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The Scottsdale Police Department is an accredited, full service agency committed to excellence, initiative and integrity. We are an equal opportunity employer, and our team includes sworn and civilian positions in a wide range of jobs.

A job with the Scottsdale Police Department provides:

  • A highly competitive compensation and benefits package including first day health benefits
  • A variety of health and dental plans to meet individual and family needs
  • Two weeks paid vacation beginning your first year of employment
  • State-of-the-art equipment and technology that enhances our employees’ ability to do their job and learn a variety of new skills
  • Opportunities for advanced training, education and growth

Opportunities

Disqualifiers

Before proceeding, read about the disqualifiers, tattoos and piercings policy that may prohibit you from a job with the Scottsdale Police Department.

Applies to the following uniformed positions: Police Officers, Police Aides, Detention Officers, Crime Scene Specialists, Security Guard.

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.
  • Been dishonorably discharged from the United States armed forces.
  • Been previously denied certified status, have certified status revoked or have current certified status suspended or have voluntarily surrendered certified status in lieu of possible disciplinary action in this or any other state if the reason for denial, revocation, suspension, or possible disciplinary action was or would be a violation of R13-4-109(A) if committed in Arizona.
  • Illegally possessed, produced, cultivated, or transported marijuana for sale or sold marijuana.
  • Illegally possessed or used marijuana for any purpose within the past three years.
  • Illegally possessed or used marijuana other than for experimentation. Experimentation is defined as not exceeding a total of 20 times lifetime or exceeding five times, since attaining the age of 21.
  • Ever illegally possessed or used marijuana while employed or appointed as a peace officer.
  • Illegally sold, produced, cultivated, or transported for sale a dangerous drug or narcotic.
  • Illegally used a dangerous drug or narcotic, other than marijuana, for any purpose within the past seven years.
  • Ever illegally used a dangerous drug or narcotic other than for experimentation. Experimentation is defined as not exceeding a total of 5 times lifetime or exceeding one time, since attaining the age of 21. This includes, but is not limited to, cocaine/crack, heroin, opium, morphine, LSD/acid, methamphetamine/speed, mescaline, or derivatives thereof. Use of non-prescription steroids since Jan.1, 1994, shall fall under the same restrictions.
  • Ever possessed or used a dangerous drug or narcotic while employed or appointed as a peace officer.
  • Have a pattern of abusing prescription medication.
  • Lied during any stage of Scottsdale Police Department’s hiring process, falsified any information on the application or background questionnaire.

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

  • Ever been convicted of a felony within the last 5 years.
  • Been dishonorably discharged from the United States armed forces within the last 10 years.
  • Illegally produced, cultivated, or transported marijuana, a dangerous drug or narcotic for sale or sold the aforementioned within the last 10 years.
  • Illegally used marijuana for any purpose within the past 3 years.
  • Illegally used a dangerous drug or narcotic for any purpose within the past 7 years.

Tattoos

  • Prohibits employees from exhibiting tattoos that are obscene, sexual, racial, or religiously discriminatory.
  • Prohibits excessive visible tattoos. Excessive is defined as:
    • Covering 1/3 or more of exposed body part.
      • Employees with tattoos covering 1/3 or more of an exposed body part are required to cover the tattoos with long sleeve shirts or pants while in the performance of their duties.
    • Visible on hands, face or neck.
      • Exception: Uniformed employees are permitted one “ring style” finger tattoo per hand, between the 2nd and 3rd knuckle, closest to the hand where a ring would be normally worn.
      • Exception: Employees in a non-uniformed position are permitted to have discreet visible tattoos on the back, and/or side of the neck, behind the ear, and on hands.

Mutilations

  • Prohibits enlarged or stretched holes, other visible mutilations, makings, or intentional scaring of the ears, face, or mouth to include tongue, lips, gums and teeth, or neck.
  • Prohibits visible dental veneers or permanent dental inserts with a prominent and unnatural appearance; such as jewels, contrasting caps, initials, or other unnatural dental designs.
  • Prohibits the display of foreign objects, piercings, or jewelry inserted around or under the exposed skin.
  • Prohibits the possession of an intentionally split or forked tongue.

Jewelry

Conservative jewelry may be worn when appropriate to the assignment and when it does not create a safety risk.

  • Prohibits male and female uniformed employees from wearing more than three rings.
  • Prohibits male employees from wearing earrings.
  • Prohibits female uniformed employees from wearing large earrings, including hoops and/or dangles.
    • Exception: All female employees are permitted to wear one pair of stud earrings.

Make-Up

  • Prohibits all female employees from wearing non-conservative make-up.

Hair and Facial Hair

  • Prohibits male uniformed employees from cuts that touch the collar or ears.
  • Prohibits male employees from mustaches that are unprofessional, untidy and untrimmed.
  • Prohibits male uniformed employees from wearing other facial hair, such as goatees and beards, unless authorized by the Chief of Police.
  • Prohibits male employees from wearing long, untrimmed beards.
    • The style must be consistent with professional appearance standards.
  • Prohibits female uniformed employees from wearing hair that interferes with assigned duties.
    • Hair cannot extend beyond the top of the shoulders.
    • Restrain hair using pins, braids, or ponytails. Coil or fold braids or ponytails under and/or close to the head to enhance safety.
    • Style must be consistent with professional appearance standards.

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internship opportunities

One of the goals of internships is to mentor talented individuals looking to gain valuable real world experiences by applying their skills and knowledge they’ve acquired in college within a professional environment.

An internship with the Scottsdale Police Department will prepare the individual for a rewarding career in Law Enforcement. Please take a look at the available internship opportunities that Scottsdale PD has available.

Current Opportunities

Crime Analysis Internship

Contact Information

City of Scottsdale - Police Personnel Unit
P:  480-312-1943links to external site
spdpersonnel@ScottsdaleAZ.gov

The City of Scottsdale is an Equal Opportunity Employer