What We Do
The Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board stands to foster public trust and confidence by establishing and maintaining standards of integrity, competence, and professionalism for Arizona peace officers and correctional officers.
To begin the process, an individual must apply to an agency for a job as a peace officer or a reserve officer. The agency hiring process may include agency testing, physical ability testing, psychological testing and oral boards. The process will include a complete background investigation, polygraph and medical examination. If the agency chooses to hire an applicant, the agency notifies AZPOST by sending an appointment document to AZPOST.
Pursuant to Arizona Revised Statutes 41-1822 and 41-1828.01, the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (AZPOST) is responsible for establishing minimum qualifications for the recruitment, appointment and retention of all peace officers with the State and its political subdivisions. AZPOST conducts inquiries to determine and ensure law enforcement agencies are adhering to the established standards.
AZPOST's Training Unit is divided into the Basic Training and Advanced Training sections. The mission of the Basic Training section is to create the Academy curriculum through training and testing that ensures each recruit graduates with the demonstrated character, knowledge, problem-solving abilities, human relations, communication and physical skills necessary to meet the professional standards required of a peace officer in the state of Arizona.