APPLICANT FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

We've compiled a list of frequently asked questions for applicant considering IPS for the testing and hiring process.
What is Basic Police Officer Combine (BPOC)?
The Basic Police Officer Combine (BPOC) is operated by current and retired law enforcement professionals in Texas to provide candidate evaluation and new hire processing for participating police agency employers. Successful completion of the BPOC process is not required but recommended for all self-sponsored or agency referred entry to the Police Academy, Corrections Academy and perspective police officer applicants within the Houston-Galveston Metro area. Successful completion of the BPOC “RECRUIT” processing qualifies applicants to join a pool of eligible candidates for a period of one year from the date of successful completion.

It is important to understand that InVision Public Safety Consultants is not an employer and participation in the BPOC process does not guarantee employment or the initiation of employment screening by the participating agencies. Moreover, eligibility requirements (in addition to the minimum requirements within Texas State Statute 943.13) vary within agencies that may or may not exceed the eligibility provisions within the BPOC process. Applicants are highly encouraged to perform their due diligence researching their prospective employment opportunities.
What is the BPOC elegibility requirements?
INVISION PUBLIC SAFETY (IPS) created the BPOC Program to assist public safety applicants that desire to attend a police academy, currently attending an academy, graduates of an academy, and lateral officers looking for employment with police and correctional agencies.

In order for an individual to enroll in the Basic Police Officer Combine each applicant must be able to meet the basic TCOLE eligibility for licensure to include the following:

The TCOLE commission shall issue a license to an applicant who meets the following standards:
  • a high school diploma;
  • a high school equivalency certificate; or
  • for the basic peace officer training course, an honorable discharge from the armed forces of the United States after at least 24 months of active duty service;
  • age requirement;
  • for peace officers and public security officers, is 21 years of age; or 18 years of age if the applicant has received: o an associate's degree; or 60 semester hours of credit from an accredited college or university; or o has received an honorable discharge from the armed forces of the United States after at least two years of active service;
  • is fingerprinted and is subjected to a search of local, state and U.S. national records and fingerprint files to disclose any criminal record;
  • has never been on court-ordered community supervision or probation for any criminal offense above the grade of Class B misdemeanor or a Class B misdemeanor within the last ten years from the date of the court order;
  • is not currently charged with any criminal offense for which conviction would be a bar to licensure;
  • has never been convicted of an offense above the grade of a Class B misdemeanor or a Class B misdemeanor within the last ten years;
  • has never been convicted or placed on community supervision in any court of an offense involving family violence as defined under Chapter 71, Texas Family Code;
  • for peace officers, is not prohibited by state or federal law from operating a motor vehicle;
  • for peace officers, is not prohibited by state or federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition;
NOTE: Deliberate omission or falsification of information provided to IPS that would materially affect screening for employment decisions, including but not limited to , the Pre-Intake Questionnaire, Registration, Personal History Statement, Administrative Interview, or supporting documentation will be grounds for immediate removal from talent registry.
What is the Scenario Based Oral Board?
Invision Public Safety has taken the traditional police oral board and created interactive scenario based oral boards that immerse an applicant into a field scene. During the scenario the police candidate will have to respond as an officer would in the field showing how the officer responds to the stresses induced by the job. The applicant will have the opportunity to articulate their understanding of the call for service to supervisory personnel and be debriefed over their performance. Each exercise will culminate in a writing exercise that details their full understanding of the call for service and displays their writing ability.
What is the Performance Profiles (BERKE) Assessment?
These assessments help you and your employer confidently assess your candidate / job fit. Questions are tailored to each candidate and your candid answers are important to determine pre-employment that you are a good candidate for the job.

The candidate will also receive a copy of the report to help guide them in their professional development.
What is the Preliminary Background Investigation?
IPS offers applicants the opportunity to have their personal history statement reviewed by a certified Texas Commission of Law Enforcement (TCOLE) background investigator to address any concerns or questions that might arise during a full background investigation so you feel more confident going forward in the hiring process.
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