Regionally Competitive Salary
Entry salary for new police officers is $19.41 per hour or $40,372.80 annually.
Higher salary for experienced officers
Currently certified, full-time police officers may earn up to $26.11/hr ($54,308.80 annually) based on experience, at the discretion of the Chief of Police, HR Director, and City Administrator
Up to 7% of base salary for college degrees. Tuition reimbursement program available for continuing education.
Paid Sick Leave
After one year of service, 160 hours sick leave per year up to 960 hours
Three weeks of paid vacation after 90 days. Vacation leave during first year is for emergencies only.
Health, dental, vision, and life insurance package. Also longevity pay and 13 paid holidays.
Officer pension plan through the Arkansas Local Police & Fire Retirement System (LOPFI)
Application Process-Step OneApplicants begin by selecting announced job opening in box at top of page. From there an application must be completed per the instructions, including the City application. Applicants download oath of applicant to complete and attach to application along with copies of the applicant's birth certificate, driver's license, social security card, high school diploma/GED, and DD214 (if applicable).
Step Two: Written Exam & Physical Agility ExamApplicants are scheduled to complete a written civil service exam (study materials available for purchase) and a physical agility exam. Applicants must pass both to proceed in the process. Video illustrating physical agility exam can be found below. Applicants must pass minimum scoring on both to proceed to next step. Currently certified officers may be exempt from physical agility exam.
Step Three: Background InvestigationApplicants will be given a personal history statement to complete. Applicant will be assigned a background investigator who will perform a criminal background check, driving record check, personal reference interview, and other checks of the applicant's character. Applicants must pass this step to continue to the next.
Step Four: Police Review BoardApplicants are scheduled to attend an interview in front of a five-member police review board. Applicant will be asked to complete a small task and answer multiple questions from the board. The applicant will be scored according to written exam score and interview score. All applicants passing this step will be placed on a list, ranked according to their overall score.
Step Five: Conditional EmploymentApplicants will be selected from list by Chief of Police for conditional offers of employment. Once conditional offers have been received, the applicant must complete a polygraph examination, a medical physical, drug screen, and a psychological assessment. Each applicant must pass each before moving to next step.
Step Six: Hire and Academy TrainingApplicants will be given a hire date to begin employment. An orientation will be given in which the newly hired officer will be sworn in, submit employment documentation, complete departmental policy requirements, firearm qualification, and equipment issue. All duty equipment will be issued by the department.
The median age of Fort Smith citizens is 35 years old.
The median income for the City of Fort Smith is $36,777
Cost of Living
The cost of living index for Fort Smith is 76, compare to the national average of 100.
Average Home Price
The average cost of a home in Fort Smith is $110,300