Recruitment #1708-6307-001


The Tucson Police Department (TPD) is looking for motivated and dedicated individuals willing to join our team.  Successful candidates from this testing period will be considered for any funded academy class(es) within the next six months.  The earliest academy that will be filled from this list is April 2018, and this date may be adjusted if necessary.

Being a police officer is a job that involves a tremendous amount of responsibility and requires uncompromising integrity.  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 meeting emergencies, 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. 


Military Times evaluated law enforcement agencies on factors including their efforts to recruit veterans, veteran preference points during hiring, total numbers of veterans on 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. 

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 - August 2, 2018

No felony convictions or drug abuse

Pre-Screen Questionnaire Instructions

The Preliminary Applicant Questionnaire is a fillable PDF document.  In order to access, you must be using Adobe Reader 8 or above. MAC users DO NOT use Preview mode when filling out the form; you must use Adobe Acrobat.

You must download, complete, save, AND then upload the Preliminary Applicant Questionnaire (CLICK HERE) to apply for this recruitment.  Please be forthright and fully disclose all relevant information on the Preliminary Applicant Questionnaire.  Any 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 on your Preliminary Applicant Questionnaire. 

The Preliminary Applicant Questionnaire is a fillable PDF document and may be accessed by clicking on the highlighted links (above or below) or by copying and pasting the link below onto your browser.  The Preliminary Applicant Questionnaire is a six page document with an August 2017 revision date; no previous versions of the Preliminary Applicant Questionnaire will be accepted.  Please allow a few seconds for the file to download: 


Completed Preliminary Applicant Questionnaires must be uploaded to your Tucson Police Officer Recruit application on this online employment application system.  No other form of delivery will be accepted as your application will be incomplete.  It is highly recommended that you utilize the "Save As" function and save a copy to your local disk prior to uploading.  You will not be able to submit this application until you upload the completed questionnaire to your Tucson Police Officer Recruit application on the City of Tucson Online Employment Center website when prompted to do so.

Failure to properly complete an application without the uploaded completed questionnaire by the established deadline will result in your removal from this recruitment process.  Preliminary Applicant Questionnaires received from applicants who did not properly apply online or who do not meet the minimum qualifications will not be considered.

You will need to type your responses onto this PDF document, save it, and then upload it into this system when prompted to do so.  Please ensure you complete all the questions.  For responses involving a yes/no box, simply place a capital X in front of the applicable response.  Do not worry about signing the form prior to submitting.

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 in each hiring process will fail due to material omissions or untruthfulness when completing their prescreen questionnaire and subsequent background information. 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

You are highly encouraged to print this bulletin because it contains important testing dates and information that you will need to refer to later, and it will not be available after the closing date.



Applicants who successfully complete the questionnaire will receive an email on September 29, 2017 by the close of business with the results. 

Written Examination.  The written examination will be conducted on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at the Operations Division West Tucson Police Station located at 1310 W. Miracle Mile, Tucson, AZ 85705.  You will be emailed the results on Friday, October 27, 2017.

Physical Fitness Assessment.  Applicants who pass the written examination will be invited to attend the Physical Fitness Assessment on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the Public Safety Training Academy located at 10001 S. Wilmot Road, Tucson, AZ 85756. 

This is a pass/fail portion of the process and is based upon Cooper's Institute Standards.  You must obtain an overall average of 40% in order to pass and proceed to the oral board interview.  It is your responsibility to know your own physical condition. Individuals who are in a poor state of physical conditioning 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 incur during this process.

Cooper's Standards are age and gender specific and your overall percentage is determined by averaging your obtained percentile scores for the:

  • 1.5 mile run - This fitness area measures cardiovascular endurance and is related to performing tasks that may involve sustained activity such as a long foot pursuit followed by a physical confrontation and taking someone into custody.  There is no walking allowed during this evolution.
  • 300 meter run - This fitness area measures anaerobic capacity and is related to performing short intense bursts of effort such as foot pursuits.  There is no walking allowed during this evolution.
  • Sit-ups - This fitness area measures muscular endurance of the abdominal muscles and is related to performing tasks that may involve the use of force.
  • Push-ups  -  This fitness area measures muscular endurance of the upper body muscles to include shoulders, chest, and back of the upper arms, and is related to the use of force involving pushing motion.
  • Vertical jump - This fitness area measures explosive power and is related to operational or pursuit tasks that require jumping and vaulting.  

Oral Board Interview. Interviews will be scheduled on Monday, October 30, 2017. 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 5% of the rating for Training and Experience (Supplemental Questionnaire responses), 50% of the rating for the Written Examination, and 45% of the rating for the Oral Board.  


Candidates placed on the Employment List will be subject to 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. 
  • Selected candidates will receive a conditional job offer and must successfully pass pre-employment medical and psychological evaluations.  
  • Candidates must also continue to maintain all physical minimum standards through the duration of this recruitment process.  Those candidates selected for an academy will be re-tested on Day 1 and will be required to obtain 40% on the Cooper's standard. 

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 call 520.791.4241 at least 48 hours prior to the particular evaluation.  



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.

Adaliz Cruz, 520.837.4307 or email: Adaliz.Cruz@tucsonaz.gov

Jocelyn D. Maez, 520.837.4176  or email: Jocelyn.Maez@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.