Faq

  • Individuals may request a copy of their Arizona Certification Record by going to the 'Agency Forms' section and download the CR form.

  • If an applicant served honorably as a peace officer in another state or for the federal government and s/he meets all of the eligibility requirements, s/he may be certified via the AZPOST Waiver Process, and become certified without attending an Arizona academy. However, it is the appointing agency’s choice whether to send an applicant through a basic academy again or allow them to pursue the Waiver Process.

  • Some police academies may offer an enrollment option for individuals who want to attend at their own expense without the required appointment by an agency. These “Open Enrollees” may make application to the academy and must meet the same minimum standards as an appointed enrollee. Upon successful completion of the academy, an Open Enrollee is not a peace officer and does not have AZPOST certification. However, the person may be appointed by an agency after the complete background and hiring process if the person passes the AZPOST audit. Depending on the time elapsed since the academy, the person may be required to pass the Waiver test prior to certification.

  • AZPOST is concerned with past illegal drug use because it demonstrates a willingness or propensity to do illegal things and shows a lack of respect for the law.  However, AZPOST recognizes that many people have experimented with marijuana or other illegal drugs. Therefore, AZPOST has adopted an illegal drug usage standard that would not prevent a person from becoming a peace officer in Arizona. The standard for marijuana is that a person could not have used marijuana in the last two (2) years. The standard for dangerous drugs or narcotics is that a person could not have used it more than five (5) times and not more than one (1) usage can be at 21 years old or older within the past seven (7) years. Additional information on the minimum hiring standards for a peace officer can be found in the AZPOST Rules.  https://apps.azsos.gov/public_services/Title_13/13-04.pdf

  • AZPOST looks to a person’s conduct rather than the arrest record to determine suitability to be a peace officer. It is the commission of crimes that concerns AZPOST. Commission of crimes demonstrates a willingness or propensity to do illegal things. This shows a lack of respect for the law. Applicants will be asked to list all police contacts, whether as a suspect, witness or otherwise. Applicants will also be asked to disclose all undiscovered crimes, things that nobody but the applicant may even know about it. Complete disclosure and truthfulness on these questions is usually more important than what is disclosed. The only absolute bar to certification is the conviction of a felony. Other offenses will be reviewed on a case by case basis to see how the conduct reflects on the public trust in the profession and the ability of the individual to perform the duties of a peace officer, such as to testify credibly in court. Applicants’ answers to all background questions are tested and verified by polygraph.

  • There are numerous agencies (approximately 160) in Arizona that employ peace officers. Almost all city, county and state agencies maintain an employment section on their governmental websites. Each agency has unique attributes that may differentiate it from others. In addition to traditional law enforcement, you may find specialty peace officer positions in many state agencies. The Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police website, www.azchiefsofpolice.org lists available positions that are provided to them for publication by government agencies.
     

  • There are states around the country that may recognize your AZPOST certification. You can view the other state employee requirements via their websites or you can send for a Reciprocity Handbook from the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST). The IADLEST Reciprocity Handbook consolidates police officer employment requirements gathered from all 50 state peace officer standards and training organizations (POST Agencies) and the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs. See the links at the Employment Opportunities Page.

  • AZPOST does not currently have an academy program for those that have been in the Military and were trained extensively in specific law enforcement programs.

  • Check out the website for the academy nearest you and contact them directly. AZPOST does not have a specific policy or rule regarding this practice. You will find a listing of the academy websites here

  • Academies are a very controlled environment and police recruits are training in secured, secluded areas to ensure not only the safety of the recruits and staff, but the people living in the surrounding communities as well. If you happen to be fortunate enough to have a group of recruits run past you while you are out for a walk be prepared to be greeted properly by each one that runs by.

  • There are police academies strategically located throughout the state to best service the communities that need them, generally these academies are located in more isolated areas so as not to disturb the area with the sounds of police training.

  • Yes, AZPOST rule R13-4-116 requires that officers receive training on Constitutional law and cultural awareness. Beyond the basic training requirements, individual academies and agencies have developed supplemental training to cover this area beyond the minimum requirements.