You must be at least 18, a US citizen, have a valid Arizona driver's license and be in good mental and physical health. A person can not have any criminal history or record of improper personal conduct - which will be discovered during the Law Enforcement Background Check - that will affect their suitability for law enforcement work.
In order to be QAP (Armed) you must also be at least 21 years old.
To join the posse program: After you have been approved by MCSO and accepted into the posse program you may contact any posse unit to request a sponsorship letter. You do not need to be sponsored to join the posse program until you have completed your initial training.
MCSO Posse Recruitment process
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office holds recruitment meetings for the volunteer Posse program each month. These volunteer, non-compensated positions are made up of people from all walks of life and any age that want to assist MCSO within law enforcement responsibilities as a way to give back and help build a safer community.
Applicants must complete a written application to start the process. This application can be found and downloaded from the regular MCSO website. The monthly recruitment meetings are normally held on the third Wednesday of each month (see MCSO website for more up-to-date information. These meetings normally begin at 6:30 pm at the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Training Center located at 2627 South 35th Ave, Phoenix, just north of the intersection of 35th avenue and lower buckeye road.
During the monthly recruiting meeting, interested recruits will be briefed on the posse program, what to expect throughout the hiring process, training and complete or review of your written application.
To expedite the recruitment process, interested recruits can download and complete the application. Do not print the application double-sided, only single-sided applications will be accepted. An authorized notary will be present at the meeting so you do not have to have the application notarized before attending. Applications are not necessary to attend the meeting.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What level of training do i receive if I join?
All training is given at the AZ Post level of instruction. The instructors are all AZ Post General Instructors.
Q: Can I ride with a deputy right away?
You can as an observer with your MCSO ID however we recommend that you obtain the level 2 'Intermediate' level of training before you start riding with a deputy.
Q: What are the different levels of training?
The first level is referred to as 'Basic'. This consists of the following:
20 hour Law, Legal & Bias Free Policing
8 hour Basic Posse Fundamentals.
Series of online courses.
Second level of training is referred to as 'Intermediate". This consists of the following:
Use of Force
Taser (optional) (no, you are not going to be Tased)
Third Level of Training is QAP (Qualified Armed Posse). This consists of the following training:
QAP Academy (Firearms including range training)
You will spend a good amount of time at the Sheriff's Firearms Range which you will need to pass the AZ Post Academy shooting qualification course. After successful completing this academy you will graduate and be issued credentials authorizing you to be armed while on duty and assisting MCSO.
Q: Are there any training or certifications I have to do each year?
Yes. We are under the same requirements as the sworn deputies regarding yearly qualifications. Taser and all Firearms (handgun, shotgun (LL), Rifle and MILO (Judgmental Use of Force), Ethics and OSHA with some additional online courses as directed by MCSO.
Q: Does the Sheriff's office offer any assistance in purchasing uniforms or equipment?
Q: Does the training i receive carry over to the sworn academy if i decide to go through the Sheriff/Police Academy?
No. But since it is on the same level of training many aspects of it will then be familiar to you when you attend the sworn academy.
Q: Why should I join the Enforcement support Posse, aren't there many other posse organizations that are authorized and work with the Sheriff's office?
Absolutely. There are many outstanding posse organizations and you should explore and ask questions to many of them. Enforcement Support Posse's core objected and mission is to support the deputies and detectives in the field. From assisting in the Jails to working in the field serving warrants. Enforcement Support members work directly with the sworn officers. We work ALL areas of enforcement.
Q: How do i find out more about the posse program?
Come to the posse orientation meeting and ask all your questions at that time. We look forward to meeting you!