Police Officer Recruit Application Requirements​

  • Be at least 20.5 years of age at the time of application; 21 years of age prior to completion of the Academy.
  • Be a United States citizen.
  • Be in sound physical and mental health.
  • Must successfully complete a medical exam to AZPOST standards.
  • Have not been dishonorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces.
  • Within the last 36 months:
    • Have fewer than 8 driving violations points,
    • Have no more than one chargeable accident,
    • Have no convictions for DUI (no more than one in lifetime)
    • Possess valid driver's license that has not been cancelled, refused, suspended or revoked.
  • Must meet AZ P.O.S.T. and Phoenix Police Department drug standards.
  • No commission or conviction of a felony. Misdemeanor arrests are discretionary.
  • Must have good moral character and personal integrity.
  • No history of criminal or improper conduct. No poor employment or irresponsible financial history.
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED equivalency.
  • AZ POST (Arizona Peace Officers Standards and Training) certified officers may be eligible for lateral​ transfers​ after submitting an application and completing the physical agility assessment and the Phoenix Police Department background investigation.


  • The selection process invol​ves as many as eight steps. The police department understands the burden this places on out of state applicants and will make an effort to consolidate as many steps in the process as reasonably possible. Out of state applicants may be able to complete the entire process within 3 trips to Phoenix, Arizona; at their own expense. For more information click on the link for Out of State Applicants​.
  • If you have questions about your eligibility contact the City of Phoenix Police Personnel Office at 602-262-6925 (Requirements subject to change).​.
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Contact a Recruiter​

Email: recruiting.ppd@phoenix.gov
Phone: 602-534-COPS (2677)

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