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EARN THE BADGE: ARKANSAS STATE TROOPERS LOOKING FOR RECRUITS TO FILL 2018 ACADEMY CLASS

August 08, 2017

  Arkansas State Police Recruiters are looking for candidates who are interested in enrolling in the 2018 academy class.  Thirty-five recruits will be selected to enter the academy early next year. 

  “If you can meet the minimum qualifications and are ready to excel in earning the badge of an Arkansas State Trooper, we want to meet you,” said Colonel Bill Bryant, Director of the Arkansas State Police.  “If you are selected, you will find yourself on the path of one of the most rewarding careers imaginable.” 

 Interested applicants are encouraged to visit the Arkansas State Police web site at www.asp.arkansas.gov and watch the recruiting video that offers a view into the world of a state trooper.  The recruiting page also provides applicants a means to directly contact a recruiter.

 

Minimum qualification to be considered are: 

Must be a United States citizen and at least 21 years of age.
Must possess a medical release to participate in a physical fitness test.
Must possess a current and valid driver license.
Must be a certified high school graduate or possess a GED equivalency.
Must meet visual acuity requirements. (*applicant’s vision must be sufficiently acceptable to ensure the applicant could fulfill the essential job functions of an Arkansas State Trooper.  Applicants must possess binocular vision with normal color vision and depth perception and required peripheral vision of 140 degrees with a minimum visual acuity of 20/100 uncorrected, corrected to 20/20 in each eye.)
Never convicted of a felony criminal charge.
Never convicted of a misdemeanor domestic violence charge.
Pass a comprehensive background check.
No tattoos shall be visible on an applicant’s body that could be seen if wearing the uniform of an Arkansas State Trooper. 

 

  Recruits begin earning a salary after being offered a position by the Director of the Arkansas State Police and reporting to the academy.  The entry salary for an Arkansas State Trooper Recruit is $40,340.  Following four and ½ years of service, a trooper becomes eligible for promotion to the rank of Trooper First Class, receiving a salary increase of 10% or an increase to the entry pay level of $45,010, whichever is greater.  Upon seven and ½ years of service a trooper is promoted to the rank of corporal, awarded a 10% raise or an increase to the entry pay level of $50,222, or whichever is greater. 

 

  Benefits include: 

Healthcare insurance is paid by the state for a trooper (recruit) and family
Certificate pay up to $1,200 annually (*state police director discretion)
Retirement contributions are paid by the state.
Uniforms and equipment are furnished.
Eligible for career service pay following ten years of state service.
Opportunities for overtime duty.

 

  Vacancies to be filled are currently in the following counties: 

- Arkansas
- Bradley
- Calhoun
- Carroll
- Crittenden
- Cross
- Dallas
- Desha
- Drew
- Izard
- Jefferson
- Lafayette
- Lee
- Lincoln
- Mississippi
- Nevada
- Pike
- Pulaski
- Scott
- St. Francis

- Woodruff