Recruitment #1801-6371-001


The Tucson Police Department (TPD) is looking for motivated and dedicated individuals willing to join our team.  Successful candidates from this recruitment pool will be utilized for a variety of duties within the Department at the discretion and direction of the Chief of Police. In no event will non-permanent police officers substitute for willing permanent police officers in deployments unrelated to their assignments.

General Description

Protects life and property through the enforcement of criminal laws and crime prevention. Responds to emergency situations and complaints.

Essential Functions

  • 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.
  • Conducts field interviews, serves arrest warrants, and issues summonses.
  • Searches persons, places, and things.
  • Seizes and impounds property and evidence.
  • Performs patrol duties by traveling through designated areas, searching for suspicious, hazardous, or criminal activity.
  • Pursues offenders by patrol vehicle and on foot; stops offenders, subdues resisting offenders using force where appropriate, including deadly force, and arrests offenders.
  • Performs crowd and riot control activities.
  • Monitors entrance and departure of employees, visitors, and other persons to guard against theft and maintain security of premises.
  • Responds to alarms or emergencies and investigates disturbances.
  • Writes reports of daily activities and irregularities, or unusual occurrences.

Minimum Qualifications

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

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 2 years satisfactory commissioned service with Tucson Police Department and Arizona Peace Officers Standards and Training Certification in a status that is eligible for reactivation

Valid and Unrestricted Class D - Driver's License

Special Job Requirements

Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Certification (AZ POST Certified)

At least two (2) years of licensed driving experience

U.S. Citizenship

At least 21 years of age

Under 70 years of age

No felony convictions or drug abuse  

Pre-Screen Questionnaire Instructions

The Preliminary Applicant Questionnaire (CLICK HERE) is a six-page document with a January 2018 revision date on the bottom right corner of the form. No previous versions will be accepted, and no other document, including a resume, will be accepted in its place. The questionnaire is a fillable PDF document accessed by clicking on the highlighted link or by copying and pasting the link below onto your browser. In order to properly access the form, you must use Adobe Reader 8 or above. MAC users DO NOT use Preview mode when completing the form. Use of Adobe Acrobat is required.

You must first download and save the blank form to your computer/document files, before you type your responses onto the PDF document. Please ensure you complete all the questions. It is highly recommended you utilize the "Save As" function and rename it to save a copy to your local disk, prior to uploading the completed form. Do not worry about signing it prior to submitting.

The completed Preliminary Applicant Questionnaire must be uploaded to your Non-perm Tucson Police Officer application on this online employment application system or your application will be incomplete. No other form of delivery will be accepted. Please allow a few seconds for the file to download:

You will not be able to submit this application until you upload the completed questionnaire to your Non-Perm Tucson Police Officer application on the City of Tucson Online Employment Center website when prompted to do so.

Failure to properly complete an application with 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.

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 the 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

City of Tucson Police Officers has high ethical standards, integrity, leadership, courage, and a team mindset.  This position demands that individuals be mature and have personal responsibility that is in line with TPD’s values and code of ethics.  The minimum requirements are as follows:

  • Under 70 years of age.
  • Any applicant that has retired from TPD as a commissioned officer must have been separated from paid service for a minimum of 12 months.  Members who have left the agency in good standing for any other reason are eligible to apply immediately upon separation. 
  • No outstanding or recent discipline concerns.
  • Record of acceptable past performance (minimum 2 years).
  • Up-to-date on AZPOST training requirements, or readily able to come into compliance.
  • No physical or mental limitations that preclude the performance of the essential functions of the job. 
  • If AZPOST certification is inactive (or the candidate has been separated for longer than 30 days but fewer than 3 years), the candidate shall pass a background investigation, including the polygraph, psychological screening, and drug test.

NOTE: Any non-permanent police officer candidate who has been separated longer than thirty days is subject to a new background investigation (as required by AZPOST), including polygraph, medical exam, psychological screening, and physical exam, unless he or she is a current TPD Reserve Officer. Civil Service Rules governing non-permanent (intermittent) employees limit their annual hours worked to 1,300.

While current Reserve Officers will not need to submit to a new background investigation, polygraph, medical exam, or psychological screening, they will still need to complete the online application in its entirety.


Applicants who successfully meet the minimum qualifications and pass the preliminary applicant questionnaire will be invited to participate in an Oral Board Interview.  Applicants passing this interview process will be placed on a Non-Permanent Banded Grouping List for hiring consideration by the Tucson Police Department. 

An applicant's ranking on the Non-Permanent Banded Grouping List will be based on their final score which will be calculated as 20% of the rating for Training and Experience (Supplemental Questionnaire responses) and 80% of the rating for the Oral Board Interview.

Candidates placed on the Non-Perm Banded Grouping List will be subject to the following (unless exempted as explained above):

  • An extensive background investigation, including local, state and national criminal and fingerprint checks. ·
  • A polygraph examination to verify information you have supplied during the process.
  • Selected candidates will receive a conditional job offer and, (unless exempted as explained above) must successfully pass pre-employment medical and psychological evaluations.  


Communications throughout this process will be sent via email exclusively so please ensure your browser accepts emails from and check your email account regularly. Failure to respond or follow instructions will result in disqualification. 


All email inquiries should be directed to one of the below listed individuals.

Adaliz Cruz, 520/837-7749 or email:

Carol Van Gelder, 520/837-7560 or email:

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.

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements

AZ POST Physical

Respirator Physical

Hep A Vaccine/Titer

Hep B Vaccine/Titer

Non-NIDA Drug Screen

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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.