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APD is currently accepting applications for Police Officer; applications received now will be considered for the May, 2015, academy.  For a schedule of upcoming testing dates, check the right hand margin or click here.
For more information and to view the job postings on the Municipality of Anchorage's Current Job Openings page.

Interested in joining the Anchorage Police Department? Ever considered being a police officer?  What about a dispatcher, evidence technician, or report taker?  If you are interested in an exciting career with the Anchorage Police Department, go to the  Municipality of Anchorage Employee Relations Current Job Openings site where you will find information about job openings, employee benefits and the hiring process.

APD has a well deserved reputation for its high standards and dedicated service to the community. Police officer applicants are required to participate in a rigorous hiring process, including (but not limited to) initial testing, a physical agility test, psychological assessment, and a comprehensive background check.  Fewer than 5 percent of those who test for officer positions are successful in the selection process, but those who do are met with an exciting and rewarding career opportunity. All our employees enjoy excellent pay and benefits as well as the advantage of working in an agency that values its members.

The Anchorage Police Department welcomes you to try out for a satisfying and enjoyable career in law enforcement with one of the most professional and well-trained agencies in the country.

For additional information you can call the APD Recruitment Team at 907-786-8811, or to be placed on an email notification list, you can email the team at

Click here for a schedule of upcoming testing dates.


 Minimum Qualifications
  • Applicant must be a citizen of the United States or a resident alien who has demonstrated intent to become a citizen of the United States
  • High school diploma, GED, or equivalent
  • Must be 21 years of age by the date of hire 
  • Must possess a valid State of Alaska Driver’s license by the time of hire
  • Must meet standards established by the Alaska Police Standards Council (APSC). For more information about APSC certification, go to and the Anchorage Police Department regarding misdemeanor or felony convictions and use of controlled substances.
 Applicants must possess the following qualities:
  • Unquestionable character and integrity
  • Free of cultural and ethnic bias
  • Strong ethical code in both personal and professional life
  • Desire to diligently protect and serve the community through courage, compassion and respect
  • Personal conduct above reproach
 Lateral Transfers
  • Currently certified police officer, one year minimum
  • Reciprocity of states that require a minimum of 400 training hours
  • Starting salary $31.35
Entry Level Testing

Please click on the links below for more information:

 Current Benefits
  • Salary:  $25.10 - $39.28 hourly
  • Hours:  40 per week, shifts vary
  • Medical/Dental/Vision/Audio
  • Life Insurance
  • Dependent Life Insurance
  • Short and Long Term Disability
Frequently Asked Questions


    • Police Department
    • Chief of Police : Mark Mew
    • 4501 Elmore Road, Anchorage, AK 99507
    • 907 786-8500

Try Going on a Ride-A-Long!

Before applying, consider exploring the role of an APD police officer by going on a Ride-A-Long!   Click here to download the APD Ride-A-Long application.

APD Recruitment Events

Below is a list of events and job fairs our Recruitment Team will be attending. If you have questions or wish to speak to someone in person about the prospect of becoming an Anchorage Police Officer, you may consider attending one of these events.

Army Career & Alumni (ACAP) Program

Ft. Hood, Texas
January 21, 2015
10AM - 3:30pm

APD C.A.M.P and Recruiting Open House

On Friday, December 19, 2014, the Anchorage Police Department Recruiting Team will be hosting a C.A.M.P (Candidate Assistance Mentoring Program) event from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. and an Open House from 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. at the APD Jewel Lake Training Center (3760 W. Dimond Boulevard)

December 19, 2014
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Classroom 4

  • Minimum Requirements to apply
  • Application process, supplemental questions
  • F3 pitfalls
  • Expectations during the process

3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Classrooms 1 & 2

  • Demonstration of PAT and run-through
  • Vertical jump
  • Sit-ups
  • Push-ups
  • Running requirements explained

3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Classrooms 1 & 2

  • K-9 demonstration

3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

  • "Life on the Line"

APD Recruiting Open House
December 19, 2014
4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Classroom 1 & 2

  • School Resource Officer program
  • Polygraph Process
  • APD Detectives Unit
  • Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT)
  • Crisis Negotiation Team
  • Crime Scene Team

Shooting Range

  • Exploration and Demonstrations

Combat Room

  • Demonstrations in Defensive Tactics
APD Upcoming Testing Dates and Process
IO Solutions Written Examination
APD Training Center at 3760 W. Dimond

*All testing is at 09:00 or 14:00 hours

  • December 30, 2014
  • January 20, 2015
Physical Ability Testing
The Dome at 6501 Changepoint Dr.
  • January 6, 2015, 09:00 hours
  • February 3, 2015, 09:00 hours
Psychological Written Assessment
City Hall at 632 W. 6th Ave, Suite 605

*Estimated duration is 4-6 hours, all testing begins at 09:00 hours

  • January 9, 2015
  • February 20, 2015
Backgrounds Interviews

Your background interview will be scheduled after completing and passing the physical ability test.

Psychological Interview with Doctor
City Hall at 632 W. 6th Ave, Suite 605

Week of March 9, 2015 to March 13, 2015


March 23, 2015 to April 3, 2015

Command Reviews/Chief Selection

April 13, 2015 to April 17, 2015

Final Job Offers

On or about April 20, 2014

APD 2015-1 Academy Start Date

May 18, 2015