Recruitment Policies

Officers at the Austin ISD Police Department are committed to creating a safe working and educational environment and protecting Austin’s future by providing diverse levels of service, using problem-solving techniques and embracing lasting partnerships for all community members. We are always looking for qualified applicants who are willing to dedicate themselves to professional public service, team-building and having a true effect on student lives and the communities that AISD serves.  

Basic Qualifications

All applicants for police officer or police cadet must be 21 years of age, have a high school diploma or United States equivalency certificate. College or university hours from an accredited institution are preferred. All applicants must comply with the hiring standards set forth in the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement requirements for peace officer licensing.

Find a TCOLE-licensed law enforcement academy.

Police Officer I & II

To apply for a Police Officer I or II position, you must:

  • Have graduated from a TCOLE-licensed police academy.
  • Be currently working as a police officer or have a current peace officer license that is in good standing with TCOLE.

To apply, visit Austin ISD vacancies and select Police Officer.  

Police Officer Cadet

Periodically, the department will open cadet positions, where selected applicants are sponsored by Austin ISD Police through a law enforcement academy, and then hired as a police officer upon graduation. Applicants who have never attended or graduated from a TCOLE-licensed police academy may apply for the Police Cadet position by viewing Austin ISD vacancies online. If this position is not posted, the department is not currently taking applications for it.

How to Apply

Complete an online application. After registering on the site, applicants must then select a job ID code and submit the application. Our department will contact applicants via email when the application has been processed and applicants are scheduled for testing. Please be sure to supply a valid email address, complete address and telephone numbers. Ensure that all sections, including work experience and contact information for References, are completely filled out.  

Applicant Testing

An email invitation to test with the department will include a set of instructions and a personal history statement that contains a list of documentation and paperwork that must be completed and submitted to the hiring coordinator on the test date. Invitations are typically sent out at least two weeks before the test date. The first two phases of the hiring process will likely occur in one day to accommodate applicants who need to travel long distances. Phase 1 consists of a physical agility test and a written test; Phase 2 consists of an oral interview board.

Modified Hiring Process for Experienced Officers
AISD Police has initiated a temporary change to the hiring process. The department is now accepting applications from police officers with a current Texas peace officer commission in good standing who have at least three continuous years of full-time law enforcement experience in Texas. Applicants for this modified process must have less than a 180-day break in full-time law enforcement service. Officers who meet this requirement, as well as the other requirements listed for a police officer position with the agency, will immediately move to Phase 2 of the hiring process upon submission of their personal history statement and related paperwork. This means that current officers with at least three years of experience will not be required to wait for the next testing day, nor will they be required to undergo the physical fitness or written tests.


For more information, contact:

Sgt. Travis Pickford
Austin ISD Police Department 
Training and Recruiting Division
1111 W. Sixth Street, Suite C-120
Dispatch: 512-414-1703
Office: 512-414-1122