Careers, Academy & Recruiting

The San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) employs more than 2,500 sworn law enforcement officers and more than 500 civilians.

SAPD Training Academy

The San Antonio Training Academy provides courses for cadets and existing officers. Cadet training involves 35 weeks of rigorous academic, physical and tactical training. The Academy averages 3 classes a year, with 60 cadets in each class. The SAPD Training Academy is equipped with:

  • Driving track
  • Firearms bay
  • Armory
  • Rifle range
  • Tactical village
  • Academic building

Cadets complete over 1,400 hours of training in the following core classes:

  • Arrest and seizure
  • Penal code
  • Traffic code
  • Communications
  • Criminal investigations

The SAPD Training Academy conducts annual training for SAPD officers.

This ensures they complete all TCOLE mandated courses and certifications. Some of the classes taught include:

  • Cultural diversity
  • De-escalation tactics
  • Crisis intervention
  • Legislative updates
  • Firearms qualifications
  • Officer wellness
  • Leadership school (LPO)

Visit the SAPD Recruiting website

Citizen Police Academy

The SAPD Training Academy also hosts the Citizen Police Academy. This 12-week course educates residents about the SAPD and police work in San Antonio. It includes a ride-along for a behind-the-scenes look at the daily activities of the SAPD.

Civilian Employment Opportunities

The SAPD hires civilians as:

  • Dispatchers
  • School crossing guards
  • Data entry clerks
  • Police service agents
  • Administrative aides
  • Crime analysts
  • Management analysts
  • Evidence technicians

For more information on SAPD civilian opportunities please visit:

School Crossing Guards

To apply as a School Crossing Guard, please contact the School Crossing Guard Supervisor:

Phone: 210-207-7393

555 Academic Ct., Suite 114
San Antonio, TX 78204