Job Description

Overall Job Objective


For detailed information on this recruitment process, please view the Join QCPD page on the Town’s website.  Additional information about this exciting opportunity can be found in the QCPD Recruitment Flyer.


This job posting will run continuously until filled.  First review of applications will be October 14, 2022.  Applications will be reviewed on a weekly basis thereafter.  Please note that this job posting may close at any time without notice after the first review date of October 14, 2022.

In addition to completing the online application, candidates will also need to:

  • Complete the AZ Post Statement of Personal History via
  • Complete the QCPD Authorization of ReleaseA notary will be required to complete this form. This form will be collected during the testing process. Incomplete forms will not be processed.


QCPD will offer pay rates commensurate with years of sworn service:

  • 1 to < 2 years: $31.03/hour ($64,547/year)
  • 2 to < 3 years: $32.58/hour ($67,774/year)
  • 3 to < 4 years: $34.21/hour ($71,163/year)
  • 4 to < 5 years: $35.92/hour ($74,721/year)
  • 5 to < 6 years: $37.72/hour ($78,457/year)
  • 6 to < 7 years: $39.61/hour ($82,380/year)
  • 7+ years: $41.59 ($86,499/year)
This job classification is FLSA Non-Exempt.


All hiring bonuses are listed as the net-pay you will receive.  

  • Lateral Officer incentive pay is $15,500 payable as follows:
    • $3,000 after hire date.
    • $2,500 after successful completion of Field Training.
    • $5,000 after successful completion of your probation.
    • $2,500 after the successful completion of 1 year (after probation)
    • $2,500 after the successful completion of 2 years (after probation)


All educational bonuses are listed as the net-pay you will receive. 

  • The degree must be from an accredited college or university with major course work in criminal justice studies, social sciences, business management, leadership, forensic science, psychology, or other degree related to the core functions of your position.
  • The degree must be earned/awarded prior to your hire date. If you earn a degree following your hire date, you may qualify for a different educational incentive provided by the Town. More information will be provided during your initial orientation.
  • If you have earned multiple degrees, you will receive the incentive specified for the highest degree earned/presented.
  • The incentive will be paid after successful completion of your probation.
  • The incentive is as follows:
    • Associate Degree: $500
    • Bachelor Degree: $1,000
    • Masters (or higher): $1,500 

All moving expenses are listed as the net-pay you will receive. 

If a police department employee moves to within 30 miles of the Town borders after receiving a final offer of employment, that individual may be eligible for a one-time payment of potential expenses.*

  • Guidelines for this payment are as follows:
    • In-state (Arizona) move under 90 miles: $250
    • In-state (Arizona) move over 90 miles: $500
    • Out-of-state move: $1,500

*The costs/expenses incurred must be between the date a FINAL offer of employment letter is received and one year from date of hire. Any exceptions must be authorized by the Chief of Police.


  • For the lateral officer, at the time of hire you will receive a one-time addition of 80 hours of vacation time and 80 hours of sick time.
  • Vacation accrual rates will be adjusted based on prior full years of (sworn) service. 



  • Specialty Assignment Pay for Detectives, Field Training Officers, Motors, SWAT, Negotiations, etc.
  • Shift Differential Pay
    • Swing Shift: $0.30 per hour
    • Graveyard shift: $0.50 per hour
  • Overtime, Callout, Stand-By, and other Premium Pay 

If you are having technical (computer-related) difficulties while completing the online application, please contact the "Applicant Support Line" at 1-855-524-5627.


Performs general and specialized police work involving the enforcement of laws and ordinances, protecting life and property, conducting investigations, detection and arrest of violators, effecting crime prevention, providing community services, responding to requests for assistance, or acting in some other specialized assignments of comparable responsibility. Assignments may include, but are not limited to patrol, traffic, tactical, and other field operations including criminal investigations, threat mitigation, and task force operations, community services and crime prevention, administration, school resource, training, internal oversight, and other support assignments.

Examples of Duties

ESSENTIAL DUTIES: (These duties are a representative sample; position assignments may vary; and employees are responsible for all other duties as assigned).

  • Monitors radio communication and responds to community requests, calls-for-service, and emergencies;
  • Assists other officers, department personnel, and Town staff as needed;
  • Investigates crimes, complaints, accidents, and other situations;
  • Administers first aid, secures crime and accident scenes, conducts investigations, and identifies and preserves evidence;
  • Interviews individuals with complaints and provides an appropriate disposition or refers to proper authorities;
  • Assesses activity or situations and takes appropriate action to enforce laws and maintain safety and security; 
  • When appropriate, apprehends suspects, makes/processes arrests; and transports offenders;
  • Patrols designated areas to maintain order and to prevent, deter or discover violations and other criminal activity; 
  • When appropriate, conducts traffic stops and issues citations or warnings;
  • Prepares and completes a variety of reports to provide documentation of daily shift activities, investigations, law and code violations, civil process, warrants, individual statements, critical incidents, and evidence management;
  • Prepares, obtains, and/or serves warrants, court orders, civil processes, and other legal documents;
  • Enforces traffic laws, codes, and regulations; facilitates traffic safety around accidents or congested areas; and provides assistance to disabled motorists;
  • Enforces other state laws and local codes/ordinances;
  • Reviews and prepares case documentation for trials, hearings, depositions, etc.; 
  • Provides testimony for trials, hearings, depositions, etc.; 
  • Attends all designated meetings, briefings, training, and required appearances;
  • As assigned, serves as a liaison to community groups, businesses, individuals, and other stakeholders to promote public safety, crime prevention, and awareness;
  • Participates in community events and meetings; 
  • Conducts training for department staff, residents, volunteers, and other designated individuals;
  • Cross-trains in a wide variety of law enforcement skills and disciplines;
  • Maintains the integrity, professionalism, values and goals of the Police Department by assuring that all rules and regulations are followed, and that accountability and public trust are preserved;
  • Supports the relationship between the Town and the general public by demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with residents, visitors, business owners, organizational leaders, and other community members;
  • Responds to questions, provides information, resolves complaints, and promotes positive public and community relations;
  • Stays informed on all new or of new or updated laws, courts decisions, department policies, division procedures, and other important notifications;
  • Maintains compliance with all Town, State, and Federal laws, codes, and regulations;
  • Maintains compliance with all Town and Departmental rules, procedures and guidelines;
  • Embraces the Town’s and department’s mission, vision and values;  
  • Provides support to special projects, tasks, or other assignments;
  • Provides appropriate notifications for critical incidents or other designated situations;
  • Performs other duties of a similar nature or level.

The above job description is intended to represent only the key areas of responsibilities; specific position assignments will vary depending on the business needs of the department.

Typical Qualifications

Training and Experience(positions in this class typically require):

  • High School Diploma or GED;
  • Completion of a Law Enforcement / Police Academy;
  • Completion of a Field Training Program;
  • Minimum of one (1) year of sworn law enforcement experience (and off of probation) in a law enforcement agency of comparable size or larger.

Special Requirements

  • This position has been identified as a safety-sensitive position by Human Resources, per State and/or Federal Law. Upon conditional offer of employment, the candidate selected will be required to undergo testing for alcohol and controlled substances;
  • A thorough background investigation will also be conducted and will include a polygraph exam, psychological examination, an AZPOST medical examination, and testing for alcohol and controlled substances;
  • Out-of-state candidates will also be required to complete a physical agility assessment as part of the testing process.
Licensing Requirements(positions in this class typically require):
  • Valid Arizona Driver’s License;
  • Must be certified as an Arizona Police Officer within three (3) months of hire and continue to maintain Arizona Peace Officer and Standard Training (AZ POST) standards; 
  • For AZPOST certification, out-of-state candidates (or expired AZ peace officers) will be required to complete the AZPOST waiver process which includes firearms qualification (day, night, target ID/discrimination), tactical driving qualification, a Physical Aptitude Test (POPAT), a written test, and documentation for (academy) equivalency training standards.

Supplemental Information

Knowledge (position requirements at entry):

  • Principles and practices of modern municipal police organizations, including mission, vision, objectives, policies, procedures, and operations;
  • Ethical decision-making;
  • Local, state and federal laws as applicable to municipal law enforcement;   contemporary legal issues, such as criminal, civil, and labor laws, and municipal ordinances that affect police agencies;
  • Police Department functions, procedures, policies, goals, organization, general orders, and rules and regulations;
  • Methods, objectives, and procedures of law enforcement practices;
  • Methods, objectives, and procedures of court proceedings;
  • Laws governing the apprehension, arrest, and custody of persons committing misdemeanors and felonies, search and seizure, and the rules of evidence;
  • Police methods and procedures related to patrol, traffic control, investigation, and identification techniques;
  • The operation and capabilities of the various types of equipment used by a police department;
  • Effective methods of community policing efforts;
  • Personnel related laws and policies;
  • Customer service principles and practice; 
  • Contemporary job-related software, hardware, and other IT equipment;
  • The geography and demographics of the Town.

Skills (position requirements at entry):
  • Problem solving and decision making;
  • Effectively analyzing and resolving operational and procedural problems;
  • Managing stressful and complex situations;
  • The use and care of firearms;
  • Emergency driving and general operation of a motor vehicle;
  • Working with individuals, workgroups, and teams; 
  • Interpreting and applying applicable laws, codes, regulations and standards;
  • Maintaining physical and mental fitness;
  • Providing customer service;
  • Implementing investigative techniques;
  • Managing time effectively while remaining agile and flexible;
  • Applying investigation techniques;
  • Building consensus and cultivating adaptability;
  • Communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Utilizing technology/hardware;
  • Various operating systems and software applications utilized by the department/Town.

Physical Requirements:  
Very Heavy Work: Exerting in excess of 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Positions in this class typically require: climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.


Incumbents may be subject to operating a motor vehicle, hazardous physical conditions (mechanical parts, electrical currents, vibration, etc.), atmospheric conditions (fumes, odors, dusts, gases, and poor ventilation), hazardous materials (chemicals, blood and body fluids, etc.), extreme temperatures, inadequate lighting, workspace restrictions, intense noise, travel, and environmental dangers (disruptive people, imminent danger, threatening environment).


Note: These physical requirements are meant to represent the entire classification and not all of these may be attributed to every single body of work included in the classification.

Application Instructions

A Town of Queen Creek electronic employment application is required for employment consideration. Obtain this by clicking on the link below or go to

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