Police Officer Recruit & Lateral Testing

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Tempe PD will be testing for the positions of police officer recruit and lateral on February 7, 2015. Online applications and more information will be available January 5th.

Please click here to read some of the Arizona POST and Tempe PD minimum qualifications before applying.

The first two phases of the testing process for police officer recruit applicants are the physical agility test and written examination.  Arizona POST certified lateral police officer applicants do not need to complete the written examination.  Upon successful completion, applicants move to an eligibility list for further consideration.  Click here to view all phases of the testing process.

Written Examination Study Material


The written exam evaluates problem solving, memory, analytical thinking and other tasks. The exam will take approximately two hours to complete. Exams are scored upon completion and applicants notified if they passed. Only applicants who pass will move on in the process.

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. All questions related to purchasing these items should be referred to the test company.  Click here for more information.

Arizona Law Enforcement Academy (ALEA)

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 ALEA or similar academy training. Click here to watch some of the training completed at ALEA.