Lake Patrol Officer I/II - Marshals Division

City Hall, 555 Walnut Street, Abilene, Texas, United States of America Req #143
Friday, December 30, 2022


Under the direction of the Chief Marshal, this position involves the responsibility of enforcing laws and ordinances; preventing, investigating, and detecting crimes; and the apprehension of persons accused of a crime. Work involves an element of personal danger. Employee must be able to act without direct supervision and to exercise considerable independent judgment in responding to emergencies.


This position exercises no supervision.


Patrols City-owned lakes and adjacent land to enforce water safety regulations, ordinances, and state and local laws.

Operates lake patrol vehicles including city watercraft (patrol boat) as required by assignment during the day and at night, often in unsafe weather/road conditions.

Maintain order, process and transport prisoners ensuring that they are properly restrained with either handcuffs or other appropriate form of restraint.

Watches lake activities; assists in rescue operations; makes arrests as necessary.

Exercise independent judgment in determining when there is reasonable suspicion to detain, when probable cause exists to search and arrest wanted persons, and when and what degree of force should be used.

Perform clerical work related to duties in a prompt, correct, and legible manner, including maintenance of logs, preparation of correspondence, and other tasks necessary for communicating and obtaining information.

Carry, wear, and/or transport weapons, handcuffs, uniforms, and other equipment as appropriate to the assignment and in the manner prescribed by Department policy.


Perform other related duties and responsibilities as assigned including emergency response on the water as well as performing patrol functions in response to calls for service or in assistance to other agencies.    


Knowledge of:   

Arrest laws, self-defense, and Human Relations

English language usage including proper spelling, grammar and punctuation

Lake or Water safety operations.

Skill to:

Perform lake security activities and duties.

Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Safely operate a motor vehicle and boat or other watercraft

Safely use and care for firearms.

Ability to:

Interact with other court staff members and members of the Abilene Police Department, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Taylor and Jones County Sheriff’s Office, and other law enforcement or related entities, to exchange information or aid in the apprehension of wanted individuals.

Endure verbal abuse when confronted with hostile or antagonistic views and opinions of suspects, witnesses, or other people encountered in the course of assignments.

Learn criminal law and criminal procedure with particular reference to the apprehension, arrest and custody of persons with outstanding warrants.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees and the public.

Make decisions and draw conclusions based on the information provided, perform accurate mathematical computations, and use appropriate time management.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing and understand and carry out oral and written directions.

Use standard broadcasting procedures of a police radio system, be observant, and manage adverse situations courteously and tactfully.

Operate standard office equipment including computer equipment, telephone, fax machine, copy machine, and typewriter.

Read and interpret computer data and other official documents.

Use tact and diplomacy under stressful, combative situations associated with the arrest of defendants.

Operate standard office equipment including telephone, fax machine, and copier.

Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work, both internally and externally.

Follow and embrace the City of Abilene Core Values – Respect, Integrity, Service Above Self, and Excellence in All We Do.

Experience and Training Guidelines:

Any combination equivalent to experience and training to provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be qualifying.  Knowledge, skills, and abilities may be obtained through:

Lake Patrol Officer I


Two (2) years of previous law enforcement service with at least two (2) years of prior patrol experience is required.

Lake Patrol Officer II


Four (4) years of exemplary service with the Abilene City Marshal’s Office.


A High School Diploma or a GED is required.

Training or knowledge in lake or water safety operations.

Completion of an approved Texas Basic Peace Officer Academy are required.

License or Certificate:       

A Peace Officer license in the State of Texas is required.

A valid Texas Driver’s license is required.

Special Requirements:

Essential duties require the following physical skills and work environment:

With or without accommodation, ability to lift up to 50 pounds.

Work in both an outside and inside environment.

Ability to travel to different work sites; potential exposure to persons various diseases, hostile attitudes, violent tendencies, and who may be verbally abusive.

Ability to sit, stand, walk, run, kneel, crouch, stoop or squat, crawl, twist upper body, and climb.

Working conditions include exposure to cold, heat, extreme noise, outdoors, vibration, chemicals, explosive materials, and mechanical hazards.

Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Min Hiring Rate $24.67
  • Max Hiring Rate $32.79
Location on Google Maps
  • City Hall, 555 Walnut Street, Abilene, Texas, United States of America