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Tucson police, Pima Sheriff hiring lawmen

The Tucson Police Department has begun its search for future law enforcement officers as it begins its latest recruiting drive.

The department began accepting applications Monday, and those interested in fighting crime in Tucson have until Aug. 3 to apply.

The department is looking for officers who possess strength and courage, said TPD spokeswoman Sgt. Maria Hawke.

Recruits should have strong ethics, integrity and leadership skills, Hawke said.

Potential recruits must be a U.S. citizens, 21 and older, have a high school diploma or GED, a valid driver's license and a good driving record. Applicants can have no felony convictions or a history of drug use.

Applications are available at TPD's website. The initial application is for the City of Tucson and applicants must also complete a prescreening questionaire for TPD.

The next step in the process is a telephone interview with a background investigator. Those who are approved will then receive an invitation to take the department's written exam on Sept. 7, said recruiting Officer Melissa Ayun.

If the applicant passes the written exam, the next step will be a physical exam on Sept. 8 and recruits will then find out if they will move on to the oral-interviewing process that typically happens the Tuesday following the interviewing, Ayun said.

Recruits are then rated and placed on a list to undergo a background check, she said.

Those who make it through to the end of the process will begin the 17-week academy which is anticipated to begin in April, Ayun said.

Some of the training that recruits can expect at the academy are firearms instruction, driving, defensive tactics, criminal investigation and evidence collecting.

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Pima County Sheriff's Department hiring

The Pima County Sheriff's Department has announced it is taking applications for deputies through June 15 and will hold an online career answer-and-question session via Facebook on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

To apply, a person must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 21 years of age (at time of appointment)
  • Possess a valid Arizona driver's license (at time of hire)
  • Be a registered voter in Pima County (at time of hire)
  • Be a U.S. 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 military
  • Have no felony convictions
  • Have had no unlawful use of a narcotic or dangerous drug within the past seven years
  • Have had no unlawful use of marijuana within the past three years
  • Have had no pattern of drug abuse
  • Must be willing to work rotating shifts, weekends, and holidays

The application process involves a multiple-choice test, physical fitness exam, oral-board interview, polygraph and background check, and an executive review, said PCSD spokesman Deputy Tom Peine.

The academy is slated to start Jan. 14, Peine said.

To learn more about a career with the department and to apply, visit PCSD's website.

To take part in the online discussion, go to the department's Facebook page. beginning at 9 a.m. on Tuesday.