Arkansas has a state-level police agency with approximately 600 commissioned troopers. There are several requirements to join the Arkansas State Police. Both performance-based and medical conditions apply.
All applicants must be a U.S. citizen and at least 21 years of age. High school or GED completion is also required. And because police are on the road constantly, you must have a driver’s license. Naturally, you must also complete a background check. And felonies and domestic violence convictions will generally disqualify you from joining the Arkansas State Police.
Even those who are otherwise qualified will have to pass a physical and meet certain mental fitness requirements. This includes a vision test, psychological testing, and a polygraph exam. Your eyesight can be 20/100 uncorrected, but it must be 20/20 with corrective lenses. Also, any tattoos visible even if in uniform are a disqualifying factor. But it is possible to apply if you are willing to remove such tattoos.
The Arkansas State Police also have a written test.
All applicants must pass through the Academy (Arkansas Law Enforcement Certification) before they can get hired. And an interview will be conducted in person.
The State Police do ask other things, such as what drugs you have taken and how much. The above are considered the minimum qualifications, and you still may be chosen or denied for training based upon whatever factors ASP deems appropriate for hiring purposes.
You can find an application form on the Trooper Recruiting page of the Arkansas State Police website. There are no fees.
Note that the Arkansas State Police do also hire about 300 non-commissioned civilians. You can find job openings on their website.