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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


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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.
  • Committed a felony, an offense that would be a felony if committed in this state, or an offense involving dishonesty, unlawful sexual misconduct, or physical violence while employed by a law enforcement agency.
  • Engaged in any conduct or pattern of conduct that tends to disrupt, diminish, or otherwise would jeopardize public trust in the law enforcement profession.
  • 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 or legally used marijuana (in any form including, but not limited to, THC extracts, cannabis, hashish, marijuana extracts or marijuana edibles/liquids/vapors) for any purpose within the past 2 years.
  • 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 7 years.
  • Ever illegally used a dangerous drug or narcotic more than a total of 5 times lifetime or exceeding 1 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).
  • Ever possessed or used a dangerous drug or narcotic while employed or appointed as a peace officer.
  • Illegally possessed or used steroids for any purpose within the past 3 years.
  • Have a pattern of abusing prescription medication.
  • Illegally possessed or used Adderall or similar drug, except as prescribed by a physician, for any purpose within the past 3 years.
  • Ever illegally possessed or used marijuana, dangerous drug or narcotic, steroids, or Adderall or similar drug while employed or appointed as a peace officer.
  • Had excessive traffic violations within the past 3 years.

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

  • 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, for sale, marijuana or a dangerous drug or narcotic within the last 10 years.
  • Illegally used marijuana for any purpose within the past 12 months.
  • Illegally used a dangerous drug or narcotic for any purpose within the past 5 years.


  • Excessive visible tattoos must be covered with long sleeves or pants while representing the department. Excessive is defined as covering 1/3 or more of an exposed body part.
    • Tattoos not offensive in nature, but otherwise normally prohibited because of location, may be displayed during department sanctioned physical fitness activities, trainings, etc.
  • Tattoos are prohibited if visible on the face and front or side of the neck.
    • Permanent makeup, conservative in style, is permitted.
  • Tattoos on the back of the neck and behind the ear are permissible if discreet and not offensive in nature.
  • One small finger tattoo, not offensive in nature, is permissible per hand when approved by the Chief of Police or designee.
  • DO NOT exhibit a tattoo or permanent body marking that could:
    • Be viewed as obscene, hateful, violent, or sexual.
    • Symbolize racial supremacy, drug or alcohol use, or criminal activity to include criminal gang affiliations.
    • Be negative or disrespectful to any person, group, or class of people.

Mutilations - Do Not:

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

Jewelry / Body Piercing / Makeup

Jewelry such as necklaces, is permissible when appropriate to the assignment and not a safety risk or distracting in nature is permissible.

  • Employees are prohibited from wearing ear gauges or other distracting earrings.
  • Visible holes in earlobes caused by wearing ear gauges are prohibited.
  • Male employees cannot wear earrings while in uniform or while representing the department in an official capacity. Female employees in uniformed positions may wear one pair of stud earrings.
  • Wearing more than three rings is prohibited for all male employees and for female employees in uniformed positions.
  • Only females may wear makeup so long as it is not distracting in nature.

Hair and Facial Hair

  • Ensure beards are neatly trimmed and short.
  • Uniformed employees cannot have beards, unless a religious or medical accommodation has been requested and approved by the Chief of Police or designee in consultation with Human Resources (HR) and the City Attorney’s Office.
  • Ensure goatees and mustaches are professional and neatly trimmed. The style must be consistent with professional appearance standards.
  • For uniformed employees, goatee facial hair cannot exceed a ¼ inch in length.
  • Ensure hair does not interfere with assigned duties. Style must be in a manner consistent with professional appearance standards.
  • For males in uniformed positions, hair must be cut above the top of the collar and the ears.
  • For females in uniformed positions, hair cannot extend beyond 6” past the bottom of the collar.
    • Restrain hair using pins, braids, or ponytails (be aware of the potential risks and hazards of wearing hair in a ponytail).


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 Unit (CAU) internships may be available for Spring, Summer and Fall.  For CAU internship opportunities and application details, please email or call the CAU Supervisor, Mary Bertuccelli, at 480-312-8155.

Contact Information

Scottsdale Police Department - Background Investigations Unit
P:  480-312-1943links to external site (Scottsdale P.D. employment inquiries only)

The City of Scottsdale is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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