How to apply for the position of Police Officer
First: Complete the Town of Gilbert Employment application and submit by the deadline. Complete the AZ POST Statement of Personal History in .pdf format, which will be collected at the physical agility test should you pass the test. Please note that the Statement of Personal History requires (2) notary signatures and other documents attached. You will not receive a written invitation to test. Your Town of Gilbert Employment Application will serve as your reservation for the next test date.
Second: Arrive on time and bring picture identification with you. There are no study guides, as most of the test consists of watching video scenarios and choosing from multiple-choice answers.
How long does the written test take? The written test takes approximately two and a half hours and consists of a series of video scenarios, a reading, and report writing test. There are no study guides for the written test.
How will I know if I pass the written test? Test scores are posted within approximately one hour of completing the written test. Scores are posted according to the last five digits of the applicant’s social security number.
What is a Lateral Police Officer? To be considered a lateral police officer, you must currently be Arizona POST certified and have worked at least 2080 hours (1-year full-time) post Academy for an Arizona law enforcement agency. If you have any questions as to whether you qualify as a lateral officer, call (480) 503-6500 and ask to speak to a background investigator.
Do Lateral officers take a written test? Applicants who qualify as a lateral do not take a written test. They are however, scheduled to take the physical agility test along with the recruit applicants.
What is an Out-Of-State Lateral Police Officer? To be considered an out-of-state lateral police applicant, you must currently be employed as a police officer, or have been actively working two of the past three years: or have (1) served solely as Tribal officers and have not been certified by another state, or (2) Federal officers who have served solely in agencies with limited or specialty enforcement missions. If you have any questions as to whether you qualify as an out-of-state lateral officer, call (480) 503-6500 and ask to speak to a background investigator.
Do Out-Of-State Lateral officers take a written test? No.
When do I take the physical fitness test? The physical agility test is administered the next day to applicants who pass the written test.
Are there any age limits in order to become an officer? You must be at 21 years old by the time you graduate from the Academy. There are no maximum age limits.
What if I've taken the test before and failed? You may take the written test as many times as you like, however you must complete another application and background packet for each test you take.
Can I retake the written test if I've already passed the written, physical agility, and oral board interviews? If you have already passed the initial tests (written, physical agility, oral board interview) and are still on the selection list, you are not eligible to retest unless or until the list expires.
Where do I turn in the application? You may drop off the Town of Gilbert Employment Application at the Gilbert Municipal Center employment counter, or mail it to the Town of Gilbert, attention Human Resources, 50 E. Civic Center Drive, Gilbert, Arizona 85296. The Arizona POST Statement of Personal History should be completed and brought with you to the physical agility test. It will be collected there should you pass the test.
What should I wear to the written test? There are no rules regarding the attire.
Does the Department accommodate out-of-state applicants? The Gilbert Police Department makes every attempt to conduct as much of the required testing in the amount of time an out-of-state applicant is here. Each step of the testing process is contingent upon successful completion of the test that precedes it. For example, if an out-of-state applicant passes the written test, they are invited to participate in the physical agility test the next day with the other applicants. If they pass the physical agility test, they will be given an oral board interview that same day. Should they pass the oral board interview they may be given a background interview and polygraph examination, time permitting.
If you have any other questions please call (480) 503-6500 and ask to speak to a background investigator in the Office of Professional Standards.