They're currently accepting applications through their website until December 26th. The hiring process will take quite some time considering multiple tests, medical exams, backgrounds checks, and psychological evaluations.
Last year, the department hired 18 police officers, and they're looking to hire more than a dozen depending on the selection.
They're currently down 12 police officers, according to public information officer George Spindler.
All new hires will undergo 22 weeks of police training through the Abilene Police Academy next June. Afterwards, they will have to complete a 15-week Police Training Officer (PTO) Program. The course will total more than 800 hours of training.
"The whole process really takes more than one year," Officer George Spindler said.
In order to qualify, you must be a U.S. citizen, 21 years old or older, has graduated from high school or completed a G.E.D., and can fluently read, write, and speak English. In addition, applicants must have fulfilled college-credit hours or law enforcement experience.
For the full list and how to apply, visit abilenepolice.org and click on recruiting.