Police Officer Employment Information


  • Cadet $17.43 (per hour)
  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year $18.49 (per hour)
  • 4th through 6th year $20.24 (per hour)
  • 7th through 9th year $22.00 (per hour)
  • 10th through 12th year $23.75 (per hour)
  • 13th+ years $26.67 (per hour)


  • Civil Service employment
  • 20/25/30 year retirement with TMRS
  • Deferred Compensation Plan
  • 3 weeks vacation and up to 5 weeks
  • 15 sick days per year (accumulative)
  • Paid hospitalization for employee
  • 10 paid holidays
  • Longevity pay
  • Education incentive-pay ($75.00-$100.00 per certificate)
  • Uniforms Provided
  • Academy Sponsorship with Cadet Salary
  • Take Home Car program


  • You must be a citizen of the United States.
  • You must not be less than 21 years of age nor more than 45 years of age at the time of appointment.
  • You must have graduated from an accredited senior high school. In Lieu of a High school diploma, the applicant will need to have a G.E.D.
  • You must pass a physical agility test.
  • You must have a valid Texas driver's license at the time of official acceptance.
  • Applicants driving record must reflect a history of prudence and maturity in operating a motor vehicle. Applicants must not have received more than two traffic citations within the last 12 months prior to making application.
  • You must not have had your drivers license suspended within the last 5 years of making application.
  • You are required to explain in full any pending lawsuits in which you are any way involved in.
  • You must not be on probation for any criminal offense.
  • You must not have ever been convicted of a felony offense.
  • You must not have been convicted of any offense involving mortal turpitude; and the applicant must explain any convictions of a misdemeanor charge other than minor traffic violations in detail.
  • You must not be delinquent in any just financial obligation, nor have had a bad credit history, nor currently have excessive debts in relation to your ability to pay.
  • If you are a veteran you must present your discharge papers at the time of the civil service test.
  • If you have ever been rejected from the military service, by the selective service board, or any branch of the service, or if you have a 1-Y or 4-F classification, you must furnish in writing from the classifying authority, or selective service board, the reason for the rejection or classification.
  • Your character and reputation must be of the highest order as will be determined by a complete background investigation.
  • You must appear before an oral interview board and/or the civil service commission prior to being approved for employment by the South Houston Police Department.


  • Push Ups (20) 30 seconds
  • Sit Ups (20) 45 seconds
  • Car Push No time
  • Chin Up (1) No time
  • Obstacle Course 45 seconds
  • 1/4 Mile Run 2 minutes

Department Contact

1101 Dallas St
South Houston, Texas 77587

Phone: 713.944.1910
Fax: 713.944.0513