Police Officer

Tempe, AZ
Tempe Police Department

Tempe police officers and the professionals who support us are honored to serve our community. Explore, connect and help us make a difference.

Police officer starting pay is $58,961 annually.

Tempe PD has numerous opportunities for specialization and advancement to include special assignments and promotion. Here are several of the assignments within Tempe PD

• Criminal Investigations & Special Investigations Bureaus
o Bomb Squad
o Detectives in several units specializing in the investigation of all manner of crime.
o K-9 Unit
o SWAT Team
• Personnel Services Bureau
o Firearms Training Unit
o Recruiting & Hiring Unit
o Training Unit


1. Be a United States citizen;
2. Be 20½ years of age at time of application;
3. Be a high school graduate or have successfully completed a General Education Development (GED) examination;
4. Be a validly licensed driver;
5. Not have been dishonorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces;
6. Not be a prohibited possessor of firearms;
7. Not have been convicted of a felony or any offense that would be a felony if committed in Arizona;
8. Not have been previously denied certified status, have certified status revoked or have current certified status suspended;
9. Not have illegally used marijuana for any purpose within the past 2 years;
10. Not have used any dangerous or narcotic drugs in the past 7 years – List: cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin, opium, morphine (unless
prescribed), LSD or acid, methamphetamines or speed, spice or a derivative thereof, bath salts;
11. Not have illegally used marijuana or dangerous or narcotic drugs in any combination other than for experimentation;
12. Not have illegally sold, produced, cultivated or transported for sale marijuana or dangerous or narcotic drugs;
13. Not have illegally used marijuana or dangerous or narcotic drugs while employed or appointed as a peace officer;
14. Not have a pattern of abuse of prescription medication;
15. Not have been convicted of or adjudged to have violated traffic regulations governing the movement of vehicles with a frequency within
the past 3 years that indicates a disrespect for traffic laws or a disregard for the safety of other persons on the highway;
16. Undergo a comprehensive background investigation;
17. Undergo a polygraph examination;
18. Undergo a psychological evaluation;
19. Undergo a medical examination