Becoming a Police Officer in Jonesboro, Arkansas

In the period from 2011 to 2012, the rate of crime per 1000 citizens in Jonesboro decreased by 11%.  Much of the credit for this goes to the 142 sworn officers of the Jonesboro Police Department.

If you’d like to contribute to decreasing the city’s crime rate, use this step-by-step guide to learn on how to become a police officer in Jonesboro.

  1. Meet the Basic Qualifications
  2. Submit Your Application
  3. Physical Agility Test
  4. Written Examination
  5. Background Check and Polygraph Examination
  6. Interview
  7. Physical and Psychological Examinations
  8. Attend Law Enforcement Academy for Training

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Step 1. Meet the Basic Qualifications for Jonesboro Police Officer Candidacy

You must meet a number of requirements to be considered for a job as a police officer in Jonesboro:

  • You must be at least 21 years old.
  • You must have a high school diploma or GED.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must have a valid driver’s license.
  • You must not have visible tattoos or unusual piercings.
  • You must not have had any felony convictions.

Step 2. Submit Your Application

You must submit your application, along with two pages of a notarized waiver and an affirmative action form to:

Jonesboro Police Administration
410 West Washington Ave.
Jonesboro, AR  72401

Step 3. Physical Agility Test

To continue with your application process, you must show up for your physical testing process.  You will have to bring your driver’s license when you report for this test.  It is recommended that you wear athletic clothing.  The test involves

  • At least 22 sit-ups in 1 minute
  • At least 12 push-ups in 1 minute
  • 300 meter run in no more than 71 seconds
  • Sit and reach at least 13”
  • 1.5 mile run in no more than 18:00
  • Trigger pull 15 times using each hand with a double-action pistol

Step 4. Written Examination

After you have passed your physical agility test, you will take a written examination that afternoon.

Step 5. Background Check and Polygraph Examination

Once you have passed your written examination, the department will conduct a thorough background investigation on you.  This will involve interviewing your:

  • Family
  • Neighbors
  • Friends
  • Acquaintances
  • Employers both past and present
  • References

The investigator will also check your:

  • Educational history
  • Credit history
  • Consumer reporting agencies

During this time, you will also be screened for drugs in your system and undergo a polygraph examination to verify what was learned about you from your background investigation.

Step 6. Interview

After you have passed your background check, which typically takes 4-6 weeks, you will be invited to interview with the department.

Step 7. Physical and Psychological Examinations

Once you have passed your interview, you will be examined by a medical doctor and a psychologist to ensure that you are both physically and mentally healthy enough to become a police officer in Jonesboro.

Step 8. Attend Law Enforcement Academy for Training

After you have been successfully screened by healthcare professionals, you will be trained at the Black River Technical College Law Enforcement Training Academy in Pocahontas.  The basic police training involves over 600 hours of training in the classroom and labs in such areas as:

  • Community relations
  • Criminal justice system
  • Educational skills
  • Ethics
  • Firearms training
  • First aid and safety
  • Physical education and conditioning
  • Standard police tactics
  • Tactical skills
  • Traffic crash investigation
  • Traffic enforcement

The starting salary for both certified and non-certified officers in Jonesboro is $31,123.92 a year.

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