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Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of the Northern Arizona University Police Department. We are committed to providing quality law enforcement services through community oriented, problem solving partnerships. We are looking for service-oriented individuals of good moral character who desire to share this commitment. Listed below are the job descriptions, minimum qualifications, desired qualifications, and employment benefits for the positions of police officer, and police corporal.

Applications for these positions are available at the NAU Human Resources Department (located in the Centennial Building) or at the Human Resources web site.

Northern Arizona University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution. Women, minorities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

If the position that you're interested in is not open, please check back often. If you have any additional questions, e-mail Cindy Grider. She can also be reached at (928) 523-3611 or you can call the Human Resources Department at (928) 523-2223.


Starting Annual Salary $47,000

Employment Benefits

Uniform, weapon, equipment, and laundry services provided
University Tuition Reduction (for employee and dependents)
Affordable Health and Dental Insurance Premiums
11 to 22 Vacation days per year (depending on length of service)
12 Sick Days per year
10 paid Holidays
Life, Accidental Death and Dismemberment, and Long-term Disability Insurance (Short-term Disability Insurance is optional)
Employee Assistance Programs
In-service Training Programs
Deferred Compensation plan
Tax Deferred Annuities
Credit Union

Job Description

Accreditation Seal As a Northern Arizona University police officer, you will be protecting life and property through the enforcement of laws and University regulations. Work typically consists of patrol, preliminary investigations and traffic enforcement duties. Patrol may be performed in cars, on motorcycle, bicycle, or on foot. An officer must be able to act without direct supervision and must be able to exercise independent judgment in meeting emergencies. This work requires occasional physical exertion under adverse circumstances and varying climatic conditions. A police officer's duties may involve an element of personal danger. Police officers must accept work assignments on rotating shifts, weekends, and holidays. A police officer must possess excellent communication skills. A working knowledge of computers and word processing is preferred.

Minimum Requirements

In order to become a Northern Arizona University police officer you must be a person of excellent character. You must be willing to accept responsibility and serve in a leadership role. You must be mature and willing to work in a service-oriented team environment. In addition, you must be 21 years or older upon graduation from the academy. You must be a United States citizen, have a high school diploma or equivalent, no criminal and drug abuse history, a good driving record, and must possess or be able to obtain a valid Arizona driver's license.

Selection Process

The Northern Arizona University Police Department is committed to hiring high quality individuals who represent the diverse community that we serve. the progressive hiring process is extensive and rigorous consisting of eight separate components:

Written Examination (must be passed at 70%)
Physical Fitness Familiarization (you must participate in this testing component. The standards used are based on Fit Force Standards provided by the Arizona Law Enforcement Academy). The below standards reflect the 35% mark. *See Physical Fitness Standards Below.
Oral Board (must be passed at 70%)
Interview with the Chief of Police
Background Investigation
Polygraph Examination
Psychological Screening
Medical Examination (includes drug screening)

Physical Fitness Familiarization Standards

Arizona Law Enforcement Academy
Single Standard Norms for Law Enforcement

Percentile 1.5 Mile Run Min/Sec One Minute Sit-ups Push-ups to Exhaustion
35% 15.12 27 25

Training Program

If the selected candidate is not currently an Arizona P.O.S.T. certified police officer, the candidate must attend and successfully complete an Arizona P.O.S.T. approved Basic Training Academy. The Basic Training academy is 18 to 20 weeks long. The police officer candidate must maintain a passing grade of 70% to remain in the Academy. In addition, the candidate must successfully complete a one-week Advanced Basic Training course and a 12-week Field Training Officer (FTO) program. The FTO program includes street experience with ongoing evaluation by police training officers. In order to attain regular status, the police officer candidate must successfully complete a 12-month probationary period that includes the Basic Training program, Advanced Basic Training course, and the Field Training Officer program.

Police Sergeant

Starting Annual Salary
$52,000 to $56,600 depending on experience.

Job Description

Accreditation Seal In addition to the above Police Officer duties, a Sergeant will have a supervisory roll over Police Officers, and associated staff as well as administrative duties. Sergeants are required to maintain flexible schedules in order to accommodate evening and week-end shifts. Sergeants may experience hazardous or dangerous situations during the course of their work.

Minimum Requirements

Four years experience as an Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training (AZ POST) certified officer which includes one year of lead experience, OR,
Associate's degree or sixty-five credits in Police Science, Criminal Justice, Business Administration, Public Administration, a social science or a related field AND two years experience as an AZ POST certified officer which includes one year of lead experience; OR,
Equivalent out-of-state certification; must obtain an AZ POST regular officer certification within three months form hire date.
Possession of a current Arizona Type D driver's license upon employment.

Selection Process May Include

In-Basket Exercise
Writing Skills/Problem Solving Assessment
Oral Board
Command Staff Interview
Background Investigation
Polygraph Examination
Psychological Screening

Employment Benefits


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