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APD is currently accepting applications for Police Officer, with the next academy scheduled to begin October 20, 2014.  Apply now to be considered for the next academy.
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


 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
  • Dependant 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.

Alaska State Fair

Palmer Fairgrounds
August 21 - September 1, 2014

2014 Preparedness Expo

Changepoint Church, 6689 Changepoint Dr, Anchorage, AK
Sepember 13, 2014
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Alaska Women's Show

Anchorage Sullivan Arena
September 26 - 28, 2014

Veteran's Job Fair

University Center
November 7, 2014