Employment Process

  1. Lateral Applicant Process


In-State Lateral will need to complete:

 * Steps 2-9

Out of State Lateral will need to complete:

 * Steps 2-9 

 * Complete a waiver through AZPOST in order to review training's and determine if it is comparable to  AZPOST Standards.


 * Post recommends at least two months worth of study   time, prior to taking the AZPOST Waiver test.

 * 2.A three (3) part proficiency test consisting of 1. Firearms qualification (day, night, target identification/discrimination) 2. Tactical Driving Qualification 3. The Peace Officer Physical Aptitude Test (POPAT) which contains five events including: a 500 yd run, scaling a 6' chain link fence followed by a 25 yard sprint, a 6' solid wood fence followed by a 25 yard sprint, a 99 yd obstacle course, and a 165 lb "dummy" drag. (All events are timed and scored in a pass/fail mode) 


  1. FPD Police Recruitment Process

Flagstaff Police Recruitment - Employment Process

Step 1: The Written Exam
  • Please register with the National Testing Network (various locations are offered for testing).
  • https://nationaltestingnetwork.com/publicsafetyjobs/search.cfm?position=1
  • Those who successfully pass the written exam will be invited to attend a scheduled physical assessment exam. Dates/times will be given to the candidate after the written exam.  You must score above a 64 or better for the video, 70 or better for writing and reading portions.
  • Lateral applicants will not need to complete the written exam.
Step 2:  Submit Applications to the City of Flagstaff 
Step 3: The Physical Assessment Exam
  • The physical assessment exam consists of: 
  • Timed Push-ups - 19 or more within one minute.
  • Timed Sit-ups - 29 or more within one minute.
  • Agility Run - to be completed within 21 seconds.
  • 1.5 Mile Run - to be completed within 15 minutes or less.
  • Each area is a pass/fail component. If you fail any portion of the physical assessment exam, you will be eliminated from the testing process.
  • ***Candidates who successfully pass the physical assessment exam may be invited to attend a scheduled oral board interview. Oral board interviews will take place following the physical assessment, please bring proper attire for your interview (business dress).  
Step 4: Oral Board Interview
  • Candidates will be asked a variety of questions by a panel.  
  • The background packet will also be used in conjunction with the oral board interview to determine if you will move forward to the next step of the background process.
  • This is the second step in the employment process for lateral applicants.
Step 5: The Background Interview
  • The most qualified applicants will be contacted by a police department background investigator via email, mail and/or telephone to be scheduled for a background interview.
Step 6: Polygraph Examination
  • The most qualified applicants will be given a polygraph examination (lie detector test) administered by a trained, professional examiner. The test will confirm information noted on the applicant's background investigation packet.
Step 7: Psychological Test
  • Applicants will be evaluated by a licensed psychologist.
Step 8: Medical Examination
  • Applicants will undergo a complete medical examination administered by an AZPOST certified physician.
Step 9: Staff Review for Final Offer of Employment
  • All final selections will be made by the Chief of Police.  Upon successful completion of the entire employment process and selection by the Chief, applicants may receive a final offer of employment.