Glendale Police Recruitment - FAQ's
1. How do I apply for a position with the Glendale Police Department?
For all sworn positions, the applicants must fill out a Preliminary Applicant Questionnaire and a City of Glendale employment application. Click here to get started.
Click here to see all non-sworn employment openings.
To find out more about our internship program click here.
Click here to find out more about our volunteer program.
2. What are the minimum requirements for police recruits?
For police recruits, the entry level position for the Glendale Police Department, applicants must be at least 20½ years old by the day of the written exam and 21 years old by the date of graduation from the academy. You must be a U.S. citizen and posses at least a high school diploma or a G.E.D.
3. What is on the written exam?
The written exam consists of 168 questions and requires an applicant to achieve a 70% (117 correct) score to pass. You will be allowed 3 hours and 15 minutes to complete this exam. Below is a link for information on preparing for the written exam.
Written Exam Study Guide
4. What are the requirements for the physical assessment exam?
The physical assessment exam consists of a 1.5 mile run in 14:59 minutes; 28 sit-ups in one minute and 19 push-ups in an unlimited amount of time. If you fail any portion of the physical assessment exam, you will be eliminated from the testing process.
5. The physical assessment doesn't seem too difficult. Do I need to be in shape to pass?
Many applicants have a misconception that the physical assessment exam is easy. What many applicants fail to acknowledge is that each event must be completed in random succession with little time to rest. If you are not in good shape, you will not have the stamina or strength to complete each event successfully. NOTE: Approximately 45% of applicants fail the physical assessment exam during their 1st attempt.
6. What happens if I fail the written or the physical assessment exam?
If you fail the written exam or any portion of the physical assessment exam, you will be eliminated from the testing process. You will be permitted to reapply for the Glendale Police Department on a later date. You will have to start the process over starting from step one.
7. Do lateral (in-state or out-of-state) applicants have to go through the academy again?
If qualified, applicants do not have to attend our academy but will be required to challenge AZPOST by taking a waiver test. To qualify, lateral applicants must be in good standing with a law enforcement agency; must have a minimum of one year of law enforcement experience with at least one year spent in patrol, not including training or administrative assignments.
8. I only want to be in a specialty position assignment (i.e. Detective, SWAT, K9 etc). Do I have be a patrol officer first?
All officers initially enter patrol. Officers who wish to test for any of our specialty assignments must be a patrol officer for a minimum of two years.
9. Is the police academy a "live in" academy? Do I need to pay for it?
No. Recruits are paid employees of the department and live where they want to within Maricopa County. They attend the academy Monday through Friday, eight and ½ hours a day for 18 to 19 weeks. Upon graduating from the academy, they are promoted to Police Officer.
10. How long does the hiring process take?
The average length of time to process a successful applicant is three to five months. However, the hiring process can take up to one year.
11. Is there a maximum age limit?
12. How does the process work for out-of-state applicants?
An out-of-state applicant will go through the same process as an in-state applicant. The applicant must make an initial trip to Glendale, AZ (approximately 4 to 5 days) for the written and physical assessment exams. If the applicant passes both of these exams, the applicant may be scheduled for an oral interview, background interview and polygraph following the exam dates (during the same trip). After successful completion of the initial phases, the applicant will be asked to travel back out (approximately 4 to 5 days) for a physical assessment update and executive interview after which the applicant may be offered a conditional hire offer. This will include a complete medical and psychological exam. Upon successful completion of the background investigation, including the medical and psychological exams, the out of state applicant may be offered a final offer at which time the applicant will need to make arrangements to relocate to Arizona. Glendale Police Department will not be responsible for any travel arrangements.
13. When does the academy start?
Academy start dates will be determined once a final offer has been made. Once an applicant completes the process, they are usually placed in the next available academy class.
14. I meet all but one of the listed minimum requirements. Does Glendale Police Department allow any latitude to the requirements?
No. All applicants must meet the minimum standards without compromise. The minimum standards listed are just the minimum standards. In order to insure the integrity, credibility, and professionalism of the men and women of the Glendale Police Department, the standards and selection process for Police Officers are very high.
15. Does the Glendale Police Department offer transition assistance?
We do not offer transition assistance.
16. I am in the military. Should I apply now? I am in college. Should I apply now?
An applicant should keep in mind that they must be available for the written exam, physical assessment exam and oral interview. We are able to make some accommodations on a case by case basis. If you are from out of state, click here for additional information regarding the out of state testing process.
17. If I have a background investigation done with another agency, or have a top secret clearance in the military, will Glendale Police Department still do a background check?
Yes. The Glendale Police Department’s Personnel Management Unit will conduct their own thorough background investigation on every applicant who submits a background investigation packet.