Updated: Jul 18, 2022
HOW CAN I BECOME A POLICE OFFICER?
Applicants must be compliant with the suitability factors defined by the City of San Antonio Fire and Police Civil Service Commission and meet the following minimum requirements to apply for the entry-level position of police cadet:
A. Police Officers Applicants must possess the following qualifications at the time of application for the position of police officer: 1. Applicants must be at least 20 years and 6 months of age by the date of the KSA exam. 2. A person who is 45 years of age or older may not be certified for a beginning position in a police department. 3. Applicants younger than 21 years of age may be eligible, if the applicant is at least 18 years of age and has: a) Successfully completed and received credit for at least sixty (60) hours of study at an accredited college or university; or b) Received an Associate Degree from an accredited college or university; or c) Received an honorable discharge from the United States Armed Forces after at least two (2) years of active military service. 4. Applicants must not have any of the disqualifying items listed below on their record: a) Conviction of any offense above the grade of Class B misdemeanor, or other crime involving moral turpitude. b) Any discharge from the United States Armed Forces other than Honorable. (Uncharacterized and Entry-Level discharges may be accepted and will be assessed on an individual basis.) “General Discharge Under Honorable Conditions” shall be assessed on a case-by-case basis. The Director or his Designee will have the final approval. c) Traffic citations for four (4) or more hazardous moving traffic offenses with any disposition other than “not guilty” within the twelve (12) months preceding the date of application. d) Conviction of a Class B misdemeanor within the last ten (10) years. e) Conviction of a crime involving family violence. f) Have been on court-ordered community supervision or probation for any criminal offense above the grade of Class B misdemeanor. g) Have been on court-ordered community supervision or probation for a Class B misdemeanor within the last ten (10) years from the date of the court order. h) Currently under indictment for any criminal offense. - 22 - Last Revised: July 6, 2020 5. Applicants must have a high school diploma or a G.E.D. certificate. The applicant’s academic records must reflect a minimum overall grade point average of “C” or its numerical equivalent. In the event an applicant’s high school grade point average is below this standard, or the applicant presents a G.E.D. certificate, the applicant must have attended an accredited college or university, completed at least twelve (12) semester hours, and maintained a minimum grade point average of a “C” or its numerical equivalent. 6. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen. 7. Applicants must be able to read, write, and speak in the English language. 8. Applicants must meet all legal requirements necessary to become eligible for future licensing by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE). 9. Applicants must meet the suitability requirements listed under Rule IX. H. (13) Use of Illicit Substances
HOW MUCH DO POLICE GET PAID?
The list below gives ONLY annual base salaries at various ranks. These numbers do not reflect additional monies earned through longevity, education pay, shift differential or other specialty pays. Refer to the pay calculator to get a more accurate pay rate which includes longevity, education pay, shift differential, and all other specialty pay.
Patrol Officer $61,178-$83,343
Deputy Chief $173,095
Assistant Chief $186,940
CAN I FILE A POLICE REPORT ONLINE?
Online reports can only be completed for the following crimes where no weapon was used and no suspect information is available.
Burglary of Vehicle
Child Custody Visitation Violations
Criminal Mischief: Property Vandalism / Graffiti
Criminal Mischief: Vehicle Vandalism / Graffiti
Theft of Bicycle
Theft of Gas and/or Beer
Theft of Service
All other crimes require an officer to make the scene. Please dial 911 for emergencies or 210.207.7273 for non-emergencies.
THE CITY OF SAN ANTONIO
Despite its size — San Antonio is the seventh largest city in the U.S. — San Antonio maintains a small-town charm where people are friendly, family-focused and rally behind their city. San Antonio provides a diverse cultural mix with a number of attractions including sports (home of the World Champion San Antonio Spurs), recreation, shopping and cuisine. Combine those with a beautiful climate and a thriving economy and you’ve got a perfect place to call home.