SVPD applicant testing event takes new approach

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As it recruits police officers, the Sierra Vista Police Department will host a new type of testing event that will give applicants who fail a component of the process a better chance to be prepared for the next time.

The applicant testing and preparation workshop will take place on Saturday, March 25, from 8 a.m. until about 2 p.m. at the Sierra Vista Police Department, located at 911 Coronado Drive. An initial presentation from about 8 to 9 a.m. will be open to anyone interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement. The rest of the testing process will only be open to individuals who have applied to become a police officer with the Sierra Vista Police Department. There is no cost to attend.

Applicants will undergo a physical fitness exam and those who pass will proceed to take a written test. The ones who fail the physical fitness portion will be invited to participate in a written test workshop, in order to better prepare them for their next attempt. Applicants only get two chances to pass both tests each year and this added workshop will help them make the most of their second try.

“A career in law enforcement is demanding, both physically and mentally, so the hiring process has to be rigorous. But we want to give applicants the best possible chance to succeed and this new approach will prepare candidates who fail one part of the process to come back and pass both tests the next time,” SVPD Recruiter Molly Schmitt says.

Anyone interested in participating in the testing must submit an application at The job opportunities page can be accessed by highlighting “I want to” and click on “apply for a job.” For more information on the application process, contact Molly Schmitt at (520) 452-7500 or


RSVP to presentation

Members of the public simply seeking to learn more about a career in law enforcement are welcome to attend the first hour of the testing event from about 8 to 9 a.m.

They will receive a presentation regarding the hiring process and hear first-hand accounts from police officers on what it’s like to work for the Sierra Vista Police Department. Attendees are asked to RSVP in advance by emailing