Police Officer Lateral Transfers

Police Officer Lateral Transfers

Salary Pay Chart:

Years of Experience

(After obtaining certification)

StepHourlyAnnually
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: 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.
  • Must not be separated from previous agency for greater than one year.
    • Time starts on last day with previous agency
    • Time stops upon submittal of online application with City of Phoenix
  • 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
  • Attend and successfully complete the physical agility assessment
  • 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
  • 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 Hiring, Academy and Training Program
 In-State Lateral TransfersOut-of-State Lateral Transfers
Abbreviated Academy    (1-6 weeks)In-State Lateral Transfers which are already AZPOST certified are pre-hired as police officers and assigned to the academy for one to three weeks in order to complete administrative tasks, equipment issue, handgun refresher, handgun qualification and decision making. If time permits, training is also held for defensive tactics, emergency driving and to improve physical fitness. Your training certifications will be compared to those required for Arizona certification and you will be hired as a recruit at recruit pay (currently $22.89 hourly). You will attend a training program at the academy for 1 to 6 weeks in order to complete the lateral waiver testing process as well as administrative tasks, equipment issue, handgun refresher, handgun qualification and decision making. If time permits, training is also held for defensive tactics, emergency driving and to improve physical fitness.
Post Academy     (4 weeks)At the conclusion of pre-hire status all laterals are assigned into one of the regular monthly post academy classes along with other newly graduated police officers. Post Academy lasts four weeks and consists of familiarization with current Phoenix Police Department practices, policies and procedures as outlined in Operations Orders. There is an emphasis on advanced training for a variety of situations and further proficiency skill development in high liability areas. When the standards for meeting Arizona peace officer certification are met, laterals will promoted from Recruit to Police Officer and be assigned into the next available regular monthly post academy class along with other newly graduated police officers. Post Academy lasts four weeks and consists of familiarization with current Phoenix Police Department practices, policies and procedures as outlined in Operations Orders. There is an emphasis on advanced training for a variety of situations and further proficiency skill development in high liability areas.
Field Training     (6 weeks)At the conclusion of Post Academy all laterals will be assigned to field training with a Field Training Officer (FTO) for 6 weeks before being assigned to a permanent squad. At the conclusion of Post Academy all laterals will be assigned to field training with a Field Training Officer (FTO) for 6 weeks before being assigned to a permanent squad.

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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