State Police Hold Recruiting Drive, Salaries A Hot Topic


For anyone interested in getting a job in law enforcement, Arkansas State Police headquarters in Jonesboro was the place to be Tuesday evening.

Several troopers were on hand to answer an array of questions as they push their recruiting drive to fill 50 vacant trooper positions by February 10.

To take your place in line as a state trooper you must be 21 years-old, possess a high school diploma or equivalent and be a U.S. citizen.

When it comes to finding the perfect man or woman for the job, state police say no shortcuts will be allowed.

"We're not cutting back on what is required of state troopers," said Tommy Wicker of Arkansas State Police. "We're just trying to get the best of the best out there as state troopers."

Once hired, new troopers with no background in law enforcement must complete a rigorous 22-week basic recruit class. Experienced officers must complete a 12-week course.

State police say they hope salary is a big selling point in their recruiting efforts this year. Last year, the state legislature passed a measure to increase the state trooper salary from $27,000 to $36,000 a year.

Other town tall meetings in Region 8:

January 23 in Forrest City, Troop D headquarters, 3205 N. Washington, 6 p.m.

February 5 in Newport, Troop B headquarters, 3200 Hwy. 67, 6 p.m.

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