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City of Palestine ramps up police recruiting effort with incentives

PALESTINE, FEBRUARY 12, 2018 -- The City of Palestine is looking to fill its ranks at the Palestine Police Department. To continue the recruiting efforts in 2017, the Department is once again offering incentives to new hires, correctional officers, and certified officers and military veterans.

 “We are looking for the right fit,” Police Chief Andy Harvey said. “We are looking for those who are community-minded and want to serve our city. Our large number of correctional officers in the area presents an opportunity to invest locally. They have valued skills that can translate into becoming successful police officers.”

Also, the city is offering incentives for new hires, correctional officers, current certified officers and military veterans.

Non-certified new hires can look to receive $3,000 in hiring bonus. Correctional officers can receive $4,000 if hired. Certified officers and military veterans can receive $5,000 in incentives for joining the police department. The bonuses will be paid in two installments after the candidate has met training requirements.

Certified officers also will be able to make lateral transfers from their respective departments. All of the prospective candidates will sit for testing on Saturday, February 24.

The City will hold examinations for entry-level officers at 9 a.m., at the Palestine Police Department Training Room inside the Palestine Mall, 2000 S. Loop 256, Suite 38.

The test will start at 9 a.m. and applicants will need a photo ID to sit for the exam. Applicants who are late to the exam will not be admitted. If an applicant passes the written exam, he or she will take the physical agility test immediately following the exam at Fire Station No. 4 on Highway 287.

To fill out an application, contact the Palestine Police Department by requesting an application at cityofpalestinetx.com. The information must be complete by Thursday, February 16, 2018, no later than 5 p.m.

Please bring a copy of a TCOLE certificate if certified. If an applicant has served in the military, please bring a copy of the applicant’s DD214.

For further questions, contact Assistant Chief Gary Rayford at 903-731-8471, or at grayford@palestine-tx.org.

 

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