Our Badge. Your Future.

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


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 ay 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 video-based situational reasoning exercise, 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.


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.


Patrol Officers may be promoted to a higher rank in the department by a competitive job-related examination and a skills assessment center. Civil Service examinations are offered as the need for supervisory personnel arises. Officers are eligible to compete in this process after serving a specified period of time in his or her present grade.


General Benefit Information

  • Pay periods
    • Every two weeks (click HERE for pay schedule)
  • Retirement
  • Work Schedule
    • 40 hours per week (four 10-hour work days, three days off)
  • 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