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- How do I
You can apply by filling out an
and submitting it to your local recruitment
office or the Phoenix recruitment office.
- How long will it take before I can begin work?
time from test date to Hiring Pool, will generally take 2-3
months. Our hiring process time frames are greatly dependant upon
you; factors such as how quickly you can supply needed
documents, and your availability for certain steps of the
process will greatly determine the speed of your processing.
Actual job offer time frames can vary, but a factor that comes
into play quite often is the staffing needs of the institution
that you are applying for. Asking a recruiter which institution
has the greatest staffing needs will be to your advantage.
- What are
the steps in your hiring process?
The first thing you will need to do
is to come in for testing. On test day you will fill out all
necessary paperwork. The rest of the processing includes a
Fit-Pro test, background check, medical/physical exam, psychological
screening, and pre-employment drug testing.
documents do I need to be prepared to provide?
You will need to provide the following documents:
- Proof of Age and United States Citizenship or lawful
Permanent Residency i.e.: Birth Certificate, U.S. Passport
or Immigration for I-1551
- Your High School Diploma
- You Military Discharge papers, showing type of discharge
i.e., DD-214 long form.
- I worked
as a police officer, does this experience count?
Unfortunately, no. Qualifying experience is daily direct
supervision of incarcerated persons.
- What is
the starting salary?
No Prior Correctional Experience:
Starting salary is $31,886 during the 9-week paid training
period. A salary increase to $1,030 is granted following
successful completion of training and upon assignment to the
institution work location. There is
an additional geographical stipend of $2,600 annually for
Winslow Complex and Apache Unit.
Prior Correctional Experience:
A higher salary is available for those with one to eight
years of experience directly supervising incarcerated
There is an additional geographical stipend of $2,600 annually for Winslow Complex and Apache Unit.
Salary after Training
- How long is your academy?
Our academy is seven weeks long. Our main academy campus is
located in Tucson, Arizona. If you live within 50 miles of the
academy campus you will commute on a daily basis. If you live
outside the 50 mile range you will live on campus Monday through
Friday. Room and board during the week is paid for during your
academy training. If you live in the Phoenix area you may
qualify to attend one of our regional academies held
approximately every 10 weeks at our Perryville or Lewis prison
which are located in the western Phoenix area. Academies at
other locations may also be scheduled when necessary.
Officer Training Academy Info Page]
- If I have
Corrections experience, do I have to go through your academy?
Applicants with prior corrections experience may apply for a
training waiver and, if qualified, attend a two-week abbreviated
- Where will I work?
You will select the institution of your choice on your initial
application (see map below). When you come in for testing, the
recruiter will go over location sites, custody levels and answer
any question you may have about particular institutions. Upon
graduation from our academy you will be assigned to the primary
institution that you chose on your application. Work hours and
particular units will be up to the needs of the institution.
STATE PRISON COMPLEXES
||Navajo County Jail
||Coconino County Jail
- What are
Shifts are as follows: First
shift is 9:45 p.m. - 6:00 a.m., second shift is 5:45 a.m. - 2:00
p.m., and third shift is 1:45 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
females perform the work of a Correctional Officer?
Yes, the Arizona Department is an Equal Opportunity Employment
Agency. Hiring female officers helps to balance genders roles on
the prison yards.
benefits* are available?
The Arizona Department of Corrections offers many benefits
including: Tuition reimbursement; vacation time accrual
equivalent to 12 paid days each year; sick leave accrual
equivalent to 12 paid days each year; 10 paid holidays; a
20-year retirement program; various plans for medical, dental
and vision benefits; a life insurance plan; short and long-term
disability; medical and dependent flexible spending accounts;
and credit union membership. Upon graduation from our training
academy, you receive 21-college credit hours.
* Benefits start 90 days after the start of the Correctional Officer Training
Academy, effective July 20, 2011
about my future? Where job opportunities are available?
The promotional opportunities are tremendous. One of our
institutions is much like a small city. We employ not only
uniformed security staff, but medical, mental health,
administrative, clerical and trades as well. You can apply for
promotion up through the ranks in uniform every two years
through experience and testing to Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain,
and Correctional Officer III and IV. Management opportunities in
the security series also exist all the way up to the top spot:
Warden. You may also be eligible to promote into non-uniform
positions with the right qualifications.
Please contact Recruitment at:
Arizona Department of Corrections
1831 West Jefferson St.
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
1.602.542.7572 or 1.888.545.RUSH (7874)