Abilene Police Hiring for Next Academy, Do You Have What it Takes?

"It runs in the family a little bit and I'm really passionate about helping and serving others," stated Cadet Kelsey Leverett.

She says she didn't realize how tough it would be to become one.

"I don't think I expected the application process to be so intense and invasive, so that was kind of a surprise to me," she added.

For Abilene Police there are multiple things you have to do to even make it to the academy to become a cadet.

"They'll meet with a background investigator and do a pre-interview," said Phil Sage, "and then they'll begin the formal background process."

Then applicants will go through a polygraph and psychological evaluation but it's not all mental.

:"They're going to have to take a physical fitness test which is an obstacle course which consist of a quarter-mile- run and negotiating 13 different obstacles," explained Sage.

This is all still just the application process.

"Definitely some of it's physical, you definitely need to exercise and show up and perform well there," added Cadet Zach Verden, but as far as the paperwork goes and filling out all your personal history statement, it's very important that you're honest and you show who you really are."

Which is what the department looks for.

"We want honest, dependable, hardworking people that are physically fit and are eager and excited to serve others," says Phil Sage.

The department will start taking applications on March the 27th.


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 45 years of age by the date of hire.
  • 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



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