Because reserve officers perform the same duties as career police officers, reserve officer applicants must satisfy the same hiring and selection requirements as career officer applicants. Those requirements include:
- Be at least 20 years of age at the time of application; 21 years of age prior to graduating from the academy.
- Be in sound physical and mental health.
- Have at least 20/20 vision uncorrected; or 20/20 vision corrected by glasses or had contact lenses if uncorrected acuity is 20/80 or better; 20/20 vision corrected by soft contact lenses if uncorrected acuity is 20/2000 or better. Vision capable of distinguishing basic color groups against a favorable background.
- Have not been dishonorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces.
- Within the last 36 months:
- Have fewer than 8 driving violations points;
- No more than one chargeable accident;
- No conviction for DUI (One Lifetime);
- Driver's license that was not cancelled, refused, suspended or revoked.
- Must meet AZ-POST and Phoenix Police Department drug standards.
- No commission or conviction of a felony. Misdemeanor arrests are discretionary.
- Must have good moral character and personal integrity.
- No history of criminal or improper conduct.
- No poor employment or irresponsible financial history.
- Must have a high school diploma or G.E.D. equivalency.
- AZ -POST (Arizona Peace Officers Standards and Training) certified officers may be eligible for a lateral transfer after submitting an application, and completing the physical agility examination and the Phoenix Police Department background investigation.
Phoenix Police Reserve Recruits are required to attend and successfully complete the Arizona Law Enforcement Academy (ALEA) training in accordance with Arizona Police Officer Standards and Training requirements.
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