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Police Cadet - Modified Academy Job - Austin Police Department - Austin, Texas

May 19, 2014

Austin Police Department

Position Title: Police Cadet - Modified Academy
Position Type: Police
Closing Date: 10/31/2014
Job Description

The Austin Police Department is hiring current law enforcement officers who meet the qualifications listed below for our Modified Police Cadet Academy that is anticipated to start in January 2015. This Academy is a shortened version of our regular academy. Graduates of the Academy are responsible to:

  • Protect life, liberty, and property.
  • Enforce 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.
Additional Information

Application and Website

Go to for information on our hiring process and to access the application.

Academy Information

The Modified Academy will be comprised of 18 weeks of training, which is about one-half the length of a regular academy. Recruits will be required to perform classroom academics and perform physical/defensive tactics proficiency while attending the Modified Academy. Graduates of the Modified Academy will be placed into a twelve (12) week APD Field Training Program.

Hiring Process Overview

Testing for the Modified Academy will be conducted in June, July, and August. All applicants must successfully complete all portions of the hiring process in order to be accepted into the Modified Academy:

  • Physical Testing Requirements*
    • 30 push-ups/untimed
    • 33 sit-ups/1 minute
    • 16" vertical jump
    • 14:32 mile and a half
    • 70 second 300 meter
  • Written Testing and Nelson-Denny Testing*
  • Oral Board Interview
  • Background Investigation
  • Polygraph
  • Drug Test
  • Psychological and Medical Evaluation

* Please review our website at for specific information on the Physical Testing and Nelson-Denny Testing requirements.

Pay and Incentives

Applicants that are accepted into the Modified Academy will receive benefits starting the first day they are hired by the Department. Pay incentives are as follows:

  • Cadet: $40,000/year
  • Graduation: $56,961/year
  • Completion of FTO Program: $63,920/year (Approx. 8 weeks after graduation)
  • 1 Year Anniversary of Graduation: $70,550/year

Academy graduates are also eligible for additional pay incentives, if qualified.

The Austin Police Department Academy is certified for full-time VA Education Benefits for military individuals that qualify.

Job Requirements
  • Age 20.5 - 45
  • Education HS Diploma/GED
  • Experience See Below
  • Additional Requirement :

    Modified Academy applicants must also meet the following additional requirements:

    • Actively employed for a municipal, county, or state law enforcement agency, and
    • Have 3 years of law enforcement experience working for one or more municipal, county, or state law enforcement agencies that are comprised of 50 or more sworn employees, and
    • Have experience handling a wide array of urban police work such as responding to 9-1-1 calls, writing reports, making arrests, etc.
      • Note: University and school police are not eligible for the Modified Academy.
    • Out of State applicants are required to obtain their TCOLE license at least two weeks prior to the start of the Academy. Contact Sgt. Gizette Gaslin for more information (see below).
  • Salary Information
    Entry Level Salary: $40,000   annual
    Academy Graduate: $56,961   annual
    Top Pay: $92,477   annual

    Contact Information

    Gizette Gaslin
    Austin Police Department
    PO Box 689001
    Austin, Texas 78768
    ph: (512)974-5513