Police Officer Certified/Lateral

Lake havasu City, AZ
Lake Havasu Police Department

Arizona POST Certified Officer Applicants
In order to apply as an AZPOST certified lateral Police Officer, candidates must have successfully completed an Arizona POST approved Police Officer Academy and currently possess an active AZPOST Peace Officer Certification. Applicants currently certified by AZPOST will not be required to attend the academy.

Out-of-State Lateral Officer Applicants
Out-of-State lateral Police Officers must have successfully completed a sworn Police Officer Academy and currently possess an active Peace Officer Certification. Out-of-State Lateral Officers may be able to gain AZPOST Certification through the waiver process, and if successfully completed, will not be required to attend the academy. Out-of-State lateral Police Officers will be hired as a “Police Officer Trainee” and will remain a “Trainee” until AZPOST Peace Officer Certification is received.

Class Description:
Incumbent is responsible for enforcing federal, state, and local laws and ordinances. Duties may include: patrolling assigned area in a marked patrol car, directing traffic for special events and emergency situations, making a police presence known, enforcing vehicle and traffic laws, conducting accident investigations, detecting and preventing criminal activity, transporting prisoners, taking reports, collecting and preserving evidence, apprehending criminals and offenders, answering and responding to radio calls for assistance, assisting other law enforcement agencies and the fire department, conducting V.I.N. inspections, acting as the jailer, and collecting intelligence information.

Education & Experience:
High School Diploma or General Education Development (G.E.D.), preferably supplemented by coursework in criminal justice, and/or military service experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed below.

Licensing & Training:

  • Valid Arizona Driver’s License of appropriate class.
  • United States Citizenship.
  • Ability to pass a background investigation.
  • National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) training, based on assignment.

Police Officer – AZ State certification as a Police Officer
Police Officer/Trainee – Out-of-State certification as a Police Officer with the ability to obtain AZ State certification through the Waiver Process.