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). 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 this 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. SAPD recruiters offer a free physical fitness readiness program three times a week to help applicants prepare for the police academy. For details on the physical fitness readiness program, click here.
Written Exam Study Guide
The publisher of the written exam 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.
Preference Point System
You will receive additional points added to your score if you meet any of the following requirements:
- Applicants receive five points with a qualifying DD214
- TCLEOSE peace officers receive two points if they have obtained an Intermediate or higher certification
- Applicants with a bachelor’s degree receive two points
- Applicants with an associate degree receive one point
- Applicants residing within San Antonio for 180 days or more receive 1 point
A minimum score of 70 percent is required to receive preference points. The maximum number of preference points you can receive is five.