Sierra Vista, AZ
Sierra Vista Police Department

In addition to your initial application, there are 2 forms that you will need to complete as part of the background packet: the AZPOST Personal History form and the SVPD Background Questionnaire.
To complete the AZPOST Personal History form, register at https://my.azpost.gov/ and register and follow the instructions to complete the form. Once the form is completed, you will need to “share” it with the Sierra Vista Police Department. You will then be provided with a Form ID number. It is imperative that you provide us with that Form ID number by emailing it to lilly.perry@sierravistaaz.gov for us to be able to access your form.
The SVPD Background Questionnaire is attached in fillable format. You can complete it and print a copy to turn to Human Resources at a date to be determined after you have passed the physical and written tests.
It is important that you are thorough and honest when filling out these forms. Explanations should be provided in full detail where necessary.
If you have any questions, you can contact Recruiter Lilly Perry by email at lilly.perry@sierravistaaz.gov or by calling 520-439-2370.

Under limited supervision, performs general or special duty police work.
FLSA status: Non-exempt.

Essential functions included in the job description may include tasks, knowledge, skills, and other characteristics. The list of tasks is illustrative only and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions in this class.


$49,940.80 Annually


12/31/2022 11:59 PM Arizona


  • Patrol activities within the city;
  • Monitoring traffic for possible civil or criminal violations;
  • Prevention and discovery of the commission of crimes;
  • Apprehension of criminals and offenders;
  • Making presence known throughout  the community in a manner that contributes to the deterrence and solving of crime;
  • Answering calls and complaints involving fire, vehicle accidents, robberies, domestic violence situations, neighborhood disturbances, and other misdemeanors, felonies,   and service calls;
  • Administering first aid and CPR;
  • Securing crime scenes and conducting preliminary and full-scale investigations, except on major crimes;
  • Gathering evidence, obtaining witnesses, and issuing citations or making arrests, if appropriate;
  • Interviewing witnesses, gathering information, preparing detailed reports, and preparing case files for court prosecution;
  • Participating fully in annual and other regular training programs in police methods and procedures;
  • Testifying in court proceedings;
  • Performing specialized duties on an assigned basis, such as serving as a G.R.E.A.T. Officer, a member of a vice and/or narcotics investigations unit, Field Training Officer, Motor Unit Officer, Bike Unit Officer, Community Resource Officer, Community Response Team member, Tactical Unit member, firearms instructor, defensive tactics instructor, emergency driving instructor, physical fitness instructor, and other positions TBD
  • Participating in community service activities as a spokesperson for the department.

Desired Skills:

Knowledge of:

  • Applicable case law in the areas of arrest, probable cause, and search and seizure;
  • Departmental policies and procedures;
  • Police methods, practices, and procedures, with the ability to recall and apply this knowledge to specific situations; and
  • Geography of the City of Sierra Vista and surrounding community, including the location of important sites.


Skill in: 


  • Dealing courteously and effectively with people;
  • Applying good judgment and making operative decisions under pressure;
  • Preparing clear, comprehensive, and accurate reports;
  • Administering first aid and CPR;
  • The proficient use of all police equipment;
  • Communicating effectively, both orally and in writing; and
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with city staff, other law enforcement agencies, and the public.
Other Characteristics:
  • Performing work for extended periods of time in environments of extreme heat, cold, or wet conditions;
  • Performing the physical requirements of the work (e.g., run, and/or jump over rough terrain and obstacles; physically subdue and apprehend combative suspects; push or pull heavy objects and apply force with upper and lower body; reach, bend, stoop, kneel, twist, and turn; and sit and stand for extended periods of time);
  • Maintaining a level of fitness to meet department standards;
  • Qualifying annually with the department-issued sidearm; and
  • Successfully completing annual firearms judgmental training.


1.    Police officer candidates must be a minimum of 21 years old at the time of graduation from the police academy.
2.    Any candidate must be a United States citizen.
3.    Candidates must possess a high school diploma or GED equivalency certification.
4.    Candidates must possess a valid Arizona driver's license at time of employment.


5.   Candidates must demonstrate:
A.  Visual acuity of:
1)    20/20 or better, uncorrected; or


2)    20/80 or better, corrected to 20/20 by spectacles or hard contact  lenses; or


3)    20/200 or better, corrected to 20/20 by soft contact lenses.


              The candidate must demonstrate satisfactory adaptation to the contacts;


B.    Vision capable of distinguishing basic color groups against a favorable background; and


C.    Peripheral vision:


1)     that does not reveal scotoma or quadrantonopia; or


2)     in which vision perimeter testing is intact at one-hundred and seventy degrees.


6.    Candidates must possess uncorrected hearing with no loss greater than 25db in the 500, 1000, 2000, 3000 hertz frequencies as measured by an audiometer.
7.    Candidates must not have been convicted of a felony or any offense that would be a felony if committed in Arizona.


8.    Candidates must not have been convicted of a misdemeanor criminal offense involving moral turpitude in Arizona or in any state or federal jurisdiction where the commission of such a criminal offense would be a misdemeanor as defined by the Arizona Revised Statutes.


9.  Candidates must not have been dishonorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces.

10. Candidates must be able to meet the Arizona Peace Officers Standards and Training Board (AZ POST) certification requirements


11.  Candidates must not have been previously denied certified status, had a certification revoked, or have current certified status under suspension pursuant to AZ POST Section R13-4-109.


12.  Candidates must not have:


A.    used marijuana within the past two (2) years;

B.     used marijuana while employed or appointed as a peace officer.

13.  Candidates must not have illegally:


A.    used dangerous drugs or narcotics other than marijuana within the
past seven years;


B.    used dangerous drugs or narcotics other than for experimentation (The use
of dangerous drugs or narcotics is presumed to be greater than     experimentation if the use exceeds five (5) times total, or exceeds one time since the age of 21 years);


C.    sold, produced, cultivated, or transported for sale any dangerous
drugs or narcotics; or


D.    used dangerous drugs or narcotics while employed or appointed as a
peace officer.
14.  Candidates must not have a pattern of abuse of prescription drugs.


15.  Candidates must not have been convicted of a violation of or adjudged to have violated traffic regulations governing the movement of vehicles with such
a frequency so as to indicate disrespect for traffic laws and a disregard for the safety of other persons on the highway within the past three (3) years.
16. Police officer candidates must possess an associate degree or equivalent number of units (60) from an accredited college or meet the requirements for the AZ POST and AAS in Administration of Justice through Cochise College.   If applicants do not have a minimum of an associate degree or 60 college credits but have a minimum of 30 college credits or 30 joint Service Military Credits*, they will qualify for employment if the following conditions are met after hire:

  1. Attend and graduate from an Arizona peace officer training academy that partners with an accredited college that awards college credits upon graduation from the academy (e.g. Pima Community College and the Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Training Center, Rio Salado Community College and the Arizona Law Enforcement Training Academy, etc.), AND
  2. Upon graduation from the academy be awarded the required college credits to reach a combined total of 60 college credits, or be awarded an associate degree.
  3. *Valid joint Service Credits must be L-lower, U-upper and G-Graduate.  Vocational credits are not accepted.