If you are looking for information on the San Antonio Police Department Hiring Process you’ve landed on the right web page. However you must understand that the SAPD selection process is a long and tedious one. Sometimes taking up to a year before you are hired.
The length of the recruiting process is pretty standard at any law enforcement agency across the country. It is is a bit longer in larger agencies like SAPD where the applicant pool is enormous. Below is the steps you’ll need to complete before you are offered the job.
There are several steps applicants must successfully pass before being appointed to The San Antonio Police Academy Cadet program.
Preference Point System:
To be considered for Veteran’s Preference: Applicants can receive 5 points with a qualifying DD214. TCLEOSE Peace Officer Certified: With an Intermediate or higher can receive 2 points. A Bachelors Degree: or higher, an applicant can receive 2 points. Associates Degree: An applicant can receive 1 point. San Antonio Resident: If applicants are and have been residing within San Antonio for 180 days or more they can receive 1 point toward their exam score. A minimum of 70% is required to receive any preference points. The max number of points you can receive is 5.
The process begins once your PHS (Personal History Statement or Application) has been reviewed and accepted.
Once your PHS has been accepted applicants will go through the following steps.
Average Salary, Pay Scale, Earnings & Benefits SAPD
|Police Cadet||$2,369 (PER MONTH)|
|Probationary Police Officer||$39,106 (ANNUALLY)|
|Police Officer – Step A-F||$45,019 – $61,322 ANNUALLY)|
|Police Detective – Step A-D||$63,036 – $68,164 (ANNUALLY)|
|Police Sergeant – Step A-C||$71,604 – $74,480 (ANNUALLY)|
|Police Lieutenant – Step A-C||$80,184 – $83,427 (ANNUALLY)|
|Police Captain – Step A-C||$92,020 – $95,729 (ANNUALLY)|
• VA Certified:
The Training Academy is certified for full-time Veteran’s Administration Education Benefits.
• Promotional Opportunities:
Promotional Opportunities: Opportunity for promotion and corresponding salary increases are based on Civil Service Exams. Officers are elligible to test for promotion after serving at least five years as a Patrol Officer and 2 years at any other rank.
• Night Differential Pay: $350.00/month
• Language Skill Pay: $50.00/month
• Standby Pay:
Officers assigned to S.W.A.T., S.W.A.T. alternates, K-9, Bomb, and Crisis Negotiators receive $157.00/month.
• Active Assignment Pay:
Officers assigned to the Blue E.A.G.L.E. Helicopter Unit or serve as coordinators for the Volunteers in Policing Program receive $157.00/month.
• Education Incentive Pay for Degrees:
Associates = $215.00/month
Bachelors = $315.00/month
Masters = $335.00/month
Doctorate = $350.00/month
• Education Incentive Pay for Accredited Hours (prior to degree):
65-94 = $60.00/month
95-124 = $90.00/month
125-154 = $120.00/month
155-184 = $150.00/month
185-214 = $180.00/month
215-229 = $210.00/month
230+ = $240.00/month
• Certification Pay:
Basic Certificate = $30
Intermediate = $130.00
Advanced = $170.00
Masters = $210.00
• Longevity Pay:
Each officer’s regular rate of pay is increased 3% for each five years of longevity, to a maximum of 30 years or 18%. The increase is independent of any other increases gained through the “Collective Bargaining Agreement.”
• Leave Conversion or Buy Back:
The City will buy back or convert either in “pay” or in “other forms of leave” at the officer’s discretion, up to fithteen (15) unused sick leave days per year.
• Court Pay
• Education Reimbursement Program
Insurance: Health, Dental, Optical, Life (includes dependent coverage)
• Accumulated Leave:
Vacation, Holiday, Military, Sick, CT
• Bonus Days:
Quarterly bonus for unused sick days.
• Clothing Allowance:
New Graduating Officers $480.00 +
$840.00 Oct 1, 2010
$960.00 Oct 1, 2011
$1200.00 Oct 1, 2012
$1440.00 Oct 1, 2013
• Maximum Allowable Retirement Benefits
• Physical Fitness Incentive:
The City of San Antonio and the San Antonio Police Department are committed to a healthy, physically fit and well-trained police department. In demonstrating that commitment, officers who participate and meet standards established in a police academy-sponsored wellness program, or meet the physical standards established by the academy during the annual in-service training, are rewarded with administrative leave up to 5 days.
All applicants must meet the following minimum requirements and suitability facotrs in order to apply for the entry level position of police cadet.
|Minimum Age:||Must be at least 20 years and 6 months at time of written examination (contact a recruiter for minimum age exception).|
|Maximum Age:||Must not have reached 45 years of age at time of appointment to the Police Academy.|
|Education:||High School Diploma or
G.E.D. plus 12 college hours.
(Academic records must reflect a minimum overall grade point average of “C” or its numerical equivalent.)
|Military Service:||Must have an Honorable Discharge.
(Uncharacterized and Entry-Level discharges may be accepted and will be assessed on an individual basis.)
|Citizenship:||Must be a United States Citizen at the time of application.|
|All applications are screened to determine if the applicant meets the minimum requirements and qualifies for further consideration.|
|Entrance Examination:At the time of application, cleared applicants will be notified of a test date.REQUIREMENTS Applicants cannot have any of the following:
Suitability factors are defined by the Civil Service Commission. Prospective cadets must meet all suitability requirements to be considered for appointment to the police academy. Factors such as work history, academic ability, financial responsibility, truthfulness and use of elicited substances are important in identifying qualified applicants. Read the actual Civil Service Commission rules here.