Police Officer Testing FAQ


Pay & Benefits

Preparation & Minimum Qualifications


Other Information

What are the pay and benefits for a Tempe police officer? Police officer starting pay is $56,742 yearly. The department offers a comprehensive benefits package to include:

  • Base officer pay of $56,742 - $76,693
  • 11 - 21.5 yearly paid vacation days (10 hour day)
  • 9.5 yearly paid sick days (10 hour day)
  • 11 yearly paid holidays
  • Shift differential pay
  • Bilingual pay of 3%
  • Special assignment pay of 3% - 7%
  • Yearly uniform reimbursement
  • Ballistic vest reimbursement
  • Health, dental, life & vision insurance plans
  • Supplemental life insurance
  • Industrial insurance
  • Long-term disability insurance
  • Flexible spending accounts (health & dependent care)
  • Employee training & development opportunities
  • $5000 yearly tuition reimbursement
  • Public Safety Personnel Retirement System 
  • Deferred compensation plans (401k & 457)
  • Employee wellness programs
  • Employee assistance program
  • Auto & home insurance discounts
  • Deductible reimbursement yearly after three years of employment

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What are the pay, benefits and seniority for a current police officer hired by Tempe PD? With a complete pay and benefits package that is second to none, current police officers hired by Tempe PD are compensated at a pay rate and receive benefits that take into account previous years of sworn police service. In addition to the benefits listed, current police officers hired by Tempe PD may be eligible for benefits to include:

  • Up to a 3% pay raise for each full year of sworn police officer service
  • Enhanced yearly paid vacation days for each full year of Arizona PSPRS contribution

A decision related to pay and benefits is made prior to the candidate signing a conditional offer of employment with the department. Current police officers hired by Tempe PD do not receive seniority for time worked at another police agency. Back to Top

How do I become a police officer and what are the minimum qualifications? The first step is completing the online application during an application window. You should click here to view Arizona POST and Tempe PD minimum qualifications. You should also visit Arizona POST and read all of section R13-4-105 - Minimum Qualifications for Appointment. Back to Top

What can I do to prepare myself for the test and a career as a police officer? You must maintain high moral character and physical fitness. You can work to improve your education in a variety of ways to include higher education, mastering a foreign language or attending technical schools. There are no preferred degree programs or job history. Diverse education, military and work backgrounds are welcome. Back to Top

How does the police officer testing process work and how long does the testing process take? Candidates will complete a physical agility test and written exam on the first day. Those who successfully complete both phases will be placed on an eligibility list.  It could take as little as a couple months or several months to complete the process from the date you test. Click here for information about the testing process. Back to Top

When is the next police officer testing process? Tempe PD conducts several testing processes during the year. Refer to the Police Officer Testing link (click here instead if you are an Arizona POST certified police officer) for more information. Back to Top 

If I have tested before do I need to complete the entire process again? Candidates who are no longer on the eligibility list and are eligible to reapply must complete all phases of the testing process, even if you have participated in the past. Back to Top

Can I go on a ride-along with Tempe PD? Tempe PD does not have a ride-along program for the general public. Candidates who progress in the testing process will be scheduled for a ride-along by the background detective. Back to Top

How many police officers will be hired? The number of applicants hired is determined by a variety of factors including the number of police officer vacancies. This number varies from year to year based on attrition within our organization but we usually hire approximately 25 officers each year. Back to Top

What if I don’t have my AzPOST background questionnaire notarized or all the required paperwork when I arrive at the test? Candidates arriving at the test are required to have a completed and notarized AzPOST background questionnaire and certain documents including copies of a high school diploma, transcripts or GED equivalent; a birth certificate, naturalization documentation or US passport; and a valid state or federal government-issued driver license or identification card. These are required and those who do not have these items will not be able to test. Back to Top

Can out-of-state residents participate in the police officer testing process? Out-of-state residents participate in the same test as in-state residents and are required to be in Tempe to test. The department will make efforts to limit travel for out-of-state candidates who progress further in the process. Back to Top

I am in the testing process. Why haven't I heard from Tempe PD? Once an applicant has successfully completed the physical agility test and written exam, he or she is placed on an eligibility list for one year from the date of submitting the initial online application. Hundreds of people apply for a limited number of spaces. If an applicant moves forward in the process, he or she will be notified. Back to Top

What police academy does Tempe PD use?  Tempe police officer recruits attend the Arizona Law Enforcement Academy (ALEA) in Phoenix.  Recruits fulfill several rigorous training requirements - to include attending ALEA - before working on their own in the community. Click here to watch some of the training completed at ALEA. Back to Top