Positions (Cadet Trooper / Lateral Trooper)

Summary Statement

The Cadet Trooper participates in an academy training program to learn the general duties of police work. Upon graduation from the academy, the Cadet Trooper is promoted to Trooper and attends the ADPS Advanced Basic Training, which includes training on Department policies, practices and standards. Lateral applicants who meet the qualifications for a ADPS Trooper will also be required to attend the ADPS Advanced Basic Training. An Trooper is a fully certified law enforcement officer who, under supervision, patrols highways, enforces laws and ordinances, investigates collisions, and performs related duties. ADPS Troopers are assigned to locations throughout Arizona.


Cadet Trooper earn an annual salary of $40,275 while in training at the Pre-Academy and the Arizona Law Enforcement (basic training) Academy (approximately 20 weeks). Upon graduation and certification, Cadets are promoted to Trooper (entry level), with an annual salary of $45,619.

Qualified Certified Officers (regardless of length of prior service) who laterally transfer to the agency will receive the Trooper Entry annual salary of $45,619.

Progression through the Trooper classification includes Trooper Midpoint (years 4 through 6 of ADPS employment as an Trooper) with a current salary of $54,766 and Trooper Maximum (6 years or more of ADPS employment as an Trooper) salary of $63,913.

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