Police Cadet

Nacogdoches, TX
Stephen F. Austin University

Salary: $19.22/hour.

Position Summary:

This position is responsible for successfully fulfilling the academic and physical training requirements of the Basic Peace Officer Course conducted by the University of Texas System Police Academy or an equivalent training academy within the State of Texas approved for enrollment by the Director of Police. Participates in, and satisfactorily completes, the physical training program, firearms training, defensive tactics program, practical problem solving, and academic blocks of instruction. Complies with assignments, policies, procedures, directives, and instructions given by the Director of Police or the Police Academy staff. Adheres to rules and regulations promulgated by the Board of Regents, University of Texas System, and applicable state law. Ensures that academic integrity, both individually/personally and as a member of a class, is continuously maintained. Must meet the proficiency standards as set forth by the Office of the Director of Police for satisfactory completion of the University of Texas System Police Academy Basic Peace Officer Course and pass the licensing examination administered by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. This includes, but is not necessarily limited to the provisions of Office of Director of Police/University of Texas System Police Policy 401, “Applicant Selection Process for Employment as a Peace Officer or Police Cadet.”

Essential Functions:

  1. Attends classes and maintains comprehensive notebooks and/or the e-tablet equivalent.
  2. Prepares research papers.
  3. Completes homework assignments.
  4. Participates in the physical training, firearms training, defensive tactics training programs, practical problems, and must demonstrate the following required abilities: necessary strength and agility to subdue and restrain persons resisting arrest including the proper use of handcuffs, use of force options, and other restraining devices; adequate hand, arm, and upper body strength and ability to operate a handgun and/or shoulder weapon with either hand and qualify with same on a prescribed course; necessary agility and endurance to pursue violators on foot; ability to scale a reasonable barrier or obstruction while in foot pursuit of violators, to include running up and down flights of stairs; ability to remove an injured or unconscious person of reasonable size from an area of danger; ability to safely operate an automobile without the use of any specialized equipment peculiar only to the operator while utilizing the police radio and emergency equipment such as siren and emergency lights.
  5. Actively participates in classroom discussions and group projects.
  6. Supervises other cadets as assigned.
  7. Complies with established rules and regulations governing the University of Texas System Police Academy.
  8. Complies with assignments and instructions given by the Director of Police of the University of Texas System and any members of the Academy staff or guest instructors.
  9. Complies with policies of respective component institutions relating to his or her status and attendance at the Academy.
  10. Adheres to the University of Texas System Police Code of Conduct and to the Rules and Regulations promulgated by the Board of Regents of the University of Texas System.
  11. Performs other related duties as required.


  • High school diploma or equivalent is required.
  • Must possess a current Texas driver’s license.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education is preferred.
  • Honorable service in the U.S. Armed Forces is preferred.