Police Officer Recruit

Aug. 31, 2021


The University of Arizona seeks entry level applicants to attend the Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Academy (SALETC) and ultimately become a UA Police Officer.  UAPD is a nationally accredited Police Department. It takes a special person to become a UA Police Officer. Those interested in becoming a UA Police Officer must be intelligent, exhibit sound judgment, and be healthy both physically and emotionally.

UAPD Officers are confident and often must make quick assessments for sound decisions. We seek to reflect the rich diversity of the community in the quality women and men we employ. The men and women of UAPD possess a strong sense of community and service orientation. As an officer you can make a difference, if you possess integrity, strong communications skills, a firm reassuring manner and sound judgment under pressure. Most of all, you must also be committed to public service, professionalism, and a peaceful community. UAPD Officers must be willing to work rotating shifts/days off and work holidays. Officers enjoy an outstanding range of benefits including health, dental, life and disability insurance; a competitive retirement package; reduced tuition rates for themselves and family members; paid vacation, sick days, and holiday; overtime eligibility and much more. Officers are afforded opportunities for advancement and specialized positions within the department. 

Starting salary for Police Officer Recruit is $52,100 through probationary year.  After successful completion of probation including all training, officer will be increased to $55,000 and enter into UAPD Compensation Plan.


Applicants must meet Arizona Peace Officer Standards & Training mandates. Those qualifications can be found in Rules R13-4-105, 106, 107 and 109.  Applicants should be mindful that AZPOST establishes the minimum standards. These requirements include: US citizenship, age 21 @ completion of academy, no felony convictions, no dishonorable discharge, HS diploma or GED & possession of an AZ drivers license at time of employment.

Candidates participate in a physical agility assessment consisting of elements of the POPAT (Police Officer Physical Aptitude Test) : A 500 yard run, 99 yard obstacle course, 165 lb body drag (32 feet), climbing over a 6 foot chain link fence, and a climb over a 6 foot solid wall. Each event is timed, and point allocation is structured to simulate actual job tasks.  Candidates must also pass a written exam.

This process is in anticipation of the February 2022 Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Training Center Academy, but other earlier academies may also be considered. 

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.

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

Candidates must first apply online through the University of Arizona Human Resources website, https://talent.arizona.edu/

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Marlene Supco, UAPD Director, Finance & Administration