Recruitment #2007-6313-001



The City of Tucson hereby announces the 2020 Detective Promotional Examination.  This examination will establish a two-year Civil Service Promotional List.  Candidates placed on the Promotional List must have at least one year of service remaining as of the date they are eligible for promotion in order to be selected from the List.  


You are highly encouraged to print this bulletin because it contains important dates and information that will not be available online once this position closes.  Applicants are responsible for reading and understanding the content listed in the job bulletin.

General Description

The position of Detective performs crime investigation and analyzes evidence to determine cause and source of crimes.  Detectives manage caseloads by preparing and maintaining files, processing paperwork, writing reports, and processing evidence.  As a public service measure, candidates who are selected from the final promotional list may be assigned to a detective night duty shift at the discretion of the Police Chief and in accordance with the TPOA Labor Agreement.

Essential Functions

Occasionally directs helpers, assistants, seasonal employees, interns, volunteers or temporary employees and may temporarily act in a higher capacity.

Investigates crimes by responding to calls, conducting surveillance, obtaining warrants, interviewing witnesses and suspects, collecting and analyzing evidence, drawing diagrams of the crime scene, conducting research, making arrests, and showing lineups.

Assists the public and law enforcement agencies by responding to telephone calls and correspondence, discussing cases and other issues with citizens, and providing statistics and general information to law enforcement agencies.

Manages caseloads by preparing and maintaining files, processing paperwork, writing reports, and processing evidence.

Prescreens police and civilian applicants by reviewing their paperwork, conducting interviews, conducting background investigations and polygraph examinations, and assisting personnel as needed. Performs related duties by testifying in court, training employees, maintaining vehicle, and providing security for special events.

Minimum Qualifications

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

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 3 years serving as Police Officer

Valid and Unrestricted Class D - Driver's License

Special Job Requirements

Eligibility requirements are consistent with General Order 4333.1 and are limited to current salaried commissioned members of the Tucson Police Department (TPD) with the following qualifications:

  • Completed three (3) years of cumulative service* in any commissioned classification below the rank of Detective as of November 13, 2020.  For computation purposes, the non-commissioned classification of Police Officer Recruit: Trainee is included.  No other non-commissioned classifications will be eligible.  The commissioned classification of Marshall is excluded.
  • Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Certification (AZ POST Certified)
  • Arizona Criminal Justice Information System Network Terminal Operator Certification

All applicants eligible for this promotional process are encouraged to apply.  Applicants are advised that upon placement on a hiring promotional list, any member having been the subject of "major discipline," as defined by General Orders 4300, 4333.2, may not be promoted until the specified period has passed based on the date of discovery of the incident resulting in major discipline.

Applicants who are currently on the A.R.S. 15.1 rule list are eligible to apply. However, the Chief of Police has final say on all promotions and reserves the right to evaluate the circumstances surrounding placement on the list to include; the nature of the infraction resulting in placement on the 15.1 list, the date of infraction, personnel history of the employee since the infraction, and the overall impact on the department that would be the result of promotion that individual. 


*Cumulative service is computed as having three (3) years cumulative service in any commissioned classification with the Tucson Police Department, excluding the classification of Marshall. For computation purposes, the non-commissioned classification of Police Officer Recruit: Trainee is included. No other non-commissioned classifications will be eligible. Applicants must also be currently serving in a commissioned classification under these definitions. If a member had a break in service, their total time with the Tucson Police Department will be used to determine experience. Three (3) years of cumulative service must be as of November 13, 2020. Service as a Reserve Officer is not creditable for computation purposes. Officers hired through a lateral process are eligible to apply provided they have a total of three (3) years commissioned law enforcement experience as of November 13, 2020, and the most recent 24 months have been continuous with the Tucson Police Department. 

Selection Plan


The evaluative components of this promotional process will be used to assess the applicants' knowledge, skills, and abilities as they pertain to the essential functions of this position, as well as their knowledge of the information and methods contained in the study material.

Applicants are responsible for blocking their calendars and making appropriate arrangements to ensure their availability during the testing dates listed below:


Written Exam (35 percent of final score)

October 6, 2020

A Candidate Orientation session will be provided to all applicants following the written exam challenge period. All applicants are highly encouraged to attend the Candidate Orientation to receive information on aspects of the promotional process.

The written exam will consist of items from the study materials listed under the “Study Material” header provided herein to include TPD General Orders, Arizona Revised Statutes, CID Manual, CID Case Assignment Criteria Manual, and Crime Scene and Search Warrant Scene Processing (Operation Pamphlet 5), Ferrazzi, K. (2020). Leading Without Authority. Currency, Random House.

Challenge period is October 7-9, 2020, and October 12-13, 2020 (TPD HR)

Assessment Center (65 percent of final score)

Week of October 26, 2020



Evaluation components of this promotional exam will be scored in the following manner:

Written Exam: All raw scores will be standardized within the applicant pool completing this evaluation and will account for 35% of the final score for those placed on the promotional list.

Only the most qualified applicants based upon their Written Exam score will proceed to the Assessment Center. The number of applicants will be determined after utilizing appropriate statistical techniques and procedures; however, up to but no more than 60 applicants will proceed to the Assessment Center.

Assessment Center: All raw scores will be standardized within the applicant pool completing this evaluation and will account for 65% of the final score for those placed on the promotional list.

To pass the Assessment Center, applicants must achieve a minimum of 60% of the RAW points available of the Assessment Center. However, up to but no more than 40 candidates will be placed on the Promotional List.

All numerical scoring results will be released once the Promotional List is published. Publish date is November 13, 2020.


The top scoring candidates (up to but no more than 40 candidates) that successfully performed all evaluation components will be placed on the Promotional List. Candidates will be ranked on the Civil Service Promotional List based on scores achieved throughout this promotional examination. Final scores shall be based upon the completion and passing of all components of the process and be computed in accordance with the weights and procedures outlined in this bulletin and statistical techniques and procedures established by the HR Director. In the event a tie exists, "seniority in rank" is used first and then "seniority on the department," if needed, will be the tie breaking mechanism. Methodology for standardizing scores will utilize a mean of 50 and a standard deviation of 10.

***Please be advised, per Civil Service Rule V, Section 2G, the departmental final selection shall include a selection interview and may include additional examinations. The departmental final selection interview shall either offer all candidates on the certified list the opportunity for interview, or interview candidates in the order in which they appear on the certified list until a suitable candidate is identified through the final interview process. The [HR] Director or designee must review and authorize interview questions and any additional examinations based on job relatedness and scoring validity. An interview shall not be required if the department selects candidates based upon the ranked order his/her name appears on the list, beginning with the candidate receiving the highest score.***


All study material that will be referenced during this promotional process is listed below. It is incumbent upon all applicants to save, print, and review the material listed below. Additionally, a OneNote folder containing all materials (excluding the book Leading Without Authority) will be created and shared with all applicants invited to attend the written examination. In terms of study material, you will need to check out Ferrazzi, K. (2020). Leading Without Authority. Currency, Random House through TPD HRD. An email notification will be distributed when the order of books arrives. All applicants will be provided notice at the same time when the books are available for pickup.

The information contained in the study material is current as of the opening date of this promotional process. Any revisions or changes to the law, procedures, or General Orders subsequent to the opening date will not be included in the examination process.


General Orders

1400 Appearance Standards

2000 Use of Force

2100 Arrest Policies

2200 Constitutional Issues

2400 General Field Procedures

2500 Major Incidents

2600 Investigative Protocols

2700 Special Circumstances

3600 Department Vehicles and Equipment

8000 Crime Laboratory

8200 Evidence


Arizona Revised Statutes

ARS Chapter 1 - General Provisions

ARS Chapter 4 - Justification

ARS Chapter 10 - Preparatory Offenses

ARS Chapter 11 - Homicide

ARS Chapter 12 - Assault and Related Offenses

ARS Chapter 13 - Kidnapping and Related Offenses

ARS Chapter 14 - Sexual Offenses

ARS Chapter 15 - Criminal Trespass and Burglary

ARS Chapter 16 - Criminal Damage to Property

ARS Chapter 17 - Arson

ARS Chapter 18 - Theft

ARS Chapter 19 - Robbery

ARS Chapter 20 - Forgery and Related Offenses

ARS Chapter 21 - Credit Card Fraud

ARS Chapter 23 - Organized Crime, Fraud, and Terrorism

ARS Chapter 25 - Escape and Related Offenses

ARS Chapter 27 - Perjury and Related Offenses

ARS Chapter 28 - Interference with Judicial and Other Proceedings

ARS Chapter 29 - Offenses Against Public Order

ARS Chapter 31 - Weapons and Explosives

ARS Chapter 34 - Drug Offenses

ARS Chapter 35.1 - Sexual Exploitation of Children

ARS Chapter 36 - Family Offenses

ARS Chapter 38, Article 8 - Search Warrant


Additional Material

CID Manual

CID Case Assignment Criteria Manual

Crime Scene and Search Warrant Scene Processing, Operations Pamphlet 10

Ferrazzi, K. (2020). Leading Without Authority. Currency, Random House.


Please contact Randall Moehr, HR Analyst by phone at 520.837.7768 or by email at should you have any questions regarding the study materials.

Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications will receive a formal email invitation the week of August 24, 2020 to attend the written exam. Top scoring applicants from the written exam will receive a formal email invitation no later than the week of October 19, 2020 to attend the Assessment Center.


The final Promotional List will be compiled by City HR no later than 5:00 PM on November 13, 2020.

Subsequent instructions to include examination times and locations will be communicated by email so please ensure your browser accepts emails from and check your email regularly. The City reserves the right to change the examination dates if required for operational necessity; any changes will be communicated as soon as practical.

If you are in need of Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please call 520.791.4241 at least 48 hours prior to the examination.

In accordance with USERRA, eligible applicants who will be on active duty during any of the examination dates are encouraged to contact Human Resources at one of the numbers listed below at the time of application or as soon as possible thereafter.

For application assistance or questions, please contact: 


Randall Moehr at 520.837.7768 or email :  

Chalis Ruiz at 520.837-4176 or email :

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements

AZ-POST Physical

Respirator Physical

Non-NIDA Drug Test

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