The Amarillo Police Department requires a high standard of its officers, making it a very professional department. We endeavor to hire the most qualified applicants to become recruits in our academy. A career with the Amarillo Police Department offers educational opportunities, specialization and promotion. The Amarillo Police Academy is under the direction of the Training and Personnel Division of the police department.
The academy is held at the Amarillo Police Department from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Monday through Friday with some evening and night training requirements. The academy consists of 27 weeks of classroom and “hands on” training. We use various training techniques, including scenario based training, to enhance the recruit’s learning experience. The academy is designed to provide each recruit with the education required to take and pass the State licensing exam which must be successfully completed in order to be licensed as a peace officer in the State of Texas. In addition to meeting educational requirements set forth by the State, recruits receive additional training specific to our department’s needs. After successful completion of the academy, the recruits are assigned to the Uniform Division where they are required to successfully complete a 16-week Field Training Program. This training program gradually introduces the new officers to patrol work. Upon successful completion of the FTO program, the new officers are assigned to a permanent shift and can function as an independent police officer.
Out of town applicants who pass the test will be given the opportunity to take the physical agility test the same day of the entrance exam. For more information on recruitment please click here or visit the Recruit Information page