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Lieutenant Pilot Requirements


45.04 General Qualification Requirements.

  1. Education. Applicants must have a minimum of 60 college earned hours from a regional accredited college or university. Prior law enforcement or military experience may be substituted.
  2. Experience. 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 and is not on probation. There must be a minimum of one year of continuous service immediately prior to the date of the written examination. (This requirement is limited to commissioned personnel.)
  3. License. Must possess a current Federal Aviation Administration Private Pilot License or have served two years as a TFO with the Aircraft Operations Division in order to apply for this position. The Pilot must be able to upgrade his license to an instrument/Commercial rating for the appropriate category and class of aircraft before obtaining Department Pilot in Command. Pilots are encouraged to advance their training and obtain Airline Transport Pilot and Certified Flight Instructor.
  4. Law Enforcement Certificate. Must possess a Basic Law Enforcement Certificate issued by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. (This activity limited to commissioned personnel.)
  5. Physical. Must possess a current FAA medical certificate to apply for the position. Once selected for the position of Pilot, must maintain a current second-class FAA medical certificate.
  6. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities.
    1. Knowledge of generally accepted police techniques, procedures, and methodologies. (This activity limited to commissioned personnel.)
    2. Knowledge of state and federal statutes, rules and regulations pertaining to traffic and criminal law enforcement. (This activity limited to commissioned personnel.)
    3. Knowledge of Department and Aircraft Operations Division policies and procedures.
    4. Thorough knowledge of FAA rules, regulations, policies, and procedures pertaining to the piloting of aircraft utilized by the Department.
    5. Knowledge of piloting skills and techniques, navigation, aircraft safety, and maintenance requirements.
    6. 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.
  7. Other Requirements.
    1. Must possess a valid Texas Driver License.
    2. Must pass a semi-annual firearms qualification test (commissioned personnel).
    3. Must meet semi-annual Physical Readiness Testing standards (commissioned personnel).
    4. Frequent overnight and occasional weeklong travel is required.
    5. Subject to call twenty-four hours per day, seven days per week.