The Sherman Police Department is looking to fill three vacant patrol officer positions on its staff and is encouraging qualified applicants who are interested in a law enforcement career to apply.


Sgt. Brett Mullen said the department’s hiring campaign has been set in motion and will utilize billboards, TV appearances and social media to reach applicants and bring its patrol staff up to 70 officers — the maximum allotted to the department this year. Applications must be submitted either electronically or in person by Sept. 6.


“As a patrol officer, your basic duties are, first and foremost, to protect life and property,” Mullen said. “And in the course of your day, you’re going to answer calls of service, which range from disturbances to traffic accidents. You’ll be out there enforcing traffic law, investigating suspicious behavior and following up on misdemeanor cases that you come across and take reports on.”


Applicants must be between the ages 0f 21 and 44, possess a high school diploma or GED equivalent. Candidates must have no felony convictions whatsoever and must not have been convicted of a Class B or Class A misdemeanor within the last 10 years.


Mullen said in order to broaden the pool of applicants, Sherman Police recently updated its hiring policies to permit candidates with visible tattoos and, most recently to attract experienced officers with a revised pay structure.


“Before, we had a lateral entry program where if someone came from another agency with experience, they could come in at a higher pay grade, but that was capped at a three-year mark,” Mullen said. “Now, if you come in with 10 years of comparable experience from another agency, you can come in at that 10 year-pay grade.


As a 13-year member of SPD, Mullen said newcomers who make the cut can expect a demanding job but one that is also highly rewarding.


“We have a real good culture here,” Mullen said. “We all get along here and we like to have fun, but we also pride ourselves on doing very good police work. We expect that people come here, ready to work and put their best foot forward and that they be the best police officer they can be.”


Applications, required paperwork and additional information can be found by visiting www.shermanpd.com. All applications must be received by Sept. 6 at 4 p.m. and can be submitted through the department’s website or in person at the Sherman Police headquarters, which is located at 317 South Travis Street. Candidates must also complete and pass a civil service exam, which will be administered Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. at Sherman High School. For additional questions, call the Sherman Police Department at 903-892-7290.