Q: When does the academy start?
A: There are 4 cadet classes tentatively scheduled for 2014:
January 27th – FULL
May 5th – accepting applications
August 11th – accepting applications
Q: Do I have to pay a fee to attend the academy?]
A: 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.
Q: How long is the San Antonio Police Academy?]
A: The academy is approximately 33 weeks long.
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 the desired length.
Q: Does your department have programs to help prepare me for the Physical Ability Test and for academy training?
A: Yes, we offer a PT Readiness program to assist you in preparing for the rigorous academy training. For more information, click here.
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 will be done at night and on weekends).
Q: Once I graduate where will I be assigned?
A: 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.
Q: Can I attend college or work a part time job while attending the academy?
A: As a condition of employment, you are not allowed to attend college or have a secondary job until you have graduated the academy.