Police Officer Lateral Transfers

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​Requirements

  • Out-of State Lateral applicants must not be separated from their agency for more than one (1) year. ​
  • Out-of-State Laterals must have at least one (1) full year of experience as a first responder excluding academy time, administrative assignments or jail/detention officer duties.
  • Out-of-State Lateral applicants must have attended a state certified / post approved academy. Self-sponsored academie​s are excluded. 
  • In-State Laterals must have successfully​ completed field training (FTO). 

Out-of-State AZ Waiver Process


For more information on the waiver test qualification process and timelines, please visit the AZPOST waiver website:

Click here: --> AZPOST Waiver Process​

Applicants that are hired for a lateral police officer positition must meet/pass the following components during advanced training: 

  • Firearms Qualification
  • Tactical Driving Qualification
  • Physical Aptitude Test (POPAT)
  • Written Test (comprehensive test divided into three blocks)
    • Study material will be provided. 

Application Steps​

  • Complete an AZPOST Personal History Statement (PH) at

    Click here --> my.azpost.gov and share it with the Phoenix Police Department.

    • ​Record your AZPOST ID Number
  • Complete the eligibily questionnaire Click here --> Register for Police Lateral  (in the search box type "Police Lateral"). Be sure to include your AZPOST ID Number for your PH.

  • Once the eligibility​ questionnaire is complete, please allow up to 3-4 weeks to be notified if you are selected to begin the hiring process.
  • Upon review of the background packet, only the highest qualified applicants will be contacted and invited for a 1st Trip.  

**Initially hired as a recruit pending successful completion of waiver exams. Promoted to officer at a higher step (4 - 8) based on years of experience prior to FTO.  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 police recruit position or be separated.**

In-State S​teps

  • Complete an AZPOST Personal History Statement (PH) at

    Click here -->​ my.azpo​st.gov and share it with the Phoenix Police Department.

    • ​Record your AZPOST ID Number
  • Complete the eligibily questionnaire Click here --> Register for Police Lateral  (in the search box type "Police Lateral"). Be sure to include your AZPOST ID Number for your PH.

  • Once the eligibility​ questionnaire is complete, please allow up to 3-4 weeks to be notified if you are selected to begin the hiring process.​
  • Upon review of the background packet, only the highest qualified applicants will be contacted and invited for an interview.
  • See "Apply!" tab on homepage for hiring process steps. ​ 

​Does Phoenix offer hiring bonuses?

Yes! Hiring Bonus for Lateral Police Officers - $7,500

  • $3,750 upon swearing-in as a Phoenix Police Officer. 
  • $3,750 upon successful completion of the Probationary period.

We also 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 Police Officer, 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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​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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