All out of state applicants for the Modified Academy are required to complete the TCOLE "Out of State Application" process in conjunction with our own hiring process. You should contact Cheyenne Hobbs with TCOLE at (512) 936-7700 immediately find out more information. If you find out that you do not qualify for the TCOLE Out of State process then you are not eligible for the Austin Police Department Modified Academy. All out of state applicants must complete the entire TCOLE Out of State process, including passing the state licensing examination, at least two weeks prior to starting the Modified Academy. You can find out more information on the TCOLE Out of State Process page.
Note that our minimum qualification standards for years of service and type of agency are more stringent than that of TCOLE. You must meet our minimum qualifications and complete the TCOLE Out of State process to qualify for the Austin Police Department Modified Academy.
How to Apply
Individuals who are interested in applying will need to complete an online application. You can access the link to our current posting by visiting our main APD Recruiting page. You will need to submit an Experian Credit report along with your initial application.
Once we receive your application it will be placed in a queue. All applications are reviewed in the order they are received. Applicants should review the Additional Information to Applicants document when applying.
Check out our Hiring Process page for specific information on the steps it takes to become an Austin Police Officer.
Academy and Field Training
The Modified Academy will be comprised of 16 weeks of training, which is about one-half the length of a regular academy. Recruits will be required to perform many of the same classroom academics and perform physical/defensive tactics proficiency as Regular Academy cadets. Graduates of the Modified Academy will be placed into an eight (8) week APD Field Training Program.