Lateral Officer Opportunities

Make the move to Tucson Police and grow your career!

Lateral Officers are certified officers who have already completed a Police academy.

To QUALIFY as a LATERAL applicant, you must hold a current AZPOST certification, or  Out of  State equivalent. 
Interested applicants are REQUIRED to complete an on-line application.  

Arizona Peace Officers Standards and Training Board (AZPOST) now requires that ALL police officer applicants complete AZPOST's electronic personal history questionnaire in addition to ALL law enforcement agency applications. Visit to create an account. Upon completion of AZPOST's questionnaire indicate Tucson Police Department as your agency of interest. AZPOST will provide you a PIN.


Minimum Hiring Salary: $29.44       Full Hourly Range: $29.44 - 41.42 USD

Dependent upon experience, qualifications, and successful completion of any applicable job training**


The current lateral pay scale is as follows:
(A new lateral pay scale is being evaluated. These rates may be increased prior to your conditional job offer.)
  • 1-3.99 years of sworn law enforcement experience -          $29.44/hour
  • 4-5.99 years of sworn law enforcement experience -            $30.61/hour
  • 6-7.99 years of sworn law enforcement experience -            $32.34/hour
  • 8-10.99 years of sworn law enforcement experience -          $33.63/hour
  • 11+ years of sworn law enforcement experience -                $35.31/hour

**In accordance with pay transparency, the salary reflected in this posting is the full salary range for this position. Individual placement within the range is based on the candidate’s current experience, education, skills, and abilities related to the position. 


The City of Tucson offers a generous benefits package for benefit-eligible positions. The comprehensive, flexible, and affordable coverage is designed to optimize health and well-being, security and future, and peace of mind. Benefits begin with medical, dental, vision, life, disability, and FSA coverage, surpassing your standard 401(k) program by offering a rich pension plan plus optional Roth and pretax deferred compensation savings.


With your well-being in mind, our paid time off program provides new hires with 38 paid days off in the first year of employment, with time off increasing steadily in subsequent years. We offer six weeks of paid parental leave, paid tuition reimbursement, student loan repayment, off- and on-the-job training, and opportunities to forge connections with peers and the community through employee resource groups and paid volunteer hours.


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The hiring process includes:

  • Oral Board - Qualified applicants will be provided with the location and time of the oral board. 

  • Polygraph Exam 

  • Drug Screen 

  • Psychological Exam 

  • Medical Exam 

  • 5-week TPD academy

  • 16-week field training (modification option dependent on candidate experience) 


Upcoming hiring dates:

Position typically open 3 times each year, please contact recruiter.


Upcoming Open dates: 6/18/24 to 7/8/24 for a November 2024 Academy

                                     9/23/24 to 10/14/24 for a February 2025 Academy 


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