Austin Police Department

150th Police Academy - Transitional Officer Program (September 2023)

Generally Mon-Fri from 7a - 4p or 8a - 5p. Will be required to work some evenings and weekends as necessary for training.
Application Close Date
Academy Orientation Date
Academy Start Date
Academy Graduation Date


This posting is for the position of Police Cadet Senior for the Austin Police Department Transitional Officer Program. 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 less than 46 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 Transitional Officer Program.
  • Hold a current peace officer license from the Texas Commission on Law EnforcementOut of State applicants without a TCOLE license must obtain their license at least two weeks prior to the start of the Transitional Officer Program by following the TCOLE Out of State Process.


APD Police Pay Schedule FY 2021-22 for the Transition Officer Program:


 During academy


 Upon graduation


 At 6 year anniversary of graduation


 At 10 year anniversary of graduation  


 At 14 year anniversary of graduation


 At 16 year anniversary of graduation



Please visit for more information regarding our pay scales and details about our incentive pay.

Note to Applicants




  • In order to submit your application, you will be required to attach an Experian Credit Report.
    • You can obtain your Experian Credit Report from or
    • 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 safelisting iCIMS.
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