How does the process work for out-of-state applicants?

An out-of-state applicant will go through the same process as an in-state applicant. The applicant must make an initial trip to Florence, AZ (approximately 4 to 5 days) for the written and physical assessment exams. If the applicant passes both of these exams, the applicant may be scheduled for an oral interview, and background interview (during the same trip). After successful completion of the initial phases, the applicant will be asked to travel back out (approximately 4 to 5 days) for a command interview after which the applicant may be offered a conditional hire offer. This will include a complete medical examination, polygraph examination, U/A, and psychological evaluation. Upon successful completion of the background investigation, including the medical and psychological exams, the out of state applicant may be offered a final offer at which time the applicant will need to make arrangements to relocate to Arizona. Pinal County Sheriff's Office will not be responsible for any travel arrangements.

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1. How do I apply for a position with the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office?
2. What are the required qualifications for Deputy recruits?
3. What are the required qualifications for an out of state applicant wanting to apply for Deputy Sheriff/Reserve Deputy?
4. What are the required qualifications for Lateral Deputy?
5. Are there any automatic disqualifiers?
6. What is on the written exam?
7. What are the requirements for the physical assessment exam?
8. The physical assessment doesn't seem too difficult. Do I need to be in shape?
9. What happens if I fail the written or the physical assessment exam?
10. Do lateral (out-of-state) applicants have to go through the academy again?
11. I only want to be in a specialty position assignment (i.e. Detective, SWAT, K9 etc). Do I have be a patrol officer first?
12. Is the deputy academy a "live in" academy? Do I need to pay for it?
13. How long does the hiring process take?
14. Is there a maximum age limit?
15. How does the process work for out-of-state applicants?
16. When does the academy start?
17. I meet all but one of the listed minimum requirements. Does Pinal County Sheriff’s Office allow any latitude to the requirements?
18. Does the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office offer transition assistance?
19. I am in the military. Should I apply now? I am in college. Should I apply now?
20. If I have a background investigation done with another agency, or have a top secret clearance in the military, will Pinal County Sheriff’s Office still do a background check?