How to Apply

Getting started

Visit the Job Opportunities page to find open positions for Police Officer Recruit or Lateral Police Officer and to review the minimum qualifications.

In-State Applicants

  1. Submit a basic online application through the Job Opportunities page.
  2. When your application is received and determined to meet the minimum qualifications, you will receive an email that will allow you to schedule your test date. Written and physical tests are conducted in-person on the second Tuesday of the month.
  3. Go to my.azpost.gov and complete the AZPOST Personal History form. Select to “share” the form with the Sierra Vista Police Department, then email your form ID number to the SVPD Recruiter.
  4. Download the Police Officer Background Questionnaire. After passing both the written and physical tests, submit the Background Questionnaire to Human Resources as soon as possible.

In-State Lateral Applicants

Arizona lateral applicants:

  • Must hold current, full authority Arizona POST Peace Officer Certification or be eligible for certification reinstatement (certification inactive less than three years.)
  • Must meet the Sierra Vista Police Department’s minimum requirements.
  • Must take a general vocabulary, reading, and comprehension exam.
  • Must take the Peace Officers Physical Aptitude Test.
  1. Submit a basic online application through the Job Opportunities page.
  2. When your application is received and determined to meet the minimum qualifications, you will receive an email that will allow you to schedule your test date. Written and physical tests are conducted in-person on the second Tuesday of the month.
  3. Go to my.azpost.gov and complete the AZPOST Personal History form. Select to “share” the form with the Sierra Vista Police Department, then email your form ID number to our Recruiter at lilly.perry@nullsierravistaaz.gov
  4. Download the Police Officer Background Questionnaire. After passing both the written and physical tests, submit the Background Questionnaire to Human Resources as soon as possible.

If hired, a lateral applicant does not need to attend the police academy. Applicants must successfully pass each step of the hiring process to continue to the next phase.

Lateral Pay Information

Out-of-State Applicants – Recruit and Lateral

  1. Submit the online application through the Job Opportunities page.
  2. Once your application is received and determined to meet the minimum qualifications, you will receive email instructions for submitting your background packet and required documents to Human Resources.
  3. Once received, the Patrol Commander will review the background packet to determine if you are eligible for an Oral Board interview.
  4. The Police Department’s recruiter will work with you to schedule a time to come to Sierra Vista to take the PT and written tests on the first day.  If you pass the PT and the written tests, you will have an oral board interview on the following day.

The entire hiring process for out-of-state applicants is usually completed in two or three trips to Sierra Vista.  Out-of-state applicants who hold out-of-state peace officer certifications may be eligible for the AZPOST waiver testing process in lieu of attending a full Arizona Peace Officer Academy upon determination by the Chief of Police.

Lateral Pay Information

All new hires receive a salary, an unmarked City vehicle, gas, lodging, and per diem while attending the academy.