Lateral Officer

Tempe, AZ
Tempe Police Department

Hiring Bonus! $5,000 Lateral Officers

The path to hire for an Arizona POST certified officer or out-of-state lateral officer begins with completion of an online application.

As soon as the online application is accepted you should:

Complete the online AzPOST personal history form at my.AZPOST (if not done already). Once complete be sure to share your personal history form with Tempe PD.

  • Complete and print the AzPOST & TPD PH Face Sheet, Release & FCRA&D. You will bring this packet with you when instructed.
  • Candidates will be contacted by email within a couple weeks of applying and we will coordinate a physical agility test date. Scheduling options which reduce travel for out-of-state candidates are available.

Arizona POST certified officers do not complete a physical agility test. As part of the waiver process, out-of-state lateral officers must successfully complete the Police Officer Physical Aptitude Test (POPAT), which has five components:

  • 99-yard obstacle course;
  • Body drag;
  • Chain-link fence climb;
  • Solid fence climb;
  • 500-yard run.

Lateral candidates do not complete the written exam and move directly to the background list. Military preference points are added for veterans who honorably served.