Applicant Readiness Class
Are you interested in becoming an Arizona State Trooper? The Applicant Readiness Class, taught by the Arizona Department of Public Safety’s Recruiting Unit, covers the exciting career opportunities, application and testing process as well as what to expect during the training academy. If you are considering a career in law enforcement, this is class will provide you valuable information to prepare you for a career as an Arizona State Trooper.
You must register for the class; space is limited. Upcoming classes will be posted in the future. If the class is sold out upon registration, please check back for additional classes.
The cadet trooper participates in an academy training program to learn the general duties of police work. Upon graduation from the academy, the cadet trooper is promoted to trooper and attends the state trooper academy, which includes training on department policies, practices and standards. Lateral applicants who meet the qualifications for a trooper will also be required to attend the state trooper academy. A trooper is a fully certified law enforcement officer who, under supervision, patrols highways, enforces laws and ordinances, investigates collisions, and performs related duties. Troopers are assigned to locations throughout Arizona.
A cadet trooper earn an annual salary of $40,275 while in training at the Pre-Academy and the Arizona Law Enforcement (basic training) Academy (approximately 20 weeks). Upon graduation and certification, cadets are promoted to trooper (entry level), with an annual salary of $46,988.
Qualified Certified Officers who laterally transfer to the agency will receive an annual salary based on the number of full time years of experience up to step 5 ($56,409.).
Progression through the trooper classification is a nine step process, currently beginning at $46,988 and topping out at $65,830.
Qualifications and Selection
- Must be a citizen of the United States
- Possess a high school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED)
- Be at least 21 years of age at the time of graduation from academy
- Possess a valid Arizona driver's license by the starting date. Documented proof will be required
- No felony convictions
Those who wish to compete as a Certified Officer must additionally meet the following qualifications (supporting documentation required).
- Possess an AZ POST Peace Officer Certification
- Served a probationary period and/or have been in a permanent position for a minimum of one year
- Have been employed as a police officer within the last 18 months
Note: An applicant MUST pass each step of the process before moving on to the next step. Additionally, if the applicant fails the physical fitness OR the written examination OR the qualifications appraisal board (QAB), the applicant MUST start over again at the physical fitness examination, even if they have passed it before and even if they have previously passed either the written or QAB examinations.
- Submission of completed application packet.
- Screening for minimum qualifications.
- Written examination - Applicant must pass a 100 item multiple choice test with a minimum score of 75%.
- Physical fitness test - The test will consist of four events: sit-ups, push-ups, 1.5 mile run and 300 meter run. Each event will be scored individually as a pass/fail. Failure of an event will result in disqualification from the selection process and the applicant will not be allowed to participate in the remaining events.
- Qualifications Appraisal Board - Applicant must pass an oral interview involving interpersonal skills and problem solving abilities.
- Polygraph examination - Applicant must successfully complete a polygraph examination.
- Background investigation - Applicant must pass a background investigation which includes a history of the applicant's driving, civil and criminal records, employment, and use of illegal substances.
- Psychological evaluation - Applicant must successfully complete a two-part evaluation including a written exam and an interview with a psychologist.
- Medical examination - Applicant must successfully complete a pre-employment medical exam.
- Pre-employment drug testing
Applicants successfully completing the first three steps will be ranked in numeric order by combined written (40%) and QAB (60%) scores on an eligibility list. Applicants who are claiming preference points and provide the appropriate documentation (i.e., DD214, etc.) will have 5 points added to their final passing score. This documentation MUST be provided to the Department prior to the Qualifications Appraisal Board interviews. Failure to do so will preclude the 5 points from being added to the candidates final passing score. Candidates will be invited to proceed to the next phase of testing in the order of their rankings.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety's patrol officer training program has been approved for Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) education benefits (GI Bill) for continued training. Please visit the Arizona Department of Veteran's Services Office of Veteran's Education website for more information.
The test will consist of five events: sit-ups, push-ups, 1.5 mile run, 300 meter run, and agility run. Each event will be scored individually as a pass or fail. The applicant must successfully complete each testing event to continue in the physical fitness testing. If the applicant does not successfully pass the fitness exam, they must wait until the next scheduled fitness test to retake the entire test. The below listed requirements are the bare minimum requirements for physical fitness at the basic training academy. You are expected to continue to improve upon these requirements during the testing process and you will be at a higher risk of failing out of the academy if you do not. Make sure you read over the “New hire fitness recommendations” document contained within the cadet officer application packet for more information.
|1.5 mile run||14:54 (min:sec)|
|300 meter run||61 seconds|
|Push-ups||30 reps (no time)|
|Sit-ups||35 reps (60 seconds)|
- 1.5 MILE RUN - The applicant must run 1.5 miles within the time frame indicated. The run is administered on a 440 yard track where each lap is ¼ of a mile – six laps around the track equals 1.5 miles.
- 300 METER SPRINT – The applicant must sprint 300 meters within the allotted time frame. The sprint is administered on a 440 yard track where approximately ¾ of a lap equals 300 meters.
- PUSH-UPS - This is an untimed event. The applicant will start with the palms of their hands flat on the ground with their arms, legs and back straight; the applicants’ toes will be touching the ground (this is the starting position and the position of rest, if needed). A monitor will place a closed fist, thumb tucked into the fist, on the floor below the applicant’s chest. When told to begin, the applicant will bend the elbow, keeping the legs and back straight, until the chest touches the monitor’s fist and then return to the starting position – that is the definition of one complete and proper repetition. The applicant will do as many complete and proper repetitions as possible until muscle failure is achieved.
- SIT-UPS - The applicant will start by lying on the ground on their back with knees bent at a 90 degree angle and feet flat on the ground. A monitor will hold the applicant’s feet in the only permissible way: The monitor will place the webbed area of each of their hands on top of the applicant’s feet and wrap their fingers around the applicant’s foot and press down; this is all the assistance the applicant will receive from the monitor. The applicant will utilize their abdominal muscles to bring the torso, shoulders and arms upward (up) until the elbows touch the knees, while at the same time exhaling, and then return to the start position, while at the same time inhaling. The start position is the “down” position. This will continue as many times as possible for one minute. The applicant’s hands must be placed behind the ears, with the fingers not interlocked. The fingertips must remain in contact with the back of the head at all times. If the applicant needs to rest during this exercise, the position of rest is the “up” position.
At least one ride along with a trooper is highly recommended. The ride along application (which must be completed by the applicant and approved by a DPS supervisor prior to the applicant being scheduled by DPS for a ride along) can be downloaded by clicking here. The completed ride along application must be returned to the nearest Highway Patrol field office in relation to where you would like to do your ride along. Please DO NOT return the ride along application to the ADPS Headquarters in Phoenix as Headquarters is not a field office.
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The Arizona Department of Public Safety is seeking to fill 20 lateral trooper positions, and is accepting applications from current AZ POST certified peace officers. Although troopers can be assigned anywhere in the state of Arizona, the Highway Patrol Division has identified specific positions in areas around the state that are designated a priority at this time. A list of those locations will be provided at a later date.
Interested peace officers who hold a current AZ POST certification may apply here.
To become an Arizona State Trooper, lateral applicants are required to successfully complete the following: standard physical fitness test, Qualifications Appraisal Board (QAB), written examination, firearms qualification, drug screen, background investigation and polygraph, and psychological and medical examinations. Once hired, lateral candidates are required to complete only the State Trooper Academy.
Contact Sergeant Glueck at firstname.lastname@example.org or (602) 223-2061 if you have any questions.
Apply to be a Cadet State Trooper
Apply to be a lateral state trooper
Gary Enger was last seen near 10001 W. Bell Road in Sun City on 11-03-18 at 2 p.m. His wife asked him to drive his vehicle to a restaurant that was close to purchase lunch, Gary has not been seen since.
Today at approximately 1750 hours, Joseph Strifler left his residence located in the area of the 1000 block of West Placita Inspirada. Mr. Strifler suffers from dementia and diabetes. He left his residence in a 2014 dark Blue Chrysler Town and Country Van with an Arizona license plate of NBLPCPZ. He was last wearing blue jeans, long sleeve tan shirt and a WWII hat.
The Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) Project, in partnership with Niece Racing, will reveal the renderings of a NASCAR truck set to race November 9th at ISM Raceway. The truck has been designed as a tribute to Fallen Arizona State Trooper Tyler Edenhofer. The reveal will happen Monday, November 5th at 10:00 a.m. at DPS headquarters. Click here to learn more: https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/cbf05c_6901c88feb8a446aacc63b48bc9d5ed9.pdf
The LEO Project is a non-profit organization that focuses on supporting families of law enforcement officers injured or killed in the line of duty
The Crime Lab at the Arizona Department of Public Safety has released a status update regarding their backlogged cases. These cases are culminate from the four laboratories across the state: Tucson, Phoenix, Flagstaff and Lake Havasu.
Wickenburg, Ariz. — On Friday, October 12, 2018, a 53-year-old woman lost control of her vehicle along US 60 near milepost 117. The vehicle traveled through the right-of-way fence and dropped 50 feet, landing in a mesquite tree where it remained suspended above the ground. There were no apparent witnesses to the crash and it would be six days before the woman would be discovered by authorities.
On Thursday, October 18, an Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) maintenance crew and rancher were working to corral a cow along US 60 when they noticed a break in the fence near the roadway. When they stood by the damaged fence, they observed a mangled vehicle lodged in a mesquite tree about 50 feet down from the roadway. ADOT notified the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) and a trooper was sent to the scene.
Trooper Caleb Hiegel, ADOT road maintenance crew member Zack Moralez and rancher Dave Moralez searched the car and did not locate anyone. Instead, they found human tracks leading towards the Hassayampa river bed. Trooper Hiegel and Zack Moralez followed the tracks for 500 yards and discovered a severely dehydrated woman with serious injuries. They began treating the woman and called for a medical helicopter.
The woman told Trooper Hiegel she lost control of her vehicle six days earlier and remained inside of the vehicle for several days before climbing out. Once she climbed out, she walked towards the railroad tracks in the area with the hope of being discovered. She never made it because of her weakened physical state.
The woman was airlifted to a valley hospital.
Colonel Frank Milstead, AZDPS Director, said, “The diligence of the ADOT crew and teamwork of everyone involved is exemplary and to be commended. Due to their outstanding efforts, this woman’s life was saved.”
State Trooper Intentionally Collides with Wrong-Way Driver in Tucson
Read more at https://www.azdps.gov/news/releases/882
Trooper Christopher Navar
DATE: Friday, October 26, 2018
TIME: 2:00 p.m.
LOCATION: AZDPS Tucson Headquarters 6401 S. Tucson Blvd. Tucson, AZ. 85607
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Casa Grande, Ariz.— The Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) will set up a collection site for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) National Take Back program:
When: Saturday, October 27th, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Where: 410 West Centennial Blvd. Casa Grande, AZ 85122
Unused or expired prescription medication are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse. The non-medical use of prescription drugs ranks second only to marijuana as the most common form of drug abuse in America. The majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from family and friends and the home medicine cabinet. Take back programs are the best way to dispose of old drugs.
Last spring, Americans turned in nearly 475 tons (949,046) pounds of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and almost 4,700 of its state and local law enforcement partners.
For more information on the DEA National Take Back please go to www.DEA.gov
The Scottsdale Police Department is asking for assistance from the public in locating a missing elderly man. David Aldrich (78 years old) suffers from early onset dementia and memory loss. He was last seen today at 6:30pm in the area of his residence at the 6300 block of Lonesome Trail. He is driving a red ’17 Chrysler Pacifica SUV with AZ License Plate 968JET. Mr. Aldrich is 5’10, 160 lbs, gray hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue T-shirt and blue jeans. He does not have a cell phone and his vehicle is not equipped with GPS.
Tucson, Ariz. – On October 14, 2018, at 7:33 p.m., Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) troopers received reports of a white wrong-way vehicle traveling east within the westbound traffic lanes of Interstate 10, near Avra Valley. A trooper, assisting a stranded motorist in the area, heard the reports and responded; ultimately colliding intentionally with the wrong-way vehicle.
At about 7:40 p.m., the trooper spotted the wrong-way vehicle approaching him head-on near Cortaro Road. The trooper aligned the front left corner of his patrol vehicle with the front left corner of the wrong-way vehicle – forcing an intentional collision that immediately stopped the dangerous incident.
The wrong-way driver was found to be a disoriented, elderly woman. She was not properly restrained during the collision and sustained non-life-threatening injury. She was taken to Banner University Medical Center in Tucson.
The trooper was treated for minor injuries.
AZDPS Director, Colonel Frank Milstead said, “The ability of our trooper to assess the situation and take decisive action to stop the wrong-way vehicle, protected the lives of many motorists while endangering his own. I am proud of our brave trooper and pray he makes a full recovery and never has to face another wrong-way in his life.”
The Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) is excited to give the community an opportunity to be featured on our webiste through our new Digest Blog Photo Contest!
Who May Enter:
The contest is open to all amateur and professional photographers, age 18 and older.
- Orientation: Landscape
- Resolution: Width minimum of 1600 pixels
- Must be in digital format
- Digital files must be
- 100 megabytes or smaller
- Digital files must be
- Photos must be taken in Arizona
- Minor photo edits are acceptable
- High Dynamic Range (HDR) and stitched panoramas are acceptable only if the combined parts are made around the same time.
- The photograph, in its entirety, must be a single work of orginial material taken by the Contest entrant. By entering the Contest, entrant represents, acknowledges, and warrants that the submitted photograph is an original work created solely by the entrant, that the photograph does not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, and that no other party has any right, title, claim or interest in the photograph.
By entering the Contest, all entrants grant an irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide non-exclusive license to Authorized Parties, to reproduce, distribute, display and create derivative works of the entries (along with a name credit) in connection with the Contest and promotion of the Contest, in any media now or hereafter known, including, but not limited to: publication in Arizona Department of Public Safety's Digest Blog or online highlighting entries or winners of the Contest; in AZDPS’ newsletters; on the AZDPS Digest blog, Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts; or publication in the form of slides in video productions. Entrants consent to the Sponsor offering images for free downloads and as computer wallpaper. Entrants consent to the Sponsor doing or omitting to do any act that would otherwise infringe the entrant’s “moral rights” in their entries. Display or publication of any entry on an Authorized Party’s website does not indicate the entrant will be selected as a winner. Authorized Parties will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such use. Additionally, by entering, each entrant grants to Authorized Parties the unrestricted right to use all statements made in connection with the Contest, and pictures or likenesses of Contest entrants, or choose not to do so, at their sole discretion. Authorized Parties will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such use.
Limitation of Liability:
By entering this Contest, all entrants agree to release, discharge, and hold harmless Arizona Department of Public Safety and its partners, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies, agents and their employees, officers, directors, and representatives from any claims, losses, and damages arising out of their participation in this Contest or any Contest-related activities and the acceptance and use, misuse, or possession of any prize awarded hereunder.
AZDPS assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, or delay in operation or transmission; communications line failure; theft or destruction of or unauthorized access to Contest entries or entry forms; or alteration of entries or entry forms. AZDPS is not responsible for any problems with or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any email entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, human errors of any kind, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrants' or any other persons' computers related to or resulting from participation, uploading or downloading of any materials related to in this Contest.
To the extent permitted by law, the right to litigate, to seek injunctive relief or to make any other recourse to judicial or any other procedure in case of disputes or claims resulting from or on connection with this Contest are hereby excluded and any entrant expressly waives any and all such rights. Certain restrictions may apply. Entries void if the Sponsor determines the photograph to not be an original, or if the entries are illegible, incomplete, damaged, irregular, altered, counterfeit, produced in error or obtained through fraud or theft.
By entering, entrants also agree (a) to be bound by these Official Rules; (b) that the decisions of the Judges are final and binding with respect to all matters relating to the Contest; and (c) if the entrant wins that Sponsor may use the winning photographs and each winner's name, photograph, likeness, and/or voice in any publicity or advertising relating to the Contest or future promotions without compensation or approval (except where prohibited by law). All federal, state/provincial/territorial, and local taxes, fees and surcharges and taxes (whether foreign or domestic, and including income, sales, and import taxes) on prizes are the sole responsibility of the prize winners. In the event that the selected winner(s) of any prize is/are ineligible, cannot be traced or does/do not respond within ten (10) days to a winner notification as required by the "Contest Prizes" Rules above, or refuses the prize, the prize will be forfeited and Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may choose whether to award the prize to another entrant.
The Sponsor reserves the right to verify the validity and originality of any entry and/or entrant (including an entrant's identity and address) and to disqualify any entrant who submits an entry that is not in accordance with these Official Rules or who tampers with the entry process. Failure by the Sponsor to enforce any of its rights at any stage does not constitute a waiver of those rights.
NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING OF THE DPS LOCAL RETIREMENT BOARD PUBLIC SAFETY PERSONNEL RETIREMENT SYSTEM
Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the DPS Local Retirement Board endeavors to ensure the accessibility of its meetings to all persons with disabilities. If you need an accommodation for the meeting, please contact Leanne Lunsford at (602) 223-2147. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation.
1. Approval of minutes of the September 20, 2018 meeting.
2. Accidental Disability Retirement Application:
3. Executive Session – The Board may meet in Executive Session at the Department of Public Safety, Finance Conference Room, 2102 W. Encanto Blvd. Phoenix, Arizona for the discussion of Agenda Item #2, pursuant to ARS 38-431.03(A)(2) for purposes of discussion or consideration of records, information or testimony exempt by law from public inspection.
4. Termination of Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP)/Normal Retirement:
Andres Gonzalez, effective October 26, 2018
5. Normal Retirement Applications:
Brian Barnes, effective November 5, 2018
6. Termination of Retirement Benefit:
Armando De La Ossa, deceased September 16, 2018
Darwin Smith, deceased September 29, 2018
7. Surviving Spouse Benefit:
Frances De La Ossa, surviving spouse of Armando De La Ossa, deceased September 16, 2018
Della Smith, surviving spouse of Darwin Smith, deceased September 29, 2018 (Pending Receipt of Application)
8. New Business:
Major Damon Cecil to discuss ADA accommodations for medically retiring members.
Review of Psychiatrist resumes and reports.
9. Old Business:
Brandon White Accidental Disability Application
Dan Palmer Accidental Disability Application
Terry Lincoln Accidental Disability Application
Law Office of Judith E. Abramsohn $769.00
Carri Stubblefield, Chairperson
DPS Local Retirement Board
Subject Everett Ritchie who is 92 years old left his residence in the area of 8700 N. La Cholla BLVD, Tucson AZ at 1400hrs (2pm). He did not tell his wife he was leaving or where he was going.
Today at 1000 hours, Jahns was located safe and in good health.
Last seen wearing a blue polo short sleeve shirt with black
Levi’s and tan lace-up work boots. He was also wearing a khaki baseball hat and
glasses. He was driving a green 1994 Dodge Ram 2500 truck with Arizona plate
BAM5826. The truck has green side boards and a blue tarp over the back. He is
diabetic and has high blood pressure.
On 10/09/18 at approximately 1550 hours, Avondale PD responded to 900 S. Central (Avondale) for a missing person call reference Mr. Henry Ramirez. Mr. Ramirez was reportedly missing for approximately one week and his pick-up truck had been located in the desert near Estrella Parkway and Calistoga. Mr. Ramirez is in the early stages of dementia. If you have seen Mr. Ramirez, please contact Avondale PD.
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