Q: When does the academy start?
A: Please contact a recruiter at (210) 207-5050 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for the most up-to-date information about future academy classes.
Q: Who do I contact for more information about the academy?
A: The SAPD employs four full-time recruiters, including two female police officers, who can answer any questions you may have about the academy and direct you through the application process. Click here to meet our recruiters.
Q: How do I apply for the academy?
A: We continuously accept applications at our Applicant Processing Detail office Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., excluding city holidays. If you live more than 200 miles from San Antonio, you can mail your application to our office. For more information about our application process, click here.
Q: What does it cost to attend the academy?
A: There is no cost to attend the academy. In fact, you will be paid cadet salary, which includes an education incentive if you have an associate, bachelor, masters or doctorate degree. Health care plans will be offered to you and your dependents.
Q: I am female. Am I required to cut my hair while in the academy?
A: Yes, you are required to cut your hair 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. Once you have graduated you may grow out your hair to your desired length.
Q: Does your department have programs to help prepare me physically for the PT test and for the police academy training?
A: Yes, we have PT Self Assessment programs to assist you in preparing for the PT test and PT workout sessions to assist you in being as best prepared for the rigorous PT in the academy.
Q: As a cadet will I live at the police academy?
A: 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 may be done at night and on weekends).