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 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.
A: 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.
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 six to eight weeks. This is also dependent on the number of applications received and the extent of your background.
A: Yes. Please contact the Recruiting Detail at (210) 207-5050 for more information.
A: A personal resume will not be accepted.
A: 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.
A: You still have to attend the academy; however, you will be exempt from taking the TCOLE 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: We are able to test applicants 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.