Do you have what it takes?

The Jonesboro Police Department Reserve Police Officer Unit is comprised of non-paid officers with reserve certification from the State of Arkansas. The unit is a valuable resource for the agency and supplements the day-to-day operations of the department. In doing so, it is the policy of the Jonesboro Police Department to ensure that its reserve police officers meet comparable training and proficiency requirements as required of regular full-time police officers.

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Members of the Jonesboro Police Department’s Reserve Police Officer Unit, while on-duty, can exercise the same authority and have legal protection afforded full time sworn police officers.

The members of the Jonesboro Police Department’s Reserve Officer Unit are selected in the same manner as are full time police officers, must be at least twenty-one years of age, and meet other state, city, and local qualifications.

Although the Reserve Police Officer Unit is primarily intended to function in a support capacity for the Patrol Division such as augmenting regular patrols, providing assistance with sobriety checkpoints, or working special events, they are utilized at any time it is necessary to assist the regular, salaried members of the Jonesboro Police Department preserve the peace, enforce the law and maintain order in the community.

The appointment process is essentially the same as the hiring process for full time officers. Upon application, a preliminary background check will be done to ensure that you meet the minimum state and department qualifications to be a reserve officer (the same as listed above for full-time officers). You will then be contacted to schedule your written exam. If you pass the written exam, your background investigation will commence. You will also be expected to complete the physical agility testing on the date listed in the application packet. If you pass both the background investigation, which includes a polygraph, and physical agility testing, you will then be scheduled for an interview with a panel of members of the JPD. Upon successful completion of all of the steps in this process, you will be placed on an eligibility list for appointment to Reserve Officer.

The written exam and physical agility standards are the same for both reserve and full-time officers. Details about both of those can be found above, as well as information about minimum requirements for appointment. JPD is not currently accepting Reserve Officer Applications.

Application Procedure

  1. To apply, fill out the application form.

  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.

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.

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Sgt Lyle Waterworth

Community Outreach Coordinator

Sgt Waterworth, has been associated with the Jonesboro Police Department since 1994 where he began as a dispatcher.  In 1999 he began 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, Citizens Police Academy coordination, public relations and recruiting.

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