Out of State Applicants


Step 1: Complete AZPOST Personal History Packet

  • Complete an AZPOST Personal History Statement (PH) at 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 examination. 

Step 2: Register For Written or Online Examination

  • Register For a Written or Online Test here: 
    • Register for Police Recruit  (if oracle page pops up, close page and click link again.)​

    • In the search box, type  "Police Recruit"
    • ​Online Test Job ID #: ​(available soon)
      We highly rec​ommend the "Online Exam" for those applying from out
      of state that are not within close proximity to AZ.

  • Applicant Information Sheet and Notary

    • **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 immediately after for those who successfully pass the written examination. 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 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: Community Interview

Structured interview with community members and professional staff.​

STEP 7: Psychological Test

Applicants will be evaluated by a licensed psychologist.

STEP 8: Medical Examination

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

STEP 9: Controlled Substance Screening

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

Is the pro​​​cess different for out of state applicants?

The only difference between the out of state process and the process for someone from Arizona is the ease and availability to access the steps in the hiring process over time. The amount of time it takes to get hired for an applicant from in state and an applicant from out of state can be the same. The entire process can take 2-3 months, which can be different for each applicant. 

Transition assistance?

We do not offer transition assistance.

Hiring bonuses?

Yes! Hiring Bonus for Police Recruits - $7,500

  • $2,500 upon initial hire.
  • $2,500 on successful completion of the Phoenix Police Regional Academy.
  • $2,500 on successful completion of the Probationary period as a Police Officer. 

**We also offer the potential to earn Career Enhancement Program (CEP) benefits of up to $7,612.80 every year of your career until retirement.  See the ben​efits page**

How does Arizona's hiring process differ from other states?

We will pay you to go through the Academy. You will be paid $23.53/hr while attending the Academy during the day for 40 hours a week. 

Our department does not have a waiting list.

New recruits who graduate from the academy with their certification go directly to patrol f​or field training. 


​620 W. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003
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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