We are looking for qualified men and women to join our team and help build a safer Austin. If you have a desire to protect and a heart to serve the Austin community, you’re in the right place. As an Austin police officer you’ll be working in a large, diverse city with a growing population and many career opportunities.
The Austin Police Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The City of Austin is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
How to Apply
If you are interested in applying, you’ll find the Apply Now button at the top of each page of our website. Be sure you’ve read through the Hiring Process page for information on minimum requirements and how the application process works.
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Application Status: Applications for the 2019 Regular Academy will be accepted between September 4 - December 17, 2018. Apply here!
Academy Start Dates: Typically Spring and Fall each year.
Requirements: At least 3 years of current, active law enforcement experience. Visit the Academy page of our website for more details about our minimum requirements.
Application Status: Applications for the 2019 Modified Academy will be accepted until April 30, 2019. Apply here!
Academy State Date: October 2019.
Academy and Field Training
All police cadets – both Regular and Modified – must attend and graduate from the police academy. Recruits are required to perform classroom academics, physical training, and skills proficiency while attending the police academy.
Graduates will be placed into a Field Training Program before being assigned to patrol. Visit the Academy page to learn more about each academy and how best to prepare.
All applicants must submit an online application along with a PDF copy of a current Experian credit report. Our department hires in cycles, which means that the application is only available when we are currently hiring for an academy class.
Prospective applicants who missed the hiring window are encouraged to submit a Contact Form to receive email updates on upcoming hiring cycles. Visit the Hiring Process page for more information about the entire process.
Pay and Benefits
The Austin Police Department offers a competitive salary and retirement structure, great health benefits, and a slew of other incentives such as paid time off and department-issued uniforms and equipment.
Read about all of our benefits.
After graduating the police academy, your opportunities for career advancement are limitless.
We offer assignments in over 50 specialized units as well as opportunities to promote up the chain of command. Visit our Career Paths page to read about available career opportunities and to learn more about our rank structure.