Police Officer Career Information

Choose a career that makes a difference - Join OVPD

Welcome to the Oro Valley Police Department career information page. We’re pleased that your search for something more in your career has led you to explore the opportunities our agency offers.

If you’re ready to serve a community that values law enforcement, with a department that offers personal and professional development through a wide variety of challenging and rewarding career opportunities, you’ve found it! If you’re ready to settle into a beautiful area of Arizona where adventure thrives and where your neighbors are invested in creating a healthy environment, you’re here. If you seek positive work-life balance and a chance to make a valuable impact with your life’s work, you're in the right spot!

Begin your journey with OVPD by looking though our application process. Below you will find information and details regarding our highly competitive pay and benefits packages. We’re confident you’ll find what you’re looking for in Oro Valley. We’re honored to be a part of your journey.

Still have questions? We can’t wait to answer them. Please Contact Sgt. Daniel Hoyos at (520) 229-4912 or OVPD Recruiting and we would be happy to help. Good luck to you while you look for a new adventure and we hope you will consider allowing us to be part of it.


Officer Requirements

  • High school diploma or G.E.D. 
  • At least 21 years of age (at time of appointment)
  • Valid Arizona driver's license (at time of hire)
  • United States citizen
  • Be of excellent character
  • Must be able to read, write, and speak the English language
  • If Prior Military: Must have been honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces
  • No felony convictions
  • No unlawful use of a narcotic or dangerous drug within the past seven years
  • No unlawful use of marijuana within the past three years
  • No pattern of drug abuse
  • Must be willing to work rotating shifts, weekends and holidays



Click here to view salary scale(PDF, 118KB) .



Police Officer Hiring Process

The process includes: Online Application, Background Questionnaire, Physical Agility Test, written exam, oral board, background, polygraph, conditional offer of employment, medical exam, controlled substance screening, psychological exam, overall executive review and field training.

  • A Background Questionnaire must be completed.
  • Physical Agility Test (lateral officers excluded) - The following must be met by male and female applicants.

    Dynamic Strength

    Fit Force (minimum number)

    Sit-ups (in one minute)


    Push-ups (in one minute)


    Cardiovascular Endurance

    Maximum Time

    1.5 Mile Run

    15 minutes 28 seconds


  • Written Exam (lateral officers excluded) after passing the Physcial Agility Test
  • Oral Boards at the Oro Valley Police Department
  • Background
    • Polygraph
  • Conditional Offer of Employment
    • Medical Exam
    • Controlled substance screening
    • Psychological Exam
  • Overall executive review (officers will be hired based upon executive review and available positions within OVPD; eligible applicants not hired will be placed on a hiring list for 6 months)
  • Police Academy (22 weeks - lateral officers excluded) at Pima County Sheriff's Department Academy
  • Field Training (12 weeks - entry after academy; 9 weeks - lateral after executive review)


Lateral Incentives

Lateral full-time officers (currently employed as a full-time police officer) with two or more years experience as a certified police officer will receive one week of vacation and one week of sick leave upon hire.

We offer police officers an excellent benefit package, which includes retirement, medical and dental, tuition reimbursement and $1,200 uniform allowance. Other benefits can be viewed through the Town of Oro Valley Human Resources page.

Reserve Officers

The hiring process for a Lateral Reserve Officer is the same as for a Lateral Full-Time Police Officer. The Oro Valley Police Department's Reserve Officer is a paid position working a minimum of ten hours per month. After Field Training is successfully completed, Reserve Officers may put in for off-duty jobs. Reserve Officer may be utilized on patrol. Experience and training in background investigations are highly desired and may be utilized in other areas per Department needs.

Pima Community College's Law Enforcement Academy