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Phoenix Regional Police Academy
Phoenix, AZ 85041
602-534-COPS (2677)
7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. M-F

Email us at recruiting.ppd@phoenix.gov

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Your path to a new career!


Hiring Bonus/College Incentive

​​ Hiring Bonus for Police Recruits - $7,500

  • $2,500 upon initial hire.
  • $2,500 on successful completion of the Phoenix Regional Police Academy.
  • $2,500 on successful completion of the Probationary period as a Police Officer. ​

Hiring Bonus for Lateral Police Officers - $7,500

  • $3,750 upon swearing-in as a Phoenix Police Officer. 
  • $3,750 upon successful completion of the Probationary period.
**Applicants must include the employee name and the city employee ID number on the original HR application for the current city employee to be eligible for the $2,500.00 referral incentive.**

**College Incentive for Police Recruit Applicants**

Police Recruit applicants possessing a Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited academic institution are eligible for a $1,227.20 hiring incentive.

The college incentive will be paid out over the course of the 26-week training academy. Upon graduating the academy, all Police Recruits are promoted to a sworn Police Officer classification and enter a new pay category.

Minimum Qualifications

For minimum qualifications click HERE​.

Application Process​

Step 1: Complete AZPOST Personal History Packet

  • Complete an AZPOST Personal History Statement (PH) at
    Click here --> my.azpost.gov and share with Phoenix Police Department. Record the AZPOST Form ID number for your records as this will be needed in the next step to register for the written/online exam.  

Step 2: Register For Written or Online Examination

  • Register For a Written or Online Test here: 
    • Register for Police Recruit Exam <-- Click here 
      (if an oracle page pops up, close page and click link again.)

      • You will receive a confirmation email approximately 1-2 days prior to the exa​​m date.
    • In Person Test: In search box, type​  "Police Recruit"
    • Online Test: In search box, type​​ 43558
      • You will receive a sign-up email for the online test in approximately 5-7 business days. ​​​​​
  • Applicant Information Sheet and Notary 2021 

    **In order to expedite your application please bring notarized copies of the above PDF documents with you to the written examination.**
  • A 70% or higher is passing score for this written exam: 
  • Study guide for purchase through exam vendor IPMA: 

STEP 3: Peace Officer Physical Aptitude Test (POPAT)

Offered the same day as the written exam. The test will be administered at the Phoenix Regional Police Academy 10001 S. 15th Ave Phoenix, AZ 85041.

The POPAT consists of the following events:

  1. Solid Fence Climb
  2. Chain Link Fence Climb
  3. 165lb Body Drag
  4. 99 Yard Obstacle (agility) Course
  5. 500 Yard Run

Visit the Phoenix Police YouTube channel for instructional videos or click each of the links above.  

More information regarding POPAT (PDF)

**Qualified applicants will be contacted after completion of the physical agility assessment (POPAT).**

If you haven't been contacted within 2-3 weeks, call the Employment Services Bureau (ESB) at 602-262-6925 to find out the status of your background packet.


STEP 4: Background Interview

After successful completion of the POPAT, applicants will be contacted by a background investigator to schedule an interview.

STEP 5: Polygraph Examination

Applicants will be given a polygraph examination (lie detector test) administered by a trained, professional examiner. The test will confirm information noted on the applicant's background packet.

STEP 6: Psychological Test

Applicants will be evaluated by a licensed psychologist.

STEP 7: Medical Examination

Applicants will undergo a complete medical examination given by a licensed physician

STEP 8: Controlled Substance Screening

Applicants will be required to submit to a urinalysis at some point in the hiring process.

Salary and Compensation

Salary and Compensation information click HERE.

Lateral Police Transfer

Lateral police transfer information click HERE.

Military and Veteran Process

Military and Veteran hiring information click HERE.

Out of State Applicant Process

Out of state applicant hiring process and information click HERE.

Frequently Asked Questions

Click HERE for FAQ's


Written Exam & POPAT

Friday, January 21st, 2022 at 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 5th, 2022 at 7:00 a.m.​

Phoenix Regional Police Academy
10001 S. 15th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85041

The POPAT will be adminstered the same day as the Written Exam
Arrive in physical fitness attire and bring water/snacks
​You will need your AZPOST Form ID number to participate in the examinations.





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