SAN ANTONIO (Jan. 22, 2018) — The San Antonio Police Department welcomed the first cadet class of 2018 to the Police Training Academy Monday morning. The 36 new cadets will undergo extensive training over the course of 33 weeks including academics, physical training and skill development. As part of the curriculum, cadets will receive training on topics such as de-escalation and mental health that are critical to enhancing the quality of life of neighborhoods throughout the community.
“A strong city is one that is capable of building community through police work, and I have witnessed firsthand the tremendous relationship that Chief McManus and the men and women of SAPD have built with our residents,” Mayor Ron Nirenberg said. “I welcome the cadets of Class 2018-A and look forward to seeing each of them continue the commitment to community policing.”
The cadets in Class 2018-A were selected from more than 400 applicants and will graduate on Aug. 31, 2018. The diverse class is made up of 29 males and seven females. Seventeen of the cadets are Hispanic, 15 are Caucasian, three are African American and one is Asian American.
“The 36 cadets who entered the Training Academy today have chosen a challenging but rewarding career,” City Manager Sheryl Sculley said. “It’s a testament to their willingness to serve their community, and we are grateful for the commitment and sacrifice they will make in the name of keeping all of us in San Antonio safe. I’m excited to welcome each and every one of our new cadets to one of the best law enforcement agencies in the country.”
City Council approved 36 new police officer positions in the adopted FY2018 General Fund Budget. In November, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services announced SAPD was awarded $3.1 million to fund 25 of those positions, which will be filled as part of Cadet Class 2018-B scheduled to begin on April 16.
"Our aggressive recruiting efforts have resulted in hundreds of applications to join SAPD, and only the best and brightest make it to the training academy,” Chief William McManus said. “Today, these cadets are embarking on a lifelong commitment to public service. It is our mission to treat all people with integrity, compassion, fairness and respect, and it’s an honor and privilege to serve the people of San Antonio.”
As of today, 108 cadets are appointed to the academy, with classes graduating in March, June and August. Three additional cadet classes are scheduled to begin over the next nine months. Of the 2,443 total uniformed positions authorized by the City Council, 2,311 are currently filled, either by sworn officers or cadets.
For those interested in applying:
- To start the application process, visit www.sapdcareers.com.
- SAPD is the first major Texas police department to offer a mobile application process.
- As part of the FY2018 budget, cadet pay was increased to $45,000, the highest cadet salary in the State of Texas.
- The starting salary for an officer upon graduating from the academy ranges from $50,644 yearly to $69,024 yearly based on incentives.
- SAPD offers up to $7,500 hiring bonuses to new recruits and those candidates who have prior law enforcement experience.
- The City offers a First Responder Homebuyer Assistance Program, in which SAPD officers can receive an interest-free, forgivable loan of $7,500 or $15,000 to purchase a home within San Antonio city limits.
- The average 20-year SAPD officer receives a $124,668 annual compensation package, including base wages, special pay and benefits, which is second only to Austin.