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Application Schedule

Thank you for your interest in the Gilbert Police Department. Our next scheduled testing cycle for Police Recruits and Lateral Officers will be in April 2017. If you are interested in taking part in our next testing cycle please be sure to submit your application in the application window of February 9, 2017 to March 27, 2017.

Please check our Other Job Opportunities link for information related to a variety of other available positions within the police department. 

Below you will find an outline of the testing process. Specific times and information related to the test will be determined as we approach the test dates. Please begin filling out the necessary forms and compiling the required paperwork sooner than later so you can be prepared.

Please follow our suite of social media platforms for the most up to date information.  All imperative updates will be posted here as well. 

We look forward to seeing you in April!  #JoinGPD

  April 2017:

Application Information:

Deadline: March 27, 2017 at 5 PM

Recruit Applicants: After the application window closes on March 27, you will receive an email with a link to self-schedule your written exam.

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 the PT test.

Written Exams (Recruit Applicants Only):

The written exam will be conducted in the Gilbert Public Safety Amphitheatre on April 19, 20, & 21 (times TBD),  which is 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. Written exam results will be posted on the homepage of the police website the day after your exam.

Physical Fitness Exam:

The physical fitness exam will be conducted on the east side of McQueen Park located at 510 North Horne Street, Gilbert 85233 on April 22 at 7am.

Oral Board Interview:

Out-of-Area Applicants: April 22 (afternoon)

Local Applicants: April 24, 25, & 26 (schedule will occur after the PT test)

The eligibility list and background investigation will be initiated from the results.

Police Officer Recruitment Information

How to apply for the position of Police Officer

  1. Complete the appropriate POLICE RECRUIT or LATERAL OFFICER application and submit by the deadline.
  2. Complete the AZ POST Statement of Personal History and the Authorization for Release, which will be collected upon successful completion of the physical agility test. *Please note that the linked forms require two (2) notary signatures.
  3. The only follow-up email you will receive in the testing process is the link to self-schedule your written exam.  There will not be an email confirming receipt of your application.
  4. Arrive early 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.

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.

Compensation & Benefits


Lieutenant: $102,883 to $119,100
Sergeant: $79,708 to $96,886
Officer: $53,941 to $75,900


  • 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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