AZDPS hiring officers again, after a 4 year freeze
PHOENIX -- The Arizona DPS will be accepting applications for sworn officer positions throughout the state. Until then, applicants are encouraged to fill out a job interest card which is available on the DPS website, said the DPS site on June 29.
The DPS, made this announcement after the U.S. Supreme Court pass part of the S.B. 1070 Arizona Law, this could be an initiative to curtail a higher arrest rate.
Applications will only be accepted online through the DPS website. Applicants that do not have access to a computer can go to any public library to fill out an application online.
DPS is looking to fill officer positions in rural areas of the state. Applicants should be willing to reside in areas such as Page, Winslow, Quartzsite, Benson, Wilcox, Safford, Bisbee, Sierra Vista or Wikieup.
Applicants hired will attend a one week pre-academy at DPS. The first training academy class will start in November graduating in April, 2013. DPS has 20 slots reserved in this class. The second training academy class will start in February, 2013 with graduation in June, 2013. Upon graduation, the new officers will attend an eight-week post academy at DPS and then 12 weeks of field training at their duty post.
Due to the difficult economy, the Arizona Department of Public Safety has not hired sworn officers since 2008.