General Qualification Requirements
- Education. Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from a
standard high school.
Must have successfully completed the DPS All-Service Recruit School and be currently
employed as a DPS commissioned officer who has advanced to the rank of Trooper
II or above. There must be a minimum of one year of continuous service immediately
prior to the date of the written examination.
Must posses a current Federal Aviation Administration Private Pilot License
in order to apply for this position. The pilot must be able to upgrade his license
to a Commercial License for the appropriate category and class of aircraft before
“Line Pilot Status”. Pilots assigned to fly fixed-wing aircraft as
pilot-in-command must also have an instrument rating.
Note: An employee who serves as a tactical flight officer for
the section for a period of at least two years may apply for a pilot investigator
position without having a private pilot license.
- Law Enforcement Certificate. Must possess a Basic Law Enforcement Certificate
issued by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education.
Must possess a current FAA medical certificate to apply for the position. Once
selected for the position of Sergeant, must maintain a current second-class
FAA medical certificate.
- Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities.
- Knowledge of generally accepted police techniques, procedures, and methodologies.
- Knowledge of state and federal statutes, rules and regulations pertaining to
traffic and criminal law enforcement.
- Knowledge of Department and Aircraft Section policies and procedures.
- Thorough knowledge of FAA rules, regulations, policies, and procedures pertaining
to the piloting of aircraft utilized by the Department.
- Knowledge of piloting skills and techniques, navigation, aircraft safety, and
- Ability to react calmly and to display leadership in emergency situations; to
evaluate and make sound decisions regarding flight conditions; and to work effectively
and efficiently with co-pilot, other departmental personnel, other law enforcement
and governmental agencies' personnel, and the general public.
- Other Requirements.
- Must possess a valid Texas Driver's License.
- Must pass a semi-annual firearms qualification test.
- Frequent overnight and occasional weeklong travel is required.
- Subject to call twenty-four hours per day, seven days per week.