Employment Information


As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, it is the policy of The University of Texas at San Antonio to promote and ensure equal employment opportunity for all individuals. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability. The University is committed to the Affirmative Action Program in compliance with all government requirements to ensure nondiscrimination. Women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The UTSA campus is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Note: The UTSA Police Department receives numerous applications for various sworn and non-sworn positions. The duration of the hiring process ranges from a couple of weeks to several months, depending on the position.

Policy on re-applications: If you have declined a previous offer and would like to re-apply, you must submit a new application.

Visit jobs.utsa.edu to see all current job openings. For information on employee benefits, visit the UTSA Office of Employee Benefits.

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Police Officer Recruiting Information

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.

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 by the date of commissioning
  • 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

Police Academy Information

Police Cadets will attend the University of Texas System Police Academy located in Austin, Texas. 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 UTSP 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 twelve weeks of on-duty field training with a certified Field-Training Officer.

To obtain complete information on police officer recruiting, please contact Lt. Shawn Smith at 210.458.5865 or e-mail shawn.smith@utsa.edu

Public Safety Officer Recruiting Information

As one of the most visible components of the police department, non-commissioned Public Safety Officers have frequent interaction with the public. They serve as the eyes and ears for the department. Their public relations skills extend from assisting tour groups in the libraries and museums to providing directions and information to students, faculty members, staffers and visitors to the campus.

The daily responsibilities of the PSO force includes responding when door alarms are triggered, watching over parking lots around campus as well as the staffing places such as libraries, museums and galleries. They are responsible for the prevention of theft and damage to university and personal property.

Their contribution to the success of law enforcement efforts on the campus is unquestionable. They are the eyes and ears of the department. They do not carry firearms and have no police arrest authority, but their observation skills and subsequent reports of suspicious activity often lead to the apprehension of violators.

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Police Communications Operator Recruiting Information

Police Communications Operators are the vital link between the public and police officers. Their ability to coordinate, direct and record police activities ensures prompt officer response in emergency and routine situations.

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