A career in law enforcement can be one of the most rewarding paths for your future. Whether you have always dreamed of serving your community as a patrol officer, or if you can think quick on your feet and multi-task as a dispatcher, working with the Round Rock Police Department promises to be a fulfilling occupation. Take a look at the career tracks below to find out what really happens during the day in the life of each department position.
The Patrol Division provides police services within the incorporated city limits of Round Rock. The city has 35.9 square miles separated into four sectors, each containing beats. The Division has 91 total personnel comprised of Patrol Officers, Sergeant, Lieutenants, and a Commander. The Division conducts traffic enforcement and responds to calls for service. Our Patrol Officers also conduct foot patrols in the downtown district as well as our city parks and trails. Officers in the Patrol Division serve on specialized teams such as the Drone Program, SWAT / Crisis Negotiations, and the Crisis Intervention Team. Officers also have the opportunity to be Threat Liaison Officers and Field Training Officers while serving in the Patrol Division.
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CID has 45 total personnel that make up 8 different units: Major Crimes – investigates homicides, suicides, unattended deaths, aggravated Felonies, and sexual assaults. Domestic Crimes – investigates child abuse and family violence. General Crimes – investigates property crimes, non-family assaults, and non-aggravated robberies. White Collar Crimes – responsible for computer forensics, high-tech crimes, and forgery. Narcotics – investigates narcotics offenses. Special Investigations Unit – investigates “spree” and related crimes, vice operations, and conducts surveillance. Crime Scene – collects evidence recovered at crime scenes; also responsible for fingerprint development/examination and operating the department’s evidence-processing lab. Evidence – documents, preserves, and maintains the integrity of evidence and chain-of-custody of all property that comes into their possession in accordance with State laws, City ordinance, and departmental policies and procedures.
The Special Operations Division consists of the Traffic Unit, School Resource Officers and Animal Control.
The Traffic Unit consists of Commercial Vehicle Enforcement (CVE), Motors, and DWI Officers. The Traffic Unit is a part of the Special Operations Division. The Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement team enforces traffic laws that are specific to 18-wheelers, oversized loads, and other commercial vehicles. The CVE team focuses its efforts on traffic enforcement specific to commercial motor vehicles to ensure that 18-wheelers and other commercial motor vehicles are safe to operate while traveling through our city. The Motors Officers can be seen driving the streets on motorcycles. The Motor Officers are assigned to address traffic complaints and enforce all traffic offenses. The DWI Officers are trained to identify driving behaviors which lead to intoxicated driver investigations and arrests. Officers on the DWI team are specialized in intoxicated driver investigations and are also certified Drug Recognition Experts (DRE). In 2019, the officers in the traffic unit conducted a combined 10,545 traffic stops. The Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, Motors, and DWI Officers work hard to keep the streets safe for you and your family to travel on.
The Traffic Unit uses enforcement to educate and refresh the public on traffic laws and violations. In addition, the DWI Officers attend community events and use public outreach to bring awareness to intoxicated driving.
The Training Division is responsible for developing and providing advanced continuing education to the Round Rock Police Department. It is our goal to provide the latest training in law enforcement knowledge and skills, enhance leadership abilities, and promote a solid ethical foundation to our workforce. We actively search for the most qualified police and civilian candidates to apply for our department.
Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) provides the ability for 24-hour response to high-risk situations. All SWAT members receive extensive training in tactical proficiency, firearm skills, crisis management, and mission planning training. Two disciplines are represented on the SWAT team, entry team members and Crisis Negotiator team members. After a probationary period, team members can specialize in mechanical and explosive breacher, sniper, rappel master, and team leadership. SWAT responds to high-risk incidents to include high-risk warrants, barricaded persons, hostage situations, and dignitary protection details.
The Canine Unit is comprised of 7 canines and their handlers. The canines and their handlers are a part of the patrol division and assist officers in narcotics investigations throughout the city. The majority of canines are all trained to detect the odor of narcotics, but several specialize in conducting article searches as well as the tracking of missing persons or apprehending suspects. One of the canines specializes in explosives detection. The unit conducts extensive hours of continued training to maintain the exceptional quality of work provided to the city. The Canine Unit also attends several community events throughout the year and performs demonstrations for the public.
DISPATCH There’s a call for help. Will you answer the call? The first voice in public safety, our civilian operators answer 911 calls from residents, dispatch officers, and convey critical information between both groups. Between 911 Call Takers and Public Safety Communications Operators, they provide police, fire, and animal control response to the public, as well as non-emergency assistance to citizens. They answer both administrative and 911 calls for service within the city and take appropriate action or transfer calls to other agencies or departments when necessary. Operators attend daily briefing, process warrants, and are proficient in numerous software and databases. They are the consummate multi-taskers and are expected to keep a level head in all types of situations. Every day involves helping others yet no two days are exactly alike. Dispatch is a 24/7/365 operation. Like Patrol, Dispatch never sleeps and never takes a day off.
VICTIM SERVICES The Victim Services Division provides crisis intervention and emotional support to victims of crime, many of whom are going through the worst day of their lives. At all hours of the day, Victim Services Advocates respond to requests for services by police department personnel and members of the community. Services include providing advocacy, Crime Victims’ Compensation assistance, court and hospital accompaniment, transportation, and shelter assistance. They help victims understand their rights and connect victims with other service providers and resources. Their on-call, on-site assistance helps a victim navigate the criminal justice system while allowing law enforcement to investigate. They have seen and heard a lot, however, they remain compassionate.