Fort Smith - Entry Level Police Officer

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Job Overview

Department Fort Smith Police Department
TypeEntry Level
Job TitleEntry Level Police Officer
SalaryEffective April 1, 2022, $40,372.80 - $54,308.80 annually.
Location Fort Smith, AR

Job Announcement



       Fort Smith Police Department, AR Police Jobs


Are you interested in coming to an agency where your work is noticed and you’re not just a number Do you want to make an impact every day, not just run from call to call to call? Do you want to know the people who live in this community and make an impact in their lives? If so—this is the place for you.

The Fort Smith Police Department is hiring motivated individuals for police officer positions. Applications will be accepted from January 5th - February 3rd.

Position Details

The starting salary for an officer at Fort Smith Police Department is (Effective April 1st) $19.41/hour or $40,372.80 per year.  Currently certified, full-time police officers may earn up to (Effective April 1st) $26.11/hour or $54,308.80 per year, based on experience, at the discretion of the Chief of Police, City HR Director, and City Administrator.  Officers are entitled to salary incentives for college degrees as well as tuition reimbursement.  Benefits package includes medical, dental, and retirement plan with AR Police and Fire Pension Plan (LOPFI).  All equipment is furnished by the department. The Fort Smith Police Department conducts our own 13-week basic police academy at our training facility.

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants must be 21 years of age and possess a High School Diploma or GED Certificate along with valid driver’s license.  Applicants must also be free of felony convictions as well as misdemeanor convictions of theft or drug usage.  Entry Level Applicant must pass a Civil Service Written Exam and a Physical Agility Test.  Currently certified, full-time officers must pass a Civil Service Written Exam only (No Physical Agility Test). Applicant will then move to a background investigation, followed by a board interview before awarded conditional employment.  Upon conditional employment, applicants will be subject to a medical physical with drug screen, psychological test, and polygraph.

City Application Requirement

In addition to this PoliceApp application, applicants must also fill out the City’s application.  The City’s application will require you to attach copies of your driver’s license, birth certificate, social security card High School Diploma or GED, and a DD214 (If applicable).

Your application WILL NOT be complete until you submit a City application in addition to your PoliceApp application. The City Application Link will be sent to you as soon as you submit your application on PoliceApp.

Study Guide Materials

You may purchase study materials for the Written Exam by going to: 

About the Fort Smith Police Department

The Fort Smith Police Department is a progressive 21st Century law enforcement agency made up of 164 sworn officers and 54 non-sworn professional staff members.  The department is organized into three Bureaus; the Administration Bureau, the Uniformed Bureau, and the Non-Uniformed Bureau.  Newly hired officers will begin their career in the Patrol Field Operations Division of the Uniformed Bureau. Officers are assigned to one of three troops (mornings, afternoon, nights) working non-rotating 10-hour shifts (4 on, 3 off).  Officers on each troop are single person units assigned to one of 12 patrol areas with a typical daily call load of 36-45 calls for police service per troop.  The department maintains a solid relationship with the community and officers are expected to maintain that relationship through community service opportunities and community-oriented policing.

The department offers multiple opportunities for mobility to specialized units or to receive specialized training, such as: Motorcycle unit, collision reconstruction, drug recognition expert, Crisis Intervention Unit, SWAT team, Hostage Negotiator team, Airport officer, School Resource Officer, Information desk officer, Crisis Intervention Officer, Community Relations Unit, Persons Crime Detective, Property Crimes Detective, Juvenile Crimes/Special Investigation Detective, Narcotics Detective, Crime Intelligence Unit, K9 officer, Computer Forensics Investigator, Recruiting team, Training Unit, Crime Scene Investigation, Fingerprint analysis, and much more.

For more information about the application process and more, click HERE.

About the City of Fort Smith

The City of Fort Smith has a population of just under 90,000 residents, expanding to over 150,000 during the work day.  Steeped in Old West lore--from books and films like True Grit to famous and infamous real-life characters like Belle Starr, Judge Isaac C. Parker, US Deputy Marshall Bass Reeves, and the founder of the US Army Rangers, General William O. Darby--Fort Smith honors its colorful past while embracing development opportunities that will both preserve the uniqueness of the community and ensure its future growth. The city offers a variety of unique cultural and recreational attractions for residents and visitors that include a new bike skate park.  The City has completed a $10.9 million aquatics center, accomplished jointly with Sebastian County.  From parks to walking trails to on and off-road biking and the Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center, the City offers outdoor activities for all ages.  There are also plenty of hiking and fishing opportunities around places like Lake Fort Smith Park. 

  • Median Age 35
  • Median Income $36,777
  • Cost of Living index is 76, compared to a national average of 100.
  • Average Home Price $110,300

The City of Fort Smith, Arkansas, is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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