AR State Troopers Looking for New Recruits

Arkansas State PoliceArkansas State Police recruiters have begun a search for qualified applicants who want to become Arkansas State Troopers.

The recruiters are encouraging applicants to submit their medical assessment waiver and initial contact form as soon as possible, but no later than the close of business on February 13th.

Recruit applicants can download the medical assessment waiver and initial contact form at the Arkansas State Police web site.

No initial contact form will be considered without a medical assessment waiver from the applicant’s personal physician stating the applicant is sufficiently healthy to pass the physical assessment test.

Applicants may also contact their nearest State Police Troop Headquarters or telephone the recruiting hotline at (800) 340-4255.

Applicant testing to identify a pool of applicants for recruit positions is already underway. Recruits who are hired will be part of a May 2015 Troop School and graduate during September 2015.

“Anyone who meets the qualifications to become an Arkansas State Trooper is encouraged to apply,” said Colonel William J. Bryant, Director of the Arkansas State Police.

Minimum qualifications are:

  • Minimum age of 21
  • U.S. citizenship
  • Valid driver license
  • High School graduate or equivalent
  • Absent of felony convictions
  • No conviction of domestic violence
  • Meet or exceed visual acuity standard
  • No visible tattoos (wearing an ASP uniform)
  • Passing grade on initial screening exam
  • Pass physical, psychological and polygraph examinations
  • Registered with Selective Service or exempt

Starting salary for State Police Recruits is $34,500 and raised to $36,000 upon graduation. New Troopers receive two regularly scheduled raises of ten percent each during the first seven and a half years of service which increases the annual salary to $43,560. The State Police provides health care insurance for every State Trooper, their spouse and children as well as lifetime retirement benefits.

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Each applicant successfully completing the initial testing phase will be required to submit to a thorough background investigation, polygraph examination and oral interview.

“Our standards are high and not everyone will make it through the application process,” said Colonel Bryant. “The application process, much like the actual job of a trooper, is challenging. But the long-term rewards are invaluable to anyone who is serious about a law enforcement career.”

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