Lateral Police Officer

Peoria Police Department

Heather Morrell, Recruitment and Training Supervisor

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Contact Information

Address:

Peoria Police Department
Attn: Heather Morrell, Recruitment and Training Supervisor
8351 West Cinnabar Avenue
Peoria, AZ 85345

Phone Number:

  • 623-773-8056

Position Information

Application Deadline:

  • NA

Salary:

  • $57,096 - $80,329

    Starting pay is based on years for service and is calculated year for year.

    The Department has a strong Critical Incident Stress Management and Mental Health program to support all our employees.

    There are Overtime and Off Duty work opportunities to increase your yearly salary. The average hourly pay for these opportunities is approximately $55 per hour.  

    We are offering:

    A lateral hiring incentive of $6,000 and up to $4,000 in moving and relocation expense reimbursement.

    The breakdown of the incentive is as follows – $3,000 after 30 days of hire and $3,000 after 12 months of hire. In addition, the requirements to be eligible for moving and relocations expenses are that receipts must be submitted within six months of employment and out-of-state laterals must move within 15 miles of the City limits.

Sworn Officers:

  • 205

Population:

  • 191,000

Position Details

If you're looking to serve an incredibly supportive community, ranked the #1 City to live, work, and play in Arizona and enjoy 300 days of sunshine a year, visit our Recruitment Team when they are in Illinois!

Hiring Process:

Interviews may be completed onsite then one trip, over approximately four days, would be required to complete the hiring process!

During our visit, we will be conducting oral board interviews for lateral officers that are interested - there is no written test required for the position.  Dress clothes are not required.

Applicants that complete an oral board will be asked to complete the online application and provided a background packet to complete and submit to us at their earliest convenience for further processing.

If, after the interview and receipt of the background packet, we opt to move the candidate's application forward, we would complete the entire background investigation - this typically takes 3-4 weeks.  We then work with the candidate to find at least 4 weekdays to travel to Arizona to complete the rest of the hiring process, which includes the POPAT physical test, polygraph, background interview, conditional job offer, medical, and psychological test.  Once these results are finalized, a final job offer would be extended.

Recruitment Locations:

Thursday, October 21st

Kostas Gyro

Banquet Room

4053 Algonquin Rd

Algonquin, IL 60102

11 AM to 7 PM

Friday, October 22nd

Tinley Park Convention Center

Samuel Tinley Room – Near the South Entrance

18451 Convention Center Drive

Tinley Park, IL 60477

9 AM to 6 PM

Saturday, October 23rd

Residence Inn by Marriott Chicago Midway Airport

Boardroom

6638 South Cicero Avenue

Bedford Park, IL 60638

9 AM to 6 PM

Sunday, October 24th

Schaumburg Convention Center

Knowledge Meeting Room – Near the Main Entrance

1551 North Thoreau Drive

Schaumburg, IL 60173

8 AM to 5 PM

If 300 days of sunshine isn't enough to sell you on making the move, maybe one of the following reasons to live and work in Peoria may interest you!

Peoria is the Spring Training home to the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners. You can be paid to watch your beloved Cubs or White Sox play at the Peoria Sports Complex! Peoria is home to one of your favorite local pizza spots – Giordano's! Also, both Portillo's and Lou Malnati's restaurants are in neighboring cities.

Lateral Officers are not required to attend the academy to become certified in Arizona! Time will be provided on-duty to study to take the waiver test to become certified.

The Department is supported by not just the community, but also by its Command Staff and City Council! The Peoria Police Department is authorized 205 sworn officers and 101 civilian employees.

The Department offers numerous specialty positions to include:

  • Motors
  • K-9
  • SRO
  • PIO
  • TLO
  • Training officer
  • Special Assignments Unit (SWAT and CNT) and the following detective units – vehicle crimes, major felony crimes, street crimes, special victims, child crimes, property crimes, and fraud and forgery 

As a lateral, you would be eligible to test for these specialties after your year probation! Promotional opportunities and testing are typically available on a yearly basis.

There are no residency requirements to live within the City of Peoria, however moving to the City or within 15 miles of the City limits may make you eligible for moving and relocation expense reimbursement.

No current City or State COVID vaccine requirement.

Peoria, Arizona is located about 30 minutes northwest of downtown Phoenix and is a rapidly growing, modern city that offers a high quality of living in the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert. The City is approximately 179 square miles, has a population of 191,000 residents, and has over 70 acres of parks including 36 neighborhood parks and three large community parks and is home to Lake Pleasant Regional Park. The 23,000-acre park is home to two marinas and is a popular spot for boating, fishing, water skiing, kayaking, camping, and even scuba diving!

The cost of living in Arizona is approximately 23% lower than the Chicago metro area! The cost of living index score for the Phoenix metro area is 95 as compared to the Chicago metro area, which is 106. This score is calculated by comparing the prices for a representative sample of goods, services and other items that would be in a typical family budget and is based on 100 being equal to the cost of living in 1984 in the same location. Adjustments up or down from 100 mean that the cost of living has increased or decreased against the 1984 set point for that location.

Property taxes in Arizona are .62% as compared to Illinois, which are 2.27%.

The Peoria Unified School District is in the top 10 Best Districts in Arizona and is the #2 Best District for athletes in Arizona!

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To learn even more about the City, Department, hiring process, or hiring incentives, visit us at one of the locations listed above or contact the Recruitment and Training Supervisor Heather Morrell at:

heather.morrell@peoriaaz.gov

OR

623-773-8056



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