The starting salary for a probationary PCO is $2,775.08
PCO II at 2 years - $2,960.23
PCO III at 4 years - $3,214.2
PCO IV at 7 years - $3,429.22
PCO V at 10 years - $4,211.73
SR PCO at 16 years - $4,619.19
The process to join the DPS Communications Service is a lengthy one and may take several months, as it is very thorough. The process may be long, but becoming a part of the DPS Communications Team is well worth the wait.
Applications, Forms, Testing
Exams, Reviews, Approval
After initial employment, DPS Communications personnel must complete CCTP (Communications Comprehensive Training Program), which includes study on different duties specific to the Communications Service, including radio, telephone, Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) and telecommunications.
In addition to on-the-job training, a 40-hour Basic Communications School is required. Training is also provided for TLETS and TCIC ( for TCOLE licensing), as well as Omnixx, TDEx, DLS, MVD and EPIC. Employees must attend re-certification every 2 years at In-Service school. Required on-line training includes NIMS and the Incident Command System.
Personnel may also participate in field training with the CEOT, interoperability exercises and Highway Patrol Recruit Classes. Supervisory personnel are required to attend additional training as assigned or as required of their positions.
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.
To see if there are any openings for Police Communications Operators in the State of Texas please follow this link.
Yes, there is a one (1) year probation period from the time of employment. After successful completion of the first year an employee will have passed the probation period and is entitled to a 1-year career progression salary increase.
A clothing policy is in place; shirts are provided by DPS to complement a formal, casual and field uniform. Employees are required to conform to the hair and jewelry standards.
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.
Yes - see the pre-qualification questions.