Police Officer Recruit & Lateral Test Information

Latest Test Information

Tempe PD is accepting applications for the position of police officer recruit and lateral beginning in August, ahead of the September testing process.  Note the important dates and information below:

  • Thursday, July 31st
    • Police Officer Recruit & Lateral Orientation: This optional orientation provides prospective applicants a comprehensive overview of the testing process and the ability to interact with hiring staff and police officers.  The two hour orientation will begin at 6:30 PM at the Tempe History Museum, 809 E. Southern Ave., Tempe (southwest corner of Rural Rd. & Southern Ave.).
  • Monday, August 4th
    • Online Applications OPEN:  Beginning at 12:01 AM, applicants can complete and submit the online application.  More instructions will be included with the application.
  • Monday, August 18th
    • Online Applications CLOSE:  After 11:59 PM, applications will no longer be accepted.  Applicants will be notified if they were invited at least two weeks prior to the testing process.
  • Saturday, September 13th
    • Testing Process Begins:  Invited applicants will participate in the physical agility test and written examination.  Those who pass all components will be invited to a panel interview beginning Monday, September 15th.

Written Examination Orientation Guide

A candidate orientation guide and online practice test for the written examination is available for purchase.  These items are available only from the test company.  (This orientation guide only pertains to the written examination.  All questions related to purchasing these items should be referred to the test company.)  Click here for more information.

Arizona Law Enforcement Academy

Tempe police officer recruits fulfill several rigorous training requirements before working on their own in the community.  One of several steps is the successful completion of the Arizona Law Enforcement Academy (ALEA) or a similar Arizona POST training program.  Click here to watch some of the training completed at ALEA.