Police Officer Recruit

Tucson, AZ
The University of Arizona

The University of Arizona Police Department seeks entry level applicants. Those interested in becoming a UA Police Officer must demonstrate effective critical thinking skills, exhibit sound judgment and be healthy both physically and emotionally.

We seek to reflect the rich diversity of the community in the quality people we employ. The men and women of UAPD possess a strong sense of community and service orientation. As an officer you can make a difference. Our officers are committed to public service, professionalism & peaceful community.

If you qualified for this position, but were not selected, we encourage you to reapply if this position reopens again under a new posting number.



Attends a minimum of a twenty two week training program under supervision of AZ Post instructors to acquire minimum knowledge and skills necessary to perform in Police Officer classification.
Reads and studies instructional or informational material in order to achieve elementary working knowledge.
Prepares for and takes written and physical test to prove knowledge and skill levels.
Receives field training from certified Field Training Officer (FTO), utilizing and applying knowledge from classroom work. Receives evaluations from FTO to track progress.
Obtains certification upon meeting AZ Post established, minimum standards and passing required examinations (or waiver examinations) within six (6) month period.

As an OFFICER upon graduation:

Patrols buildings and grounds checking locked doors and windows and investigates suspicious activity or people.
Receives briefing upon arrival for duty; secures information, asks questions and participates in required departmental training and discussion of information.
Patrols assigned areas on foot or by motor vehicle to control traffic, prevent or deter crime and arrest violators; issues warnings or citations to drivers when violations of motor vehicle laws are observed.
Writes and files with supervisor crime reports and daily activity reports of disturbances, accidents, crimes and tickets issued in prescribed format.
Assists motorists and University community by delivering emergency messages; helping motorists with flat tires, stalled vehicles or keys locked in car; advising University community on crime prevention techniques.
Responds to emergency alarms and dispatched calls; makes decisions based on analysis of situation and facts.
Testifies in court in response to subpoena as witness and/or reporting officer to crime.
Investigates all types of crimes and accidents; performs follow up duties on crimes/accidents as directed by supervisor; interviews suspects and witnesses; collects evidence and facts; files appropriate reports as directed by federal, state or local legal requirements.


Arizona Board of Regents Minimum Qualifications
• High school diploma or GED; AND,
• Must meet Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training (AZ Post)* and University standards for appointment as a peace officer.
• Possession of a current Arizona Type D driver’s license upon employment.
*United States citizenship required. AZ Post certification requires a person to have reached age twenty-one (21) by the completion of the academy. No felony convictions. No dishonorable military discharge.

Preferred Qualifications
• Knowledge of Law Enforcement practices and procedures.
• Skill in analytical, objective observance of situations and quick decision making.
• Skill in managing situations firmly, courteously, tactfully and impartially.
• Skill in recording information accurately and completely.
• Ability to effectively communicate.