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January 07, 2008 (LITTLE ROCK) – During the coming weeks Arkansas State Troopers will open the doors to their local offices across the state for a series of town hall style meetings in an effort to answer questions from individuals who may be considering a career with the state’s largest law enforcement agency. “The department is conducting one of the most aggressive recruiting campaigns we’ve ever undertaken,” said Major Kathy Sparks, commander of the Arkansas State Police Administrative Services Division. Thirty-three trooper applicants were recently added to the department’s eligibility list to fill positions for the 2008-A troop school scheduled to begin February 10th 2008. “With these positions now filled we’re immediately moving forward to fill positions in a second troop school that may be scheduled later this year,” Major Sparks said. As many as 50 new troopers need to be hired, but in order to find qualified candidates who can meet the demands associated with the rigorous screening process; recruiters will likely meet with as many as 500 applicants in order to fill the open positions. The local town hall meetings at troop offices around the state will begin January 14th and continue through February 5th. A list of the scheduled meetings is provided in this news release. The department encourages anyone who is interested in becoming a trooper to contact Arkansas State Police Recruiters, Sergeant Wanda James or Corporal Alvernon Rogers at (501) 618-8724, or (800) 340-4255. Anyone wanting more information about job opportunities as a state trooper can also log on to the Arkansas State Police Recruiting Section web site at http://www.asp.arkansas.gov/divisions/as/as_recruiting.html From the web site interested applicants can access a copy of the Trooper Applicant Initial Contact Form and learn more about the hiring process. The total compensation package for a new Arkansas State Trooper and the trooper’s family is valued at $64,000 annually. Troopers who successfully complete the training academy earn a salary of $36,000 plus family healthcare and retirement benefits valued at more than $23,000 and $5,000 in leave time. An applicant must be at least 21 years of age, a high school graduate or possess an equivalency certificate, have a valid driver license issued in their name, and be capable of passing a written examination, physical fitness test, background investigation, medical and psychological examinations, polygraph examination and department interview board. The schedule of town hall meetings is listed below: • January 14th in Harrison at Troop I headquarters, 2724 Airport Road, 6 PM, (870) 741-3455 for more information. • January 15th in Springdale, at the Historic Springdale High School building, 804 West Johnson Street, 6 PM, (479) 751-6663 for more information. • January 16th in Fort Smith, at Troop H headquarters, 5728 Kelly Highway, 6 PM, (479) 783-5195 for more information. • January 17th in Clarksville, at Troop J headquarters, 2700 Main Street (I-40 at State Highway 64), 6 PM, (479) 754-3096 for more information. • January 22nd in Jonesboro, at Troop C headquarters, 2216 Access Road, 6 PM, (870) 935-7302 for more information. • January 23rd in Forrest City, at Troop D headquarters, 3205 North Washington, 6 PM, (870) 633-1454 for information. • January 24th in Warren, at Troop F headquarters, 1237 North Myrtle Street (State Highway 15), 6 PM, (870) 226-3713 for more information. • January 28th in Pine Bluff, at Troop E headquarters, 6816 Princeton Pike, 6 PM, (870) 247-1483 for more information. • January 29th in Hope, at Troop G headquarters, 2501 North Hazel, 6 PM, (870) 777-4641 for more information. • January 30th in Hot Springs, at Troop K headquarters, 101 Mid America Boulevard, 6 PM, (501) 767-8550 for more information. • January 31st in Little Rock, at Troop A headquarters, One State Police Plaza Drive (Geyer Springs & I-30), 6 PM, (501) 618-8724 for more information. • February 5th in Newport, at Troop B headquarters, 3200 Highway 67, 6 PM, (870) 523-2701 for more information. The Arkansas State Police is a diverse police force and the application process is open to everyone without regard to their race, religion or cultural association. The primary disqualifiers in the application process are felony convictions and misdemeanor domestic abuse convictions. All applicants must be prepared for a thorough personal and criminal background investigation. Women and African-Americans are encouraged to schedule time with Arkansas State Police Recruiters. The department also wants to meet qualified trooper candidates who are fluent in the Spanish language and considering a law enforcement career. There are additional financial incentives for candidates who pass a certified review of secondary language skills.