Scottsdale Police Officers are essential to the City of Scottsdale community - 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 and age 20 years and 6
months at the time of application.
The recruitment process for police officers begins by completing an online application – available on the city’s Jobs page.
Those who meet minimum qualifications may be invited to complete both a background questionnaire and background interview ("background investigation phase"). The background investigation phase also includes a polygraph examination, physical fitness and written assessments, and an oral board interview.
Those who complete all of these background steps 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 Training requirements as specified in
Arizona Administrative Code: R13-4-107). A re-fitness assessment must also be completed at the
time of a conditional job offer, which consists of a minimum of 15 push-ups (no time limit), 25 sit-ups (no time limit) and a 3-mile run completed in under 30:00 minutes without stopping or walking any portion.
If those steps are completed successfully, candidates will be given a final job offer – the entire process can take up to 12-weeks.
The Scottsdale Police Personnel Unit reserves the right to change this process.
Those candidates who make it through the entire process are hired as Police Officer Trainees and paid entry-level salary while
attending an 24-26 week police academy. Upon satisfactory completion of the academy, the trainee is sworn in as a fully certified Police Officer, and begins approximately twenty weeks of field training.
Trainees serve an 18-month probationary period from the date of hire.
The Scottsdale Police Department hires qualified candidates who are currently State of Arizona certified police
officers (preference: 1 year of experience working as a peace officer in municipal policing within the Unites States, or U.S. Territories, within the last three years). Candidates must meet the minimum requirements of the position and complete a police officer lateral/waiver application.
The selection process is similar to that for new recruits, and includes a background investigation, oral board interview,
physical assessment, as well as a medical examination, psychological evaluation and drug/alcohol screening but
does not include a written assessment.
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
(background investigation, oral board interview, physical assessment, medical examination, psychological evaluation and
drug/alcohol screening) and meet the following criteria to be considered for a waiver position:
Out-of-state waiver candidates should plan on a minimum of two visits to Arizona (at candidate's expense) to complete the background investigation phase including physical fitness assessment, and conditional testing process.
The City of Scottsdale is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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