We have made a promise to provide our community with officers willing to go above and beyond to uphold safety. To ensure we are selecting quality police officers who are up for the challenge, we have specific prerequisites in place. If you think you have what it takes, then review the information listed below to ensure you meet the minimum qualifications and are physically and mentally ready.
Age: At least 21 years of age by graduation from Police Academy. No maximum age limit.
Education and Experience: Requires graduation from high school or GED. Completion of college-level courses in criminal justice is desirable.
Background Investigation: Undergo a complete background Investigation that meets the standards of AZPOST.
Felonies:Applicants may NOT have been convicted of a felony or any offense that would be a felony if committed in Arizona. Applicants must not be under any indictment for any felony in any state or jurisdiction.
Bilingual Skills: English/Spanish are highly desirable.
Military Service: Applicants may not have been dishonorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces.
Driving: Due to the nature of the position, driving is required to perform the duties of a Police Officer. Factors which could prohibit a candidate from moving forward in the testing process include: Loss of license due to driving violation points. Two chargeable accidents within the previous 36 months. DUI conviction within the previous 36 months.
License: Must possess an Arizona Class D driver's license by hire date. No license or registration suspensions within the last 3 years from the date of reinstatement from the suspension.
Citizenship: Applicant must be a United States citizen.
Medical Examination: Undergo a complete medical examination that meets the standards of AZPOST.
Vision: As outlined by AZPOST -- vision is acceptable if it is 20/20 uncorrected or 20/20 or better corrected by glasses. If vision is uncorrected at 20/80 or better, and can be corrected to 20/20 by use of glasses or hard contacts, it is acceptable. If vision is uncorrected at 20/200, it must be corrected to 20/20 with soft contacts. An eye examination by an optometrist of the City's choice will be required prior to appointment. Radial keratotomy may be accepted once visual acuity is stabilized.
Prior to appointment or attending an academy, an applicant shall meet the following minimum qualifications:
Not have illegally sold, produced, cultivated or transported for sale marijuana.
Not have illegally used marijuana for any purpose within the past three years.
Not have illegally used marijuana other than for experimentation.
Not have illegally sold, produced, cultivated or transported for sale a dangerous drug or narcotic.
Not have illegally used a dangerous drug or narcotic, other than marijuana, for any purpose within the past seven years.
Not have illegally used a dangerous drug or narcotic other than for experimentation.
Not have a pattern of abuse of prescription medication.
The illegal use of marijuana, or a dangerous drug or narcotic, is presumed to be not for experimentation if:
The use of marijuana exceeds a total of 20 times or exceeds 5 times since the age of 21 years.
The use of any dangerous drug or narcotic, other than marijuana, in any combination exceeds a total of 5 times, or exceeds 1 time since the age of 21 years.
For additional information about the requirements, please see the AZPOST.