Lateral Police Officer

Buckeye, AZ
Buckeye Police Department


$66,581.00 – $96,595.00 Annually

Position Scope

This position has a hiring incentive of up to $7,000. Half of the incentive to be paid to the employee at the six (6) month anniversary and the remaining half to be paid at the one (1) year anniversary.
Under general supervision, performs standard police work in the protection of life and property through the enforcement of laws and ordinances, generally consisting of routine patrol, preliminary investigations and traffic regulation duties.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities
The following duties ARE NOT intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed by all employees in this classification, only a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.

  • Patrols and provides security for assigned areas, looking for unusual or suspicious activities or persons; provides scene security and protection for Fire and medical personnel.
  • Patrols the city to respond to citizens’ requests for assistance, enforce traffic regulations, detect crime, apprehend violators, and ensure public safety.
  • Maintains vehicle and equipment according to Department standards.
  • Enforces local, state and federal laws, and municipal code.
  • Responds to emergency and non-emergency calls for service; interrogates and communicates with victims, witnesses and suspects in cases.
  • Completes detailed reports and required paperwork.
  • Arrests law violators; transports and processes suspects, victims and prisoners; serves arrest and search warrants; serves and enforces orders of protection.
  • Represents the City police at court hearings; prepares reports and testifies in court cases.
  • Investigates crimes and accidents as required; secures and processes crime and accident scenes; identifies and collects evidence.
  • Presents education and information through community and school awareness projects; counsels citizens on law enforcement activities, programs and referral resources.
  • Assists other Police personnel, outside organizations and businesses, and Federal, state and local law enforcement organizations.
  • Maintains the integrity, professionalism, philosophies, attitudes, and values of the Police Department by assuring that all rules and regulations are followed.
  • May work special assignments including, but not limited to, Special Investigations, Training Officer, Terrorism Liaison Officer, Traffic Unit Officer, Public Liaison Officer, School Resource Officer, etc.
  • Performs other duties as assigned or required.

Minimum Qualifications & Position Requirements
Education and Experience:
In-State Laterals (Current AZPOST Certification)
High school diploma or GED equivalent; completion of Arizona POST Academy; completion of an FTO program and probation period; and currently certified as an AZPOST Peace Officer with two consecutive years as a full-time sworn police officer.

Out-of-State Laterals (Waiver Process Required)
High school diploma or GED equivalent; completion of Arizona POST Academy OR other law enforcement academy with substantially similar curricula; completion of an FTO program and probation period; and current or previous experience of two consecutive years as a full-time sworn police officer. Continued employment is contingent upon AZPOST-approval of waiver application.