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Police Officer (Out of State Certified)

Company: City of Yuma, AZ
Location: Yuma
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:


If you are already a certified officer outside of the state of Arizona, this job is for you:


Upon hire, your rate of pay will be $19.5608 per hour. Once you have completed the waiver process, and have received your Arizona Post Certification, your pay will increase, based on the pay plan below.

The City of Yuma follows a 10-step pay plan ranging from $25.0000 - $35.2279 per hour. The pay chart/hourly rate below lists the first five steps:

Years of Experience

Step #

Hourly Rate

Entry pay (0 - 2.9 yrs.) Step 1$25.00003 - 4.9 yrs. / 3%Step 2$25.75005 - 6.9 yrs. / 6%Step 3$26.52267 - 8.9 yrs. / 9%Step 4$27.31839+ yrs. / 12%Step 5$28.1380


A $10,000 sign on bonus will be payable, over the course of a two year period, to those who are eligible. To be eligible for the $10,000 sign on bonus, an applicant must have been a Certified Officer in another state for three consecutive years, during the past five years, having worked in a full time status as a solo beat officer, in a non-training role.Reinstatements are not eligible. The bonus will be payable as follows:

  • $2,500 upon promotion to officer (successful challenge of AZPOST waiver process)
  • $2,500 at 6 months
  • $2,500 at 1 year
  • $2,500 at 2 year anniversary

In addition, any new hire that relocates to Yuma will be eligible for a moving allowance of up to $2,000 to cover the costs of relocation.


All applications will be screened by the City of Yuma Human Resources for the minimum requirements and receive an email notification advising them if they met or failed to meet the minimum qualifications. Those applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will receive an email advising them of the next step in the process. Those applicants with less than three (3) years of active service as a certified officer in another state will be required to submit an application under the Police Officer Cadet testing process.

The lateral pay, listed in the chart above, is contingent on successfully passing the AZ POST waiver process. Therefore, any applicant hired will be classified as a Cadet ($19.5608 per hour) until such time they successfully challenge the AZPOST waiver process.

  • Once the waiver process has been successfully completed, the Cadet will be promoted to Police Officer and if eligible, receive the initial $2,500 of the $10,000 bonus.
  • If unsuccessful in challenging the waiver process, the Cadet will be sent to the next available AZPOST approved academy and will not be eligible for the $10,000 sign on bonus; however, they will be eligible for a $1,000 sign on bonus upon successful completion and graduation of an academy and the end of their one year probationary period as an Officer.


The following processes will comprise the Hiring Process and may not be conducted in any specific order. An email notification will be sent to the applicant prior to the beginning of each step in the process:

  • POPAT - Information regarding the POPAT, minimum standards for certification, and the waiver process can be found at https://post.az.gov/.
  • Oral Interview
  • Background Interview
  • Background Investigation
  • Polygraph Exam
  • Psychological Exam
  • Medical/Drug Screening


Due to the open continuous nature of the Police Officer Cadet - Out of State Lateral process, testing and interview dates will be completed in conjunction with the Police Officer Cadet testing process. Applicants will be notified via email prior to the testing and/or interview dates. Upon successful screening of an application, the first step in the process will be the physical exam. An email will be sent to the applicant prior to testing, advising them of where they will report. To assist applicants with the written exam, the following information and links may be utilized:


The follow processes will be completed during the testing week:

  • The POPAT will be conducted on Tuesday.
  • Oral interviews for out of town applicants will be Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday.
  • Oral interviews for local applicants will be scheduled approximately two weeks after the POPAT.

Successful applicants will receive email notifications of when and where they need to report.



Under basic supervision, works with Yuma Police Department (YPD) Officers and learns to provide responsive police services; patrols, investigates, responds to calls for service, enforces laws, prevents crimes, and educates citizens according to area of assignment. Or if unsuccessful in the waiver process; under close supervision, attends an approved Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Board basic training academy to obtain Arizona Peace Officer Certification.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:-- Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class; employees may be assigned duties which are not listed below; reasonable accommodations will be made as required. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement and is subject to change at any time by the employer. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Enforces state and Federal laws, and City codes, according to consistently applied YPD policies, procedures and regulations; duties will vary according to job assignment.
  • Assists in patrolling the City to preserve law and order, deter and detect criminal activity, enforce laws and regulations, respond to citizen requests for assistance, reduce fear, apprehend violators, and provide public safety.
  • Provides security and a safe environment for the community; looks for unusual and suspicious activities and persons; responds to calls for service; interrogates and communicates with victims, witnesses and suspects; provides scene security and protection for emergency services and other agency personnel.
  • Answers calls and complaints; provides community-oriented police services to improve and enhance the quality of life in the community; treats citizens with courtesy and respect.
  • Investigates crimes and accidents; administers first aid, secures crime and accident scenes, conducts preliminary investigations, and identifies and preserves evidence.
  • Arrests law violators, and processes suspects, victims and prisoners; collects evidence and personal property, maintains proper records and chain of custody documentation, and testifies in court.
  • Completes detailed reports and required paperwork; serves warrants and court documents.
  • Cross-trains in a wide variety of law enforcement skills and disciplines.
  • Maintains the integrity, professionalism, values and goals of the Police Department by assuring that all rules and regulations are followed, and that accountability and public trust are preserved.
  • Supports the relationship between the City of Yuma and the general public by demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with citizens, visitors, and City staff; promotes the City goals and priorities, and complies with all City policies and procedures.
  • Maintains absolute confidentiality of work-related issues and City information; performs other duties as required or assigned.


  • Attends classroom training sessions and takes notes required to obtain State Peace Officer Certification.
  • Completes written, oral and skills proficiency examinations for a wide variety of required Peace Officer skills and knowledge, and maintains required levels of proficiency.
  • Participates in physical conditioning training and testing, and maintains required levels of physical fitness.
  • Adheres to AZ POST academy rules and regulations.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Education, Training and Experience Guidelines

  • Be a United States citizen.
  • Be in sound physical and mental health.
  • Have at least 20/20 vision uncorrected; or 20/20 vision corrected by glasses or hard contact lenses if uncorrected acuity is 20/80 or better; 20/20 vision corrected by soft contact lenses if uncorrected acuity is 20/200 or better. Vision capable of distinguishing basic color groups against a favorable background.
  • Must meet AZ P.O.S.T. and Yuma Police Department drug standards.
  • Must have good moral character and personal integrity.
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED equivalency.


Knowledge of:

  • City organization, operations, policies and procedures.
  • State of Arizona criminal and civil statutes, rules, administrative orders, policies and procedures, and applicable Federal rules and regulations.
  • Duties, powers, authorities and limitations of a Police Officer.
  • Arizona criminal justice and court procedures and justice agency records management requirements.
  • Modern law enforcement methods and procedures.
  • Procedures and protocols for observation of critical details.
  • Community Policing techniques, procedures and applications.
  • Principles of crime scene management, and the operation of specialized technical equipment.
  • Geography, roads, and landmarks of City and surrounding areas.
  • Local community issues and regional community resources available to citizens.

Skill in:

  • Using initiative, discretion and judgment within established procedural guidelines.
  • Working under stressful conditions and emergency situations.
  • Evaluating facts and evidence, drawing logical conclusions and making proper recommendations.
  • Learning to exercise controlled discretion, communicate with violators, recognize suspicious behavior patterns, mediate difficult situations, and use effective arrest & control techniques.
  • Remaining alert at all times and reacting quickly and calmly in emergency situations.
  • Operating motor vehicles and special police equipment during emergency situations.
  • Following YPD procedures when chasing, arresting, and transporting criminals and suspects.
  • Learning to solicit information from emotional and angry individuals.
  • Learning to investigate, interrogate and interview suspects to deter, stop and resolve criminal activities.
  • The care, maintenance and safe operation of a variety of law enforcement tools and equipment.
  • Managing situations requiring diplomacy, fairness, firmness and sound judgment.
  • Interacting with people of different social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Following and communicating verbal and written instructions.
  • Working as a team member.
  • Operating a personal computer utilizing standard and specialized software.


A valid Arizona State Driver's License is required. Additional technical training and certifications may be required.


Work is performed in a standard office environment, and in the field on tactical assignments; may be exposed to physical attacks, hazardous chemicals, infectious and communicable diseases; required to capture and physically restrain persons; must maintain a level of physical fitness to meet YPD standards. This job is classified as Safety Sensitive, and subject to Federal and state regulations. OR IF REQUIRED TO ATTEND AN ACADEMY, Work is performed in a classroom environment, and in the field for training exercises; requires strenuous physical efforts and ability to meet physical standards of the AZ POST Academy.


The City of Yuma Police Department and/or Arizona POST will automatically disqualify any individual who has at any time; be aware that Arizona POST follows federal guidelines for drug usage:

  • Been convicted of a felony or any offense that would be a felony if committed in Arizona
  • Been dishonorably discharged from the United States armed forces
  • Been previously denied certified status, have certified status revoked or have current certified status suspended
  • Illegally sold, produced, cultivated, or transported for sale marijuana or dangerous drugs/narcotics
  • Used marijuana, dangerous drugs/narcotics while employed or appointed as a peace officer
  • Illegally used a dangerous drug or narcotic, other than marijuana, for any purpose within the past seven years
  • Convicted of or adjudged to have violated traffic regulations governing the movement of vehicles with such a frequency so as to indicate disrespect for the traffic laws and disregard for the safety of other persons on the highway within the past three years
  • Been previously employed with a law enforcement agency and since has committed or violated federal, state, or city laws pertaining to criminal activity
  • Lied during any stage of the hiring process, falsified any information on the application or background questionnaire
  • Conviction of domestic violence crime, misdemeanor, or felony or conviction of a lesser charge, which at the time of occurrence was a domestic violence crime

For additional information regarding the Yuma Police Department,please visithttps://www.yumaaz.gov/police/jobs.html

Keywords: City of Yuma, AZ, Yuma , Police Officer (Out of State Certified), Other , Yuma, Arizona

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