Police Officer Requirements - Arizona



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Minimum Qualifications & Selection Criteria:

   Must be a citizen of the United States

   Possess a High school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED)

   Be at least 21 years of age at the time of graduation from academy

   Possess a valid Arizona driver's license by the starting date.  Documented proof will be required

   No felony convictions

Those who wish to compete as a Certified Officer must additionally meet the following qualifications (supporting documentation required).

         Possess an AZ POST Peace Officer Certification

         Served a probationary period and/or have been in a permanent position for a minimum of one year

         Have been employed as a police officer within the last 18 months


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Selection Process:

Note:  An applicant MUST pass each step of the process before moving on to the next step. Additionally, if the applicant fails the physical fitness OR the written examination OR the qualifications appraisal board (QAB), the applicant MUST start over again at the physical fitness examination, even if they have passed it before and even if they have previously passed either the written or QAB examinations.


Qualifications Appraisal Board - Applicant must pass an oral interview involving interpersonal skills and problem solving abilities.

Applicants successfully completing the first three steps will be ranked in numeric order by combined written (40%) and QAB (60%) scores on an eligibility list.  Applicants who are claiming preference points and provide the appropriate documentation (i.e., DD214, etc.) will have 5 points added to their final passing score.  This documentation MUST be provided to the Department prior to the Qualifications Appraisal Board interviews.  Failure to do so will preclude the 5 points from being added to the candidates final passing score. Candidates will be invited to proceed to the next phase of testing in the order of their rankings.


Veterans: The Arizona Department of Public Safety's patrol officer training program has been approved for Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) education benefits (GI Bill) for continued training.  


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