City of Prescott Hiring Police Officers


  Recruit and Lateral Police Officers

Pay Range $47,570 - $66,602 annually

Police Officer Recruits start at $43,243 until completion of the academy

All applicants meeting the standards are encouraged to apply


The City of Prescott Police Department delivers quality Community Based Policing in active partnership with the citizens we serve. We are seeking career and community oriented individuals who desire to be a professional, positive influence in their community. We serve a family-friendly community of approximately 40,000 residents, located adjacent to Prescott National Forest. Our beautiful town square is in the heart of historic downtown and is the site of year-round community activities.


APPLICATION PROCESS: Candidates must complete the following steps in order to be considered.

(1) Complete the City of Prescott online application by clicking here, Apply here.

(2) Complete Police Officer Recruit packet by clicking here, Police Officer Packet.


You will need to bring the Police Officer Recruit packet with you on the day of testing; please read the instructions carefully. After acceptance of your completed online application, you will be notified of the test time and location.


WORK SCHEDULE: Officers work rotating schedules which may include days, nights, weekends and/or overtime. Work schedules are subject to change according to the needs of the community.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: MUST meet all Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board conditions for certification which include: at least 21 years of age before end of certification training; high school graduate or equivalent; United States citizen; possess a valid Arizona motor vehicle operator’s license with a good driving record.


TASKS: Performs a variety of law enforcement activities including patrolling streets and other public places on assigned shift in a marked, radio-equipped vehicle, on foot or on a bicycle; emphasizes community policing, meeting and talking with the public; discovers and prevents the commission of crimes; enforces State and municipal laws and ordinances; responds to calls for assistance.  Offers information and directions to the public; employs discretion in solving problems, intervenes in disputes, apprehends suspects, makes arrests, issues citations, identifies witnesses, conducts preliminary investigations, and re-establishes law and order at the scene; interviews and/or counsels involved parties; prepares documentation of activities performed and information gathered; follows-up on cases; protects and preserves crime scenes.

Collects physical evidence; photographs and/or sketches crime scenes and accidents; assists with filing cases; testifies in court; interacts with other law enforcement agencies; interacts with a culturally and socially diverse population; may transport prisoners to/from jail/court; may operate motorcycle; handle high risk tactical operations or hostage situations individually or while being assigned to the special weapons and tactics as a team member or crisis negotiator, work with a specialty trained dog as a canine unit officer, work in the Investigations Section to perform detailed follow-up investigations and prepare cases for prosecuting as a detective. This list of duties is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by positions in this class.


KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Knowledge of departmental rules and regulations and applicable federal, state, and local laws and ordinances. Knowledge of the principles, practices and requirements associated with the collection, storage, and destruction of criminal records. Knowledge of the principles and practices of modern law enforcement, including the principles and practices of traffic control, patrol, criminal investigation, and crime prevention.


RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT: After hire, employees must reside within 45 minutes driving time (under normal conditions) to the Police Department at 222 South Marina St, Prescott, AZ.


SELECTION PROCESS: The physical and written testing process is scheduled for 8:00 AM on October 6th and October 7th, 2017. The verbal review board and staff interview(s) will be held October 10-16th.  Candidates considered for employment must successfully complete a physical examination (including drug screening), psychological evaluation, polygraph interview, and a comprehensive background investigation.  Additional interview(s) may be scheduled with the Chief of Police or their designee.  The successful candidate will be expected to complete a law enforcement academy.

Deadline: Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. October 2, 2017

To apply for this position please visit our website at:

(928) 777-1347  (800) 748-6205  Fax: (928) 777-1213   Email:

EEO/M/F/V/H/D/NSE                     Posted: September 12, 2017


MAJOR BENEFITS FOR FULL-TIME REGULAR EMPLOYEES: Paid time off; Ten paid holidays; Employee Health and Life Insurance; Short Term Disability; Long Term Disability and Retirement benefits; Deferred Compensation Plans; Social Security contributions; other optional benefits. PROBATION: An established probationary period must be satisfactorily served by each employee. NOTE: When advised, reasonable accommodations will be made in order for an “otherwise qualified applicant” with a disability to participate in any phase of the selection process.