Police Officer

Scottsdale Police Officers are the backbone of the department, patrolling the city to protect life and property, preventing and deterring crime, enforcing laws and assisting our citizens. Some officers serve in specialized units or in special assignments.

Minimum requirements include a high school diploma or GED; applicants must be U.S. citizens age 20 years and 8 months at the time of application.

The process for new recruits

The recruitment process for police officers begins by completing an online application – available on the city’s Jobs page when police officer positions are open.

Those who meet minimum qualifications may be invited to complete physical agility and written tests – which are completed consecutively on the same day.

Note: If you successfully complete the entire testing process and are selected to attend the police academy, these physical performance requirements will need to be improved significantly in order to pass the academy. 

Candidates who successfully complete the written and physical ability tests may be invited to an interview, after which an extensive background check, which includes a polygraph exam, is completed for those who move forward in the process.

Those who complete all of these to satisfaction may be given a conditional job offer, after which a medical examination, psychological evaluation and drug/alcohol screenings are completed (pursuant to Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Traininglinks to external site requirements as specified in Arizona Administrative Code:  R13-4-107).  A re-fitness test must also be successfully completed at the time of a conditional job offer, which consists of a minimum of 19 push-ups (recently revised to reflect no time limit), 28 sit-ups within one minute and a 3-mile run completed in under 29:40 minutes without stopping or walking any portion. 

If those are completed successfully, candidates will be given a final job offer – the entire process can take up to three months.

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

The Police Academy

Those who make it through the entire process are hired as Police Officer Trainees and paid entry-level salary while attending an 18-20 week police academy. Upon satisfactory completion of the academy, the trainee is promoted to Police Officer, and begins approximately thirteen weeks of field training. 

Trainees serve an 18-month probationary period from the date of hire.

Laterals (candidates from other Arizona law enforcement agencies)

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 process is nearly identical to that for new recruits, and includes written and physical testing, interviews, background check as well as a medical examination, psychological evaluation and drug/alcohol screening.

Pay for experience may be considered.

Waivers (candidates from out-of-state agencies)

The Scottsdale Police Department hires qualified candidates who are currently out-of-state certified police officers. Potential waiver candidates must be successful in all phases of the police officer hiring process outlined above and meet the following criteria to be considered for a possible waiver position:

  • The candidate must be a current certified police officer in good standing with a minimum of two years of related police experience. 
  • Candidates must have the equivalent to or in excess of a comparable Scottsdale police officer position in the areas of basic / in-service training and education. 
  • The candidate must have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Selection for the waiver process also requires the approval of Arizona P.O.S.T. links to external site and passing the waiver examination, range, Emergency Vehicle Operators Course (EVOC) and Police Officer Physical Abilities Test (POPAT). 
  • Candidates not accepted for the waiver process or those who do not successfully complete the waiver process are required to attend and pass the basic police academy.

Out-of-state candidates should plan on a minimum of three visits to Arizona (at your expense) to complete the testing, background and conditional testing process.

Pay for experience may be considered.

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