Texas DPS Hiring Event Sept 24 & 25

Upcoming Hiring Event September 24 and 25, 2019 in Abilene from 9 am to 4 pm.  Hiring event located at West Central Texas COG / 3702 Loop 322 / Abilene, Texas.

Attached is information about Police Communications Operator positions with the Texas Department of Public Safety.  Currently, Abilene has two vacancies with more statewide. Below is basic information on the vacancy — more information located at http://www.joindps.com

Requirements for Communications Operator

  • Graduation from a standard senior high school or the equivalent.
  • Must qualify for and obtain TLETS and TCIC/NCIC Terminal Operator certification within six (6) months of employment.
  • Must qualify for and obtain Basic Telecommunicator Proficiency Certificate from Texas Commission on Law Enforcement within twelve (12) months of employment.
  • Previous law enforcement experience is not necessary, but, helpful.
  • The person filling this position must be able to work individually with minimal supervision.
  • Applicants must have the ability to operate computers systems, speak clearly, perform multiple duties simultaneously, comprehend and process written and verbal directions.
  • Skill in dealing with the public and other law enforcement personnel.
  • Ability to operate computer systems.
  • Must pass medical and psychological screening.
  • Ability to tolerate confinement to work area for duration of work shift.
  • Ability to perform multiple duties simultaneously.
  • Ability to comprehend and execute written and verbal instructions.
  • Ability to tolerate and react to high stress situations and emergencies while maintaining composure.

Benefits For Communications Operator

  • State-paid health and life insurance plans for you. Insurance becomes effective the first month following the 90-day waiting period. (Hourly and Part-time employees, State-paid at 50%)
  • Optional dental plan and health insurance for your family members
  • State retirement matching contribution of 6.5 percent of gross salary. Starting after your 90th day of employment, mandatory 6.6% of your monthly salary is deducted pre-tax and deposited into your personal state retirement account.
  • Optional 401K and 457 Plans
  • Flexible health and dependent day care accounts
  • Optional term life insurance for you and your dependents
  • Short and long term disability insurance for you
  • Voluntary AD&D insurance
  • Employees Retirement System (ERS)
  • Longevity Pay (Full-time employees)
  • Direct Deposit
  • Paid sick leave accrues from your first day at work
  • Sick Leave Pool for catastrophic illnesses and injuries
  • Family Medical Leave
  • Smoke-free workplace
  • Paid vacation accrues from your first day worked
  • Paid Federal and State holidays
  • Free Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Programs
  • DPS Credit Union
  • On-site training opportunities
  • Use of gym/fitness center (not available at all locations)
  • Health and Wellness Program

Sick Leave

Sick leave is earned at the rate of 8 hours per month and may be carried from year to year. A Sick Leave Pool is available to those who make a contribution to the pool.


Vacation is earned according to the following schedule:

Length of service Hours accrued per month
0 > 2 years 8
2 > 5 years 9
5 > 10 years 10
10 > 15 years 11
15 > 20 years 13
20 > 25 years 15
25 > 30 years 17
30 > 35 years 19
35+ years 21

Salary For Communications Operator

Salary Information

  • Starting – PCO (probationary) – $2775.08
  • PCO II at 2 years – $2960.23
  • PCO III at 4 years – $3214.20
  • PCO IV at 7 years – $3429.22
  • PCO V at 10 years – $4211.73
  • SR PCO at 16 years – $4619.19
  • Will pay for experience as a Licensed Telecommunicator


On occasions when personnel are required to work overtime, it is submitted for payment at time and a half.


Holiday Time is earned when employees work on designated state and federal holidays observed by the State of Texas. Holiday Time must be used within a year after it is earned.