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The City of Surprise currently lists employment opportunities and accepts applications through its on-line application system. Prospective candidates should go to http://www.surpriseaz.gov, follow the links and directions to submit your application on-line.
The City of Surprise Police Department has established minimum qualifications for people interested in becoming police officers. The minimum qualifications are listed below. The hiring process normally takes between 3 to 4 months from the date of the written/physical test for applicants. If you have any questions regarding recruitment, please contact the Surprise Police Department’s Recruitment Unit at 623-222-4100.
The Surprise Police Department's Reserve program is comprised of Arizona residents who volunteer their time performing general law enforcement functions for the citizens of Surprise. Officers come from a broad professional background, yet share a common interest in police work and volunteerism.
The testing process and general qualifications are the same for all sworn positions, whether full-time or volunteer. Successful applicants will attend more than 650 hours of classes at an AzPOST law enforcement training academy, unless they hold a current peace officer's certificate from AzPOST.
Upon graduation from the academy, officers begin a field training program leading to advancement to solo-officer/car-commander status. Officers, whether full-time or volunteer, are required to maintain specific in-service training standards designed to keep them abreast of the latest trends in law and enforcement techniques and other professional proficiencies. Reserve Officers are required to work no less than 20 hours per month.
If interested in becoming a Reserve Officer download and fill out the volunteer application and return it to the Recruitment unit at the Surprise Police Department or call (623) 222-4100.
- 21 years of age
- United States Citizen
- No felony conviction
- High school diploma or GED
- Not have been convicted of a felony or any offense that would be a felony if committed in Arizona
- Not have been dishonorably discharged from the US Armed Forces
- Not have illegally sold, produced cultivated, or transported marijuana for sale
- Not have illegally used marijuana for any purpose within the past three years
- Not have ever illegally used marijuana other than experimentation
- Not have ever illegally used marijuana while employed or appointed as a peace officer
- Not have illegally sold, produced, cultivated or transported for sale any dangerous drug or narcotic other than marijuana
- Not have illegally used a dangerous drug or narcotic, other than marijuana, for any purpose within the past seven years
- Not have ever illegally used a dangerous drug or narcotic other than experimentation
- Any sexual conduct prohibited by law
- Negligence in maintaining financial responsibility
I'm qualified, now what?
The City of Surprise currently accepts applications through its on-line application system. Prospective candidates should DOWNLOAD A POLICE RECRUITMENT INFORMATION PACKET. Applications must be completed online - SUBMIT AN APPLICATION ONLINE. If you meet the minimum requirements, after your application is submitted and reviewed, you will receive testing information via mail/e-mail. On the test-date, you will participate in a physical test (1.5 mile run, max. push-ups, and max. sit-ups in a minute) and take a written exam.
Each step of the process is contingent on the successful completion of the previous step. After successfully completing the written and physical testing, you will undergo a background interview, polygraph, psychological and medical exam, and interview with the Chief of Police. Again, each step of the process is contingent on successful completion of the previous step.
The process for lateral applicants, those who are currently sworn police officers, is slightly different depending on where the certification is from and how current it is.
For more information please contact the Surprise Police Department’s recruitment Unit at (623) 222-4100.
If an applicant is unsuccessful during any phase of the recruitment process they are strongly encouraged to visit the SOAR website and apply for new jobs as they become available.