City of Chandler offering $10k signing package to lateral police officers starting in May

The Chandler Police Department has currently has room for 360 sworn positions. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
The Chandler Police Department has currently has room for 360 sworn positions. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

The Chandler Police Department has currently has room for 360 sworn positions. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

In an effort to drive more candidates to Chandler’s police force, the city of Chandler is offering a $10 thousand hiring package as an incentive and to assist with relocation costs. According to a news release, candidates eligible for this bonus are those operating outside of the greater Phoenix area who are seeking a lateral transfer.

The Chandler Police Department currently has room for 360 police officer positions and is seeking to reach that number. Jason McClimans, spokesperson for the Chandler Police Department, said he hopes this package will attract candidates to apply.

“We’re a community oriented police department,” McClimans said. “We’re looking for qualified lateral police officers here and around the country who want to work with us.”

The signing package will go into effect starting May 1. McClimans said the previous signing package for lateral transfers was a total of five thousand dollars, and increasing the signing bonus to help cover relocation puts the department “in the same playing field” as other agencies around the country.

He said many police officers find long-term employment at the Chandler Police Department.



“We’re lucky, we don’t really lose officers unless it’s retirement or they decide to go into the private sector,” McClimans said.

According to a news release, the Department’s rate of “serious crimes” in Chandler has decreased to its lowest in 35 years and response times to high priority calls have reduced to approximately four minutes.

“We’re like a family here and we get really good community support,” McClimans said. “Our morale here is high.”

By Katelyn Reinhart

REPORTER, Chandler/PHX METRO

Katelyn joined Community Impact Newspaper in February 2022. She grew up in the Phoenix area and graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in journalism and mass communications. Katelyn is proudest of her work when she is covering local communities — bylines include The Arizona Republic, Artzbeat, The State Press and more.