Officers are expected to possess knowledge of the criminal law, investigative procedures, crime scene management, patrol procedures and tactics, and crime prevention. They are called upon to assist the citizens of their communities with a variety of non-law enforcement related issues requiring a depth of knowledge about government and social service issues and the criminal justice system. These demand that recruits participate in comprehensive classroom studies. While the proficiency skill areas are of particular interest to new recruit officers, it is that knowledge and skill learned in the classroom that will benefit a peace officer on a daily basis. A complete grasp of the subject matter will serve to prepare an officer to better serve Tucson.
Proficiency skills are another very important component of basic recruit training. SALETC's basic training curriculum includes intensive training on use of force, vehicle operation, firearms use, defensive tactics, pursuit operations, first aid, stress management and physical conditioning. Recruit officers can expect to be tested to assure that they have acquired and retained the skills taught. The safety of individual officers and members of the public is of paramount interest to the training staff.
The SALETC basic training program is designed to prepare recruit officers with the basic minimal skills that will be required of them to be effective law enforcement professionals. Many will attend advanced basic training through their hiring agency to learn additional information specific to their agency upon graduating from SALETC. It is our goal to provide the very best basic training available to give recruit officers a solid foundation on which to build their careers.
You’ll make an impact on Southern Arizona, live a life that is far from ordinary and experience a high-level of support from your fellow officers as you enter into a tight-knit group that cares for Tucson, as well as its own.The life of a police officer, though, is not an easy one. From your first day at the Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Training Center you will be expected to perform at a level most individuals aren’t accustomed to. Your life will change and much will be asked of you.
As a police officer it’s often necessary to put the community before yourself and your life on the line for others. It’s a tough job and requires sacrifice but we will provide you with the training and tools to become a successful member of the Tucson Police Department. We’ve helped launch countless individuals into fulfilling careers and we will do the same for you.
We’re looking for strong men and women who want to become stronger. We want those who possess the courage and strength to put others before themselves and are committed to making Tucson a better place.
TPD is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer
Managing conflict is a regular part of the job, as is handling numerous physical and mental demands. But for those who do pursue a career in this line of work, there are countless rewards and opportunities, such as the personal satisfaction of keeping Southern Arizona safe, as well as generous health benefits and a flexible work schedule. Other positive aspects include greater job variety, more chances for growth and promotion and working with a team of officers who eventually become like family.