Recruit and Lateral Police Officers

Prescott, AZ
Prescott Police Department

Salary: 29.72-44.58 per hour.

Position Summary:

Protects citizens by preventing crime, enforcing laws, apprehending suspects, and monitoring traffic. Respond to calls for service and completes written documentation/arrests as needed.

This position normally has no supervisory responsibilities. It is distinguished from the Police Sergeant position in that it does not normally supervise others and is limited in the degree of administrative duties performed. This job class is expected to exercise independent judgment and apply discretion in following guidelines on a regular basis in the disposition of daily activities.

Essential Functions:

  • Handles emergency and 911 calls; may assist dispatch with calls.
  • Responds to emergencies; respond to calls for service.
  • Mediates family or public disputes.
  • Responds to reports of suicide threats; takes appropriate action as needed.
  • Conducts accident investigations; issues traffic citations; and directs traffic.
  • Monitors criminal activity within the City; may patrol assigned area; reports unsafe streets and buildings; and takes appropriate action when needed.
  • Rescues and revives victims as appropriate.
  • Assists detectives with case investigations including gathering of evidence, protecting the crime scene, and conducting interviews.
  • Investigates assigned misdemeanor and felony crimes; determines strategy and manages case progression; interviews suspects, victims, and witness; collects evidence; follows up with associates and related businesses; creates a detailed report; and follows up until case closure unless assigned elsewhere.
  • Makes and processes arrests. · Writes reports.
  • Testifies in court.
  • Handles security for special events as assigned.
  • Assists Department with training of new hires; performs outreach activities within the community; conducts tours; and completes projects as assigned.
  • Takes additional training as recommended or required such as: Firearms Training; Basic Forensic Interviewing; Basic Interview and Interrogations; Basic Crime Scene Investigation; Search Warrant Training; and specific software training in using applications such as Microsoft/databases.
  • Provides support and assistance to special crime prevention and law enforcement programs depending on assigned area.
  • Ensures equipment is operational; reports equipment needing repair; and tests new equipment and techniques.
  • Assists with administrative tasks; maintains logs.
  • Attends Department meetings and meetings of groups related to assigned areas such as YFAC Advocacy Team Meetings.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • High school diploma; or any equivalent combination of education, experience, and training which provides the knowledge and abilities necessary to perform the essential functions of the position.
  • Possess a valid Arizona driver’s license.
  • Obtain a Arizona POST (Police Officers Standard Training) basic police officer certification.
  • Pass a 20-week regional training academy program.
  • Hold (or obtain within required time frame) certifications in CPR/First Aid.
  • Obtain training/certifications/endorsements applicable to job assignment.