Information Desk

Employment Opportunities

Notice: The Bonham Police Department only accepts applications when our Department has advertised a testing date to fill vacancies. The Bonham Police Department does not accept applications at any other time. Employment notices will be placed in local and area newspapers, as well as on our website or the City of Bonham's website as vacancies occur and/or as needs arise for an eligibility list.

Resumés are not sufficient to apply for an open employment position with the City of Bonham. You MUST obtain and submit a City of Bonham Employment Application in order to be considered. If you submit a resumé without an employment application, you will not be considered for the position nor will you be sent an employment application.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

The City of Bonham is a growing, rural community with a population of approximately 10,000 residents. Bonham is approximately 70 miles northeast of Dallas on US Highway 82 between Sherman and Paris. Bonham's growth has been spurred by the construction of 2 Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison units (Choice Moore Unit and Buster Cole Unit), with additional units to be built in the future.

As an officer you can make a difference if you possess integrity, strong communication skills, a firm reassuring manner, and sound judgment under pressure. Most of all, you must be committed to public service, professionalism, and to providing a peaceful place to live. You'll be provided ongoing opportunities to earn the respect of the citizens you serve.


Qualifications

General Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or GED (minimum), some college or degree preferred
  • U.S. citizenship
  • Height/weight proportionate
  • Vision: 20/20 or correctable to 20/20
  • Valid Texas Driver's License
  • No criminal history
  • If applicable, military service with a honorable discharge as stipulated on a DD-214

Police Officer Specific Qualifications

  • Non-Certified applicants: High School Diploma or GED w/ 12 College hours
  • Certified applicants: High School Diploma or GED
  • TCOLE Certification or eligible for TCOLE Certification (already have taken and passed State Exam, waiting to be hired)

Communications Officer Specific Qualifications

  • TCOLE Certification not required

Hiring Process Overview

Police Officer Applicants

  • Application
  • Written Exam
  • Physical Agility Exam
  • Firearms Qualification
  • Background Investigation
  • Applicant Interview Board
  • Chief's Interview
  • Preliminary Offer of Hire
  • Job Physical Evaluation
  • Drug Screen
  • Psychological Evaluation
  • Permanent Offer of Hire

Communications Officer Applicants

  • Application
  • Written Exam
  • Practical Performance Exercise
  • Background Investigation
  • Applicant Interview Board
  • Chief's Interview
  • Preliminary Offer of Hire
  • Job Physical Evaluation
  • Drug Screen
  • Psychological Evaluation
  • Permanent Offer of Hire

Salary

Police Officer

  • Starting Salary: $33,072.00/YR

Communications Officer

  • Starting Salary: $24,814.40/YR

Employees participate in a salary step program, which entails a yearly step raise of approximately 3%-5%, dependent upon the approval of the City Commission.


Benefits Package

Health Insurance

After a thirty (30) day waiting period you become eligible for the City of Bonham's health insurance plan at a cost of $20.00 per pay period. Family coverage is also available, payable by the employee at a group rate.

Life Insurance

After a thirty (30) day waiting period you become eligible for the City of Bonham's life insurance program. The life insurance policy is for $20,000.

Retirement

On the date you are hired, you become eligible in the City of Bonham's retirement plan with the Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS). The employee currently pays 5% of his/her check, before federal withholding taxes are taken out, and the City of Bonham matches with a certain rate which is calculated on January 1st of each year (the current rate is 5%, effective 06/01/07 rate will change to 5.8%); and this money is placed into a tax deferred account by TMRS. An employee is vested at 5 years, and can retire after 25 years with no age limit. The retirement plan offers the officer several payment options at the time of retirement and social security benefits become available at the age of 62.


Equipment

Police Officers are provided with uniforms, coat, hat, and raincoat, with the officer is responsible for the leather gear, handcuffs, footwear, and service weapon.

Communications Officers are provided with uniform, and officer is responsible for footwear.


Incentive Pay

Education Incentive Pay

  • TCOLE Certification
  • Intermediate Certification: $0.17/Hr
  • Advanced Certification: $0.52/Hr
  • Master Certification: $0.69/Hr

College Hours

  • 30 College Hours: $0.17/Hr
  • Associate Degree or 60 College Hours: $0.35/Hr
  • 90 College Hours: $0.52/Hr
  • Bachelor Degree or 120 College Hours: $0.69/Hr

Intoxilyzer Operator

  • 2 hours at overtime rate when called out after hours per call out

Lieutenant/Investigator Clothing Allowance

  • $50/month

Canine Handler

  • Minimum 2 hours at overtime rate when called out after hours per call out

Vacation, Sick Leave, & Holidays

Vacation

Vacation is accrued at 3.75 hours/pay period to a maximum of 6.25 hours/pay period, accrual rate changes every 5th anniversary. Personnel can accrue from 200-400 hours depending upon accrual level.

Sick Leave

Sick time is accrued at 3.75 hours/pay period. Personnel can accrue up to 480 hours.

Holidays

  • New Year's Day
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Friday after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day

Military Leave

Military leave shall be granted in accordance with appropriate State and Federal Laws.

Personal Leave

Personal Leave is one work day per year in addition to Vacation and/or Sick Leave, does accrue.


Training

Upon appointment the officer will take part in a 4-6 week FTO program at which time the following topics are covered: Department policy and procedures, local ordinances, observed and evaluated on a daily basis in handling contacts with the public (traffic stops, arrests, answering complaints, etc.), firearms qualification, etc. The new officer is on probation for a period of six months (minimum) with a maximum of a year.

Continuing education is provided in accordance with TCOLE Rules & Regulations.