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Does the Department accommodate out-of-area applicants?
The Gilbert Police Department makes every attempt to conduct as much of the required testing in the amount of time an out-of-area 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-area 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.
What should I wear to the written test?
Professional attire preferred.
Where do I turn in the application?
Please submit your application online. The Arizona POST Statement of Personal History and Authorization to Release should be completed, notarized, and brought with you to the physical agility test. They will be collected upon successful completion of the test.
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.
What if I've taken the test before and failed?
You will not be allowed to take the exam multiple times in one testing process. Should you fail any portion of the exams, you will have to wait and reapply during our next testing cycle.
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.
When do I take the physical fitness test?
Recruit applicants who pass the written exam will be moved on to take the physical agility test. Lateral applicants will take the physical exam at the same time as the recruit applicants.
Do out-of-area lateral officers take a written test?
What is an out-of-area lateral police officer?
To be considered an out-of-area 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-area lateral officer, call (480) 503-6500 or (480) 635-7400 and ask to speak to a background investigator.
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 or (480) 635-7400 and ask to speak to a background investigator.
How will I know if I pass the written test?
Test scores are posted as soon as possible upon completion of the written test. Scores are posted online according to the last five digits of the applicant’s Social Security number.
How long does the written test take?
The written test takes approximately two and a half hours to complete. The test is a multiple choice examination not directly related to knowledge of law enforcement. There are no study guides for the written test.