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About Testing

You begin your career with an online application.  Recruit and lateral candidates complete the same application and test together.  Within 10 days of the application closing date, information to include the test location and time will be emailed to you.  

An SJWAT written examination candidate orientation guide can be purchased from the test company.  Follow download and payment instructions on the test company website and please refer questions related to the SJWAT candidate orientation guide to the test company.

The physical agility test has three components and you have to pass each to continue in the process. 

  • 1½ mile run in no more than 13:56 minutes
  • 21 or more push-ups in no more than 1:00 minute
  • 31 or more sit-ups in no more than 1:00 minute

You will complete the written exam on the same day as the physical agility test.  Once you receive a 70% or better you are on the eligibility list. 

Did You Know?  The eligibility list expires one year from your application date.  AzPOST certified police officers don't complete the written exam, moving directly to the eligibility list after successfully completing the physical agility test. 

You may participate in a background interview where a member of the hiring team will speak with you about your professional and personal history.  

polygraph examination may be scheduled after the background interview. 

A number of you will have a panel interview before or after the polygraph examination and we'll let you know when those occur. 

Depending on the number of positions the department needs to fill, a conditional job offer will be extended to many candidates.  If you receive one, you will attend additional phases. 

A psychological evaluation ensures you are prepared for a successful career as a police officer. 

The medical examination similar to a sports physical is completed after you successfully complete the psychological evaluation.

Did You know?  Most of our officers choose to serve our community for 20 or more years and others serve for several years before moving into other professions.  Still others join us as a second career after working in the private sector or completing military service.

Our badge features A Mountain (formally Hayden Butte Preserve Park), Hayden Flour Mill and the Mill Ave. bridges; with a vantage point looking southeast across Tempe Town Lake.



Our out-of-state applicants have to be in Tempe to complete testing.  After successfully completing the physical agility test, we minimize future travel for additional testing.

Out-of-state police officers who are offered employment may need to attend the police academy in Arizona.  If you are an out-of-state officer you may choose to contact a recruiter for more information.  |  480 858-6098 or 1 877 TPD AND U (1 877 873-2638)