Upcoming Civil Service Exam: January 7, 2017
View application and testing information for details, and apply online by Dec. 23, 2016.
The Grand Prairie Police Department in Grand Prairie, Texas, is continually seeking diverse, highly motivated, community-oriented officers with integrity, who are willing to face a variety of challenges and responsibilities. We are committed to working in partnership with the residents of our growing community to provide a safe, secure environment to enhance the quality of life for the 181,000 Grand Prairie residents.
- Grand Prairie Police Department's authorized strength is now 252 officers.
- In 2013 we received 235,135 calls for service.
- GPPD averages over 1,000 arrests per month from officer initiated activity and calls for service.
In the last year the GPPD has accomplished or continued to improve upon the following:
- Lateral Entry Program
- The GPPD is now a CrossFit Affiliate!
- Implementation of Intelligence-Led Policing (COMPSTAT; DDACTS)
- GPPD Police Academy (for newly hired GPPD officers)
- Development of Strategic Recruiting Plan
- Expanded National Night Out Program
- Crime Free Multi-Housing Program
- Apartment Complex Managers’ Group
- IMPACT Team (Intense Mobile Patrol Against Crime Trends)
- Two Citizen Police Academy classes annually
- Creation of formal Citizens On Patrol (COP) and Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) programs
- Patrol Officer Take-Home Vehicle Program
- GPPD Medication Disposal Program
- Creation of a Problem Solving Unit
- Teen and Explorer Academies
- Grand Prairie Police and Clergy Coalition (GPPACC)
- Victims Relief Ministries – Grand Prairie Chapter
- Verified Video Alarm Response Program
- Known Offender Database
Kind of Work:
Grand Prairie police officers work to enforce state and municipal laws in order to ensure the safety of the City’s citizens. This is accomplished by investigating criminal offenses; providing community outreach; preparing and presenting criminal cases; assisting with accidents; responding to disturbance calls; and participating in specialized investigations. Other duties include performing minor vehicle and office maintenance; and interacting with other City employees and citizens.
Applicants must have a general capacity to perform tasks required of peace officers, including (but not limited to) capability of unassisted performance of physical agility tasks reflective of peace officer duties. These will include capacity to run, jump, turn, pivot, stoop, climb and execute similar movements; push, lift, remove, install and otherwise handle objects and persons weighing 50-200 pounds, and subdue resisting individuals by exercise of physical force so as to take into custody and transport them against their will.
Newly hired police officers will be assigned to patrol duties for a minimum of 2 years before being eligible for other assignments. Interested officers may wish to expand the range of experience by transferring into other fields available to them such as Detectives, Traffic Enforcement, Community Service, Training, Tactical Team and many others.
“People, Service & Integrity”