Hiring Process

Below is the step-by-step process to become a reserve police recruit. Upon successful completion of all of these steps, you will be placed into the pre-hire program prior to attending training at the Phoenix Police Reserve Academy.

If you have questions about any of these steps, contact a recruiter at (602) 534-9000 or police.reserve@phoenix.gov.

Step 1: Complete AZPOST Personal History Packet

Step 2: Contact the Reserve Division

Step 3: Peace Officer Physical Aptitude Test (POPAT)

The POPAT consists of the following events:

  1. Solid Fence Climb
  2. Chain Link Fence Climb
  3. 165lb Body Drag
  4. 99 Yard Obstacle (agility) Course
  5. 500 Yard Run

Visit the Phoenix Police YouTube channel for instructional videos or click each of the links above

More information regarding POPAT (PDF)

Step 4: Background Interview

After successful completion of the POPAT, applicants will be contacted by a background investigator to schedule an interview.

 Step 5: Polygraph Examination

Applicants will be given a polygraph examination (lie detector test) administered by a trained, professional examiner. The test will confirm information noted on the applicant's background packet.

 Step 6: Psychological Test

Applicants will be evaluated by a licensed psychologist.

 Step 7: Medical Examination

Applicants will undergo a complete medical examination given by a licensed physician

 Step 8: Controlled Substance Screening

Applicants will be required to submit to a urinalysis at some point in the hiring process.


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