Lateral Police Officer

Tucson, AZ
University of Arizona

Salary: $25.50 – $31.87.

Position Summary:

This position is intended for peace officers with an active certification status by AZPOST or another state’s peace officer certification entity. All other candidates should apply for the position of Police Officer Recruit. If the position of Police Officer Recruit is not currently open, please revisit the position listing at a later date.

The University of Arizona Police Department is seeking experienced and motivated applicants to fill the position of Police Officer II. Candidates must demonstrate effective critical thinking skills, exhibit sound judgment, and be in good physical and mental health. We seek to reflect the rich diversity of the community in the quality people we employ. UAPD officers must be committed to public safety, civil service, integrity, and professionalism. This position has a one-year probation period. Qualifying sworn personnel are afforded opportunities for rank and lateral advancement as well as specialty assignments within the department.

Essential Functions:

  • Safeguards life and property through enforcement of state laws and university administrative rules.
  • Responds to public safety emergencies and calls for police service.
  • Detects suspicious and criminal activity for the purpose of improving public safety conditions.
  • Participates in proactive traffic enforcement and detection of impaired drivers.
  • Investigates crimes, crashes, and suspicious activity.
  • Affects detentions and arrests.
  • Collects and processes evidence.
  • Writes, reviews, and submits incident and crash reports.
  • Issues criminal summons, civil citations, written warnings, and verbal warnings.
  • Participates in public education and community engagement activities.
  • Conducts proactive patrols of thoroughfares, grounds, buildings, and facilities for the purpose of asset protection and crime prevention.
  • Attends required department training and complies with the AZPOST certification retention requirements.
  • Testifies in court, participates in attorney interviews/depositions, and responds to subpoenas.
  • Attends organizational meetings and unit briefings.
  • Communicates with department members and the public verbally, in writing, and via electronic means.
  • If properly qualified, trains other department members and evaluates their performance.
  • Participates in department programs and/or aides in their administration.
  • Participates in public safety campaigns and presentations.
  • Assists stranded motorists and lost individuals.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • United States citizen.
  • At least 21 years of age at time of hire.
  • A high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Valid driver’s license. (Out of state applicants shall obtain an Arizona driver’s license at time of hire.)
  • If prior military, must have been honorably discharged.
  • No felony convictions.
  • Must meet Arizona Peace Officers Standards & Training drug standards.
  • You can also review AZPOST Rules R13-4-105, 106, 107 and 109.
  • Must possess at the time of application a current AZPOST Certificate or equivalent out of state certification;
  • OR current Pima Community College Law Enforcement Academy Certificate;
  • OR verification of current enrollment in the Pima Community College Law Enforcement Academy.