Automatic Disqualifiers

The Scottsdale Police Department will automatically disqualify any individual who has:

  • Ever been convicted of a felony or any offense that would be a felony if committed in Arizona.
  • Used ("tried") marijuana in the past three years or exceeds a total of 20 times lifetime or exceeds five times, since attaining the age of 21.
  • Used ("tried") any dangerous drug or illegal narcotic, other than marijuana, in any combination in the past seven years or exceeds a total of 5 times lifetime or exceeds one time, since attaining the age of 21. This includes, but is not limited to, cocaine/crack, heroin, opium, morphine, LSD/acid, methamphetamine/speed, peyote, mescaline, or derivatives thereof.
  • Sold, produced, cultivated, or transported marijuana or dangerous drugs/narcotics.
  • Been dishonorably discharged from the United States armed forces.
  • Had a pattern of abusing prescription medication.
  • Had excessive traffic violations within the past three years.
  • Committed or violated federal, state, or city laws pertaining to criminal activity while employed by a law enforcement agency.
  • Been previously employed with a law enforcement agency and since has committed or violated federal, state, or city laws pertaining to criminal activity.
  • Lied during any stage of the hiring process, falsified any information on the application or background questionnaire.
  • Unresolved responses to relevant issues when administered a polygraph examination.
  • Use of non-prescription steroids since Jan. 1, 1994, shall fall under the same restrictions as item #3 above.
  • Conviction of a domestic violence crime, misdemeanor or felony or conviction of a lesser charge which at the time of occurrence was a domestic violence crime.

Discretionary Disqualifiers

The following disqualifiers may, upon review by the Scottsdale Police Department, make you ineligible to work for the department:

  • An inability to perform the essential functions of the position.
  • Unlawful sexual conduct.
  • Excessive traffic violations: DUI, reckless, moving citations.
  • Commission of a felony.
  • Any discharge from the United States armed forces other than an honorable discharge.
  • Debts - demonstrated an unwillingness to honor fiscal contracts or just debts.
  • Any other conduct or pattern of conduct that would tend to disrupt, diminish, or otherwise jeopardize public trust in the law enforcement profession.



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