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Testing Procedures

The Fayetteville Police Department conducts applicant testing two times each year.  The applications can be obtained from the City of Fayetteville’s website at

The application / testing process consists of two phases.  You must successfully complete Phase I in order to proceed to Phase II.  Upon successful completion of both phases, and approval from the Fayetteville Chief of Police, you will be given an offer of employment and scheduled to begin the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy.


                                                 PHASE I

Complete and Submit Application

  • All applications should be submitted to the Human Resource Department
  • Submit all required documents
  •  Preliminary Background Check
  • Check for minimum requirements


Civil Service Test

  • The test consists of 100 questions covering reading comprehension, report writing, and observation skills.
  • The test will be graded on site
  •  All scores of 70 % or greater will be considered passing


Physical Fitness Test

  • Bench Press or Push up
  • Leg Press
  • Sit Up
  • 1.5 Mile Run
  • 300 Meter Run


Police Interview Board (Appropriate Business Attire Required)

  • Structured interview conducted with eight officers from the Fayetteville Police Department


Civil Service Interview Board (Appropriate Business Attire Required)

  • Structure interview with members of the civil service commission


List of Certified Police Applicants

  • All applicants will be ranked according test results
  • 50 points for the Civil Service Test
  • 20 points of the police interview
  • 30 points for the civil service interview


                                                  PHASE II

Background Investigation

  • Driving record and criminal history
  • Pre-investigation interview
  • Employment references
  • Personal references
  • Neighborhood references
  • Educational references
  • Credit check


Interview with Fayetteville Police Administration


Offer of Employment


Physical & Psychological Examination


Drug Screening


Upon passing  the Physical & Psychological Examination and Drug Screen, you will then be given a start date and schedule to start the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy.