How To Become a Police Officer in Arizona
The first step to becoming a certified police officer in Arizona is actually finding a job and getting hired as a peace officer or reserve officer. Of course, that first step is not as simple as it sounds.
To be hired, candidates must meet a number of minimum standards, and not have any disqualifying conditions.
The minimum age to become a police officer is 21, but candidates may apply for a position if they are at least 20 years old.
All candidates must be citizens of the United States and, of course, of sound physical and mental health. A high school diploma or GED is required.
Police Departments In Arizona has some very specific vision requirements that must be met:
- at least 20/20 vision uncorrected or 20/20 vision corrected by glasses or hard contact lenses
- if vision is at least 20/80; or 20/20 vision corrected by soft contact lenses is vision is at least 20/200.
- Candidates also must be able to distinguish basic colors.
Things that may disqualify you from the police officer hiring process
Prohibitions that will prevent hiring include having been dishonorably discharged from the U.S. armed forces. Beyond that candidates, within 36 months of applying for a position, must have fewer than eight driving violation points, no conviction for driving under the influence and must not have had a driver’s suspended or revoked.
Felony convictions disqualify candidates and misdemeanors convictions may be grounds for disqualification. Involvement with illegal substances including, but not limited to marijuana, other illegal narcotics and abusive use of prescription drugs, are disqualifying factors.
A complete and detailed list of standards to become a peace officer in Arizona can be found at www.azsos.gov/public_services/title_13/13-04.htm. The same site provides detailed information on requirements to be met to complete basic training at one of Arizona’s many training academies.
All new hires undergo this basic training. The agency doing the hiring will enroll the new officer in an academy of its choosing. There, the new hire will have to complete a minimum of 585 hours of training, complete all academy requirements and pass a final examination to be certified as an Arizona peace officer.
Academy instruction includes classroom, driving, and firearms training. The complete curriculum consists of xx function areas. These include: Basic Law Enforcement, Law and Legal Matters, Patrol Procedures, Traffic Control, Crime Scene Management, Community and Police Relations, Records and Report Writing, and Police Proficiency Skills.
This last area involves training first aid, physical conditional, conducting high-risk stops, defensive tactics, pursuit and vehicle operations.
Students are tested after each element topic area is completed, and must score at least 70 percent to receive a passing grade. Students who score lower can receive remedial training but they will only be permitted to be retested once.
List Of Sheriff Department/ Police Department
Here’s a complete list of all the law enforcement agencies in the state of Arizona. Visit the official website of the department you are interested in to review the hiring process.