Inside the FSPD - Employment Opportunities - Police Officer

Police Officer           Starting Salary $35,880.00
The Fort Smith Police Department - Patrol Officer Applications for Police Officer are generally released one time a year or as deemed necessary by departmental need. All applicants are notified of the date, time, and location of the Physical Agility Test and Civil Service Written Exam on an informational page within the application packet. An intensive background investigation will be completed on those applicants who pass those two initial tests. The remaining applicants that clear the background phase are then scheduled for a Police Review Board / Oral Interview and a Civil Service Board / Oral Interview. A minimum score of 70% is required on the Civil Service Written Exam, Police Review Board / Oral Interview, and Civil Service Board / Oral Interview, and applicants must pass each test before proceeding to the next. All three tests are scored and their combined scores determine the applicant’s final placement on the hiring list, which remains valid for one year. Officers are hired from that list as openings occur. In addition, officers selected for hire will complete a medical physical with drug screen, psychological test and polygraph. For further details contact the Recruiting Coordinator for the Fort Smith Police Department.


Click here to view the Arkansas State Minimum Standards Requirements to become a Police Officer.


Salary and Benefits
The Fort Smith Police Department offers an exceptional entry-level salary and benefits package. As a police officer’s career progresses, yearly step raises, longevity pay and opportunities for advancement come into play. Please take a moment to review the benefits outline we‘ve provided. Again, if you have any questions please feel free to contact the Recruiting Coordinator for additional information.


  • Educational Incentive for College Degree
    • 3% of Base Salary for Associates Degree
    • 6% of Base Salary for Bachelors Degree
    • 7% of Base Salary for Masters Degree

  • Additional Benefits
    • Three weeks Paid Vacation after 1st Year
    • 160 Hours Sick Leave per year up to 960 hours
    • 13 Paid Holidays per year
    • Longevity Pay
    • All Uniforms and Cleaning Furnished
    • Leather Goods and Equipment Furnished
    • Tuition Assistance for Continuing Education
    • Health, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance Package
    • Employee’s Federal Credit Union
    • Police and Fire Pension Plan


Agility Test Training Video

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