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Springdale Police Department Hiring Process

1. Pre-qualification Requirements

Applicants must meet 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 Department. 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 the Springdale Police Department 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. Written Test

Applicants must pass the written test to continue in the process.

5. Civil Service Interview

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

6. Rankings

Based on your score from the Written Examination and the Civil Service Interview, you will be ranked by the Civil Service Commission on a certified list.

7. Physical Fitness Test 

The Springdale Police Department uses the Law Enforcement Physical Abilities Test, which was developed using the Springdale Police Officer job description. All applicants will be required to successfully complete the test within the allotted time of four minutes and thirty seconds to continue in the hiring process.

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's Command Staff.

10. Conditional Hire

Once you pass through steps 1-9, you may be given a conditional letter of hire. After receiving a conditional letter of hire, successful applicants must complete a polygraph examination, a drug screen, and a psychological evaluation.

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.