Service Before Self, Honor Above All

Academy & Recruiting :: Basic Requirements

    • Must be a citizen of the United States, 21 years of age or older
    • Must have a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution of post-secondary education as certified through a commission on higher education of a regional educational agency for colleges and universities recognized by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement
    • No felony or class A misdemeanor convictions; including deferred adjudications
    • No misdemeanor convictions, including deferred adjudications, above the grade of class C within the past 10 years
    • Not on court-ordered community supervision or probation for any criminal offense above the grade of class C misdemeanor
    • No pending litigation-criminal or civil (including divorce)
    • No family members working for APD
    • Be of good character and have a stable school, work and driving record
    • No DWI convictions within the past 10 years
    • Must read, write and speak the English language
    • Must possess 20/20 vision, either corrected or uncorrected in each eye. Uncorrected vision cannot exceed 20/100 in each eye, unless vision is corrected by the use of contact lenses which must be worn on duty and/or during all enforcement related activities. Must be free of dichromatic color blindness, night blindness, and any other visual deficiencies or limitations
    • Must possess hearing with less than a 30 decibel loss, either corrected or uncorrected in each ear. Uncorrected hearing cannot exceed a 60 decibel loss in each ear
    • Officers must conceal any tattoos, body art or branding by use of the authorized uniform or city-authorized clothing
    • Applicants must be able to pass a physical exam as determined by a physician