Career Opportunities


Join the team at the Gilbert Police Department

Application Schedule

July 2016:

  • Application Deadline:                    
    • June 30th at 5 PM
    • Recruit Applicants: Once the deadline has passed, you will receive an email confirming your registration in the testing process.  The email will include a link to schedule yourself for a written exam.  You can register for only ONE of the written exams.  Registration will be first come, first served. You will have until July 6th at 5 PM to sign up for one of the written test dates. 
    • Lateral Applicants: If you meet the criteria to apply as a lateral officer, you are exempt from the written exam and simply need to show up at either PT test.

  • Written Exams (Recruit Applicants Only): The written exam will be conducted in the Gilbert Public Safety Amphitheatre located at 75 E. Civic Center Drive, Gilbert.  Only show up at your scheduled test date and time.  You will not be allowed to take the exam multiple times in one testing process.
    • July 9 (7:30 AM and 1 PM)
    • July 12 (7:30 AM and 1 PM)
    • July 13 (7:30 AM and 1 PM)
    • July 14 (1 PM only):  Out-of-area applicants

  • PT Test: The physical readiness exam will be administered at 6:30 AM on July 15 and July 16 on the east side of McQueen Park located at 510 North Horne Street, Gilbert, 85233.          

  • Oral Boards:
    • Out-of-area applicants: July 15 (afternoon)
    • Local Laterals: Within three weeks.
    • Local applicants: Based on your written exam score you will be placed into either Tier 1 or Tier 2.
      • Tier 1:  Within two weeks.
      • Tier 2:  To be determined.

  • Eligibility list compiled from results.

  • Background investigation initiated.

Police Officer Recruitment Information

How to apply for the position of Police Officer

  1. Complete the Town of Gilbert Employment application for either Recruit or Lateral officer and submit by the deadline.
  2. 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.
  3. Arrive on time and bring picture identification with you.

Automatic Disqualifiers

Applicants who meet any of the following will be automatically disqualified by the Town of Gilbert and/or Arizona POST:

  • Applicants must be 21 years of age by completion of the academy.
  • Conviction of a felony or any offense that would be a felony if committed in Arizona.
  • Previous revocation or denial of AZ POST certified status, or suspension of current AZ POST certified status.
  • Dishonorable discharge from the United States Armed Forces.
  • Illegal sale, production, cultivation, or transport of marijuana for sale.
  • Illegal use of marijuana for any purpose within the past three years.
  • Illegal use of marijuana other than for experimentation (see definition below).
  • Illegal use of marijuana while employed or appointed as a peace officer.
  • Illegal sale, production, cultivation, or transport for sale any dangerous drugs or narcotics.
  • Illegal use of dangerous drugs or narcotics, other than marijuana, for any purpose more than five times in a lifetime, no more than one time after the age of 21, and no use within the past seven years.
  • Illegal use of dangerous drugs or narcotics other than for experimentation (see definition below).
  • Pattern of illegal use of prescription medication.
  • Misdemeanor domestic violence conviction involving the use or attempted use of force, or the threatened use of a deadly weapon.
  • No more than one DUI conviction in a lifetime, and none within the past seven years.
  • No more than eight driving points, or two or more at fault accidents within the previous 36 months.

The use of an illegal drug is presumed to be not for experimentation if:

  1. The use of marijuana exceeds a total of 20 times, or exceeds 5 times since the age of 21 years.
  2. The use of dangerous drugs or narcotics, other than marijuana, exceeds a total of five times in a lifetime, no more than one time after the age of 21, and no use within the past seven years.

Vision and Hearing Requirements

  1. Visual acuity of:
    a) 20/20 or better uncorrected; or
    b) 20/20 or better, corrected by spectacles or hard contact lenses, if uncorrected acuity is 20/80 or better; or
    c) 20/20 or better corrected by soft contact lenses, if the uncorrected acuity is 20/20 or better. The candidate must demonstrate satisfactory adaptation to the contacts.
  2. Vision capable of distinguishing basic color groups against a favorable background.
  3. Uncorrected hearing with no loss greater than 25 db in the 500,1000, 2000, 3000 hertz frequencies as measured by an audiometer.

PLEASE NOTE: If you have any questions or concerns regarding the disqualifiers, please contact the POLICE DEPARTMENT at 480-503-6500 or 480-635-7400 and ask to speak to a BACKGROUND INVESTIGATOR in the Office of Professional Standards.

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Physical Agility Test

Police Agility TestMinimum entrance standards for males and females entering the police academy:
  • 1.5 Mile Run - 15.48 minutes
  • Push-ups - 20
  • Sit-ups - 36 (1-minute time limit)

The physical fitness test is administered to applicants during the background process.  Here are some things we recommend to help you succeed in taking the physical fitness test.

  • Get a physician's exam prior to the test to identify any possible health issues.  If you are more than 15 lb. overweight, we recommend that you talk to your doctor about your diet and consider trying to lose the extra weight.  Explain your intentions to your doctor and ask for his/her honest opinion as to your general ability to do high stress exercises.  Regardless of the answer, you will be better educated as to what your limitations are.
  • Begin a fitness program as soon as possible.  The program should include aerobic exercise, such as running or bicycling, as well as some light weight lifting to increase strength.  If you're new to routine exercise, consult a fitness trainer for a routine that will help you achieve your goals.  Before and after your workouts, spend extra time stretching out; flexibility is a key to doing well on these tests. 
  • The night prior to your test, eat a meal high in carbohydrates.  Potatoes or pasta would be good examples.  Avoid alcohol and caffeine, as they tend to dehydrate your body.  Also, begin drinking water and over-hydrating your system.  Many applicants suffer from dehydration because they forget this simple rule of life in the desert.  Don't forget to bring water and fruit to the test for extra energy if you need it. 
  • Wear light fitness clothing.  Supportive "sport type" undergarments are encouraged. 
  • Arrive at the test site early.  This will give you extra time to warm up and stretch. 
  • You may also consider having a friend drive you to and from the test.  Driving can be difficult and annoying when you're physically exhausted. 
  • Remember to bring your driver's license for proper identification. 
  • Finally, be friendly and encouraging to your co-applicants.  Remember, good attitudes and teamwork go far in law enforcement. 

If you have any questions please call (480) 503-6500 or 480-635-7400 and ask to speak to a background investigator in the Office of Professional Standards.

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Compensation & Benefits


Lieutenant: $98,529 to $114,067
Sergeant: $77,209 to $93,849
Officer: $52,249 to $73,528


  • 10 Paid Holidays Each Year
  • Overtime Paid at Time and a Half
  • Extra-Duty Opportunities
  • Shift Differential Pay
  • Bilingual Compensation
  • Veterans Eligible for GI Bill Pay During
    Academy and Training 


  • Defined State Benefit Pension
  • 4-Day Work Week
  • Paid Vacation and Sick Time
  • Health and Dental Benefits
  • Variety of Specialty Assignments
  • Life Insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Uniforms/Equipment Supplied
  • Promotional Opportunities
  • Military Preference Points

Career Paths

  • Field Training Officer
  • Rank Promotions
  • Numerous Detective Specialties
  • Tactical SWAT Team
  • K9 Unit
  • School Resource Officer
  • Traffic Enforcement
  • Criminal Apprehension Team

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