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Police Officer - Lateral Hiring Process

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Lateral Officers


In order to be considered a lateral applicant for the Peoria Police Department, you must a certified, full time police officer in good standing with a minimum of one year experience and off probation. At each stage only the most qualified candidates will continue in the hiring process. If you do not pass any portion of the process below you will be eligible to re-apply in 6 months.

Hiring Process (Lateral Only)

1. Submit an Application and Background Packet
Submit your application and background packet for review.
Submit a job application online (Links to HR Employment Opportunities)
Download a Sworn Background Packet (PDF)

Only the most qualified applicants will continue to the next phase of the hiring process.

2. Oral Board Interview

3. Interview with Command Staff

4. Interview with Background Investigators

5. Police Officer Physical Aptitude Test (POPAT)
Candidates must pass the physical aptitude test which includes, and is not limited to:

A) 99 yard obstacle course
B) 165 pound body drag
C) 6-foot chain link fence climb
D) 6-foot solid fence climb
E) 500 yard run

6. Ride Along
Download the Ride Along form (PDF)

7. Polygraph and Background Investigation
A thorough background investigation, as outlined by AZ POST, shall be performed on each candidate.
View minimum police officer qualifications

8. Interview with Chief of Police and Command Staff

9. Conditional Job Offer
Recruits who meet all of the aforementioned qualifications may receive a conditional job offer.

10. AZ POST Medical Examination
An AZ POST medical examination shall be given to each candidate to check for general health, fitness, and conditioning. Examinations will be conducted prior to appointment to probationary status and shall include a drug screen.

11. Psychological Screening
A battery of psychological tests shall be administered to each candidate after they receive a conditional job offer. The tests will be evaluated by a licensed psychologist and used in conjunction with a personal interview to evaluate the applicant and determine their suitability for employment.

12. Final Job Offer
The Chief of Police, based upon the results of the selection process and personal interviews, shall make the final hiring decision.