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    Hello, trying to get some insights on the Phoenix Police Department. Hoping there might be a few current officers roaming through this website who can answer my questions.

    i’ve been trying to look up total compensation for phoenix police officers. Can anyone tell me what the average total compensation take-home is with salary, overtime, etc. I know it varies significantly, but just trying to get an idea of what the average officer pay is a year and not just the salary portion.

    also wanted to know what the quality of life is like in the Phoenix area. I’m from the Midwest, just trying to get an idea of phoenix living.

  • #2
    Just use the posted baseline. Each person is different. If you can’t survive on the base pay, don’t bother.
    Now go home and get your shine box!

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    • #3
      Originally posted by ne.fitness View Post
      Hello, trying to get some insights on the Phoenix Police Department. Hoping there might be a few current officers roaming through this website who can answer my questions.

      i’ve been trying to look up total compensation for phoenix police officers. Can anyone tell me what the average total compensation take-home is with salary, overtime, etc. I know it varies significantly, but just trying to get an idea of what the average officer pay is a year and not just the salary portion.

      also wanted to know what the quality of life is like in the Phoenix area. I’m from the Midwest, just trying to get an idea of phoenix living.


      24.75 starting. I second shadow in just looking at base. I’m in the process and will be living paycheck to paycheck with my department until I pay over 70k in debt between loans and medical bills. So I feel you.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by CCCSD View Post
        Just use the posted baseline. Each person is different. If you can’t survive on the base pay, don’t bother.
        While this may seem a sarcastic response to some, way too many officers depend on overtime to support their regular lifestyles. Then when the overtime 'drys up', these same officers bitch and complain.

        Most police departments have overtime if you know how to use your handcuffs. A few in mine refuse to and then complain that there's no overtime.

        I know someone who works for PHX PD, who is at top pay and pulls in around 100k with court overtime and late radio calls.
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        • #5
          What is the turnover rate?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by KrayJack View Post
            What is the turnover rate?
            You need to be a tad more specific... Are you saying during the academy? Post academy and on the streets? After 5 years? There is different trends depending on when in a newer officer's career they may decide "this isn't for me" or worse they are let go/fired.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by BlueLinerAZ View Post

              You need to be a tad more specific... Are you saying during the academy? Post academy and on the streets? After 5 years? There is different trends depending on when in a newer officer's career they may decide "this isn't for me" or worse they are let go/fired.
              Meaning before the 5 year mark, typically do you have the newer officers leave for other departments in the valley?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by KrayJack View Post

                Meaning before the 5 year mark, typically do you have the newer officers leave for other departments in the valley?
                My interactions with the RARE few that have left Phoenix PD usually went to smaller agencies and this was solely due to they just were suited for the rapid pace/fire that most of Phoenix's districts have for constant calls for service. Phoenix is a beast to say the least, it isn't a Los Angeles or Chicago but it is still a beast hands down.

                And honestly there isn't anything wrong w/ someone who still wishes to be in LE but just decides "this is overwhelming" and can't keep up with a department's rapid fire of calls in many of their districts. I've met and known some officers here in the valley metro area who went from Phoenix and DPS to agencies like Chandler and Gilbert and just excelled there where they were struggling before.

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                • #9
                  Can anyone whos been through the process tell me if they ask you for ALL police departments youve ever applied to? The PHS only asks about agencies within the last 3 years. Whats up with that?

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                  • #10
                    AZ POST packet says 3 years but each dept asks for different information. There’s a reason they want the 3 last years. Most agencies will want to know every department you’ve applied for and your results. Be prepared to discuss any and all applications and statuses.

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                    • #11
                      Anyone know how hard it is to instate lateral to Phoenix PD? What the process is like?

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                      • #12
                        Question for any current folks in the process or individuals living in the Phoenix area. I will be joining the Phoenix PD here soon and I am currently looking for apartments in the Phoenix area.
                        Given the lower salary starting out at the academy, does anyone have recommendations on which part of town would be a good place to live in? Any advice would be greatly appreciated

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                        • excella
                          excella commented
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                          Don't do Maryvale. Nice apartments in Avondale, Peoria, Goodyear, Litchfield park. wherever you chose though, you want to stay in the Northern part of it.

                        • map5
                          map5 commented
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                          I noticed there are some pretty decent looking apartments, within 6-7 min of the academy.
                          Bad area....?

                      • #13
                        Anyone have any insight into what to expect during Pre-Academy?
                        I'm an Out of State Applicant, and I have a slot in the March Academy, and selected Pre-Academy so I have extra time to move prior to Academy start date and to get settled in. Just looking to see if anyone has any details on what to expect during pre-Academy. TIA

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                        • #14
                          Originally posted by nightrider42 View Post
                          Anyone have any insight into what to expect during Pre-Academy?
                          I'm an Out of State Applicant, and I have a slot in the March Academy, and selected Pre-Academy so I have extra time to move prior to Academy start date and to get settled in. Just looking to see if anyone has any details on what to expect during pre-Academy. TIA
                          Pre-academy or pre-hire? Are you with Phoenix PD, or another agency? Phoenix no longer does a pre-academy. If you’re with a local agency, youll be doing different things such as PT, paperwork, some studying. If you’re doing pre-hire with Phoenix, you will be doing some civilian type work at one of the department bureaus, like data entry or code enforcement.

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                          • #15
                            Originally posted by New_guy4LE View Post

                            Pre-academy or pre-hire? Are you with Phoenix PD, or another agency? Phoenix no longer does a pre-academy. If you’re with a local agency, youll be doing different things such as PT, paperwork, some studying. If you’re doing pre-hire with Phoenix, you will be doing some civilian type work at one of the department bureaus, like data entry or code enforcement.
                            It is for Phoenix PD.
                            I believe my BI referred to it as pre-academy, but with later conversation he said I would be on payroll and probably be assigned to code enforcement bureau, so he may have meant pre-hire?

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