Police Academy Applications

Eligibility & Requirements

Applications for enrollment to the Odessa Police Department Police Academy are taken from an eligibility list obtained from the hiring process for the Police Recruit position. For detailed information about requirements and the application process, please visit the Employment section and the Requirements page.

If you work for another law enforcement agency (agency-sponsored) or you wish to apply yourself (self-sponsored), application packets can be obtained by emailing Assistant Training Coordinator Deborah DeVolin. An appointment will be scheduled for you to pick up the application packet and review the requirements and application process.

Sessions & Location

The Odessa Police Academy Session begins twice a year, once in January and another in July. Classes are normally from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday involving classroom as well as physical training, and will be held at the Odessa Police Academy classroom located at 205 N Grant Avenue.

Academy Costs

The cost to attend the Academy is $1,000 which includes:

  • Ammunition
  • Books
  • Equipment
  • Supplies
  • TCOLE exam
  • Uniforms and other items

Additional costs which applicants pay directly to the providers, in the approximate amount of $800, will be incurred by applicants for a:

  • 1/2 mile run in 5 minutes or less
  • Background check
  • Drug screen
  • Entry level general examination and reading comprehension test
  • Physical endurance test
  • Physical exam
  • Polygraph exam
  • Psychological exam
  • Vision test

You must also pass an interview with the Administrative Lieutenant. If the applicant does not pass any part of the application process or voluntarily withdraws, the application fees are non-refundable.

Recruits Hired from Job Postings

If you apply for employment as a Police Recruit through the City of Odessa's Job Posting website and are hired, the Academy fees will be paid by the Police Department as well as the applicant being paid an employee salary. For more information regarding employment, contact Paula Waldrop at 432-335-3323.

Outside Agency / Self-Sponsored

Outside Agency or Self-Sponsored applicants must complete the entire application process, and payment of the $1,000 application fee to the Odessa Police Department no later than one month prior to the academy session beginning. Acceptable forms of payment are:

  • Cash
  • Credit Card (VISA, MasterCard and Discover)
  • Personal check, agency check, cashier check or money order payable to the City of Odessa