San Antonio Park Police
Park Police Careers


Park Police CareersThe San Antonio Park Police employs both sworn Officers and civilian employees.  The San Antonio Park Police Agency is authorized 133 Officers, 16 Sergeants, 2 Lieutenants, 1 Captain, and 1 Commander.  The Park Police also employ 1 Administrative Associate, 1 Administrative Assistant II, and three civilian Service Agents that work for our Agency.

The San Antonio Park Police offers our Officers a diverse opportunity of assignments.  Officers can be assigned to the Riverwalk Patrol Section, District Patrol Section, Bike/ATV Unit, Public/Community Relations, Covert Operations, Training Academy, San Antonio City Hall, or one of several administrative positions.  

Our Officers handle over 40,000 calls for service/cases each year and average between 5000 and 7000 arrests per year.  Our Officers respond to all types of calls from simple people needing directions to graffiti and damage to park facilities to City Ordinance violations to shootings, cuttings, murders, and sexual assaults, and everything in between. 

If you are qualified and think you have what it takes to become one of us go to: to see if the position of “Park Police Officer” or one of our other civilian positions are currently open.  The City of San Antonio only accepts applications for positions that are currently open. 

Below is the general job summary, description, and general requirements for the position of Park Police Officer.  These are subject to change with each posting, see official COSA HR Job posting at for up to date information.  Applications are only accepted from persons licensed, or immediately licensable, as Peace Officers by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education.

Position Information:

Job Title:

Park Police Officer


$18.31 Hourly

Job Type:



Determined by Position

Grant Funded:


Work Hours:

Work Hours and Days Vary

Job Summary:

Under general supervision, performs enforcement and security work in City Parks and Riverwalk activities. Enforces all applicable laws and ordinances and provides information pertaining to park use, safety requirements, and points of interest. Exercises no supervision.

Essential Job Functions:

·       Ensures the safety and protection of the users of the City's parks and recreational resource facilities, visitors of the Riverwalk, and the City's natural resources.

·       Provides information and assistance to patrons and visitors pertaining to park usage and restrictions, safety requirements, general directions, and points of interest.

·       Identifies and reports any safety hazards or hazardous conditions including flood control requirements, as well as any needed routine maintenance or repairs within assigned park areas.

·       Issues citations and initiates arrests, when appropriate, in response to violations of Federal, State, and local laws and City ordinances.

·       Patrols parks and recreational areas, including the Riverwalk by a variety of transportation methods, including but not limited to patrol sedan, truck, SUV, bicycle, ATV, boat, and foot.

·       Prepares reports as necessary.

·       Performs related duties and fulfills responsibilities as required.

Job Requirements:

·       Graduation from High School or a General Education Development (GED)

·       Valid Texas Driver's License.

·       At the time of application, applicants must possess a current and unrestricted Texas Peace Officer's license (certification) issued by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE), or be immediately licensable by TCLEOSE upon appointment.

·       Applicants for this position must pass a Criminal Justice Information Systems (CJIS) fingerprint-based background check and maintain CJIS eligibility.  Due to CJIS requirements related to system access, the following will result in being disqualified for this position: Felony Convictions, Felony Deferred Adjudication, Class A & B Misdemeanor Deferred Adjudication, Class B Misdemeanor Convictions, an Open Arrest for Any Criminal Offense (Felony or Misdemeanor) and Family Violence Convictions.


·       Experience as a Peace Officer.


·       Physical requirements include frequently lifting/carrying 50 pounds; visual acuity, speech and hearing; and eye coordination and manual dexterity to handle firearms and modern police equipment.  Subject to sitting, standing, walking, running, twisting and kneeling to perform the essential functions.  Working conditions are inside and outside with occasional exposure to extreme weather conditions, hostile people and emergency situations.


·       Must be able to meet the minimum requirements of the physical fitness test.

Sit-Ups (1 Minute)

Minimum Acceptable


Push-Ups (1 Minute)

Minimum Acceptable


Run (1.5 Miles)

Minimum Acceptable


Run (300 meter)

Minimum Acceptable


Vertical Jump

Minimum Acceptable

14 inches

·       Must be able to successfully pass a medical evaluation by a physician employed by the City of San Antonio to determine the Applicant’s physical ability and well being to withstand the rigors of law enforcement related activities.

·       Must be able to successfully pass a psychological evaluation administered by a Psychologist/Psychiatrist employed by the City of San Antonio to determine the Applicant’s mental clarity and stability with respect to the high stresses associated with law enforcement activities.

·       Must be able to successfully pass a screening for illicit drug use and a polygraph examination administered by a licensed polygraph examiner hired by the City of San Antonio.

·       Must be able to complete the IPMBA certification course in the Park Police Academy and complete a 4 mile bicycle ride in 17 minutes 20 seconds for employment.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Park Police Riverboat Patrol·       Knowledge of applicable Federal, State and local laws and city ordinances.

·       Knowledge of law enforcement techniques and procedures.

·       Skill in use of police vehicles and modern law enforcement firearms, weapons, and specialized equipment.

·       Ability to respond rapidly and effectively in emergency situations.

·       Ability to analyze situations and adopt quick, effective, and reasonable courses of action.

·       Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing.

·       Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, and the general public.

·       Ability to perform all physical requirements of the position.


City of San Antonio Benefits:

·       The City of San Antonio (CoSA) strives to provide a competitive compensation and benefit package to attract and retain a highly skilled workforce.  To accomplish this, CoSA offers subsidized health care benefits for active and retired employees, paid disability benefits, paid life insurance, as well as automatic participation in a pension program which is currently matched two to one.

For more detailed information, please click on the following link to view Benefits offered by the City of San Antonio:



For more information, call 210-207-8590 or send comments and inquiries to  For TTY assistance, call 210-207-7273 (V/TTY).