Police Officer Lateral Transfers

Police Officer Lateral Transfers

Salary Pay Chart:

Years of Experience

(After obtaining certification)

StepHourlyAnnually
​Less than 1​Step 3​$24.75​$51,480
1 up to 1.49Step 4$26.19$54,475
1.5 up to 2.49Step 5 $27.74$57,699
2.5 up to 3.49Step 6 $29.34$61,027
3.5 up to 4.49Step 7 $31.01$64,501
4.5 or moreStep 8 $33.47$69,618

Note: Out of state laterals must have at least one full year of experience as a first responder excluding academy time, administrative assignments or jail/detention officer duties

Requirements

  • Must be currently certified as a peace officer.
  • Applicants separating from their agency while under investigation will be thoroughly reviewed.
    • All misconduct will be reviewed and will be considered on a case by case basis
    • Violations resulting in suspensions or terminations may be grounds for disqualification

Out-of-State Steps

  • Apply online
  • All eligible applicants will be sent a background packet.  
  • Upon review of the background packet, only the highest qualified applicants will be contacted and invited for a 1st Trip.  

1st Trip: We attempt to complete the process in two trips. We do not pay for travel or offer relocation/transition assistance.

  • Physical Agility Assessment
  • Background Packet Interview w/ Detective
  • Polygraph 

2nd tri p:

  • Psychological Exam
  • Medical Exam
  • Physical Agility Update

An out of state lateral must make their first trip to Phoenix for the physical agility assessment, background packet interview, and polygraph. During the second trip to Phoenix, the applicant will sign conditional hire paperwork and complete the medical and psychological examinations.

In-State Steps

  • Apply online
  • Applicants will then be sent a background packet  
  • Upon review of the background packet, only the highest qualified applicants will be contacted and invited for an interview
  • Attend and successfully complete the physical agility assessment
  • Polygraph
  • Psychological Exam
  • Medical Exam
  • Physical Agility Update

How can I find out if I' m eligible?

If you have questions about your eligibility, contact the City of Phoenix Police Personnel Section at (602) 262-6925. 

Do lateral transfers have to go through the 20-week Basic Training A cademy? No

LATERAL TRAINING MATRIX

 Tier 1Tier 2Tier 3
 In-State Lateral TransferOut-of-State Lateral Transfer
Experience LevelLess than One YearMinimum One YearMinimum One Year
Position typeHired at officer step 3. Minimum step.Hired at officer step (4 - 8). Based on years of experienceInitially hired as a recruit pending successful completion of waiver exams. Promoted to officer at a higher step (4 - 8) based on years of experience.
Academy (prep) time2-3 weeks2-3 weeks3-6 weeks
Mandatory Academy TrainingAssigned to the academy to complete administrative tasks, equipment issue, handgun refresher, handgun qualification and decision making. Assigned to the academy to complete administrative tasks, equipment issue, handgun refresher, handgun qualification and decision making. Assigned to the academy to complete administrative tasks, equipment issue, handgun refresher, handgun qualification (day and night courses), decision making, defensive tactics including Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) refresher, impact weapons refresher, emergency driving, Police Officer Physical Aptitude Test (POPAT) and waiver examinations. 
Optional Academy TrainingFitForceFitForceFitForce
Options  Out-of-state laterals hired as recruits who do not successfully complete the necessary waiver exams within the times allotted or do not qualify with their firearm may be offered a basic training position or be separated.
Post Academy Time4 weeks
Post Academy TrainingFamiliarization with PPD practices, policies and procedures. Emphasis on advanced training for a variety of situations and further proficiency skill development in high liability areas. 
FTOAssigned to an FTO squad for 16 weeksAssigned to an FTO squad for 8 to 16 weeksAssigned to an FTO squad for 16 weeks

Does Phoenix offer hiring bonuses?

No. However, we offer a multi-tiered bonus pay program called Career Enhancement Program (CEP) that is based on an accumulation of points derived from training, certifications, education credits and college degrees. Benefits of up to $7,612.80 are available annually until retirement.  As a lateral, you are eligible to earn CEP pay after you complete Field Training as a Phoenix Police Officer. See the benefits page .

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