Arkansas requires police officer candidates to pass a written exam, a review by a board, and graduation from the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy. Before any of that happens, however, candidates must meet a number of minimum qualifications.
Requirements To Become a Police Officer In AR
All candidates must be U.S. citizens at least 21 years old and have a current, valid driver’s license and a high school diploma or GED equivalent. Visual requirements are 20/100 uncorrected that must correct to 20/20.
In addition, male candidates must have registered with the U.S. Selective Service or be exempt from registrations. Selective Service registration is not required for females. The final minimum requirement is the ability to read, write and speak English.
Police Department Potential disqualifying factors
Any candidate who meets these minimums faces additional scrutiny for disqualifying factors before his or her application is accepted.
Any felony conviction or a misdemeanor conviction for domestic abuse, theft or crimes of moral turpitude will immediately disqualify a candidate, as will certain levels of drug use or illegal activity related to drug use. Abuse of alcohol is a disqualifying factor.
Any one discharged from the U.S. military for unsuitability, unfitness or other misconduct may not be a police officer in Arkansas. Anyone found to be a member of an organization deemed to be subversive may not become a police officer in the state.
If an individual has previously used an alias to defraud, mislead or evade is disqualified, and lying during the selection process will be grounds for immediate disqualification. Lying will be difficult in Arkansas. All candidates must take a polygraph. Refusal to submit to a polygraph or medical or psychological exams is a disqualifier.
Police Academy Requirements in Arkansas
Candidates who meet the minimum requirements and have no disqualifying factors will be selected if they successfully complete the Basic Police Training Course and a physical assessment test. The physical test has some very specific requirements and every candidate must complete each of the five elements successfully. They include:
- Standing Vertical Jump of at least 13 inches;
- At least 24 sit-ups in one minute;
- A minimum of 17 push ups in one minute;
- Running 300 meters in 78.4 seconds or less;
- Running 1.5 miles in 18:37 minutes or less.
The Basic Police Training Course requires a minimum of 432 hours of instruction at a certified training school with a passing grade of at least 70 percent in each academic area and a passing score on the approved firearms course.
Candidates who successfully complete the selection and training process and are hired as a police officer in Arkansas will be probationary officers for at least 12 months. In addition, all police officers must receive certification from the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement and Training www.clest.org. Details and specifics about standards in Arkansas can be on the commission’s website at www.clest.org/clest_home.html, specifically under regulation 1002.
Police Officer, State Trooper & Deputy Sheriff Salaries in Arkansas
According to the department of labor statistics, police officers and deputy sheriff’s in Arkansas make between $41,000 – $45,830 annually. However the annual pay provided by BLS was base pay focused only. Meaning the data collected by BLS did not include overtime pay, special assignment pay or third party details.
The pay scale provided by BLS is a little low when you factor in all the extra income a police officer can make throughout the year. I’d wager that the majority of police officers in Arkansas when you include off duty assignments and overtime pay makes around 50k and higher per year.
Law Enforcement Jobs in Arkansas
There are plenty of law enforcement jobs available in Arkansas. Below are the complete list of law enforcement agencies in Arizona. If you want to search for L.E. jobs in your area, visit our job center.
- Arkansas State University Police
- Arkansas Tech University Police
- Henderson State University Police
- Northwest Arkansas Community College Police
- Southern Arkansas University Police Department
- University of Arkansas at Fayetteville Police Department
- University of Arkansas at Little Rock Police Department
- University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Police Department
- University of Arkansas at Fort Smith Police Department
- University of Arkansas at Morrilton Police Department
- University of Arkansas at Monticello Department of Public Safety
- University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Police Department
- University of Central Arkansas Police Department