State Police to hold East Arkansas recruiting event

Find a career as an Arkansas State Trooper

By Ralph Hardin ralphhardin@gmail.com

Arkansas State Police recruiters are in the middle of a statewide recruiting campaign seeking qualified applicants looking for a rewarding career as an Arkansas State Trooper. As part of the effort, Arkansas State Police Troop D will be hosting a special recruiting event for Eastern Arkansas in hopes that applicants from Crittenden, Cross, Lee, Mississippi and St. Francis counties will come out and take an interest. “Do you want to make a difference in your community?” asked Bill Sadler with ASP public relations. “Do you want to be proud of your career? Meet with ASP troopers, learn how to apply, ask questions about a career with the State Police and find out if you have what it takes to be one of the best. Recruit applicants should download and complete the medical assessment waiver along with the initial contact form found on the Arkansas State Police web site http://www.asp.arkansas.gov/recruiting/trooper-recruiting. No initial contact form will be considered without a medical assessment waiver from the applicant’s personal physician stating the applicant is sufficiently healthy to pass the physical assessment test. For additional information applicants may also contact their nearest State Police Troop Headquarters or telephone the recruiting office at (501) 618-8615. Applicant testing to identify a pool of applicants for recruit positions is already underway. Recruits who are hired will be part of a Troop School expected to begin May 8, with graduation set for September 2016. Applicants must meet the following minimum qualification in order to be considered by recruiters: • Minimum age of 21 • U.S. citizenship • Valid driver license • High School graduate or equivalent • Absent of felony convictions • No conviction of domestic violence • Meet or exceed visual acuity standard • No visible tattoos (wearing an ASP uniform) • Passing grade on initial screening exam • Pass physical, psychological and polygraph examinations • Registered with Selective Service or exempt Area residents who meet the minimum requirements and are interested in possibly becoming a state trooper are encouraged to come and visit local troopers and see some of the equipment Arkansas State Troopers use every day. The ASP is currently engaged in a program to keep new recruits closer to home upon graduation. The East Arkansas recruiting rally is set for Tuesday Jan. 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. at ASP Troop D headquarters, 3205 N. Washington St. in Forrest City. The starting salary for State Police Recruits is $34,500 and raised to $36,000 upon graduation. New troopers receive two regularly scheduled raises of ten percent each during the first seven and a half years of service which increases the annual salary to $43,560. The State Police provides health care insurance for every trooper, their spouse and children as well as lifetime retirement benefits.

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