Minimum Standards for Employment of Law Enforcement Personnel

Applicants for Deputy Sheriff positions must be at least twenty-one years of age on the date of employment.

Applicants must be a high school graduate or have passed the General Education Development (GED) test indicating high school graduation level or have twelve semester hours credit from an accredited college or university.

Applicants for Deputy Sheriff must be a U.S. citizen and a resident of the contiguous United States for a period of time sufficient to conduct a comprehensive background investigation.  Consideration will be given for military overseas assignments.  If a military veteran, applicant must not have been discharged from any military service under less than honorable conditions and must not have been convicted of any court-martial higher than a summary.

Applicants must pass all phases of testing required for the position being sought.  This includes the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office Physical Agility Course, the Police Officer Selection Test, qualification with a minimum score of 80% on the Montgomery County Firearms Qualification Course, and successful completion of a polygraph examination.

Applicants must possess a current valid Texas Driver's license and proof of liability insurance (before the date of employment).  If the position being sought requires operation of a county-owned motor vehicle (Deputy Sheriff position only), the applicant can have no more than three moving violations in the past three years and no Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) convictions.

No convictions above a Class B misdemeanor or a Class B misdemeanor within the last ten years nor have been on or currently on court-ordered community supervision or probation for any criminal offense above a grade of Class B misdemeanor or Class B misdemeanor within the last ten years.  Not currently under indictment for any criminal offense and never had a family violence conviction.

Applicants must have a stable credit history.  A consumer credict report is required and must be submitted during the applicant process.  Applicants rejected due to credit history will be advised.

Applicants must have favorable employment history.  All information given regarding past employment will be thoroughly checked.  An unfavorable record may be grounds for rejection of the applicant's application.

Applicants must be eligible for licensing by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) if not presently licensed.  Deputy Sheriff positions require TCLEOSE certification prior to application.

Applicants are considered for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital or veteran status, or the presence of a non-job related medical condition or disability.

(Information last updated April 27, 2006)

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