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Title Administration / Policy B-1
Effective Date 06-01-10
Rescinds 09-17-09
Subject Promotions and TCOLE Proficiency Certification — Commissioned Officers
Purpose To inform officers of the System promotional process and TCOLE Certification.
Scope This directive applies to commissioned officers.
Reference System Police Policy B-1, B-13, & TCOLE Rule 221.3
CALEA 34.1.1, 34.1.2, 34.1.3, 34.1.5, 34.1.6, 34.1.7
  1. Examinations:
    1. The Office of the Director of Police will administer written promotional examinations each January to establish promotional eligibility for the calendar year. Eligibility will be established for the positions of Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain by passing the written test for the position sought.
    2. Procedure for Examination: The Director of Police will notify the Chief of Police of the scheduled date for annual written testing. This information will be posted on the mandatory reading board.
      1. Officers wishing to take a written examination must notify the Director of Police, through the Chief of Police, in writing at least 30 days prior to the test date. A personal resume will be submitted with this notice along with other substantiating documentation to support their qualifications, such as college transcripts and TCOLE certificates.
      2. Officers must have a resume based application on file with the Office of Human Resources.
    3. Administration of Examinations: Representatives of the Office of Director will administer and score the examinations. A list of persons who scored at least 70% will be posted upon receipt from Office of the Director.
    4. Preparation for Examination: It will be the responsibility of the Office of Director of Police to furnish each component institute a list of study reference materials to be made available to qualified candidates. Eligibility shall be established by present job description, as follows:
      1. Captain: Six (6) years of experience as a commissioned officer with The University of Texas System with one year of experience at the next lowest rank calculated to the date the promotional examination is given. Possession of advanced certificate from TCOLE preferred.
      2. Lieutenant: Four (4) years of experience as a commissioned officer with The University of Texas System with one year of experience at the next lowest rank calculated to the date the promotional examination is given. Possession of intermediate certificate from TCOLE preferred.
      3. Sergeant: Two (2) years experience as a commissioned officer with The University of Texas System calculated to the date the promotional examination is given. Possession of intermediate certificate from TCOLE preferred.
  2. Oral Interview Board:
    1. As vacancies occur within the department, an oral interview board will be scheduled by the Chief of Police through the Office of Director of Police.
    2. Following the oral interview board, scoring will be completed by the Office of Director of Police and a final composite score will be determined for each candidate in accordance with Systems Police Policy B-13.
  3. Promotional Action:
    1. The final composite scores of the candidates will be forwarded to the Chief of Police. The Chief of Police will review the qualifications of the top three candidates for any vacant positions. The Chief of Police will then make the decision on which of the top three candidates shall be promoted.
    2. No promotion will be deemed complete until the 180 days probation period is completed.
  4. Peace Officer Proficiency:
    1. Basic Peace Officer Proficiency: To qualify for a basic peace officer proficiency certificate, an applicant must meet all proficiency requirements including:
      1. One year experience as a peace officer; and
      2. Successful completion of a course of instruction provided by the employing agency on federal and state statutes that relate to employment issues affecting peace officers and jailers, including:
        1. Civil Service
        2. Compensation, including overtime compensation and vacation time
        3. Personnel files and other employee records
        4. Management-employee relations in law enforcement organizations
        5. Work related injuries
        6. Complaints and investigations of employee misconduct
        7. Disciplinary actions and the appeal of disciplinary actions
    2. Intermediate Peace Officer Proficiency: To qualify for an intermediate peace officer proficiency certificate, an applicant must meet all proficiency requirements including:
      1. A basic peace officer certificate
      2. One of the following combinations of training hours or degrees and peace officer experience
        1. 400 training hours and eight years;
        2. 800 training hours and six years;
        3. 1200 training hours and four years or an associate’s degree and four years; or
        4. 2400 training hours and two years or a bachelor’s degree and two years.
      3. If the basic peace officer certificate was issued or qualified for on or after January 1, 1987, the licensee must also complete all of the current intermediate peace officer certification courses, which include:
        1. Child Abuse Prevention and Investigation;
        2. Crime Scene Investigation;
        3. Use of Force;
        4. Arrest, Search, and Seizure;
        5. Spanish for Law Enforcement.
        6. Asset Forfeiture
        7. Racial Profiling
        8. Identity Theft
        9. Crisis Intervention Training
    3. Advanced Peace Officer Proficiency: To qualify for an advanced peace officer proficiency certificate, an applicant must meet all proficiency requirements including:
      1. An intermediate peace officer certificate; and
      2. One of the following combinations of training hours or degrees and peace officer experience:
        1. 800 training hours and 12 years;
        2. 1200 training hours and nine years;
        3. 2400 training hours and six years or an associate’s degree and six years.
        4. A bachelor’s degree and five years.
    4. Master Peace Officer Proficiency: To qualify for a master peace officer proficiency certificate, an applicant must meet all proficiency requirements including:
      1. An advanced peace officer certificate; and
      2. One of the following combinations of training hours or degrees and peace officer experience:
        1. 1200 training hours and 20 years;
        2. 2400 training hours and 15 years;
        3. 3300 training hours and 12 years or an associate’s degree and 12 years;
        4. 4000 training hours and 10 years;
        5. A Bachelor’s Degree and nine years;
        6. A Master’s Degree and seven years;
        7. A Doctoral Degree and five years.