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Purpose of Classification:

Entry level classification for purpose of acquiring training to achieve Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training (AZ POST) certification. Duration not to exceed six months.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is first in a series of five classifications. It is distinguished from the Police Officer in that incumbents do not possess AZ POST certification as a Police Officer.

Examples of Duties:

  • Attends a minimum of a fifteen-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 month period.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • 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.

Minimum Qualifications:

High school diploma or GED AND must meet Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training (AZ POST) AND University standards for appointment as a peace officer; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved. Possession of current Arizona Type D driver's license is required upon employment.


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