50.03 General Qualification Requirements.
- 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.
- Experience. Must have successfully completed the DPS All-Service Recruit School and be currently employed as a DPS commissioned Trooper I. The applicant must have a minimum of one year of continuous service immediately prior to the date of the transfer request to the TFO position and also have at least (5) years of any combination of prior Law Enforcement or Military Service are eligible. Prior Law Enforcement or Military experience must be verifiable and demonstrate skill sets and aptitude to successfully complete the TFO Training process.
The Aircraft Operations Division actively seeks skilled individuals with Law Enforcement or Military Special Skill Sets relative to the job of TFO (examples include, but not limited to, SWAT, K9, Street Crimes, Highway Drug Interdiction, Helicopter Hoist Crew Chief, Aircraft load master, FAA Pilot Certification, FAA Airframe/Power plant Certification, Air Traffic Controller Certification, Operation of Complex Aviation Mission Equipment).
- Law Enforcement Certificate. Must possess a Basic Peace Officer Certificate issued by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.
- Physical. Must possess a current FAA medical certificate to apply for the position. Once selected for the position of Tactical Flight Officer, must maintain a current third-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 Operations Division policies and procedures.
- Knowledge of aircraft safety.
- 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 License.
- Must pass a semiannual firearms qualification test.
- Must meet annual Physical Readiness Testing standards.
- Frequent overnight and occasional weeklong travel is required.
- Subject to call twenty-four hours per day, seven days per week.