Employment

Odessa Police Recruits in uniform with their right hands raised, swearing oaths

Commitment to Excellence

"Officers of the Odessa Police Department aspire to provide the highest quality police services to the citizens of Odessa."

A wide variety of career opportunities are available for individuals with varied interests, backgrounds, talents, and skills. Officer promotions occur within the ranks, so a career with the Odessa Police Department offers potential for advancement and promotion. Women, minorities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

What does it take to be an Odessa Police Officer? A deep sense of patriotism, unyielding dedication to serving others, sacrifice, and a passion for the American way of life are just the beginning. Desire and dedication to make an impact are necessary traits to be an Odessa Police Officer.

Careers

A career with the Odessa Police Department offers:

Prestige and respect
Personal satisfaction
Variety of assignments and specializations
Opportunities to chart your career path

The Odessa Police Department facilities accommodate 182 sworn officers, plus 54 supporting civilian personnel. The Department consists of three Bureaus: Administration, Operations, and Special Operations.

Officers have the opportunity to transfer and/or specialize in numerous divisions and units within the Department, including:

Criminal Investigations Division
Persons Unit
Property Unit
Robbery & Homicide Unit

Intelligence Division
Impact Unit
Intelligence Unit
Narcotics & Vice Unit

Operations
K-9
Patrol
Traffic

Specialty Units
Bomb Squad
Crisis Negotiations Team
Drone Unit
Honor Guard
Peer Support
SWAT

Support Services Division
Community Relations
Media Relations

Training Division
Academy
Defensive Tactics
Field Training
Firearms

Uniforms, Equipment, & Take-Home Vehicle Program

All uniforms (except footwear) and equipment, including a take-home vehicle, are furnished by the Department. Some of the issued equipment include:

• Class A Uniform & Class B Uniforms (includes necessary patches, insignias, collar brass, nameplates, and commendation bars)
• Class A Garrison Hat and Class B Baseball-Style Caps
• Leather Gear and Duty Belts
• Firearms (Pistol, Rifle, and necessary duty ammunition)
• Less Lethal Devices (ASP Baton, Taser, OC Spray, Less-Lethal Shotgun, and necessary ammunition)
• Flashlight
• Ticket Writers & Printers
• Laptop Computer
• Body-Worn Camera
• Handcuffs
• Portable Radio, shoulder mic, and earpiece

Requirements for officers to participate in the take-home vehicle program include:
• Successful completion of Field Training Program
• Maintain a "meets standards" or higher on an annual evaluation
• Maintain functional fitness and not placed on light-duty status or serving a departmental suspension
• Reside in Ector, Midland, Andrews, Ward, or Crane Counties and be able to respond to the Odessa Police Department within 45 minutes of notification from their residence

Lateral Entry at the Corporal Level

Effective July 1, 2013, the Odessa Police Department began a Lateral Entry Program for Police Officers. This program serves as a recruitment incentive, allowing former or current certified/licensed peace officers to join the ranks of the Odessa Police Department at a higher entry-level salary. This salary is based on past law enforcement tenure, granting salary credit for at least two continuous years of service with a past employer. Lateral entry Police Officers will be placed on the pay scale at the step equivalent to their years of qualified service.

The program affects salary alone. Other programs within the Department where tenure is an issue (i.e., promotional eligibility, shift assignments, days off, etc.) are not affected.

Program Details:
• Certified/licensed candidates from municipal, county, state, or federal law enforcement agencies are eligible and may be in-state or out-of-state.
• The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) must license federal and out-of-state candidates before receiving Lateral Entry pay.
• All new officers are initially hired at the rank of Police Officer. Suppose an officer is eligible for the rank of Corporal at the time of hire. In that case, they shall promote to the            Corporal rank immediately after successful completion of the Corporal exam.
• Persons entering laterally into the Department may challenge the Corporal exam at any time or the subsequent scheduled examination.
• Corporal examinations are conducted in April, August, and December.