiums, as well as reduced premiums for family members, and low cost dental, vision, and supplementary insurance policies.

Other benefits include longevity pay, TCOLE Certification pay up to a maximum of $350 per month, Shift Differential Pay, and a family membership to the Palestine YMCA. The City is a Texas Municipal Retirement System contributor, with a 2 to 1 match, and vesting after 5 years of service. The department also provides uniforms, a protective vest, and duty gear, including a duty firearm.

Another incentive for officers with experience is the Lateral Transfer Program. This program allows an applicant with previous police service, either in Texas or nationally, to gain credit with regard to pay, rewarding their experience level.

For candidates who have not attended a police academy, the City will pay a salary to the employee during the academy, provide transportation if needed, and cover tuition expenses associated with completed academy training.

This complete pay and incentive package make the Palestine Police Department an excellent career opportunity. We are seeking help to inform possible applicants of these open positions.

The City of Palestine benefits package is competitive. The City offers health insurance to employees with no up-front premiums, as well as reduced premiums for family members, and low cost dental, vision, and supplementary insurance policies.

Other benefits include longevity pay, TCOLE Certification pay up to a maximum of $350 per month, Shift Differential Pay, and a family membership to the Palestine YMCA. The City is a Texas Municipal Retirement System contributor, with a 2 to 1 match, and vesting after 5 years of service. The department also provides uniforms, a protective vest, and duty gear, including a duty firearm.

Another incentive for officers with experience is the Lateral Transfer Program. This program allows an applicant with previous police service, either in Texas or nationally, to gain credit with regard to pay, rewarding their experience level.

For candidates who have not attended a police academy, the City will pay a salary to the employee during the academy, provide transportation if needed, and cover tuition expenses associated with completed academy training.

This complete pay and incentive package make the Palestine Police Department an excellent career opportunity. We are seeking help to inform possible applicants of these open positions.

background, reference, job history, credit check, as well as interview board, polygraph exam, psychological exam, physical and drug screen.

The Palestine Police Department, like many agencies, additionally has policies and procedures in place to assure that equality is upheld during the hiring procedures. As other areas of the City of Palestine, we are actively seeking to hire personnel, so as to reflect the demographics of the community that we serve. Many of our policies, including hiring practices, are modeled after best practices found within CALEA, a national law enforcement best practices organization, as well as the Texas Chief of Police Association Foundation's Best Practices Program, in order to achieve status as a professional organization.

For more information or to request an application, contact HR Director Susie Streb at (903)731-8421, or Police Administrative Assistant Donna Thornell at (903)731-8436. A police application may also be retrieved from the City of Palestine website at http://www.cityofpalestinetx.com/city_jobs.php or in person at the Palestine Police Department, located at 511 North John, Palestine, Texas  (903)731-8471

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