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Police Officer Recruit

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This page outlines the steps to becoming a sworn officer of the Peoria Police Department.

Police Recruit1. Review Minimum Qualifications & Submit an Application
Please visit our employment page to see what opportunities are currently available. Review minimum qualifications. 

2. Invitation to the Test
Your application will be reviewed and the most qualified applicants will be invited to the testing process.

3. Attend Orientation
If you are invited to the testing process, you will be notified with the orientation dates.

4. Fill out Background Packets
A background packet will be required to be submitted on the test date. 
Download a Sworn Background Packet (PDF)

5. Attend Testing

A. Physical Test
This test will be scored in a Pass/Fail only. The following are the minimum standards that must be met to pass the test. If you pass this portion of the test you will take the written portion of the test the same day.

Dynamic Strength

Time Frame

Required Number


1 Minute



1 Minute


Cardiovascular Endurance

Time Frame


1.5 Mile Run

14:54 Minutes



B. Written Test
The written test will immediately follow the physical agility. There is no law enforcement experience required for this test and no study guides are available for this test.

C. Oral Board Interview
If you pass the written test, you will be scheduled for an Oral Board Interview.

6. Interview with Background Investigators
Only the most qualified applicants will continue to the next phase of the hiring process.

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

8. Ride Along
Recruits will go on a ride-along as part of their training. (Optional)
Download the Ride Along form (PDF)

9. Interview with Chief of Police and Command Staff

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

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

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

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