Applications down as JPD looks to fill officer positions

Applications down as JPD looks to fill officer positions

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Jonesboro Police Department is looking to fill five, entry-level officer positions.

"We've had a great experience with the Jonesboro Police Department of hiring high-quality applicants that go on to bigger and better things," Sgt. Lyle Waterworth said. 

Waterworth said many Jonesboro officers go to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Arkansas State Police and some even go back to nursing school.

"Those five openings are due to those things," Waterworth said. "It's great that we get good applicants and they move on. However, we need more good applicants. We need more people who are willing to serve the city."

Sgt. Waterworth said application numbers are also down. The department has received 25 applications when it usually receives about 60.

"Not sure why applications are lower right now," Waterworth said. "Could be there's several positions open in other law enforcement agencies and people are going to other agencies."

But there is still time. The application window for these entry-level openings closes in two weeks.

"Anyone interested in applying must be 21 years of age, have no felony convictions," Waterworth said. 

Candidates can pick up applications at City Hall or the Jonesboro Police Department. They can also download a digital version from the department's homepage.

"Anyone that's qualified is more than encouraged to apply," Waterworth said. 

He assures the public that these openings do not affect the city's safety. 

"We are staffed well," Waterworth said. "The police department, even though we have the five openings, it hasn't shortened man power to a critical state for any reason."

There is still about 150 officers there to protect and serve the community. 

"The Jonesboro Police Department is a great place to work," Waterworth said. "We have great camaraderie, we have great benefits and the City of Jonesboro is a wonderful place to work."

The department will test applicants at Valley View High School Sept. 13. They will need to pass a physical agility test as well as a written exam.

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