FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are you accepting applications?

We are always hiring and processing for upcoming cadet classes. We accept applications at our Applicant Processing Detail office Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., excluding city holidays.  If you live further than one hundred miles from San Antonio, refer to the first page of our downloadable application to learn how you can mail your application to us.

Do you accept lateral transfers or offer a modified academy?

The San Antonio Police Department offers a Modified Training Academy for current or prior law enforcement officers who have served at least two years active service as a full-time, paid police officer in a patrol function.

Do I have to pay a fee to attend the academy?

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.

As a cadet will I live at the police academy?

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).

How long does the application process take?

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.

I am a college student interested in law enforcement as a career. Does the SAPD have an internship program?

Yes. Please contact the Recruiting Detail at (210) 207-5050 for more information.

When do I turn in my resume?

A personal resume will not be accepted.

I live more than 100 miles from San Antonio. How many trips will I need to make to complete processing?

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.

If I have a TCOLE license, am I required to attend the academy?

You still have to attend the academy; however, you will be exempt from taking the TCOLE exam.

What is the most frequent disqualifier for applicants?

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.

When is the next written examination?

We are able to test applicants continuously. As soon as your application is accepted we can schedule you for testing.

What are the benefits and salary for a San Antonio police officer?

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.

Do I have to pay a fee to attend the academy?

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.

How long is the San Antonio Police Academy?

The academy is approximately 32 weeks long.

As a cadet will I live at the police academy?

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).

Can I attend college or work a part time job while attending the academy?

As a condition of employment, you are not allowed to attend college or have a secondary job until you have graduated the academy.

How can I prepare for the physical fitness aspect of the training 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 Cooper 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. The chart below reflects the requirements based on age and gender.

 

 

What are the academic requirements of the training academy?

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%.

I am female. Am I required to cut my hair while in the academy?

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).

Once I graduate where will I be assigned?

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.

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