Austin Police Department

  • 142M Police Cadet - Modified Academy

    Generally Mon-Fri from 7a - 4p or 8a - 5p. Will be required to work some evenings and weekends as necessary for training.
    Security Sensitivity
    This position requires a criminal background investigation.
    $59,268/year rate during 16-week academy. $66,509 at graduation. Review Pay & Benefits page at for full pay scale.
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  • Overview

    This posting is for the position of Police Cadet for the Austin Police Department Modified Academy. Apply only if you have active law enforcement experience. Review the minimum qualifications in this posting to ensure you meet these requirements before applying. Call us at 512-974-4211 if you have questions. 


    Applicants should possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to be successful in a law enforcement career:

    • Read and write English.
    • Confidence and a responsible attitude.
    • The ability to react quickly and take positive action.
    • Resilience.
    • The ability to remain calm in challenging situations.
    • The ability to work alone and in a team.
    • Strong communication skills.
    • Courage and initiative.
    • Integrity.
    • Good physical fitness.

    The Austin Police Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


    Graduates of the Austin Police Department academy are responsible for:

    • The protection of life, liberty, and property.
    • Enforcement of all laws of the State of Texas and laws and ordinances of the City of Austin.
    • Perform law enforcement duties including:
      • Respond to calls for service.
      • Enforce traffic laws.
      • Conduct preliminary investigations of crimes.
      • Execute all lawful process.
      • Arrest offenders with and without warrant when authorized by law.
      • Investigate motor vehicle crashes.
      • Prepare various written reports.
      • Give testimony in court.
    • Confer with local law enforcement, criminal justice, and emergency response agencies on matters of mutual interest.
    • Perform other duties as assigned.


    The minimum qualifications include:

    • At least 20.5 and no more than 45 years of age at time of application.
    • U.S. Citizen, born or naturalized.
    • Have a valid Driver’s License.
    • High School Diploma or GED.

    In addition, applicants must also possess the following experience:


    • Actively employed with at least three (3) years of active service as a licensed police officer for a municipal, county, and/or state law enforcement agency that handles a full array of urban police work. School/university, Federal, and Military police experience does not qualify for the Modified Academy.
    • Hold a current peace officer license from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. Out of State applicants without a TCOLE license must obtain their license at least two weeks prior to the start of the Modified Academy by following the TCOLE Out of State Process.

    Note to Applicants

    • In order to submit your application, you will be required to attach an Experian Credit Report.
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      • Your credit report must be dated within 30 days of your application. Failure to do this correctly may result in your disqualification from the hiring process.
    • Applicants will be contacted via email throughout the hiring process. Please add iCIMS ( to your Approved/Safe Senders list to ensure that our email communications are received. Click here for instructions on whitelisting iCIMS.
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