Career Opportunities

The City of Maricopa Police Department invites you to join a highly respected police department and serve the citizens of one of the most beautiful cities in Arizona. MPD is currently taking applications for lateral officers and police recruits. Maricopa Police Officers perform a wide variety of duties to promote public safety and security, prevent crime and enforce the law. Police officers perform a number of essential functions, for example, they patrol the city to prevent and detect crime; respond to calls for assistance; conduct criminal investigations; interact with the community to build cooperation and support; pursue and arrest suspects; enforce traffic and parking laws; write reports and maintain records; work with superiors, peers, and others as a team; prepare for and participate in planned events; prepare for court and give testimony; and fulfil other administrative duties when required. This is much more than a job; it is an opportunity to build a career of which you can be proud.

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The recruitment process is as follows:


If you meet the minimum qualifications as set forth AZ POST standards:

Complete the following paperwork:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

Please upload them in your application as extra attachments.


The remaining steps occur after the documentation listed above have been received and you have been selected:

  • AZ POST Statement of Personal History and Application for Certification form must be completed and turned in the day of the testing notarized.

  • Physical Aptitude Testing

o   Passing scores for the Physical Aptitude Test are:

  • Push-ups – 25 or more (no time limit);
  • Sit-ups – 29 or more (timed – 1 minute);
  • 1.5 Mile Run – 15:00 minutes or less.
  • Written Testing:

o   Passing scores for the Aptitude tests are 70% and above per section and there are 4 sections;

  • Arithmetic
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Grammar
  • Incident Report Writing
  • Pre-Background interview
  • Maricopa PD Background Questionnaire
  • Oral Board interview
  • Background investigation
  • Polygraph examination
  • Interview with the Chief of Police
  • Psychological exam
  • Medical examination
  • Drug screen

Recruit Officer cannot be offered a salary more than the Recruit step which is $49,708.15 ($23.89 per hour) while in the academy, once you have successfully completed the academy and your Field Training Officer (FTO) program, your salary will increase to step one (1) which is $51,696.48 ($24.85 per hour).