Lateral Police Officer

March 7, 2024

Must be an experienced, certified law enforcement officer


The University of Arizona Police Department is a full-service law enforcement agency that serves a vibrant and diverse community. We work in the most densely populated area of Tucson and enjoy a unique environment that can only be experienced at an institution of higher learning. Our sworn personnel are full-authority Arizona Peace Officers whose primary functions are crime control, traffic safety, community engagement, and crime prevention. We offer a variety of career paths and specialty assignments. More importantly, we offer a purpose.

This position is intended for peace officers with an active certification status by AZPOST or another state’s peace officer certification entity. All other candidates should apply for the position of Police Officer Recruit. If the position of Police Officer Recruit is not currently open, please revisit the position listing at a later date. 

The University of Arizona Police Department is seeking experienced and motivated applicants to fill the position of Police Officer II. Candidates must demonstrate effective critical thinking skills, exhibit sound judgment, and be in good physical and mental health.  We seek to reflect the rich diversity of the community in the quality people we employ. UAPD officers must be committed to public safety, civil service, integrity, and professionalism. This position has a one-year probation period.  UAPD Officers must be willing to work rotating shifts/days off and work holidays. Qualifying sworn personnel are afforded opportunities for rank and lateral advancement as well as specialty assignments within the department.

Officers enjoy an outstanding range of benefits including health, dental, life and disability insurance; a competitive retirement package; reduced tuition rates for themselves and qualifying family members; paid vacation, sick days, and holiday; overtime eligibility and much more. For more information visit UA HR Benefits.

Salary: $57,925 (27.849hr) and enter into the Salary Step Increase Program



Certification from Arizona Peace Officer Standards & Training (AZPOST); OR, equivalent out-of-state certification (must obtain AZPOST certification within six months from hire date).

Possession of a current Arizona Type D driver's license upon employment. 

State of Arizona Certified Officers are no longer required to submit to the POPAT test. 

Non-Arizona Certified Candidates participate in a physical agility assessment consisting of: A 500 yard run, 99 yard obstacle course, 165 lb. body drag (32 feet), climb over a 6 foot chain link fence, and a climb over a 6 foot solid wall. 

Other requirements of those continuing in process will be: polygraph, medical, psychological, drug testing, and an in-depth background check.

How to Apply

Candidates MUST first apply online through the University of Arizona Human Resources website

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Once your application is received, instructions for accessing and completing the backgrounds will be emailed to you. It is strongly encouraged to complete and submit both the UAPD and AZPOST background packets, along with the required documents as soon as possible.