STEP 2: Pass the Written Test
STEP 3: Background Questionnaire Investigation & Interview
The AzPOST background packet will be completed by those who successfully complete the written exam. In order to continue with the application process, please complete the background packet according to the instructions, and return your completed background packet to the Phoenix Police Department Employment Services Bureau. Completed background packets may be turned in on the day of the written exam pending a successful outcome on the test.
Qualified applicants will be contacted a short time later (1-4 weeks) to set-up the initial interview. A resume must be provided during the initial interview.
STEP 4: 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 5: Peace Officer Physical Aptitude Test (POPAT)
Offered only to those who successfully pass the first 4 steps in the hiring process. The test will be administered at the Phoenix Regional Academy.
Visit the Phoenix Police YouTube channel for POPAT instructional videos
For more information regarding the POPAT, please visit
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.