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The position of police officer in Abilene is under Civil Service. The Abilene Police Department Police Academy serves to fill positions for our department only, and therefore cadets in the Abilene Police Academy are considered to be employees of the City of Abilene and are paid during their time in training.

We are currently accepting applications for LATERAL TRANSFERS.
Contact City of Abilene Human Resources (325) 676-6347 or Abilene Police Dept. Training (325) 676-6537.
or Click HERE for more information

Experienced/Lateral Entry Officer Qualifications

An applicant must meet the following minimum standards by the date of hire unless a different date is indicated:

  1. Must be a Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) Certified Peace Officer and have been previously employed as a Peace Officer in a position with responsibilities comparable to that of a Patrol Officer with the Abilene Police Department.
  2. Is a U.S. Citizen.
  3. Age Requirements:

    • Must be at least 21 years old by the date of commission and not more than 35 years old at the time of hire, OR
    • At least 21 years old by the date of commission and not more than 45 years old at the time of hire, and preferably have five (5) years of full-time, cumulative law enforcement experience, OR
    • Be at least 21 years old by the date of commission and not more than 45 years old by the date of hire, and preferably have five (5) years of active duty, cumulative military service.
      • Qualifying law enforcement experience must be documented on the Lateral Entry Program Questionnaire Regarding Law Enforcement Experience form. Cumulative active duty military service must be verified by submitting two copies of your DD-214 or other official military documentation at the Physical Agility Test.
  4. Has graduated from high school or completed the GED.
  5. Has completed 30 college-level hours by the date of hire.
  6. At the discretion of the Police Chief, those applicants who do not have 30 college-level hours at the time of application may present a written plan for the Chief's approval, detailing how the applicant will obtain all 30 hours by the date of hire. An official copy of the college transcript showing the college hours completed is required with the application. The college or university must be accredited and recognized by the American Council on Education.

  7. Has the ability to fluently read, write and speak the English language.
  8. Possesses a valid Texas Driver's License without restrictions other than eyeglass restrictions.
  9. Is not addicted to narcotics and does not indulge in excessive use of alcohol.
  10. Has not been convicted of a class A misdemeanor or any felony at any time.
  11. Is not under indictment for any criminal offense.
  12. Has never executed at any time a confession to a felony offense, such confession being admissible as evidence against the person in any criminal proceeding in any state or federal court.
  13. Has not been convicted of D.W.I. within the last ten (10) years or determined to be a habitual traffic violator.
  14. Has not been convicted of family violence. Family violence includes any act by a member of a family or household against another member of the family or household that is intended to result in physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or sexual assault or that is a threat that reasonably places the member in fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or sexual assault, but does not include defensive measures to protect oneself; or a member of the family or household toward a child of the family or household; whether Class A or C misdemeanors.
  15. Has not been convicted or been on court ordered community supervision for any class B misdemeanor within the last ten (10) years.
  16. Has not been discharged from military service under less than honorable conditions.
    Complete DD-214 required.
  17. Pass a Physical Agility Test.
  18. Pass a thorough background investigation.
  19. Has the ability to meet the physical and academic requirements of the job and by the end of training will satisfactorily complete the following (your acknowledgement will be required during the application process):
    1. Rigorous academic instruction
    2. Strenuous physical training
    3. Exposure to potentially hazardous substances including OC
    4. Exposure to the Taser Conductive Electrical Weapon
    5. Firearms Qualification

Entry Level Officer Qualifications

Qualifications

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • U.S. Citizen
  • Age: Must be at least 21 years of age by date of commission and no more than 35 years of age by the date of hire; OR
    • Applicants no more than 44 years of age by date of hire must have either 5 years full-time, cumulative qualified law enforcement experience or 5 years cumulative active duty military service; OR
    • Applicants that are 45 years of age, but not 46 by date of hire must have either 5 years full-time, continuous law enforcement experience or 5 years cumulative active duty military service
  • Has ability to meet physical requirements of the job
  • Has graduated from high school or completed G.E.D. test
  • Has completed 30 college-level hours by the date of hire. Applicants that are in the process of acquiring those hours by the date of hire will require Chief of Police approval as an exception to the application process.
  • Has the ability to fluently read, write, and speak the English language
  • Excellent health and physical condition
  • Possess a valid Texas operator's license without restrictions other than eyeglass restrictions (code A)
  • Is not addicted to narcotics and does not indulge in excessive use of intoxicants
  • Has not ever been convicted of a class A misdemeanor or any felony at any time
  • Is not under indictment for any criminal offense
  • Has never executed at any time a confession to a felony offense, such confession being admissible as evidence against the person in any criminal proceeding in any state or federal court.
  • Has not been convicted of family violence
  • Has not been convicted or been on court-ordered community supervision for any class B misdemeanor within the last ten (10) years
  • Has not been discharged from military service under less than honorable conditions

Testing Process

Applicants are given a battery of extensive tests. The tests will include a physical assessment, a medical exam, an oral interview, an extensive background investigation, a polygraph test, and a psychological examination. Applicants successfully completing all of the test requirements are placed on an eligibility roster for hire. An applicant's ranking on this eligibility roster is established by the score they received on the initial entrance level examination. Selected applicants may then become Abilene Police Cadets and enter the Abilene Police Academy.

Training

Persons selected for appointment to the Abilene Police Academy undergo 26 weeks of intensive police training. The Abilene Police Academy expands the basic 618-hour peace officer course to include additional training and specialized courses for a total of more than 900 hours of instruction. Topics taught include Law, Interview and Interrogation, First Aid, Accident Investigation, Physical Training and Self-Defense, Public Relations, Emergency Driving, and Police Procedures.

The Abilene Police Academy is recognized statewide as a professional, progressive academy. Expert instructors from diverse disciplines provide course instruction on law enforcement-related topics. Though academic standards are high, due to this, the Abilene Police Department is consistently ranked among the highest in the state for licensing examination success. The Academy is mentally and physically challenging and gives the cadet the fundamentals for becoming a professional police officer.

The Patrol Officer

When an Abilene Police Cadet successfully completes the training academy, he or she is now ready to begin the 14-week Field Training Officer Program. The police officer's job is not only one of importance in the community, but is one of sensitivity and action. The complex problems of today's society have made it necessary to have highly trained personnel to meet the needs and demands placed upon law enforcement services. The police officer must be a teacher, an arbitrator, an orator, a mediator, a parent, a friend, a social worker, a counselor, and an enforcer of the law. The Field Training Officer Program is the final step toward assessing the probationary officer's ability to perform the job. The task is not an easy one, and many cannot meet such a demanding responsibility. The Abilene Police Department works on the principles of Total Quality Management, and is looking for individuals who can think on their feet and are willing to face a problem and make decisions. Officers are expected to use their abilities along with the training afforded to them through the Academy to take charge of critical situations and be problem-solvers. For whatever reason a person decides to pin on the badge, one must be a dedicated, conscientious, concerned citizen who wants to serve the community through a career in law enforcement.

The patrol officer is the first line officer, the backbone of the entire department. The community's image of a police officer is often formed through the actions of the patrol officer. Usually the first to arrive at the scene, the patrol officer must be mentally, physically, and emotionally prepared to respond to any situation. The safety and welfare of thousands of people who reside in Abilene are often in the hands of patrol officers. All of the special skills and knowledge obtained during the training academy are implemented in the prevention and suppression of crime in the community.

Men and women of integrity, initiative and talent have the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally with the Abilene Police Department. All new officers begin their career in the Patrol Division. However, there are opportunities for specialized work in traffic, youth, vice and narcotics, community services, and criminal investigation. Whatever the position filled, an officer should find a great deal of personal satisfaction through the services provided to the citizens of Abilene.

Promotions

Patrol Officers may be promoted to a higher rank in the department by a competitive job-related assessment center. Officers are eligible to compete in this process after serving a specified period of time in his or her present grade.

Benefits

General Benefit Information

  • Pay periods
    • Every two weeks (click HERE for pay schedule)
  • Retirement
  • Work Schedule
    • Depending on assignment, employees work 8, 10, or 12 hour shifts. Employees also have 2, 3, or 4 days off per week, depending on assignment.
  • Sick Leave
    • Paid accumulation of up to 90 days; 15 sick days per year
  • Vacation
    • 15 vacation days per year plus nine paid holidays
  • Insurance
    • Health/Family plan available at reasonable rates
    • Deferred compensation plan available
    • Personal accident insurance available
    • Life/Paid insurance for employees
    • Dental and vision plan available

Incentive Pay

Monthly Incentive Pay (eligible after sworn in)

  • Approved Associates Degree ($50)
  • Approved Four Year Degree ($100)
  • Intermediate Certification ($60)
  • Advanced Certification ($120)
  • Master Certification ($200)
  • Bi-Lingual Pay ($50)
  • Longevity: $4 per year of service after one year (up to $100/month)
  • Overtime: Time-and-a-half for all overtime in the line of duty