TRAINING AND RECRUITMENT

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Prescott Police Recruitment

The salary range for Prescott police officers is:

  • $58,055 - $87,048 or $27.91 - $41.85 per hour.

Police officer recruits are on probation from their date of hire until the one-year anniversary of the date they graduate from the academy.

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Training

The Training and Recruiting Unit was established to better provide required department, state and federal training to all police department personnel and is responsible for planning, developing and evaluating training programs.

Training provided to sworn personnel includes: firearms, defensive tactics, physical fitness, first aid, CPR, legal updates, search and seizure, and other areas mandated by state or federal law.

Other duties include maintaining training records using a database, administering the training budget, developing and selecting instructors, orientation of all police recruits, notifying personnel of required training, and scheduling the training classrooms.

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This program is a 20-week course encompassing 800 training hours. In addition to the 585 basic police curriculum, the program includes:

  • Intoxilyzer 8000 Operation Certification
  • Impaired Driver Detection
  • Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Training/Wet Workshop
  • Taser Certification
  • Response to Active Shooter, Vehicle Escapes, and Officer/Citizen Rescues
  • Lesson of the Holocaust
  • Blue Courage Certification
  • Street Medicine
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Field Problems Practical

All applicants must meet the following requirements in order to apply for the entry level position of Police Officer:

  • Minimum Age: Must be at least 20 years and 6 months at time of written examination.
  • Education: High School Diploma or G.E.D.
  • Military Service: Must have an Honorable Discharge.
  • Citizenship: Must be a United States Citizen at the time of application.

All applications are screened to determine if the applicant meets the minimum requirements and qualifies for further consideration.

Applicants can not have any of the following:

  • Felony conviction
  • Misdemeanor or Felony conviction involving family violence.
  • Is currently under indictment for any criminal offense.
  • Is prohibited by state or federal law from operating a motor vehicle
  • Is prohibited by state or federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition.

Law enforcement officers that maintain a high degree of physical conditioning are less prone to be effected by the stressful conditions of the job, sustain fewer injuries, and utilize less leave time related to illness. NARTA’s physical conditioning program combines strength training and cardiovascular training to help students develop good exercise habits and to improve their fitness level throughout the academy.

Recruits participate in the academy’s physical conditioning program which is based on standards developed by the Cooper Institute for Aerobic Research. Recruits are required to pass the Cooper’s Standard Fitness Test with an overall average of 40% in the below areas. Any recruit failing to meet these standards will not be admitted into the Northern Arizona Regional Training Academy.

  • 1.5 Mile Run – 15:20 or less
  • Sit-ups – 31 in one minute
  • Push-ups – 29 in one minute


Recruits are also required to participate in physical conditioning training and testing as determined by the Police Officer Physical Aptitude Test (POPAT).

The salary range for Prescott police officers is:

  • $58,055 – $87,048 or $27.91 – $41.85 per hour.

Other Benefits

  • Public Safety Personnel Retirement System
  • Bilingual Pay of $1 / Hour Extra
  • Annual Military Stipend
  • Paid Military Leave (240 hours bi-annually and an additional 240 hours if activated.)
  • All uniforms and equipment paid for by the department.  (including ballistic vest.)
  • $150 boot allowance
  • Tier Pay
  • PRO Policy with front loaded PTO time at the time of hire.
  • Compensatory time back option
  • Pre-academy employment opportunities
  • Paid overtime
  • Off-duty overtime
  • Take-home vehicle in specialty assignments
  • State-of-the-art equipment
  • Specialty assignments (SWAT, Community Services, Traffic Safety Section, Investigations, UAS-Drone, Operator, Phlebotomy, Drug Recognition Experts, Collision Reconstruction
  • On-Duty gym time
  • Tuition Assistance:  $2,000 Annually
  • 4-day work week
  • Shift differential pay
  • Health & Life Insurance provided
  • Employee referral incentive pay:  $1,000
  • Annual $2,500 military retention bonus payable each October
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Sworn Positions

The Department considers employment applications for police officers from two sources:

  1. Regular recruitment process for new officers.
  2. Arizona Certified Officers who are currently working as police officers in Arizona. Certified officers from other states may be eligible as well.

If you have additional questions, the Prescott Police Department welcomes inquires. Please contact Lead Police Officer Shean Hilton.

Volunteer

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Qualifications

The Department exists to provide the highest quality services to Prescott residents. Volunteers must project a positive image and meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 21 years of age and have good health.
  • Have no felony convictions, or misdemeanors involving morale turpitude.
  • Some positions require possession of valid AZ Driver’s License; possess an acceptable driving record, without criminal traffic violations within the last three years.
  • Be available for contact by phone.
  • Successfully pass a background check. The extent may vary depending on the assignment.
  • Be able to donate at least 4 hours a week or 16 hours in a month.
  • Practice good hygiene while on the job.
  • Refrain from the use of tobacco and alcohol while on duty.

If you’re interested in making a difference in your community while gaining a valuable experience, become a member of the Prescott Police Department’s Volunteer Program.

With a philosophy of community-oriented policing, the Department recognizes the contribution volunteers can make and encourages the involvement of volunteers at all levels and in all appropriate activities.

The mission of the Volunteer Program has two components. The Department will provide a rewarding experience to citizens with a desire to share their time and talents to better their community. Volunteers are furnished with Worker’ Compensation Insurance while on duty. Secondly, the program will provide, through the use of volunteers, quality and cost-effective delivery of services which further the mission of the department to improve the quality of life in our city.

In 2017, department volunteers contributed a total of 7,112 hours to augment the services the police department provides the citizens of Prescott; equivalent to three full time employees.

Prescott Police Department has volunteers working in the following areas:

  • Citizens on Patrol
  • Investigations Section
  • Records
  • Cold Case
  • Victim Assistance