Phoenix Police Job Overview

Learn Pay Scale & Starting Salary for Phoenix Police Officers, Job Openings, Requirements, Disqualification Factors, Hiring Process

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Top 3 Reasons to Pursue a Police Officer
Career at Phoenix PD

4% Raise

According to 91.5 KJZZ Over the next two fiscal years (2019-20), Phoenix police officers will see a 4 percent increase in their base wages. The economic value of ongoing total compensation will also increase 3.5 percent. Among other things, total compensation includes wages, holiday pay, insurance and pensions.

Career Advancement

One of the benefits of working for a large agency like Phoenix Police Department is the many career advancement opportunities available like SWAT, Detectives, FTO, aviation, Air Support, Crime Scene Investigator, Traffic, CSI, K-9,Family Investigations Bureau, Violent Crimes Bureau, Property Crimes Bureau, gang unit, mounted patrol & more

overtime Availability

According to the AZ Central in 2018 police officers and firefighters are by far the biggest overtime earners in the city of Pheonix. For the 25 top overtime earners, it added between $70,000 and nearly $109,000 to their pay. In 2018, a sergeant earned an extra $108,884 of overtime pay, raising his total salary to $212,801

WATCH Step By Step Process on How
To Become A PHXPD Cop

Phoenix PD Police Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications

Note: Phoenix Police will require that you pass a comprehensive background check before becoming a police officer for their agency (no exceptions).

8 step Process to become a cop for Phoenix PD:

Hiring Process

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  • *salary does not reflect overtime, career promotion, longevity, shift premium, education or other incentives, overtime,  etc.

Starting Salary

$ 1 *

*$51,480 + $4,372
CEP/Uniform Pay/DCP)

After 3 Years Pay

$ 1 *

*$61,027 + $9,734
CEP/Uniform Pay/DCP)

After 5 Years Salary

$ 1 *

*$74,901 + $14,617
CEP/Uniform Pay/DCP)

Rank Structure & Career Promotion Chart

Police Officer
Assistant Chief
Executive Assista​nt Chief
Chief of Police

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Steps to become a Cop for PHXPD

If you are looking for information on the Phoenix Police Department hiring process you’ve landed on the right webpage. However you must understand that the application process is quite detailed and lengthy.

The truth is the recruitment process is a long and tedious one. Sometimes taking up to a year before you are hired. Honestly that is pretty standard for law enforcement agencies across the country.

Below is the steps that you’ll have to successfully complete before you are hired by PHXPD:

The following are 7 steps to help you get started with a career in the Phoenix Police Department 

STEP 1 The Written Test
No written test are scheduled at this time.

Applicants will not be admitted without a photo ID.

STEP 2 Physical Agility Test
Offered only to those who successfully pass the written test,
and will be administered at the Phoenix Law Enforcement Academy.

STEP 3 Background Questionnaire Investigation
The AZPOST background packet is given to those who successfully complete both the written and agility exams.
The packet must be completed by the applicant and returned to the Employment Services Bureau for review.

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Qualified applicants are contacted a short time later (1-3 weeks) for initial interview.

STEP 4 Polygraph Examination
Applicants will be given a polygraph examination (lie detector test) administered by a trained, professional examiner. The test will confirm information noted on the applicant’s background investigation packet.

STEP 5 Psychological Test
Applicants will be evaluated by a licensed psychologist.

STEP 6 Medical Examination
Applicants will undergo a complete medical examination given by a licensed physician.

STEP 7 Controlled Substance Screening
Applicants will be required to submit to a urinalysis at some point in the hiring process.

Average Salary, Pay scale, Earnings & Benefits


Requirements & Qualifications

  • Be at least 20 years of age at the time of application, 21 years of age prior to completion of the Academy.
  • Be a United States Citizen.
  • Be in sound physical and mental health.
  • Have at least 20/20 vision uncorrected; or 20/20 vision corrected by glasses or hard contact lenses if uncorrected acuity is 20/80 or better; 20/20 vision corrected by soft contact lenses if uncorrected acuity is 20/200 or better. Vision capable of distinguishing basic color groups against a favorable background.
  • Have not been dishonorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces.
  • Within the last 36 months:
    • Have fewer than 8 driving violations points,
    • No more than one chargeable accident,
    • No conviction for DUI (One Lifetime)
    • Driver’s license that is cancelled, refused, suspended or revoked.
  • Must meet AZ P.O.S.T. and Phoenix Police Department drug standards.
  • No commission or conviction of a felony. Misdemeanor arrests are discretionary.
  • Must have good moral character and personal integrity.
  • No history of criminal or improper conduct. No poor employment or irresponsible financial history.
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED equivalency.
  • AZ POST (Arizona Peace Officers Standards and Training) certified officers may be eligible for lateral transfers after submitting an application and completing the physical agility exam and the Phoenix Police Department background investigation.

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