The Austin Police Department appreciates the service performed by members of the United States military. An Honorable discharge is required; However, applicants who have received a General Discharge Under Honorable Conditions will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
Submitting Your Application
All applicants must submit their applications online. If you are currently deployed outside of the United States and do not have access to all of the required documents to complete your application please attempt to have a family member assist you in getting your packet together. If that cannot be accomplished please email APDRecruiting@austintexas.gov explaining that you are presently deployed outside of the United States so we are aware when we receive your submitted application.
Civil Service Exam
All applicants will complete a Civil Service Examination as part of the application process for the 2019 Regular Police Academy. This is a written exam and will be offered on Saturday, January 5, 2019. Failure to sit for the exam or failure to pass with a minimum score of 70 will result in your disqualification from the hiring process. In accordance with section 143.025 of Chapter 143 Municipal Civil Service for Firefighters and Police Officers, an additional five points shall be added to the examination grade of an applicant who served in the United States armed forces, received an honorable discharge, and made a passing grade on the examination. Once the exam scores have been finalized, an eligibility list will be formed. Applicants will be placed on this list in descending order of scores (highest to lowest).
Military personnel may be authorized to purchase 2 years of Austin Police Retirement in order to receive additional retirement benefits. A full retirement is at 23 years and under this scenario former military service members may retire at 23 years but receive 25 years of retirement benefits from the Austin Police Retirement system. For more information on the Austin Police Department Retirement System, please visit our Benefits & Salary page.
The Austin Police Department Training Academy is certified for full-time Veteran’s Administration Education Benefits. A cadet enrolled in the APD Training Academy with previous military time may be eligible to receive VA benefits for the entire 8 months they are in the academy and up to 15 months after graduation for the required OJT/Probationary period as a patrol officer.
Eligible Educational Benefit Programs include Montgomery G.I. Bill Active Duty® Chapter 30; Post-9/11 G.I. Bill® Chapter 33; Montgomery G.I. Bill Selected Reservist® 1606; Reserve Educational Assistance Program® 1607 or the Survivors’ and Dependents’ Increased Educational Benefit® Chapter 35.
Montgomery G.I. Bill Active Duty Benefits
For the Ch. 30 Montgomery G.I. Bill benefits $1,928 is paid to the veteran each month throughout the 8 months of the police academy as a cadet.
During the 15 month OJT period after graduation the veteran patrol officer will receive $1,446 the 1st six (6) months. The amount will decrease down to 55% the 2nd six (6) months, totaling $1,060.40, and then down to 35%, at a rate of $674.80 for the final three (3) months.
Ch. 33 Post-9/11 G.I. Bill Benefits
For the Ch. 33-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits a Basic Allowance for Housing is paid each month throughout the 8 months of the academy. The current rate for the BAH is $1,764.
The veteran will also receive a books and supplies stipend in the amount of $1,000 throughout the academy and the time on patrol until the total amount has been fully paid for the year.
During the 15 month OJT period after graduation, the veteran patrol officer will receive the same amount given in the academy for the Basic Allowance for Housing for the 1st six (6) months but thereafter the amount will decrease by 20% every six (6) months.
Ch. 33-Post 9/11 G.I. Bill benefit pay rates are determined by service time.