Phoenix Police Department Hiring


 Police Officer Recruit

Phoenix Police Department is Currently Hiring



Written Exam

For those applicants who meet the Minimum qualifications register for the written exam at Apply online.

The written exam will be administered on the following dates:

  • December 14, 2018 at 4:00 PM

  • December 21, 2018 at 2:00 PM

  • January 12, 2019 at 8:00 AM

  • January 17, 2019 at 2:00 PM

Registered applicants will receive an email confirmation with test location and further information. 

Physical Agility Test

All previously scheduled physical agility test dates have been cancelled. Future physical agility assessments will be scheduled with individuals directly with their assigned background detective. See Step 5 for the Peace Officer Physical Aptitude Test (POPAT) and a link for information about the POPAT.

Police Officers

How to Start Your Career with the Phoenix Police Department 

STEP 1:  Apply Online

STEP 2:  The Written Test

Qualified applicants will receive a letter inviting them to the written test.   Note:  Applicants will not be admitted to the test without a photo ID.

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 open the two documents below, complete the background packet according to the instructions, and return your completed background packet to the Phoenix Police Department Employment Services Bureau. You must have successfully completed the written exam for Police Recruit prior to submitting a Background Packet. Completed background packets may be turned in on the day of the written exam pending a successful outcome on the test.

Qualified applicants are contacted a short time later (1-4 weeks) to set-up the initial interview. Applicants will now be required to bring a completed resume to their first 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 investigation 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 and will be scheduled by an assigned background detective.  The test consists of the following 5 assessments: 

  • 99-YARD OBSTACLE COURSE: Run a 99-yard obstacle course consisting of several sharp turns, a number of curb height obstacles, and a 34-inch high obstacle that must be vaulted.
  • BODY DRAG: Lift and drag 165-pound, lifelike dummy 32 feet.
  • CHAIN-LINK FENCE: Run five yards to a six-foot, chain-link fence, climb over fence, continue running another 25 yards.
  • SOLID FENCE CLIMB: Run five yards to a six-foot solid fence, climb over fence, continue running another 25 yards.
  • 500-YARD RUN:  Run 500 yards (equivalent to one lap plus 60 yards of a standard running track).

For more information regarding the Peace Officer Physical Aptitude Test, 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.

Contact Information

Phone: 602-534-COPS (2677)


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The Phoenix Police Department is now hiring for the position of Police Communications Operator with multiple openings available.

Visit the Police Communications Overview Page to find application and testing information and to learn more about the job.

Questions? Call us Monday- Friday, 7:00am to 3:00pm at 602-534-1301 or email us at

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Reserve Program Information

The Reserve Bureau is seeking community-minded men and women who will continue with their chosen careers, while volunteering to serve and protect our community as part-time and full-authority police officers. To find out more visit the Phoenix Police Reserve website.

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C.O.P.S. is a volunteer organization dedicated to helping the Phoenix Police Department and the Community. The Phoenix Police Department has a long outstanding history of volunteerism. Learn More HERE.​​​​

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