- Minimum Age: 20 years, 6 months at time of entrance exam
- Maximum Age: Must not have reached 45 years of age at time of appointment to the SAPD Academy
- Education: High school diploma with a minimum of a “C" average OR a GED. If a GED was acquired, applicant must have 12 completed college hours at an accredited college or university with a minimum of a “C" average.
- Military Service: Must have an Honorable Discharge if prior military (Uncharacterized and entry-level separations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.)
- Citizenship: Must be a U.S. Citizen
- Traffic Citations: Cannot have two or more hazardous moving traffic offenses with any disposition other than "Not Guilty" within 12 months preceding the date of application.
After graduating from the SAPD Training Academy, new officers are assigned to a Field Training Officer (FTO) for 14 weeks to assist them in transitioning from a training environment to real-world application. They are then assigned to patrol a specific area of the city. A team-oriented approach is used to enhance officer safety and promote the further honing of skills. Patrol duties generally fall into the following categories:
- Traffic safety and enforcement
- Patrolling assigned areas by vehicle, bicycle or on foot
- Responding to calls for service
- Arresting of suspects
- Report writing
- Testifying in court
Transfer and Promotion
After a year of basic patrol work, officers are eligible to transfer to specialty units, such as:
- Bomb Squad
- Downtown Bicycle Patrol
- Hostage Negotiation
- Crisis Response Team
With five years of service, officers are eligible to be promoted to the rank of Detective. Detectives are assigned to investigate specific types of crime. Some of the more popular units are:
- Special Victims Unit
- Repeat Offender Program
Those who wish to be promoted into supervision are eligible to test for rank every two years, with the progression being Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Captain. New Sergeants are usually assigned to patrol at promotion but are eligible for transfer to a specialty unit.
It’s important to note that San Antonio differs from many other cities in that we are hiring continuously and applicants don’t have to wait for an annual test. After applying, applicants should be prepared to begin their processing within two to three weeks. A complete description of the process and a downloadable application are available at www.sapdcareers.com. Apply today and get your law enforcement career started.
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