Central Texas police department looks to hire more officers

Posted: 7:27 PM, May 30, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-03 19:20:11Z
Central Texas police department looks to hire more officers

The Belton Police Department needs more officers and is accepting applications until June 8.

Sgt. Richard Kusak, patrol sergeant, has been a Belton police officer for the past seven years and has learned a lot over the years.

“I can help improve the quality of life for people by interacting with them and making Belton a safer place to live in and a great place to raise a family,” Kusak said. 

Sgt. Kusak added serving as a Belton police officer is much more than just giving speeding tickets. He said he wants to teach kids that when you see an officer, you should run towards them instead of away from them.

"A lot of people just see the traffic enforcement side of law enforcement," Sgt. Kusak said. "They don’t really know or see, or are aware, of a lot of the little things that we do, even if it’s just driving around and taking some debris off the road or if it’s an opportunity to see a little kid who maybe who hasn’t had a positive interaction with law-enforcement officers. Hopefully, I can make that interaction that will last him a lifetime."  

Sgt. Kusak describes his job as extremely rewarding.

“It’s the little things that make the biggest difference I try to keep that in mind every day when I come to work,” Sgt. Kusak added. 

The Belton Police Department is looking to hire motivated, self-starters as officers who will help make a difference in the community. 

“We owe it to the public to hire the best, to make sure we hire trustworthy, honorable people,” Gene Ellis, Belton police chief, said. 

Chief Ellis said anyone can apply.

"We consider ourselves servant guardians, and if you have a passion for serving others this is the place for you," Chief Ellis added.  

The first step is to pass a civil service exam. By passing that test, applicants become eligible for hire. Then applicants will undergo a physical assessment, interview process, and background check.

Applications are being accepted until June 8 at 5 p.m.

To apply, click here .  

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