SPD tests year-round through the National Testing Network at locations across the nation. NTN maintains a list of those scores, and we only pull them a few times a year based on openings at our department. We will then select the top scores to move forward. For more details, please see below for how to begin your journey in becoming a Springdale Police Officer!
1. Pre-qualification Requirements
Applicants must first make sure they fit the pre-qualification requirements before applying.
- 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. Written Examination
The Springdale Police Department is currently building an ongoing eligibility list for Patrol Officer, through the National Testing Network. The department requires an application, but that is later on.
To begin the process, go to National Testing Network: Springdale PD and pick either the Certified or Non-Certified test. Then select a testing location nearest you. Scores will be sent to SPD immediately.
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, and answer any questions you may have.
4. Complete the Application Process
If you've made it this far, you will be required to 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.
5. 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)
6. Civil Service Interview
This is an interview in front of the Springdale Civil Service Commission Members.
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 Oral 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.