The Austin Police Department is the city’s central police force. The agency is comprised of approximately 2000 sworn police officers who work to keep all of Austin safe – every neighborhood park lake or trail. They’re on foot on bikes in cars on horseback on boats and in the air working night and day to keep Austin’s residents and visitors safe. With a growing city like Austin a continuous growth in the police force is a necessity. This is why Austin PD is always hiring!

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Build a Career

The Austin Police Department provides competitive pay and excellent health and retirement benefits for its employees. More than that though Austin PD provides opportunity. With over 50 specialized units—like SWAT Police Technology Cadet Training and the Bomb Squad—there are opportunities to use existing skills or to develop new ones along the way. With so many choices there’s truly something for everyone at every skill level and with a wide variety of job and life experience.

In addition to a large number of specialized units Austin PD also has a promotional process by which officers can take exams and participate in assessment centers to promote through the ranks over the years. Many of our officers choose to serve the city for their entire careers and have learned to become great leaders. With each promotion comes a new assignment and a new opportunity to learn how different units within the department operate. The number of opportunities at Austin PD at any rank are virtually limitless.

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Connect with the Community

Austin is a vibrant city that attracts individuals from all over the nation and the world. Whether folks are moving here or only visiting our officers strive to make positive connections with all members of the Austin community every day and night. It is our mission to create a safer Austin for our residents and visitors while serving the community in a way that bonds our police officers and citizens. Our officers can be found at local schools neighborhood association meetings places of worship special events or on social media doing everything they can to make our residents feel heard informed and ultimately safer.

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Department Culture

With an innovative city comes an innovative police department! APD is proud to set a positive example for other law enforcement agencies across the country. Our agency is often one of the first to test and adopt new technology equipment programs and training. We know that what’s best for our officers is best for our community. Whether it means initiating a new wellness program that includes yoga or incorporating new concepts into our training curriculum we’re willing to do what it takes to provide our officers with the best and most modern tools needed for the job.

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We’re Always Hiring

Our agency hires year-round and holds multiple police academy classes each year. We’re always on the lookout for great police officer candidates who can help us build a safer Austin. Cadets are offered paid training at our state of the art training facility in southeast Austin with health benefits starting on day one. If you’d like to join our team take your first step toward a great new career by applying online today at