Degree or higher? You can skip the Written Exam.
Phoenix Police is Arizona's Highest-Paying Law Enforcement Agency

​PHX Police Officer Recruitment​

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Thank you for your interest. Follow the steps on this page to start the Application Process!

Applicants who possess an Associates Degree (2-year college degree) or a higher degree are NOT required to take the Written Exam, but are still required to register for the Peace Officer Physical Aptitude Test (POPAT) (See Steps 2 & 3)​.

Out-of-State Applicants

Applying from out-of-state with an Associates Degree or higher? Do NOT schedule a trip to Arizona until you have completed Step 1 and are assigned a Background Investigator. After completing Step 1, call employment services at 602-262-6925 for further instruction regarding the out-of-state​ hiring process.


Complete AZPOST Personal History Packet

This step must be completed before you can register for a written exam.

Visit the AZPOST website at my.azpost.gov and complete a Personal History Packet. AZPOST is the state governing body for all law enforcement officers in AZ. You will be prompted to share the personal history packet with the agency you are applying for. Choose PHXPD

Upon completion, you will be provided an AZPOST Form ID Number specific to your application. Record this number (screenshot/write it down) for your records. After completion of the AZPOST personal history packet , PROCEED TO STEP 2. You will not be in the hiring process until Step 2 is completed. ​


Register for the Written Exam

Register for the Written Exam (and the POPAT) on the jobs website: search for "Police Recruit​". Visit jobs website​.

​​In-state applicants are encouraged to take the exam in person. Typically the online exam is for out-of-state applicants.

In person exams will receive a confirmation email approximately 1-2 days prior to the exa​​m date. Online exams will receive a sign-up email for the online test in approximately 5-7 business days.

A 70% or higher is passing score for this written exam​. You may Download a Sample Test (PDF). A study guide is available for purchase through ​vendor ​Public Safety Compass​.


Peace Officer Physical Aptitude Test (POPAT)

​This test is offered the same day as the written exam. Arrive to the exam in appropriate physical fitness attire. 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. 165 lb. Body Drag
  4. 99 Yard Obstacle (agility) Course
  5. 500 Yard Run

Visit the Phoenix Police YouTube channel for instructional videos and see why the POPAT Matters​

Download additional POPAT information (PDF)​.

Qualified applicants will be contacted after completion of the physical agility assessment (POPAT) for Step 4.

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.


Background Interview

After successful completion of the POPAT, applicants will be contacted by a background investigator to schedule an interview.


Polygraph Interview

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.


Psychological Test

Applicants will be evaluated by a licensed psychologist.


Medical Exam

Applicants will undergo a complete medical examination given by a licensed physician


Controlled Substance Screening

Applicants will be required to submit to a urinalysis at some point in the hiring process.

Congratulations on completing all the steps! We look forward to working with you to serve the residents of Phoenix, Arizona.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​