Welcome to the Austin Police Department Recruiting website!
If you’re taking the first step toward starting a career with our agency, you’re in the right place.
Read through our website to learn more about the hiring process and what it takes to become an Austin police officer. If you have any questions, our Recruiting team will be happy to answer them. We look forward to starting you on the path to a very rewarding career.
The men and women of the Austin Police Department are honored to serve a community that is diverse, rapidly growing, innovative, and progressive. Austin is currently the 11th largest city in the nation and we are continually adding new residents to our city each day. With this constant growth, we also have an ever-growing need for more police officers to protect our citizens and visitors, and to serve our community.
One thing that I find unique about APD is that we offer over 50 specialized units that officers are eligible to apply for after 4 years of service. Everything from the Air Unit to Police Technology – if you can think of it, APD probably has a specialized unit that will enable you to explore your interests and broaden your talents. Along with opportunities for promotions, your career potential at our agency is virtually endless.
We’re looking for police officer candidates who have a desire to protect our citizens and the heart to connect with the community we serve. If this sounds like you, we’d like to have you join our team.
-Brian Manley, Chief of Police
Austin attracts individuals from all over the nation and the world. New people move here every day for great jobs, and the Austin Police Department is one of many great places to work.
Our department is made up of a diverse team of police officers from a variety of different backgrounds, but we’re all here for the same purpose: to create a safer Austin for our residents and visitors. As an Austin police officer you’ll work with a team of peers that you’ll come to know as family.
Our mission as law enforcement officers is to create a safer Austin for our residents and visitors while serving the community in a way that bonds our police officers and citizens.
Whether you’re a patrol officer or a member of the SWAT team, community policing is an integral part of our organization. At APD, you’ll have a myriad of opportunities to connect with the community you serve. Read about some of the ways our officers serve the Austin community.
At APD, you’ll begin your career with competitive pay and great benefits. Where you take it from there is up to you.
We offer assignments in over 50 specialized units across the department, and promotional exams provide additional opportunities for advancement up to the rank of commander. With such a wide variety of career options, you can build your own path and always love what you do. Check the Careers page for more information about our specialized units and to see how our organization is structured.
We have a diverse team of officers, with all kinds of life and work experience, who love what they do.
Visit our Officer Testimonials page to learn more about their stories and why they chose APD.
Women on the Team
More and more women are choosing to pursue careers in law enforcement today, and the number of women we’re adding to our team grows with each hiring cycle.
Our department is proudly represented by female officers with a wide range of experience and years of service. Read more about their personal success stories.
Military & the APD
The Austin Police Department employs many U.S. military veterans as well as Reservists and National Guardsmen.
In addition to paid Military Leave for active duty military employees, those with military experience also qualify for additional benefits through the GI Bill and are eligible to purchase 2 years of service time into the Austin Police Retirement System.
RIDE WITH AN OFFICER
Prospective applicants are encouraged to participate in the Ride-Along Program prior to applying, if possible. All police officer candidates must complete a ride along with an officer toward the end of the hiring process.
Any citizen or applicant wishing to participate in the program can obtain information by contacting the Public Information Office at 512-974-5017 or by viewing the printable or electronic application forms online. Please follow these instructions after filling out either version of the application form. Be sure to plan ahead! We maintain a waiting list and it may take up to 4-6 weeks to schedule your ride.