SHERIFF DEPUTY

MINIMUM STANDARDS

Below you will find the minimum requirements set by the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Training Standards in Regulation 1002 for employment/appointment as a law enforcement officer in the State of Arkansas.

  • Citizenship

    Be a citizen of the United States.

  • Age

    Be at least 21 years of age.

  • Background Investigation / Fingerprints

    Be fingerprinted and a search initiated of state and national
    fingerprint files to disclose any criminal record.

  • Background Investigation / Felony Convictions

    Be free of a felony record. A felony record shall mean having
    entered a plea of guilty, been found guilty, or otherwise having
    been convicted of an offense, the punishment for which could have
    been imprisonment in a federal penitentiary or a state penitentiary.

    The fact that an individual has received a pardon, or their record
    has been expunged shall not release the individual from having a
    felony record for the purposes of this regulation.

  • Background Investigation / Moral Character

    Be of good character as determined by a thorough background
    investigation.

  • Education

    Be a high school graduate or have passed the General Education
    Development (GED) Test indicating high school graduation level.

  • Physical Examination

    Be examined by a licensed physician and meet the physical
    requirements.

  • Department Interview

    Be interviewed personally prior to employment by the department
    head or his representative, or representatives to determine such
    things as the applicant’s motivation, appearance, demeanor,
    attitude and ability to communicate.

  • Psychiatric Evaluation

    Be examined by an individual licensed to practice psychiatry or
    psychology and qualified to perform such evaluations in the State of
    Arkansas, who after examination finds the officer to be competent
    and recommends the agency hire the individual.

  • Driver's License

    Possess a valid driver’s license.

  • Firearm Qualification

    Successfully complete a CLEST firearms qualification and review
    departmental policies, specifically policies covering the use of force,
    criminal law, and emergency vehicle operations.

  • Continued Employment

    For continued employment, must successfully complete a minimum
    of sixteen (16) hours of CLEST certified training annually, to include
    firearms qualification and Racial Profiling.


EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

  • Part-Time I
  • Part-Time II
  • Full-Time
  • Part-time Officer I (per CLEST Regulation 1012):

    • Employed by a law enforcement unit;
    • Authorized by law to enforce the criminal, traffic or highway
      laws of this State;
    • Authorized salary or wages by the law enforcement unit;
    • Authorized to work for twenty (20) or more hours per week but less than 40 hours per week.
  • Part-time Officer II (per CLEST Regulation 1012):

    • Employed by a law enforcement unit;
    • Authorized by law to enforce the criminal, traffic or highway
      laws of this State;
    • Authorized salary or wages by the law enforcement unit;
    • Authorized to work less than 20 hours per week.
  • Each Full-time Law Enforcement Officer will complete the
    Basic Police Training Course at the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy.