About Police Officer Testing

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For Recruit, Out-of-State Police Officer & Arizona POST Certified Police Officer Applicants

The testing process evaluates applicants to find the best police officer candidates. The phases of the testing process are noted below.  You can also click here for more detailed information.

Application Process: The process begins by completing an online application during application windows.  All applicants complete the same online application and more test instructions are provided to invited candidates prior to each test. Back to Top  

Physical Agility Test: The test has three components and candidates must pass all three phases to move forward in the process. Back to Top

  • 1½ mile run in no more than 14:00 minutes
  • 21 or more pushups without stopping with no time limit
  • 29 or more sit-ups in no more than 1:00 minute

Tutorial & Study Material:

Click here to watch a video demonstrating the approved pushup and sit-up techniques.

Click here for a candidate orientation guide and online practice test.  These are available for purchase but only through the test company. All related questions should be referred to the test company.

Written Examination: The written exam is taken after the successful completion of the physical agility test.  Candidates who pass the test are placed on the eligibility list.  Arizona POST certified police officer candidates are not required to complete the written exam and are placed on the eligibility list. Back to Top

Background Interview: The most qualified candidates will be scheduled for an interview, during which a detective will speak with a candidate and complete a thorough review of the candidate's life. Back to Top 

Polygraph Examination: Candidates may be scheduled for a polygraph examination after the background interview. Back to Top

Panel Interview: The most qualified candidates will be contacted and scheduled for a panel interview. Back to Top

Psychological Evaluation: Should an candidate move forward, he or she will receive a conditional offer of employment and be scheduled for a psychological evaluation. This evaluation ensures the candidate is prepared for a successful career as a police officer. Back to Top

Medical Examination: Candidates who successfully complete the psychological evaluation will be scheduled for a medical examination. Once an candidate has successfully completed the medical examination, he or she will be required to retake and successfully complete the physical agility test. Back to Top

*Out-of-State Police Officer & Recruit Applicants: Out-of-state candidates must be in Tempe to complete the physical agility test and written exam.  The department will attempt to accommodate out-of-state applicants by minimizing travel during test phases.

Out-of-state police officers who are are offered employment may be required to attend the police academy in Arizona or may be able to obtain an Arizona POST waiver.

Contact a recruiter for more information. Back to Top