Police Cadet – Training

Abilene, TX
Abilene Police Department

Salary: $62,706.26.

Closing Date: April 21, 2024.

Position Summary:

Under general supervision, to train at the Abilene Police Academy to learn the fundamentals of law enforcement and crime prevention work in preparation to become an Abilene Police Officer. Training may include physical fitness training and self-defense training and may include assisting with control traffic flow, and assisting with investigative work as well as other related work as assigned.

Essential Functions:

  • Participate in rigorous physical conditioning as part of training to include, but not limited to self-defense, boxing, weight training, and aerobic conditioning.
  • Learn to affect an arrest, forcibly if necessary, using handcuffs and other restraints; subdue resisting suspects using maneuvers, skills and techniques; resort to the use of hands, feet, and approved chemical, impact weapons or firearms in self-defense.
  • Learn to prepare investigative and other reports, including sketches, using appropriate grammar, symbols, and mathematical computations.
  • Study and learn the Federal, State and case law; proper maintenance, care, and use of firearms; professional policing; arrest search and seizure, and professional ethics as well as other required TCOLE topics.
  • Train to exercise independent judgment in determining when there is reasonable suspicion to detain; when probable cause exists to search and arrest, and when force may be used and to what degree force is used.
  • Practice to communicate effectively and coherently over law enforcement radio channels while initiating and responding to radio communications.
  • Carry, wear, and/or transport weapons, handcuffs, uniforms, and other equipment as appropriate to the assignment and in the manner prescribed by Department policy.
  • Practice pursuing fleeing suspects and perform rescue operations, which may involve quickly entering and exiting law enforcement patrol vehicles; lifting, carrying and dragging heavy objects; climbing over and pulling oneself over obstacles; jumping over ditches and streams; crawling in confined areas; balancing on uneven or narrow surfaces and using body force to gain entrance through barriers.
  • Learn to load, unload, aim, and fire handguns, shotguns and other agency firearms from a variety of body positions under conditions of simulated stress.
  • Learn to identify people, vehicles, and objects from descriptions given by others and accurately describe people, vehicles, and objects to others.
  • Practice performing searches of people, vehicles, buildings, and/or large outdoor areas, which may involve feeling and detecting objects; walking for long periods of time; detaining people, and stopping suspicious vehicles and persons.
  • Learn how to conduct visual and audio surveillance. Learn to detect and collect evidence and substances that provide the basis of criminal investigations of offenses and infractions, and that have the potential to indicate the presence of dangerous conditions.
  • Assist with rescue functions at accidents, emergencies, and disasters to include directing traffic for extended periods of time, administering emergency medical aid, lifting, dragging, and carrying people away from dangerous situations.
  • Learn how to read and comprehend legal and non-legal documents, including the preparation and processing of documents, i.e., affidavits, warrants, and citations.
  • Learn to develop and maintain good relationships with the public, including informants and contacts, which may be helpful in criminal investigations.


  • No previous law enforcement experience is required.
  • A high school diploma or a GED is required.
  • A valid State issued driver’s license is required at the time of application.
  • A valid Texas driver’s license is required by the date of hire.
  • Must have corrected eyesight to 20/20 vision.
  • Must meet the minimum eligibility requirements for a Police Officer as outlined in the local rules.
  • Must pass the physical/psychological examination requirements.
  • With or without accommodation, ability to take and pass a 2-hour entrance examination with a passing score of 70 percent.
  • Ability to travel to different work sites and locations.
  • Ability to meet the physical requirements established by the department.
  • Exposure to cold, heat, noise, outdoors, vibration, confining work space, chemicals, explosive materials, mechanical, electrical or other hazards.
  • Must be at least 21 years old by the date of commission and not more than 45 years old at the time of hire OR
  • Must be at least 18 years old, and: (a) have an associates’ degree or at least 60 semester hours of credit from an accredited college or university, or (b) have received an honorable discharge from the armed forces of the United States after at least 2 years of active service.