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The application period for the November academy is closed.  Look for the new posting for the Spring 2016 academy early August 2015.   


 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.

For additional information you can call the APD Recruitment Team at 907-786-8811 or email us at

Click here for Fall 2015 Out of State Testing Dates.

Click here for In State 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
  • Associates Degree or higher preferred
  • 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.
  • No criminal convictions after reaching 21 years of age
  • Convictions under age 21 will be individually assessed
  • No marijuana use within the past three years
 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 Officers
  • Currently certified police officer, one year minimum
  • Reciprocity of states that require a minimum of 400 training hours
  • Starting salary $31.82
Entry Level Testing

Please click on the links below for more information:

 Current Benefits
  • Salary:  $31.82 - $40.64 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!  Ride-a-long applications are available here.

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.


Hiring our Heroes at Dena'ina Center

July 23, 2015 from 1 pm to 4 pm

Anchorage Tent City Festival Delaney Parkstrip

July 25, 2015 from 10 am to 5 pm July 26, 2015 from 11 am to 4 pm

Alaska State Fair

Palmer Fair Grounds August 27 to Sept. 7, 2015

AK Women's Show at Sullivan Arena

September 25th to 27th  from 11 am to 6 pm

Anchorage College and Career Fair at AK Airlines Center

October 19, 2015