The San Antonio Police Academy serves as a resource for police cadets, current SAPD officers and LEOs from many other jurisdictions. Select an album below to see what our academy looks like and how we train to create an effective law enforcement team. .
Physical training is challenging and helps to establish a positive mental attitude and basic physical condition for the advanced training to come. During the first 12 weeks of training, cadets can anticipate a minimum of six hours of physical training each week. In the course of a two-hour PT session, cadets will endure running regimens and CrossFit workouts as building blocks for more complex training. From weeks 8-20, cadets will learn strategies of defense in preparation for tactics training and life-saving skills as a police officer.
As a cadet’s training experience at the San Antonio Police Training Academy is nearing its completion, he or she will experience the block of instruction known as “Skills.” This is a five-and-a-half week block of instruction taught chiefly by three groups of experienced officers assigned to the Firearms, Driving and Tactics details.
Congratulations to the SAPD SWAT team for once again proving they are the “best” of the best! The team was crowned champions, for the ninth time out of the last twelve competitions, at this year’s annual Texas Tactical Police Officers Association‘s (TTPOA) SWAT Competition held in Dallas, Texas, on September 20-23. The team outperformed 28 other teams (including an international entry from Germany) through seven events that included a Pistol Relay, Hostage Rescue, Officer Down, Sniper Event, and Obstacle Course. Winning this competition is the result of intense training and performance under pressure. The team’s extreme dedication to be the best is a compliment to our Department and positive reassurance for the citizens of San Antonio. This year’s team consisted of Officer Carlos Chavez, Officer David Larios, Officer Danny Martinez, Officer Richard Morgan, Officer Lance Perez, Officer James Ybarra, and Officer Chris Zygmont.