Tactical Flight Officer Requirements

40.03 General Qualification Requirements
  1. Education. Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from a standard high school.
  2. Experience. Must have successfully completed the DPS All-Service Recruit School and be currently employed as a DPS commissioned officer who has advanced to the rank of Trooper I and is not on probation. The applicant must have a minimum of one year of continuous service immediately prior to the date of the transfer request to the TFO position.
  3. Law Enforcement Certificate. Must possess a Basic Peace Officer Certificate issued by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education.
  4. Physical. Must possess a current FAA medical certificate to apply for the position. Once selected for the position of Tactical Flight Officer, must maintain a current third-class FAA medical certificate.
  5. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities.
    1. Knowledge of generally accepted police techniques, procedures, and methodologies.
    2. Knowledge of state and federal statutes, rules and regulations pertaining to traffic and criminal law enforcement.
    3. Knowledge of Department and Aircraft Section policies and procedures.
    4. Knowledge of aircraft safety.
    5. Ability to react calmly and to display leadership in emergency situations; to evaluate and make sound decisions regarding flight conditions; and to work effectively and efficiently with co-pilot, other departmental personnel, other law enforcement and governmental agencies' personnel, and the general public.
  6. Other Requirements.
    1. Must possess a valid Texas Driver's License.
    2. Must pass a semiannual firearms qualification test.
    3. Must meet annual Physical Readiness Testing standards.
    4. Frequent overnight and occasional weeklong travel is required.
    5. Subject to call twenty-four hours per day, seven days per week.