Hiring Process

Each applicant seeking employment with TCSO must successfully complete a multi-step hiring process as outlined below. Various positions will require specialized steps based on the unique requirements of that position.

Step 1:  Review Agency Disqualifiers

Please review our Agency Disqualifiers before proceeding with our Application Process. If you qualify, continue on to the online application. Additionally, please answer questions in the application truthfully to avoid being disqualified during this step. For example, applicants may fail to reveal that they have applied with the Travis County Sheriff's Office before or may not accurately report incidents in their driving record. Anything found to be untruthful can disqualify you from applying again (from one year to permanent disqualification).

Step 2:  Apply Online

The initial application for a Corrections Officer position must be completed online.

You can review current job openings and apply online at governmentjobs.com. Once you select a job posting to apply for, you will be required to create an account. The online application will determine if you meet the the minimum requirements set forth by TCSO and the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.

Please read each question carefully and provide complete and truthful responses to avoid being disqualified during this step. For example, applicants may fail to reveal that they have applied with TCSO before or may not accurately report incidents in their past. Anything found to be untruthful can disqualify you from applying again (from one year to permanent disqualification).

Once your application has been accepted, you will be invited to complete all required tests (see the drop down menu below for details). Please monitor your email account as all communication will be sent via email. (Note: Some email services will block ALL Travis County emails to the user, so please be sure to check your SPAM folder for emails from TCSO). Make sure your cell phone number is entered correctly and that your voice mail box is set up to accept messages.

*** Important *** If you have previously applied to the Travis County Sheriff's Office you MUST answer yes to this question. If we find that you have previously applied and you answered "no", you will be be disqualified and will not be able to reapply for a minimum of one year.

Step 3:  Complete Required Tests

Once the online application has been reviewed and accepted, the TCSO Recruiting team will contact you by email to schedule you for one of our upcoming test dates. *** Important *** If you fail to respond to the Recruiter’s email, you will be disqualified for a minimum of one year. Also, once scheduled for a test date, if you are unable to attend testing you must call us to reschedule. If you are a "no call/no show" for testing, you will be disqualified and will not be able to reapply for a minimum of one year. With proof of a true emergency however, you may be able to reschedule.

At the appointed testing time, all applicants will be required to:

  • Be on time at the testing site. Anyone arriving after the scheduled time will not be allowed to test. Give yourself plenty of time to arrive due to unexpected traffic delays.
  • Bring a valid photo ID; acceptable forms of identification include: Texas or other Resident State Driver’s License (with current address), State Identification Cards or a current Military Identification Card.
  • To ensure your safety during the Physical Readiness Test (PRT), please be prepared to sign a medical waiver.
  • Bring completed Personal History Statement (Applicant Packet) that will be sent to you by the Recruiter. This form will be notarized at the test location. If the form is not complete, you will not be allowed to proceed with testing for this position until the form has been properly completed.

A brief description of each test is outlined below.

  • Vocabulary Test: For this test, the applicant will be required to look at a word in context, and answer the multiple choice question with the best choice. There are 35 questions with a 15 minute time limit for this test.
  • Reading Comprehension Test: For this test, the applicant will be required to read several paragraphs and answer multiple choice questions pertaining to the paragraphs. There are 15 questions with a 15 minute time limit for this test.
  • Physical Readiness Test: For this test, Officer candidates ONLY will be required to complete a timed 2,000 meter row at 50% or above according to their age, gender and weight. A medical waiver will be required prior to taking this test. To find your minimum time requirement and to watch an instructional video, please visit PRT Row.

At the end of the testing period, you will have the opportunity to take a jail tour. This is highly encouraged although not mandatory. The tour takes about 2 hours and gives you a good perspective of the job responsibilities of the position.

Step 4:  Background Investigation

Upon successful completion of the Vocabulary/Reading Comprehension Test and the PRT Row, the next step will be the completion of a background investigation, which includes a background interview and polygraph exam. On the test day, the applicant will be scheduled for the background interview and will be given a pre-polygraph questionnaire to take home and complete. The applicant will bring the following items to the background interview:

Completed Pre-Polygraph Questionnaire - this questionnaire will be notarized by the Background Investigator prior to the background interview

Original documentation or certified copies of the following if applicable:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Social Security Card (laminated cards are NOT accepted)
  • Valid Driver’s License or a Identification Card (displaying current address)
  • Current Proof of Auto Insurance
  • Educational related documentation (sealed and unopened high school/college transcripts or official GED)
  • If applicable, Military Form DD-214 (veterans only - Member 4 is required)

Step 5:  Interview with Oral Review Board

Applicants who successfully pass the background investigation are then scheduled for an interview with an Oral Review Board. During the board, an applicant will be asked a series of general and situational questions regarding the position for which they apply. The applicant must pass the Oral Review Board in order to be offered a position at TCSO.

Corrections Officers Basic Recruit Academy

The TCSO Training Academy offers a Corrections Officers Basic Recruit Academy (COBRA) for ALL new-hire Corrections Officers. Corrections Officers attend the COBRA course while on-duty within their first year of employment; Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) provides a one year temporary Corrections Officer license. COBRA is 360 hours of very educational, detailed and supportive instruction that consists of the following:

  • PHASE 1 (weeks 1-4): Course satisfies TCOLE requirements for the Basic County Corrections course; topics include booking, identification, inmate rights, headcounts, emergency procedures, searches, classifications, health services, etc.
  • PHASE 2 (weeks 5-9): Course highlights those areas that are fundamental to normal and emergency operations of the Travis County Correctional system; topics include defensive tactics, firearms training, CPR, smoke-house safety, departmental policies, interpersonal communication, wellness, etc. *Prerequisite - PHASE 1
 
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