1. Pre-qualification Requirements

Applicants must first make sure they fit the pre-qualification requirements before applying.

Pre-Qualification Requirements

  • Be No Less Than 21 Years of Age
  • Be a United States Citizen
  • Must Be Able to Read and Write the English Language
  • Must Be of Good Moral Character
  • No Felony Convictions
  • Possess a High School Diploma or GED Certificate
  • Possess a Valid Driver's License
  • Submit to and Pass All Requirements Listed on This Page

2. Fill out an Application

To begin the process, fill out an application and turn it in to the City of Springdale Human Resources Division. Attach copies of your Birth Certificate/Proof of Citizenship, High School Diploma/GED Certificate, Driver's License, Social Security Card and Military Discharge/DD-214 to your application.

3. Letter from Training

When SPD is ready to move forward with hiring, you will be contacted by the SPD Training Unit. They will notify you of further requirements, testing dates and times, and answer any questions you may have.

4. Physical Fitness Test

This test requires that you can successfully complete all phases of the Police Department Physical Fitness Test.

Physical Fitness Requirements

  • 1.5 Mile Run (16:28 minutes)
  • 300 Meter Run (71 seconds)
  • One Minute Push Ups (25)
  • One Minute Sit Ups (29)
  • Vertical Jump (16 inches)

5. Written Test 

Applicants who pass the fitness test will move on to take a written test. 

6. Civil Service Interview

This is an interview in front of the Springdale Civil Service Commission Members.

7. Rankings

Based on your score from the Physical Fitness Test, Written Examination, and the Civil Service Interview you will be ranked by the Civil Service Commission.

8. Background Investigation

Based on where you rank and available positions, you may then be asked to submit to a background investigation.

9. Springdale Police Interview Board

If you pass the background investigation, you will interview in front of members of the Springdale Police Department.

10. Conditional Hire

Once you pass through steps 1-9, you may be given a conditional letter of hire, pending that you pass a drug screen, psychological evaluation, medical evaluation, and polygraph.

11. Start Date

If you make it past all phases, you will be given a start date. Once you begin, you will complete a variety of tasks to include the 12 week Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy and a 14 week Field Training program.