Below are frequently asked questions regarding the SAPD’s recruitment process. If your question is not answered here, please contact one of our recruiters for more information.
A: We continuously 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 two hundred miles from San Antonio, refer to the first page of our downloadable application to learn how you can mail your application to us.
A: We do not have a lateral transfer program in our department. Everyone hired must attend the police 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.
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).
A: Once we accept your application, the entire process can take up to six months. This is dependent on the number of applications received and the extent of your background.
A: Yes. Please contact Officer Javier Arguello for more information.
A: A personal resume will not be accepted.
A: To answer this and other medical physical-related questions, contact the Gonzaba Medical Group at (210) 921-2672. Please ask for the SAPD Physicals Coordinator.
A: You should be prepared to make at least two trips to San Antonio. Your first trip being a one day trip and your second trip being a 4-5 day trip.
A: You still have to attend the academy; however, you will be exempt from taking the TCLEOSE exam.
A: 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.
A: Yes, we have self assessment programs to assist you in preparing for the PAT and workout sessions to assist you in being prepared for the rigorous training in the academy. Contact a recruiter for more information.
A: We are able to test people continuously. As soon as your application is accepted we can schedule you for testing.
A: 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.
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.