Police Officer Laterals

In-state or Out-of-State: Want to Join Mesa PD?

What is a Lateral Officer?

A Police Officer - Lateral is an experienced peace officer who is not required to attend the Mesa Police Academy and is assigned to a Field Training Officer upon being hired.

How does a Lateral join Mesa PD?

A Police Officer - Lateral must successfully complete the Field Training Program. The length of training will be dependent on an incumbent’s performance as determined by the police training staff.

In-state or Out-of-State: What Type of Lateral are You?

Police Officer In-State Laterals

The Mesa Police Department has supported the successful transition of many police officers from a variety of Arizona agencies. Our advanced facilities continue to lead the way in innovative technology and support the needs of our neighboring agencies and communities. Mesa police officers are given access to some of the latest technology and training to elevate their skills and better prepare them for life in the field.

What to expect for: In-State Laterals

Basic Requirements

Applicant must currently be, or has been, a certified sworn peace officer in good standing.

Application

Applicants must first apply online.

Mesa Police Department will be accepting In-State and Out-of State Laterals in the future. Opening dates will be posted once determined.

Background Check

You must print, complete and notarize the background questionnaire packet and mail directly to:
Mesa Police Department, Attn: Police Department Hiring Unit/ Background, P.O. Box 1466, Mesa, AZ 85211.

Assessments

Testing process will include a physical assessment, firearms assessment, background interview, selection interview, polygraph, and background investigation. If candidate is given a conditional offer of hire, then a psychological exam and medical exam must be completed.

 

In-state laterals Salary Range

  • 18 months to 2 years experience $27.39/hr. ($56,971.20)
  • 2 to 3 years experience $28.23/hr. ($58,718.40)
  • 4 to 5 years experience $29.97/hr. ($62,337.60)
  • 5 to 6 years experience $30.88/hr. ($64,230.40)
  • 6 to 7 years experience $31.82/hr. ($66,185.60)
  • 7+ years of experience $32.79/hr. ($68,203.20)

Notice! Mesa Police Department will be accepting In-State and Out-of State Laterals in the future. Opening dates will be posted once determined.

Police Officer Out-of-State Laterals

Police officers from across the country have decided to relocate their careers to the alluring desert landscape of Mesa Police Department. With near perfect weather 9 months out of the year and so many southwest attractions only a short drive away, (think majestic lakes, snowy mountain tops and the Grand Canyon, San Diego, Las Vegas and Mexico), it's no wonder the Mesa PD receives requests from lateral police officers from every corner of the U.S.

What to expect for: Out-Of-State Laterals

Basic Requirements

Applicant must currently be, or has been, an Arizona Post certified sworn peace officer in good standing.

Application

Applicants must first apply online.

Mesa Police Department will be accepting In-State and Out-of State Laterals in the future. Opening dates will be posted once determined.

Background Check

You must print, complete and notarize the background questionnaire packet and mail directly to:
Mesa Police Department, Attn: Police Department Hiring Unit/ Background, P.O. Box 1466, Mesa, AZ 85211.

Approval

Once the application is received it will be reviewed to determine if all of the minimum requirements for a lateral transfer are met.

Assessments

Testing process will include a physical assessment, firearms assessment, background interview, selection interview, polygraph, and background investigation. If candidate is given a conditional offer of hire, then a psychological exam and medical exam must be completed.

Once hired, applicant will become a City of Mesa employee and spend approximately 1 month studying for the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training (AZPOST) waiver tests to become certified. During that month the applicant will be meeting other criteria, such as the AZPOST driving course, firearms course and physical fitness obstacle course. Once the applicant has successfully passed the waiver exams and become certified, they will complete a Department Lateral Academy for 4 weeks. This academy is to familiarize themselves with forms, computer systems, radio system, etc. They will then be placed into the Field Training Program where they progress at their own individual time frame.

Fitness Requirements

The test consists of a timed obstacle course, body drag, chain-link and solid fence climb, and 500-yard run. The applicant must achieve a required amount of points to move to the next step in the process. For the POPAT scoring matrix, visit – https://post.az.gov/certification-process/waiver-process