Step 2: Complete the Background Questionaire
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.
Background Packet and Instructions (PDF)
Background Packet FAQs:
Q: Where can I get my passport photos taken?
A: Walgreens, CVS, Costco, Post Office, and the UPS Store are examples of where the passport photos can be taken for a fee.
Q: Where can I find a notary?
A: Most banks have a notary for a small fee and if you bank with them it may be free.
Q: What forms do I need to turn in with my background packet?
A: The only items you need to include with your background packet initially, are the 2 passport photos and the notary signatures. All other pertinent documents will need to be turned in to your background investigator on the day of your background interview. So start gathering them now to be ready the day of your interview.
**Make sure to include (1) passport photo and the (2) notarized forms, this will expedite your application.**
** Qualified applicants will be contacted within 2-4 weeks after submitting the background packet to set-up the initial interview. **
If you haven't been contacted within 2-4 weeks, call the Employment Services Bureau at 602-262-6925 to find out the status of your background packet.
STEP 3: Peace Officer Physical Aptitude Test (POPAT)
Offered only to those who successfully pass the written exam and initial review of their background packet. The test will be administered at the Phoenix Regional Police Academy.
The POPAT consists of the following events:
Solid Fence Climb
Chain Link Fence Climb
165lb Body Drag
99 Yard Obstacle (agility) Course
500 Yard Run
Visit the Phoenix Police YouTube channel for instructional videos or click each of the links above.
More information regarding POPAT (PDF)
STEP 4: Background Interview
STEP 5: Polygraph Examination
STEP 6: Psychological Test
STEP 7: Medical Examination
STEP 8: Controlled Substance Screening