Phoenix Police Department Selection/Recruitment Process

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If you are looking for information on the Phoenix Police Department hiring process you’ve landed on the right webpage. However you must understand that the application process is quite detailed and lengthy.

The truth is the recruitment process is a long and tedious one. Sometimes taking up to a year before you are hired. Honestly that is pretty standard for law enforcement agencies across the country.

Below is the steps that you’ll have to successfully complete before you are hired by PPD:

The following are 7 steps to help you get started with a career in the Phoenix Police Department 

STEP 1 The Written Test
No written test are scheduled at this time.

Applicants will not be admitted without a photo ID.

STEP 2 Physical Agility Test
Offered only to those who successfully pass the written test,
and will be administered at the Phoenix Law Enforcement Academy.
Click here for physical agility chart

STEP 3 Background Questionnaire Investigation
The AZPOST background packet is given to those who successfully complete both the written and agility exams.
The packet must be completed by the applicant and returned to the Employment Services Bureau for review.

620 West Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Qualified applicants are contacted a short time later (1-3 weeks) for initial interview.
Click here for minimum qualifications

STEP 4 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 investigation packet.

STEP 5 Psychological Test
Applicants will be evaluated by a licensed psychologist.

STEP 6 Medical Examination
Applicants will undergo a complete medical examination given by a licensed physician.

STEP 7 Controlled Substance Screening
Applicants will be required to submit to a urinalysis at some point in the hiring process.

Average Salary, Pay scale, Earnings & Benefits

Police Officer Salary and Benefits
Information Provided by the Police Department
Starting Salary Top Salary
Annual $51,484.00 Annual $72,428
Monthly Monthly
Biweekly Biweekly
Hourly $24.75 Hourly $34.82

Salary while in the Academy

Police Recruit (Salary During the 18 week Academy)
Hourly (Recruit) $21.45 ($44,616-Annual)

After Graduating the Academy

Annual $24.75 ($51,484)

After Six Months

Annual $26.19 ($54,476)

After 18 months

Annual $27.74 ($57,705)


Career Enhancement Pay
(Exclusive to the Phoenix Police Department)

C.E.P. is a 4 tiered bonus pay program that is based on an accumulation of points derived from credit hours, college degrees, training hours, physical fitness level, firearms proficiency, training certifications, specialty assignments and other additional skills.


Level 1 (30 points) $158.60 Per Month $1,903.20 Per Year
Level 2 (50 points) $317.20 Per Month $3,806.40 Per Year
Level 3 (70 points) $475.80 Per Month $5,709.60 Per Year
Level 4 (90 points) $634.40 Per Month $7,612.80 Per year

Bilingual Incentive Pay

$10 an hour in addition to regular hourly pay while engaged in translation activities. This includes all related paperwork, investigation time and court appearances.

Longevity Performance Pay

After 7 years of service, employees receive $80.00 semi-annually for each year of service in excess of 6 years to a maximum of $2,240 per year at 20 years of service.

Employees with 20+ years of service receive $125 semi-annually for each year of service up to a maximum of $4000 per year at 22 years.

Education/Tuition Reimbursement

Currently $3,974 in reimbursement funds is available every year to pay for tuition, books, and lab fees. Must attend an accredited college or university in a related field of study.

Nightshift/Weekend Differential Pay

60 cents an hour in addition to hourly pay when working a shift which ends after 10:00pm.
25 cents an hour in addition to hourly pay when working a weekend shift.

Compensatory Time Bank Option

Officers can continuously store up to 200 hours of overtime in their comp bank and have the option to cash out any hours in their comp bank at any time or may use any hours in their comp bank to take time off.

Paid Court Overtime

Court appearances at a time other than the regular scheduled duty time is compensated at a rate of one and one-half (1 ½) times the officer’s regular hourly rate of pay with a minimum 3 hours court time paid for each court appearance.

Court standby at a time other than the regular scheduled duty time pay is compensated at a rate of one and one-half (1 ½) times the officer’s regular hourly rate of pay with a minimum 2 hours per day while an officer is on standby.

Department Provided Equipment

The Phoenix Police Department provides its officers with their firearm, gun-belt (including equipment carriers such as holster, magazine carrier, etc.) , handcuffs, ammunition, pepper spray, breast badge, flat badge, traffic vest, helmet, fingerprint kit, puncture resistant gloves, tape recorder.

Uniform Allowance

Employees receive $1,150.00 per year for the purchase of uniforms and any additional equipment. Detectives and specialty assignments receive an additional $320.00 depending on assignment.

Ballistic Vest Allowance

Officers receive $800.00 to purchase their initial vest and every 5 years to purchase a replacement vest in addition to the annual uniform allowance.

4/10 Hour Work Schedule

Patrol officers work 4 days a week for 10 hours each shift. Officers are given a 30 minute paid lunch break and a 15 minute paid break, which may be combined to a 45 minute paid lunch break during each shift.

Vacation Leave

1 to 5 Years of Service – 8 Hours Per Month = 96 Hours Per Year
6 to 10 Years of Service – 10 Hours Per Month = 120 Hours Per Year
11 to 15 Years of Service – 11 Hours Per Month = 132 Hours Per Year
16 to 20 Years of Service – 13 Hours Per Month = 152 Hours Per Year
21 Years or More – 15 Hours Per Month = 180 Hours Per Year

Personal Leave

20 hours of personal leave time each year.

Holiday Pay

10 paid holidays each year. If an officer’s duty day is on a holiday, the officer will receive an additional 8 hours of pay for the day if it is worked.

Training Reimbursement

Officers have the option to use up to $500 of their tuition reimbursement funds to attend training schools, seminars and classes that are not affiliated with an academic institution.

Health Insurance

Individual – $40.61 twice monthly (includes eyes and prescriptions)
Family – $117.02 twice monthly

Dental (individual) No cost to employee
Dental (family) $37.72 deducted monthly

Life Insurance

$200,000 in commuter life insurance is provided by the City of Phoenix.
This coverage includes the period 2 hours prior to and 2 hours after your
work shift. Up to $250,000 in optional supplemental life insurance is available.

Deferred Compensation Plan

Optional secondary retirement system 401(a) plan in which employees invest a portion of their pay in various stocks and/or mutual funds chosen by the employee. The city contributes one and one eighteenth percent (2.18%) of the employee’s monthly gross pay into the account of the employee’s choosing.

Retirement Plan

50 percent of average annual gross pay per year for service in excess of 20 years (including overtime).
Increases 2 percent up to 25 years of service. Increases 2 1/2 percent from 25 years of service to 32 years of service. 80 percent of average annual pay per year for service in excess of 32 years. (annual pay is based on the average pay for three highest consecutive years of service). Retirement Fund withholdings are not taxed which results in a 2 to 3.5 % increase in take home pay.

Requirements & Qualifications

  • Be at least 20 years of age at the time of application, 21 years of age prior to completion of the Academy.
  • Be a United States Citizen.
  • Be in sound physical and mental health.
  • Have at least 20/20 vision uncorrected; or 20/20 vision corrected by glasses or hard contact lenses if uncorrected acuity is 20/80 or better; 20/20 vision corrected by soft contact lenses if uncorrected acuity is 20/200 or better. Vision capable of distinguishing basic color groups against a favorable background.
  • Have not been dishonorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces.
  • Within the last 36 months:
    • Have fewer than 8 driving violations points,
    • No more than one chargeable accident,
    • No conviction for DUI (One Lifetime)
    • Driver’s license that is cancelled, refused, suspended or revoked.
  • Must meet AZ P.O.S.T. and Phoenix Police Department drug standards.
  • No commission or conviction of a felony. Misdemeanor arrests are discretionary.
  • Must have good moral character and personal integrity.
  • No history of criminal or improper conduct. No poor employment or irresponsible financial history.
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED equivalency.
  • AZ POST (Arizona Peace Officers Standards and Training) certified officers may be eligible for lateral transfers after submitting an application and completing the physical agility exam and the Phoenix Police Department background investigation.