Police Recruit Written Exam

Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix Police Department

Phoenix Police Department is currently hiring.

The fundamental reason this classification exists is to serve the community, protect life and property, and reduce crime in Phoenix while treating everyone with dignity and respect. These duties are achieved through investigation into and enforcement of federal and local laws, as well as education, communication, and partnerships with the community.

Certain duties will place Police Officers into dangerous situations, and Police Officers must be able to exercise sound and independent judgement in emergency situations. Police Officers may perform either general or specialized work, depending on assignment. Specialty assignments (such as K9 Officer, VICE, Bomb Squad, etc.) may require additional duties, training, testing, and equipment.

Police Officers’ work is carried out, reviewed, and managed under the general supervision and direction of a Police Sergeant or other supervisor. Supervisors will manage Police Officers’ performance through personal inspections, citizen feedback, and review of verbal and written reports. Employees within this class are distinguished from the Police Recruit by the full range of duties performed in routine patrol, law enforcement, preliminary investigations, and traffic control for a designated area on an assigned shift. The Essential Functions and Minimum Essential Qualifications for Police Recruit can be found in the Police Recruit Job Description.


• Be at least 20.5 years of age at the time of application; 21 years of age prior to completion of the Academy.
• Be a United States citizen.
• Be in sound physical and mental health.
• Have at least 20/20 vision uncorrected; or 20/20 vision corrected by glasses or hard contact lenses if uncorrected acuity is 20/80 or better; 20/20 vision corrected by soft contact lenses if uncorrected acuity is 20/200 or better. Vision capable of distinguishing basic color groups against a favorable background.
• Have not been dishonorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces.
• Within the last 36 months:
o Have fewer than 8 driving violations points,
o Have no more than one chargeable accident,
o Have no convictions for DUI (no more than one in lifetime)
o Possess valid driver's license that has not been cancelled, refused, suspended or revoked.
• Must meet AZ P.O.S.T. and Phoenix Police Department drug standards.
• No commission or conviction of a felony. Misdemeanor arrests are discretionary.
• Must have good moral character and personal integrity.
• No history of criminal or improper conduct. No poor employment or irresponsible financial history.
• Must have a high school diploma or GED equivalency.
• AZ POST (Arizona Peace Officers Standards and Training) certified officers may be eligible for lateral transfers after submitting an application and completing the physical agility assessment and the Phoenix Police Department background investigation.