Austin Police Department

154th Police Cadet - Regular Academy - January 2025

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
Civil Service Test Date
Academy Orientation Date
Academy Start Date


This posting is for the position of Police Cadet for the Austin Police Department.


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.


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 Austin Police Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


The minimum qualifications include:

  • Must be 20.5 years of age by the start of the academy
  • US Citizen, born or naturalized.
  • Have a valid Driver’s License.
  • HS Diploma or GED.


APD Police Pay Schedule FY 2023:


 During academy (approximately 8 months) $50,000/year rate 
 At graduation $65,411/year
 At 1 year anniversary of graduation $73,404/year
 At 2 year anniversary of graduation $81,016/year
 At 6 year anniversary of graduation $86,688/year
 At 10 year anniversary of graduation $92,756/year
 At 14 year anniversary of graduation $99,249/year
 At 16 year anniversary of graduation $106,196/year
 At 23 year anniversary of graduation $109,382/year


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

Note to Applicants




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