Police Officer

Fayetteville, AR
Fayetteville Police Department

The Fayetteville Police Department consists of more than 180 sworn and civilian members who are interested in your safety, and they are proud of the work they do.

$38,500.80 – $56,139.20 Annually

How to Prepare for the Written Test

Applicants take the National Police Officer Selection Test (NPOST). The NPOST is a 4-part 75-minute written exam. Learn how to prepare for the National Police Officer Selection Test.


Essential Job Duties
1. Provide good customer service to both internal and external customers, maintain positive and effective working relationships with other City employees (especially members of his or her own team), and have regular and reliable attendance that is non-disruptive.
2. Perform preventive patrol in assigned areas, both in vehicle and on foot. Enforce state and federal laws and City ordinances. Operate motor vehicle while on patrol in a safe manner for extended periods of time in all environmental conditions and on occasion operate the vehicle at high speeds and in congested traffic situations.
3. Continually observes for and responds to criminal activity, safety hazards, traffic violations, persons needing assistance, etc. Conducts interviews and interrogations of victims, witnesses, suspects and offenders. Identifies, collects, processes, packages and logs physical evidence.
4. Makes arrests on criminal and traffic related offenses including DWI detection and apprehension. Use of radar equipment and proper operation. Defends self and others by engaging in actual physical combat if necessary and to subdue resistive arrestees. Conducts searches of persons, places, vehicles and things.
5. Becomes familiar with patrol districts, geographical locations, known offenders, neighborhood routines, and potential problem areas. Conducts security inspections and surveys buildings and businesses; handles complaints made by the public; conducts preliminary and follow-up investigations.
6. Seeks and serves arrest warrants, search warrants and other court documents. Assist various prosecutors and attorneys in preparation of cases for trial; assists judges during court sessions; testify clearly and truthfully in front of a judge and jury in court.
7. Direct and control vehicular and pedestrian traffic by use of hand signals and the blowing of a whistle. Traffic control for blocked traffic, parades, accidents, special events; provide crowd control, security and information during special events.
8. Clean and fire a variety of police weapons, including pistols, rifles and shotguns both in the field and to meet department standards of proficien


Minimum Qualifications
1. High school diploma or GED.
2. Be a Citizen of the United States; Not less than 21 years of age; Must not have a felony conviction before selection into this position.
3. Valid Driver's License.
4. Successfully pass background investigation, polygraph examination, credit history report, physical and mental evaluation.
5. Ability to obtain Basic Police Officer Certificate (twelve weeks academy). Ability to obtain the ACIC (Arkansas Crime Information Center) and the NCIC (National Crime Information Center) certification. Must obtain various other certificates to handle specialized equipment to be used with this position.
6. Ability to become proficient in using MVR, MCT, Vehicle, Datamaster, Radar, Weapons, Tazer, Stopstix, sound meter and camera. Ability to effectively operate a breath analyzer, computer, radio and other specialized law enforcement equipment.
7. Effectively communicate with others orally and in writing.
8. Must be proficient in the use of a personal computer and other related software programs. Must be able to effectively operate standard office equipment.
9. While performing the functions of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee regularly is required to stand, walk, run, and sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
10. The incumbent must be able to perform the following: physical and mental stamina to fire weapons; react and move rapidly from sedentary to active condition in response to environmental situations; assume a variety of bodily positions and postures necessary to employ "cover and concealment" during a deadly force encounter; respond to a physical attack and possess the ability to escape attacker, subdue attacker and/or summon aid. Must be able to react quickly and efficiently in all emergencies, natural or man-caused disasters.
11. The work of a commissioned police officer involves an element of personal danger. Police officer must be able to exercise sound, independent judgment under stress. Assignments may include work on special tasks which call upon specialized abilities and knowledge possessed by the officer. Work assignments can be general or specific and special instructions are received from a supervisor who reviews work methods and results through reports, personal inspection and discussion.