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​OFFICER MAX SALARY: $50.74HR/$105,539

(​Salary for offi​cers does not include differential pay, overtime, and hiring bonus)

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Applicants who possess an Associates Degree (2 yr college degree) or HIGHER, will not be required to take the PHXPD Written Exam​​​​


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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Join the highest paid agency in Arizona



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​

*Requirement Change (Effective Immediately) **
Applicants who possess an Associates Degree (2 yr college degree) or HIGHER, will not be required to take the PHXPD Written Exam​​​
(In-state applicants with a college degree are still required to register for the POPAT by following the link below,​ in STEP 2)​
If you are applying from out of state and have an AA Degree or higher, DO NOT schedule a trip out here until you have Step 1 completed and are assigned a Background Investigator.  Once you have completed Step 1, call employment services at 
602-262-6925 for further instruction regarding the hiring process. 

Step 1: Complete AZPOST Per​sonal 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 Re​cruit 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 search box, type​  "Police Recruit"
    • Online Test: Generally for out of state applicants. To speed up the process, we highly encourage in-state applicants to take the exam in person.
      • You will receive a sign-up email for the online test in approximately 5-7 business days. ​​​​​
  • Applicant Information Sheet (Required)​

    **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


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Written Exam & POPAT​

Friday, June 24th, 2022 
Saturday, July 9th, 2022
Friday, July 22nd, 2022

Check in: 6:30 a.m. to 7:00​​ a.m.

(see the Ap​plication Process below to apply)​​​

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

The POPAT will be administered​ 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.

Events are for applicants applying for Police Recruit​

SWET - Success With Effort & Training
(This is a physical fitness event)
Phoenix Regional Police Academy​

10001 S. 15th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85041

Click links below to register:
(This is a physical fitness event, dress in appropriate workout attire)

Monday, June 27th 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 29th 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 6th 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

NON-Sworn PHXPD Career Opportunities​


Police Communications Operators answer calls from the public and communicate via radio with police officers regarding all types of emergencies and non-emergencies. The City of Phoenix is seeking individuals who demonstrate the ability to calmly work with the citizens of Phoenix and police officers while using a multi-line telephone system, radio network panel, and Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system to receive, prioritize, and process calls for police services.

​Apply: --> Police Communications

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The fundamental reason this classification exists is to perform a variety of tasks involved with booking, maintaining custody, transporting, and releasing prisoners. 

Apply: --> Detention Officer
Search "Detention Officer"

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These positions will perform a variety of tasks of a quasi-police nature in support of law enforcement activities in a precinct or bureau of the Police Department. The position duties include handling calls for service not requiring the presence of a sworn officer, duties may vary by assignment. 

Apply: --> Police ​Assistant
Search "Police Assistant"

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The fundamental reason this classification exists is to perform a variety of routine field and clerical work in support of police functions in a bureau or precinct.

For more information: -->​ Police Aide



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​​​Phoenix Police Department Equal Employment Opportunity Plan Utilization Report The Phoenix Police Department Equal Employment Opport​unity Plan Utilization Report can be viewed HERE.