FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Once we accept your application, the entire process can take six to eight weeks. This is also dependent on the number of applications received and the extent of your background.
Yes. Please contact the Recruiting Detail at (210) 207-5050 for more information.
A personal resume will not be accepted.
You should be prepared to make at least two trips to San Antonio. Your first trip being a two day trip and your second trip being a a three to five day trip.
You still have to attend the academy; however, you will be exempt from taking the TCOLE exam.
The three most common reasons for disqualification, aside from the written and physical tests, are drug use / experimentation, credit history and employment history. Check the requirements page and download the minimum requirements and suitability factors to make sure you meet all requirements.
We are able to test applicants continuously. As soon as your application is accepted we can schedule you for testing.
The San Antonio Police Department offers competitive salaries and benefits that rival other departments and corporate positions. For more information, review the Pay and Benefits section.
You do not have to pay a fee to attend the San Antonio Police Academy. You receive a salary while attending the academy and receive benefits as a City of San Antonio employee. For more information about the pay and benefits structure, click here.
The academy is approximately 32 weeks long.
No, our academy is not a live-in academy. You will attend the academy Monday through Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (specialized training will be done at night and on weekends).
As a condition of employment, you are not allowed to attend college or have a secondary job until you have graduated the academy.
We encourage you to maintain a physical fitness regimen that consist of cardio, strength training and endurance. Your workouts should be intense yet customized to your fitness level. Healthy eating habits and proper water consumption are also recommended to properly fuel the body, assist with recovery and added sustained energy. The San Antonio Training Academy utilizes the SAPD Standard Fitness Test which includes 1 minute push-ups, 1 minute sit-ups, vertical jump, 1.5 mile run and a 300 meter sprint. You should strive for 250 points but the minimum passing score is 190. The chart below reflects the requirements based on age and gender.
In order to prepare yourself for the scholastic aspects of the training academy, we recommend you increase your proficiency in reading and writing. While in the training academy you will receive over 1300 training hours and must maintain a minimum grade point average of 80.0%.
No, you are not required to cut your hair. However, you are required to adhere to the standards set forth by the San Antonio Police Academy. The standards currently are no longer than the bottom of the uniform shirt collar and must be of a conservative style and color. The “Pony-tail” hairstyle is an option. Female cadets opting for this type of hairstyle must ensure the hair does not extend more than (3) inches below the top of collar. Hair ornaments which are black, dark navy blue, or tortoise shell in color with no designs or attachments may be worn (similarly colored “scrunchy” type or related elastic hair ties are permissible provided that they are thin in size and shape and worn in professional manner).
All cadets that graduate from the SAPD Academy are sworn in as probationary police officers. Once probationary officers successfully pass a 14-week training period with a field training officer they can be assigned to any service area in the City of San Antonio. Typically, probationary officers are assigned to either the 1400-2200 hours shift (B shift) or the 2200-0600 hours shift (C shift) in the patrol division. Once a probationary officer successfully completes one year on probation he/she may put in to transfer to other areas or assignments. Officers are transferred on a seniority basis. Transfers even for younger officers tend to happen in a reasonable amount of time.
You will need a VA letter of eligibility.
You will apply during the first couple weeks of the Academy.
You are authorized to utilize your VA GI Bill benefits while attending the SAPD Academy as well as during your FTO period (3 months) following graduation. The amount of benefit is determined by your eligibility. You will also receive 5 points extra on your written exam (applicants must provide evidence of honorable military service).
You will need to visit our testing facilities twice during the application process. Do not apply until you are available to test.
Contact us within 1 year of your ETS and we will advise you of available Academy class dates. We recommend that you apply approximately 4 months prior to the start of the Academy class.
Approximately 2 months.
An honorable discharge from the United States Armed Forces after at least two (2) years of active military service. Uncharacterized and Entry-Level discharges may be accepted and will be assessed on an individual basis. “General Discharge Under Honorable Conditions” shall be assessed on a case-by-case basis. The Director or his Designee will have the final approval.
You will need a letter from your commander stating your date of separation and a projected type of discharge
Military service is a benefit during and after the application process and when applying for specialized units.
Yes, as a Cadet you must coordinate with your unit to reschedule any training that conflicts with the Academy. As an officer you will advise your first line leader of your drill/Annual Training schedule.
You will receive 15 days paid military leave. You will also receive 5 points extra on your written exam (applicants must provide evidence of honorable military service). You are authorized to utilize your VA GI Bill benefits while attending the SAPD Academy as well as during your FTO period (3 months) following graduation.
No, the SAPD pension system does not buy back military time.
Yes, although you still need to meet all requirements of the application process.
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