The Alvin Police Department accepts applications as openings are available. Submit applications via employment opportunities

  • Certified TCOLE Officers qualify for a $15,000 hiring bonus!
  • Uncertified cadets will paid to attend the police academy.
  • Up to $3,000 moving reimbursement available.


  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED
  • Must have either 12 hours of college credit with at least a 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent on other grading scales) or 2 years of US military service with an Honorable Discharge
  • Must be able to pass a background investigation (which includes:
    • Polygraph
    • Psychological test
    • Physical/drug screen exams
  • Must be a US citizen
  • Must be eligible to be TCOLE certified or already certified

Recruiting Process

Anyone interested in a position with the Alvin Police Department is encouraged to submit an application with the City of Alvin Personnel Department. When there is not a hiring process in progress, the City of Alvin will accept and hold applications for up to six months. When applicable, the applicants will be notified by mail of the next hiring process. The letter will advise the time of the written entry test and other pertinent information as available. If you have not been contacted within six months, you are required to submit another application.

Applications may be obtained in person at the Personnel Department located at the City Hall located at 216 W Sealy in Alvin, or to download a PDF version of the application, click here. Personnel may be contacted via telephone at 281-388-4295. Applications may be submitted in person or mailed to the above address.

Note: the application must state which position the applicant is interested in (police officer, communication officer, or detention officer). If an applicant is interested in more than one position, then an application must be completed for each position (applications are filed according to position requested). An application without this information will not be considered.

Recruiting Process Summary

The Alvin Police Department normally holds multiple police officer processes a year. We currently advertise personnel vacancies through multiple online sources, as well as through local law enforcement academies. You may also contact the City of Alvin Personnel Office at 281-388-4295 for more initial applicant information.

The Alvin PD police officer hiring process consists of an initial application being processed through the City's Personnel Office which is then forwarded to the Police Department after a specific closing date.

APD then conducts a written examination of the initial applicants and a physical agility test. The top scorers (numbers determined by scores, number of applicants and/or positions) then go through an interview process with the Chief and a citizen/police oral review board. The finalists are then offered conditional employment and are required to complete a Personal History Statement and are scheduled for polygraph examinations. At the conclusion of the background process, the successful applicants are given psychological and medical examinations and then scheduled for the 18-week field training program.

General Position Descriptions

  1. Patrol Officer
  2. Detention Officer
  3. Communications Officer
  4. Humane Officer

Under direct supervision, performs a wide variety of police duties to ensure the strict enforcement of state and local laws relating to public safety and welfare. The employee must be able to exercise independent judgment and perform duties according to detailed instructions with strict adherence to prescribed standards and procedures, without close supervision. 


Duties include an element of personal danger, i.e, exposure to life-threatening circumstances, apprehending criminals, and transporting prisoners. Performs related work as required. Reports to the Sergeant as assigned.


Police officer compensation is defined under contract with the City of Alvin through the Alvin Police Officer Association. Current benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • Starting Certified Salary: $29.87/hr or $62,129.60 annually (increasing after 1 year of service) ($30.47 eff. Oct. 2023)
  • Experience: 5 years or more experience moves to $32.56/hr or $67,724.80 after probation.
  • Top Out Salary: $37.96/hr or $78,956.80 annually ($38.72 eff. Oct. 2023)
  • Uncertified cadet while in the academy: $21.84/hr
  • Longevity: $3.70 per year of service
  • Vacation: Two weeks, accrued: up to five weeks annually based on tenure
  • Shift Differential: $1 per hour; Step-Up Pay: $1 per hour
  • Holiday Pay: 10 hours of holiday benefit + hours worked x 1.5 pay rate (up to 12 hrs)
  • Overtime Pay: One and one-half times the officer's regular rate
  • Equipment Allowance: $1,860 annually
  • Benefits: Health, Life and Disability insurance (employee health and half of family health paid by city).
  • TMRS: 7% employee contribution - 14% employer contribution
  • Certification and Education Pay: $360 - $3,240 annually
  • Bilingual Pay: $600 a year
  • Floating Holiday available if employed by January 1st of the year