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Fayetteville Police Careers

Employment with the Fayetteville Police Department provides an excellent opportunity for a law enforcement career with a professional and progressive department.  Once employed, new recruits are issued all equipment and uniforms necessary for the job.  Recruits are required to attend a thirteen-week Basic Police Training Course at the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy.  The academy training includes topics such as:  criminal law, drug enforcement, report writing, accident investigation, defensive tactics, and firearms training.  While at the academy, recruits are paid a full salary of a first year officer.  Upon graduation from the academy, the new officers begin a eighteen-week Field Training Program.  This program is designed to give them on the job training with an experienced police officer and allow them to work on various patrol shifts.  After completing the Field Training Program, new officers are assigned to a patrol shift and evaluated throughout their eighteen-month probationary period. 


Officers also receive individual training opportunities to enhance job performance and develop specialized skills throughout their career.  After the probationary period, an officer has the opportunity to apply for a variety of specialized assignments, such as:


  • School Resource Officer
  • Community Policing                
  • Narcotics
  • Detective
  • Motorcycle
  • Bike
  • K-9 Handler
  • Emergency Response Team
  • Crisis Negotiator
  • Computer Forensics