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Arizona Lateral Transfer Process

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The Scottsdale Police Department hires qualified candidates who are currently State of Arizona certified police officers.  Candidates must meet the minimum requirements of the position and complete a police officer application.  

• The most qualified candidates  are invited to the test, which includes a written and physical fitness component.  The testing process will take approximately six hours.

• Candidates who pass the initial testing process are invited to an oral interview.  Candidates who pass the interview are notified to complete a background information packet and are required to return the information within 7-10 days.

• Each background packet will be reviewed and qualified candidates who do not have disqualifiers or other areas of concern, are scheduled for a background interview. Candidates also take a polygraph as part of the background investigation process.

• Qualified candidates who successfully pass the background process are submitted to police management for review and if approved, a conditional job offer is made.

• Upon successful completion of the conditional job offer (*medical examination, psychological evaluation and drug/alcohol screening), candidates are given an actual job offer. This entire process takes about two to three months. 


*Pursuant to Arizona POST requirements as specificed in Arizona Administrative Code:  R13-4-107

If you have any questions, please contact Senior Public Safety Analyst Sue Sola, at 480-312-1931 or spspstaff@ScottsdaleAZ.gov.

The Scottsdale Public Safety Personnel Unit reserves the right to change this process.

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