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Employment Information

We are an equal employment opportunity department.


Police Officer Recruiting Information

 To obtain complete information on police officer recruiting, please contact Sgt. Shawn Smith at 210.458.6250 or e-mail shawn.smith@utsa.edu


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The UTSA Police Department is made up of dedicated and determined individuals with a desire to make a difference. All officers create, maintain and control a safe environment throughout the department's primary jurisdiction, which includes the UTSA 1604 campus, UTSA Downtown, the Institute of Texan Cultures and several leased properties throughout San Antonio.


The diversity of the organization reflects the various cultures that exist here on campus and the surrounding community. The UTSA Police Department strives to promote the safety of the unique community in which we live and work.


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Minimum Requirements

In order to be considered for employment as a police cadet, the following are the minimum requirements for the candidates:

  • U. S. Citizenship
  • At least 21 years old
  • Have valid Texas Driver’s License
  • Not have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor offense above the grade of a Class C within the last 5 years

    To view all qualifications and disqualifications please click here...


    Applicant Processing

    Applicants meeting the basic requirements will be notified when a date and time has been established for the UT System Police Academy Entrance Exam and the physical agility test. All applicants who qualify must successfully pass an extensive background investigation. Applicants will be contacted to continue the following:

    • Preliminary Interview Board
    • Final Oral Board
    • Psychological Exam
    • Physical Exam
    • Drug Screen
    • Basic Training


    Cadet Police Academy Information

    The cadet will attend the University of Texas System Police Academy located in Austin Texas or Alamo Area Council of Goverments Polices Academy (AACOG). The University of Texas System Police Academy was created on December 8, 1967. All individuals employed as police officers by a U. T. System component institution police department must complete the Basic Police Officer Training course conducted at an academy prior to assuming their duties as police officers.

    The basic police officer training curriculum meets or exceeds all standards set by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, TCOLE. The U.T. Academy curriculum contains 884 hours of instruction while the TCOLE mandated curriculum contains 643 hours of instruction.

    In addition to the hours allocated to classroom instruction, many hours are provided for hands-on experience. Students are able to apply classroom instruction almost immediately rather than waiting until after graduation and learning on-the-job. Training at the academy includes but is not limited to:

    • Texas Laws (Penal, Transportation, Alcoholic Beverage & Education Codes)
    • Patrol Techniques
    • Criminal Investigations Techniques
    • Firearms Training
    • Self-Defense Training
    • Physical Fitness Program
    • Basic First Aid and CPR
    • Tactical Police Driving

    The probationary officer will then enter the Field Training Program (FTO), consisting of eleven weeks of on-duty training with a certified field-training officer.