The Jonesboro Police Department accepts applications for Police Officers at any time.
The application is available online. Click here to view the online application.

Do you have what it takes?

The Jonesboro Police Department is looking to hire the best and brightest police recruits.  Courage, compassion, integrity and pride are the cornerstones of a good officer.  We will train you to perform effectively as a police officer, but for you to succeed, we believe you must come equipped with those characteristics before you are hired.  If you think you have what it takes, contact Recruiting Officer Sgt. Lyle Waterworth.

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Application Procedure

  1. To apply, click here and fill out the application form in its entirety.

  2. Upon receipt of a candidate’s application a thorough background investigation commences. This investigation will continue throughout the testing process and will conclude with a polygraph examination.

  3. The next stage is a video based exam that tests candidates’ abilities in situational judgment and human relations as well as reading and writing skills. For an explanation of the test, click FrontLine National Background Information for Candidates. A practice test is available at

  4. For candidates who pass the video based test and for whom there is no disqualifying information discovered, the next step is a physical fitness test in which candidates must meet the following standards:
    - Complete 22 sit-ups in one minute
    - Complete 12 push-ups in one minute
    - Finish 300 meter run in 71 seconds or less
    - Reach 13″ or more on sit and reach
    - Run 1.5 miles in 18 minutes or less
    - Dry fire a double action pistol 15 times with both hands

  5. For candidates that pass the background investigation, the next step will be an interview conducted by a board consisting of Jonesboro Police Department officers.

  6. After the interview, a hire list will be generated that will be good for one year. Once a candidate is given a conditional offer of employment, they must pass a psychological evaluation and physical examination as well as a drug screen.

Minimum Requirements and Qualifications

  • Be a citizen of the United States

  • Be at least 21 years of age within six months of the test date;

  • No felony convictions;

  • No convictions barring the possession of a firearm;

  • Possess high school diploma or GED;

  • Hold a valid driver’s license;

  • Be of good character as established by a detailed background investigation;

  • Have acceptable vision (uncorrected visual acuity must not exceed 20/100 in either eye, correctable to 20/20 or better in each eye);

  • Possess normal hearing and be free of any hearing defect which, in the opinion of the physician administering the required post-offer physical examination, could adversely affect performance of duty; and

  • Successfully complete a physical agility test and post-offer psychological and physical examination, including a post-offer of employment drug test.

  • See CLEST Minimum Standards and CLEST Physical Exam Standards for more information.

Salary and Benefits

  • Starting salary of $34,500 with yearly raises

  • Excellent health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance offerings

  • Three weeks of vacation per year with accrual of up to six weeks

  • Four weeks of sick time per year with accrual of up to 18 weeks

  • Up to three days bereavement leave upon the death of a family member

  • Pension with participation in the Local Police and Fire (LOPFI) Retirement System

  • Uniforms, firearms, and equipment provided

  • Take home vehicle provided after satisfactory completion of one-year probation (must meet residency requirement)

The City of Jonesboro is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The City of Jonesboro does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital or veteran status, political status, disability status, or other legally protected status.

Notice - please read the following excerpt from our policy concerning visible tattoos:

“Maintaining a ‘neutral image’ may encompass any number of general appearance issues as determined by the Chief of Police. Currently, facial hair other than a mustache, visible tattoos, unusual visible piercing and hair styles or colors that would be considered ‘shocking’ to the general public will not be permitted.” 

For general information on Arkansas regulations for law enforcement officers, please go to the Commission on Law Enforcement Standards
and Training website at Civilian employee job openings for the police department are advertised through the Human Resource department at City Hall. Job applications for civilian openings may be obtained from the city Human Resource department.

Click here to learn about the Reserve Officer Appointment Process.

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Sgt Lyle Waterworth
Community Outreach Coordinator

Sgt Waterworth, has been associated with the Jonesboro Police Department since 1994 where he worked as a dispatcher.  In 1999 he began serving as a sworn officers where he has served in patrol, as a school resource officer, a detective, and SWAT operator.  In 2012 he was promoted to sergeant, where he has served as the Training Coordinator and the Public Relations Specialist.

Waterworth is currently serving as the Community Outreach Coordinator for the department, where his responsibilities include Citizen Police Academy coordination, public relations and recruiting.

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