Police Officer - Lateral - AZPOST Certified (In-State)

  • City of Maricopa, AZ
  • Maricopa, Arizona
  • Oct 01, 2020
Full Time Public Safety
  • Salary: $54,113.46 - $63,305.00 Annually USD

Job Description

General Summary

This posting is for someone who is already a Certified Police Officer.

The attached AZPOST application must be notarized, and submitted with your application in order to be considered for any additional testing.

Successful candidates in prescreening interview will be required to pass a Physical and Written exam through. See below for the testing requirements.

Due to the high level of interest we are unable to respond to individual job applicants. Please read the application instructions ; only complete applications will be considered.

The City of Maricopa is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.
Management's vision is "to be open, responsive and accountable while serving the public with integrity."
Job Description
The following duties are normal for this position. The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this position. Other duties may be required, assigned, and expected commensurate with the administrative needs of a City. This is a FLSA- Non-Exempt position.
General Purpose

The job of a Maricopa Police Officer is "To ensure safety and security for each person in our community through proactive, progressive and professional law enforcement services," and to adhere to the core values and code of ethics put forth by the Department.
Performs general duty and investigative police work in the protection of life and property through crime prevention and the enforcement of laws and ordinances. The principal function of an employee in this class is to enforce state and local laws and ordinances, respond to calls for the protection of life and property, conduct criminal and non-criminal investigations, make arrests and to perform other assigned law enforcement and public safety duties. Duties normally consist of patrol and traffic activities in the city on an assigned shift. Officers may be delegated to assignments in specialized areas such as neighborhood services, community services, criminal investigations services, administration, or other assignment. Work is performed under the general direction of a supervising Sergeant. Considerable latitude is granted to the employee but work is subject to periodic performance audits and annual evaluations. The principal duties of this class are performed in both a general office environment and an outdoor environment that may include exposure to adverse weather conditions and to potential personal danger.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Essential Duties are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills. They are intended to be accurate summaries of what the job classification involves and what is required to perform it. Employees are responsible for all other duties as assigned.
  • Enforces state and local laws and ordinances.
  • Patrols assigned areas of the City in a car, bicycle, motorcycle, or on foot.
  • Maintains community presence and/or responds to calls for service and takes appropriate action.
  • Responds to calls related to the protection of life and property, traffic incidents, and other public safety emergencies.
  • Responds to patrol calls which include domestic incidents, burglaries, juvenile disturbances, health and welfare assists, civil standby, business and residential alarms, thefts, traffic accidents, civil protection order/no contact order violations, bomb threats, hazardous material spills, and other public and life safety incidents.
  • Determines the existence of probable cause and identifies and takes suspects and offenders into physical custody, or refers charges for review and prosecution.
  • Prepares reports of arrests made, activities performed, and unusual incidents observed.
  • Completes reports and other related documents in a timely manner.
  • Conducts both preliminary and follow-up investigations and collects evidence in disturbances, criminal incidents, hazardous incidents, vehicle accidents, and deaths.
  • Verbally interacts with witnesses and victims, suspects, and offenders to obtain information.
  • Conducts examinations of persons, vehicles, premises, or areas to determine the presence of individuals or illegal activities or articles.
  • Takes suspect or offender into custody and delivers them to appropriate confinement location, maintaining security and safety of individuals being moved from one location to another.
  • Performs self-initiated patrol consisting of traffic stops, patrolling high crime areas of the City, warrant arrests, drug interdictions, DUI emphasis patrol, seat belt emphasis, juvenile drinking emphasis, and other relevant law enforcement activities.
  • Coordinates and conducts detailed investigations of violent crimes, child abuse, property crimes, vice, gaming, and narcotics violations.
  • Performs all work duties and activities in accordance with City and Department policies and procedures.
  • Works in a safe manner and reports unsafe activity and conditions. Follows City-wide safety policy and practices and adheres to responsibilities concerning safety prevention, reporting and monitoring as outlined in the City's Safety Handbook.
  • May serve in other specialized areas such as neighborhood services, community services, criminal investigations section, administrative services, or other assignment.
  • Performs undercover surveillance activities.
  • Develops and maintains good relationships with informants and contacts which may be helpful in criminal investigations.
  • Prepares search and arrest warrants.
  • Contacts and cooperates with other law enforcement and non-law enforcement agencies in matters relating to the apprehension of offenders and the investigation of offenses.
  • Works rotating shifts, weekends, and holidays.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum and Preferred Entrance Qualifications

Meet all minimum qualification of Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (AZ POST and successful completion of all minimum requirements of an AZ POST certified academy as designated by the Maricopa Police Department. AZ POST requirements:
  • Applicants must be a United States citizen.
  • At least 21 years of age by graduation from Police Academy. No upper age limit.
  • Requires graduation from high school or GED.
  • Undergo a complete Background Investigation that meets the standards of AZ POST.
  • Undergo a complete medical examination that meets AZ POST standards.
  • As outlined by AZ POST, vision is acceptable if it is 20/20 uncorrected or 20/20 or better corrected by glasses. If vision is uncorrected at 20/80 or better, and can be corrected to 20/20 by use of glasses or hard contacts, it is acceptable. If vision is uncorrected at 20/20, it must be corrected to 20/20 with soft contacts. An eye examination by an optometrist of the City's choice will be required prior to appointment. Radial keratotomy may be accepted once visual acuity is stabilized.
  • Applicants may NOT have been convicted of a felony or any offense that would be a felony if committed in Arizona. Applicants must not be under any indictment for any felony in any state or jurisdiction.
  • The applicant may not have been previously denied, revoked or have had their certification suspended.
  • Applicants may not have been dishonorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces.
  • Must possess an Arizona Class D Driver's License by hire date. No license or registration suspensions within the last 3 years from the date of application.
  • Prior to appointment or attending an academy, an applicant shall meet the following minimum qualifications:
    • Must not have illegally sold, produced, cultivated, or transported for sale marijuana; Not have illegally used marijuana for any purpose within the past three years; Not have illegally used marijuana other than for experimentation
    • Must not have illegally sold, produced, cultivated, or transported for sale a dangerous drug or narcotic; Not have illegally used a dangerous drug or narcotic, other than marijuana, for any purpose within the past seven years; Not have illegally used a dangerous drug or narcotic other than for experimentation; Not have a pattern of abuse of prescription medication
    • The illegal use of marijuana, or a dangerous drug or narcotic is presumed to be not for experimentation if: The use of marijuana exceeds a total of 20 times or exceeds 5 times since the age of 21 years and the use of any dangerous drug or narcotic, other than marijuana, in any combination exceeds a total of 5 times, or exceeds 1 time since the age of 21 years
    • Due to the nature of the position, driving is required to perform the duties of a Police Officer. Factors which could prohibit a candidate from moving forward in the testing process include: Loss of license due to driving violation points and/or two Chargeable accidents within the previous 3 years.

Competencies for Successful Performance of Job Duties

Knowledge of:
  • Police methods, practices and procedures with ability to apply this knowledge to specific situations;
  • Departmental rules and regulations and state and City laws and ability to enforce, interpret and explain the same;
  • The geography of the City of Maricopa and established police beat;
  • Crime patterns and trends in an assigned area;
  • Conflict management techniques;
  • Crime scene investigations and preservation of evidence;
  • Techniques of interviewing and interrogations;
  • Community service organizations and facilities;
  • Skill in the use of firearms and operating a motor vehicle.
Ability to:
  • Analyze situations and adapt quickly, effective, and reasonable courses of action with due regard to surrounding hazards and circumstances;
  • Identify potential crime situations or traffic hazards and take preventive action;
  • Understand and carry out oral and written instructions; deal courteously, but firmly, with the general public;
  • Deal effectively with people having diverse social and economic backgrounds;
  • Maintain composure and operation efficiency under high stress situations;
  • Perform the physical requirements of a Police Officer;
  • Learn how to utilize a computerized record system;
  • Develop and use confidential information sources.
**In order to be considered for you must complete and attach the following documents.**


If you meet the minimum qualifications as set forth AZ POST standards:
Complete the following paperwork:
  • AZ POST Statement of Personal History and Application for Certification form: http://www.maricopa-az.gov/web/humanresources-home/resource-center?download=1076:az-post-application
  • Cover Letter
  • Three (3) recent police reports that best demonstrate your abilities as an investigator and report writer.
Please upload them in your application as extra attachments.
The remaining steps occur after the documentation listed above is received:
  • Pre-Background interview
  • Maricopa PD Background Questionnaire
  • Physical Aptitude Testing
    • Passing scores for the Physical Aptitude Test are:
      • Push-ups - 25 or more (no time limit);
      • Sit ups - 29 or more (timed - 1 minute);
      • 1.5 Mile Run - 15:00 minutes or less.
Written Testing:
  • Passing scores for the Aptitude tests are 70% and above per section and there are 4 sections;
    • Arithmetic
    • Reading Comprehension
    • Grammar
    • Incident Report Writing
  • Oral Board interview
  • Background investigation
  • Polygraph examination
  • Interview with the Chief of Police
  • Psychological exam
  • Medical examination
  • Drug screen
Lateral Officer can not be offered more than step 2 which is $53,764.34

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