Once it has been determined you meet the minimum qualifications and your application has been accepted, Applicant Processing personnel will schedule you to take the Physical Ability Test (PAT) and the San Antonio Entry-Level Law Enforcement Exam (SAELLEE). You can expect to test within one month from submission of your application. If you are eligible to mail in your application you will be contacted by the Recruiting Detail at the email address listed on your application.
Physical Ability Test
SAPD’s new Physical Ability Test (PAT) takes the form of a job simulation exercise based on the obstacle course at the SAPD Training Academy. The PAT is comprised of two parts. Part I is an obstacle course run which is timed (timed component). It will begin with applicants sitting inside a patrol car and encompasses the following activities:
- Vehicle Exit
- Vehicle Load
- Culvert Crawl
- Obstacle Jump and Duck
- Culvert Duck
- Obstacle Weave
- Wall Climb
- Stair Climb
- Dummy Drag
Applicants must complete Part I (timed component) in 4 minutes and 3 seconds (4:03).
Part II of the Physical Ability Test (PAT) is untimed (untimed component) and includes:
- Hand Gun Simulation
Candidates will dry fire using a training gun while keeping their arm steady inside a ring with a 7-inch diameter.
Both parts assess a candidate’s ability to sustain pursuit of a suspect while encountering common obstacles and tasks. For a detailed explanation of the PAT, click here and download the Candidate Preparation Guide. A video description of the course is available on Youtube by clicking here.
The Physical Ability Test (PAT) continues to be a significant obstacle for many applicants. We encourage applicants to train in advance of the actual test and make sure that they can exceed the minimum requirements. Applicants should also understand that the physical requirements of the police academy will be much more demanding. The SAPD Academy trains police cadets on a variety of exercises, including push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups, running, kettle bell exercises, air squats, lunges, wrestling and boxing. Police cadets are also expected to run an obstacle course numerous times during the academy. Preparing yourself physically for academy training will make your academy experience much more enjoyable.
San Antonio Entry-Level Law Enforcement Exam (SAELLEE)
The SAELLEE was designed to determine whether or not candidates possess the minimum competencies required for enrollment in training centers and for employment as sworn law enforcement officers. The SAELLEE will consist of 100 multiple-choice cognitive ability measure and a 150 multiple-choice behavioral-orientation measure. This examination is administered fully online. The publisher of SAELLEE has created a study guide that provides sample questions and strategies to help prepare you for the test. To download the study guide, click here. The publisher of SAELLEE has also created a practice test that contains 50 unique questions consisting entirely of the cognitive ability domain. To download the practice test, click here. Upon completion of the SAELLEE, the test proctor will provide you with your score.