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Police Officer Recruit (UPDATED)

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, Arizona
Police and Public Safety

Posting Number: req6722

Department: University Police Department

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

The University of Arizona Police Department seeks entry level applicants. Those interested in becoming a UA Police Officer must demonstrate effective critical thinking skills, exhibit sound judgment and be healthy both physically and emotionally.

We seek to reflect the rich diversity of the community in the quality people 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. Our officers are committed to public service, professionalism & peaceful community. This position has a one-year probation period.

If you qualified for this position, but were not selected, we encourage you to reapply if this position reopens again under a new posting number.


  • Knowledge of Law Enforcement practices and procedures.
  • Skill in analytical, objective observance of situations and quick decision making.
  • Skill in managing situations firmly, courteously, tactfully and impartially.
  • Skill in recording information accurately and completely.
  • Ability to effectively communicate.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities


  • Attends a minimum of a twenty two week training program under supervision of AZ Post instructors to acquire minimum knowledge and skills necessary to perform in Police Officer classification.
  • Reads and studies instructional or informational material in order to achieve elementary working knowledge.
  • Prepares for and takes written and physical test to prove knowledge and skill levels.
  • Receives field training from certified Field Training Officer (FTO), utilizing and applying knowledge from classroom work.
  • Receives evaluations from FTO to track progress.
  • Obtains certification upon meeting AZ Post established, minimum standards and passing required examinations (or waiver examinations) within six (6) month period.

As an OFFICER upon graduation:

  • Patrols buildings and grounds checking locked doors and windows and investigates suspicious activity or people.
  • Receives briefing upon arrival for duty; secures information, asks questions and participates in required departmental training and discussion of information.
  • Patrols assigned areas on foot or by motor vehicle to control traffic, prevent or deter crime and arrest violators; issues warnings or citations to drivers when violations of motor vehicle laws are observed.
  • Writes and files with supervisor crime reports and daily activity reports of disturbances, accidents, crimes and tickets issued in prescribed format.
  • Assists motorists and University community by delivering emergency messages; helping motorists with flat tires, stalled vehicles or keys locked in car; advising University community on crime prevention techniques.
  • Responds to emergency alarms and dispatched calls; makes decisions based on analysis of situation and facts.
  • Testifies in court in response to subpoena as witness and/or reporting officer to crime.
  • Investigates all types of crimes and accidents; performs follow up duties on crimes/accidents as directed by supervisor; interviews suspects and witnesses; collects evidence and facts; files appropriate reports as directed by federal, state or local legal requirements.

Minimum Qualifications

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.

Applicants must pass a physical agility and written exam, oral board interview, in-depth background investigation to include polygraph, medical and psychological exams.

FLSA: Non-Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Protection and Safety

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: $22.379

Compensation Type: hourly rate



Career Stream and Level


Job Family

Police & Security

Job Function

Protection & Safety

Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department)

Number of Vacancies: 0

Contact Information for Candidates

Marlene Supco

(520) 621-7537

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: No Documents

Special Instructions to Applicant

This process is in anticipation of the February 2022 Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Training Center Academy, but 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 AZ Post 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.

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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