Job Title:

Police Officer - Certified

Closing Date/Time: Continuous
Salary: $21.59 - $30.23 Hourly
$3,742.51 - $5,239.52 Monthly
$44,910.11 - $62,874.24 Annually 
Job Type: Full-time
Location: City of Yuma, Arizona
FLSA: Non-exempt position, eligible for overtime compensation.


Recruitment Information

This position is open continuous.  The written test will be held the third week of every month, beginning in February 2016.  To be considered for the test, the deadline to apply is at midnight the last day of the month prior to each test date.  Those qualified will be notified, by email, of the following:

  • Testing date
  • Test time
  • Test location
  • Link to a reading comprehension preparation guide
  • POPAT (agility) date

Job Incentives

If you have more than three (3) years' experience as a Police Officer, you will be eligible for an increase in the pay range.

Job Information

Under basic supervision, works with Yuma Police Department (YPD) Officers and learns to provide responsive police services; patrols, investigates, responds to calls for service, enforces laws, prevents crimes, and educates citizens according to area of assignment.


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ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: -- Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class; employees may be assigned duties which are not listed below; reasonable accommodations will be made as required.  The job description does not constitute an employment agreement and is subject to change at any time by the employer. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Enforces state and Federal laws, and City codes, according to consistently applied YPD policies, procedures and regulations; duties will vary according to job assignment.
  • Assists in patrolling the City to preserve law and order, deter and detect criminal activity, enforce laws and regulations, respond to citizen requests for assistance, reduce fear, apprehend violators, and provide public safety.
  • Provides security and a safe environment for the community; looks for unusual and suspicious activities and persons; responds to calls for service; interrogates and communicates with victims, witnesses and suspects; provides scene security and protection for emergency services and other agency personnel.
  • Answers calls and complaints; provides community-oriented police services to improve and enhance the quality of life in the community; treats citizens with courtesy and respect.
  • Investigates crimes and accidents; administers first aid, secures crime and accident scenes, conducts preliminary investigations, and identifies and preserves evidence.
  • Arrests law violators, and processes suspects, victims and prisoners; collects evidence and personal property, maintains proper records and chain of custody documentation, and testifies in court.
  • Completes detailed reports and required paperwork; serves warrants and court documents.
  • Cross-trains in a wide variety of law enforcement skills and disciplines.
  • Maintains the integrity, professionalism, values and goals of the Police Department by assuring that all rules and regulations are followed, and that accountability and public trust are preserved.
  • Supports the relationship between the City of Yuma and the general public by demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with citizens, visitors, and City staff; promotes the City goals and priorities, and complies with all City policies and procedures.
  • Maintains absolute confidentiality of work-related issues and City information; performs other duties as required or assigned.


Education, Training and Experience Guidelines 
High School Diploma or GED equivalent; AND completion of training and Peace Officer certification with the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Board. Must be 21 years of age, and be a U.S. citizen.  Must successfully pass a comprehensive background investigation including a polygraph, and meet the minimum POST standards for medical examinations and physical ability.