Recruitment #1808-6307-001



The Tucson Police Department (TPD) is looking for motivated and dedicated individuals interested in serving the Tucson Community as a Police Officer.

A Police Officer is a job that requires uncompromising integrity and a tremendous amount of responsibility. As a Tucson Police Officer, you will be protecting life and property through the enforcement of laws and ordinances - and this involves an element of personal danger. An officer must be able to act without direct supervision, be able to exercise independent judgment in extremely high-stress situations and accept work assignments of rotating shifts, weekends and holidays. Our most successful candidates are those who have prepared both physically and academically for this demanding type of duty.

Successful candidates from this testing period will be considered for any funded academy classes within the next six months. The earliest academy to be filled from this list is January 2019, and this date may be adjusted if necessary.

The Tucson Police Department was selected by The Military Times as a top agency in their "Best for Vets" 2017 Law Enforcement Jobs Review.

Military times evaluated law enforcement agencies on factors including their efforts to recruit Veterans, Veteran preference points during hiring, total numbers of Veterans in the department, the generosity of pay and benefits provided to deployed Reservists, among other factors. The Tucson Police Department, along with only six other agencies, was recognized as a "Top Finisher" among the 20 departments profiled by Military Times. The Tucson Police Department is proud that nearly 31% of our members are Veterans.


The mission of the Tucson Police Department remains to serve the public in partnership with our community, to protect life and property, prevent crime and resolve problems. We stand today as we have for the last 147 years: ready to protect, proud to serve. Join us.

General Description

Trains at the Police Academy as a new police recruit to learn the skills and functions of the job of police officer, under the guidance of experienced police staff.

Essential Functions

Attends the Police Academy to learn the skills and practices of a Police Officer.

Assists with performing patrol duties by traveling through designated areas, searching for suspicious, hazardous or criminal activity, conducting field interviews with suspected offenders and making arrests.

With another officer, responds to routine and emergency calls by contacting the reporting person and witnesses, and determining the nature of the call and action to be taken.

Assists with crime prevention by attending public meetings, enforcing criminal and traffic laws, and identifying gang members and criminals.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: High School Diploma or G.E.D.

Minimum Experience Qualifications: No experience required

Valid and Unrestricted Class D - Driver's License

Special Job Requirements

At least two (2) years of driving experience

U.S. Citizenship

At least 21 years of age by academy graduation date

No felony convictions or drug abuse

Pre-Screen Questionnaire Instructions

The Preliminary Applicant Questionnaire is a fillable web form. You must complete your profile with the City of Tucson AND submit a completed Preliminary Applicant Questionnaire by the deadline to be considered for this job opening.

Completed Preliminary Applicant Questionnaire can only be submitted online. No other form of delivery will be accepted. You will need to type your responses into this web form document and submit into the system when prompted to do so. Please ensure you complete all the questions. You may start and save, to complete and submit at a later time. If you utilize this Save and Close feature, a link will be emailed to you, so you can return to where you left off. Do not return to the original link on this page to complete the questionnaire. Doing so will require you to start over.

Please fully disclose all relevant information on the Preliminary Applicant Questionnaire. Discrepancies and omissions will be uncovered during an exhaustive background investigation and polygraph examination, so it is not in your best interest to be less than truthful. One of the fundamental requirements of working in law enforcement is the ability of an individual to adhere to and demonstrate the highest legal and ethical standards. Unfortunately, it is our experience that a number of applicants will fail due to material omissions or untruthfulness. If you are untruthful, dishonest, knowingly omit, falsify, conceal or obscure required information during any part of the application and hiring process, you will be PERMANENTLY DISQUALIFIED from ever being employed by the Tucson Police Department in ANY capacity.

Selection Plan

Applicants who successfully complete an employment application, successfully complete the Preliminary Applicant Questionnaire and meet the minimum qualifications of the position will receive an email containing an invitation for the written and physical test by the close of business on Friday, October 5, 2018.

Written Examination- The written examination will be conducted  Friday, October 12, 2018, Saturday, October 13, 2018, and Sunday, October 14, 2018 at the Public Safety Academy, located at 10001 S. Wilmot Road, Tucson, AZ 85756. Applicants will choose a testing day and time that best accommodates their schedule.  

Physical Fitness Assessment- The physical fitness assessment will be conducted Friday, October 12, 2018, Saturday, October 13, 2018, and Sunday, October 14, 2018 at the Public Safety Academy, located at 10001 S. Wilmot Road, Tucson, AZ 85756. Applicants will choose a testing day and time that best accommodates their schedule.

This is a pass/fail portion of the process and is based upon a modified Peace Officer Physical Aptitude Test (POPAT). The modified POPAT will include all elements of the standard AZ POPAT, minus the 6ft wall climb. The POPAT is not gender or age specific and all candidates must obtain 300 points by completing the following:

  • 99-Yard Obstacle Course- Run a 99-yard obstacle course consisting of several sharp turns, a number of curb height obstacles, and a 34-inch high obstacle that must be vaulted
  • Body Drag- Lift and drag 165-pound, lifelike dummy 32 feet
  • Chain-Link Fence- Run five yards to a six-foot, chain-link fence, climb over fence, continue running another 25 yards
  • 500-Yard Run- Run 500 yards equivalent to the one lap plus 60 yards of a standard running track

The physical fitness assessment is a minimum standard assessment and if selected for a position, individuals will need to perform at a higher standard than what is expected during the recruitment process. It is your responsibility to know your own physical condition. Individuals who are in a poor state of physical condition will have difficulty passing this examination. Your participation is at your own risk and the City of Tucson assumes no liability or responsibility for any injuries you may occur during this process.

Applicants must pass both the written examination and physical fitness assessment will proceed to the oral board. Applicants will be notified by October 15, 2018 of their final testing results. Candidates who pass both the written examination and the physical fitness assessment will receive an invitation to schedule an oral board interview.

Oral Board Interview- Interviews will be scheduled Wednesday, October 17, 2018 and Thursday, October 18, 2018 as a secondary date. Oral boards will take place at TPD Headquarters, located at 270 S. Stone Avenue. Applicants passing the oral board interview will be placed on a Civil Service Employment List for consideration by TPD.

An applicant's ranking on the Employment List will be based on their final score which will be calculated as:

  • 30% of the rating for the Written Test
  • 30% of the rating for the Physical Fitness Assessment 
  • 40% of the rating for the Oral Board


This recruitment will establish a civil service list that will be utilized to fill vacancies occurring within the next 6 months. Candidates placed on the Employment List will receive a contingent job offer and must successfully pass the following:

  • An extensive background investigation, including local, state and national criminal and fingerprint checks    
  • Driving History
  • A polygraph examination to verify information you have supplied in the background questionnaire 
  • Pre-employment medical and psychological evaluations
  • Candidates must also continue to maintain all physical minimum standards through the duration of this recruitment process

All probationary employees in this classification are subject to random drug screening during their EIGHTEEN MONTH PROBATIONARY PERIOD with the Tucson Police Department.

Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the achieved score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  If you qualify for Veteran or Native American preference points as outlined in your Employment Profile, you must submit your documentation at the time of the Written Examination. Copies of DD 214s must reflect a characterization of HONORABLE.

Applicants requiring an accommodation in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act for any of the applicant evaluations must contact the individuals listed below at least 48 hours prior to the particular evaluation.  

CONTACTS: Communications throughout this process will be sent via email exclusively so please ensure your browser accepts emails from jobs@tucsonaz.gov and check your email account regularly. Failure to respond or follow instructions will result in disqualification.  All email inquiries should be directed to the individuals listed below.

Kelli McFarland, 520.837.7768 or email: Kelli.McFarland@tucsonaz.gov

Chalis Ruiz, 520.837.4176 or email: Chalis.Ruiz@tucsonaz.gov   

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements

AZ POST Physical

Respirator Physical

Hep A Vaccine/Titer

Hep B Vaccine/Titer

Non-NIDA Drug Test

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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.