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Do you have what it takes?


The West Memphis Police Department is committed to serving the community through the delivery of a professional law enforcement service in an unbiased and compassionate manner in order to protect the lives and property of the citizens and improve the quality of life in our community.

About West Memphis Police Department Recruiting:

Being a police officer with the City of West Memphis could be one of the most challenging and rewarding careers a person could have. Do you have what it takes? Tradition, Courage, Passion, Service, Pride... they’re not just words, they’re our character. We are always looking for the best law enforcement applicant in the country to come work with us.

If you possess integrity, strong communication skills, a firm reassuring manner, and sound judgment under pressure, you could make a difference as a police officer. Most of all, you must be committed to public service, professionalism, and a peaceful community.

As a member of the West Memphis Police Department, you will receive some of the best in specialized training and chances for a wide variety of career directions and advancements. We are a progressive agency that will give you the opportunity to grow in your career where job performance will equate in career advancement and promotion.

Applications can either be printed from this site or picked up at the City of West Memphis Human Resource office located at 604 East Cooper, West Memphis, AR


  • Must be a citizen of the United States
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Must be 21 years of age.
  • Must possess a valid Arkansas driver’s license or a valid driver’s license from another state that can be converted to an Arkansas driver’s license.
  • Have uncorrected vision of 20/100 corrected to 20/20 or better.
  • Pass a physical examination
  • Pass a psychological examination
  • Pass a very restrictive drug test

If you meet these requirements, you may complete an application. Carefully read all of the instructions and return the accurate and fully completed application to the City of West Memphis Human Resource office located at 604 East Cooper, West Memphis, AR.

You must include copies of the following with your application. (none of the copies are returnable.)

  • Proof of citizenship (Naturalization papers)
  • High School diploma or GED
  • Certified birth certificate
  • DD Form 214 –long/unedited if applicable
  • Driver’s license
  • Authorization for release of personal information form
  • Personal inquiry waiver form
  • Standards and training personal history statement


  • Conviction of felony offense
  • Conviction of misdemeanor offense of battery or domestic battery
  • Convictions of driving while intoxicated (DWI) within seven (7) years preceding the date of application or more than one conviction at in any time.
  • Conviction of the use of illegal narcotics
  • Conviction of or guilty pleas to three (3) or more moving traffic violations within one (1) year.
  • Falsification or purposely omitting information on the employment application or
    personal history statement.


Applications and personal history statement will be picked up from human resources as openings become available for hire. You will be contacted and scheduled for the physical agility and written aptitude test. P.O.S.T certified officers will not be required to take the written aptitude test.
(Applicants should wear physical training attire and tennis/running shoes)

Physical Agility test will consist of:

  • Agility Run:
    • The applicant will be required to complete the agility run, to the prescribed standard, within 90 seconds.
  • One mile run:
    • The applicant will required to complete a 1 mile run in 12 minutes or less.

You will be contacted by a background investigator and scheduled for a preliminary screening for the background investigation.

You will be contacted and scheduled for an oral interview by department command staff.

You will be scheduled for an interview with the Chief of Police. If given a conditional hiring you will be schedule for a physical and psychological examination and urine drug screen.

(If you fail any of the above steps you could be excused from the hiring process. You would receive notification either in person or in writing before the next step.)


  • Paid Vacation
    • After 1st year up to 15 years: 3 weeks
    • 15 years to 20 years: 4 weeks
    • 20 years to 30 years: 5 weeks
    • Over 30 years: 6 weeks
  • Paid sick leave
    • After 1st year: 20 days per year
  • 11 paid holidays
  • Paid overtime or comp-time
  • Health, Dental, and Life Insurance
  • Public Safety Retirement Program (Arkansas Local Police and Fire Retirement System)
  • Promotional Opportunities
  • Bereavement leave
  • City of West Memphis also offers to each employee:
    • Deferred Compensation (457K)
    • Dependent insurance coverage, vision insurance, additional sickness and accident injury insurance

Helpful Hints in becoming an outstanding candidate.


You must prepare for every stage of the hiring process. This includes the initial testing process, interviews, background investigation, etc. The prepared are noticed and so are the un-prepared. Be noticed for the right reasons. Maintain physical fitness and practice wellness. It’s up to you, to be the most prepared candidate.

Follow the application instructions:

You must read and follow meticulously all instructions. Application and background forms must contain all required information. Failure to follow written or verbal instructions reflects poorly on the applicant, and in some case may result in disqualification. Public safety positions demand rigorous attention to detail and thoroughness. Sloppy, incomplete and error-filled paperwork may indicate an applicant’s lack of attention to detail and a lack of overall professionalism.


In all stages of the selection process, be completely truthful. This means providing total and complete information. Information provided at each step of the process is validated against information that was previously provided. We never expect to find a perfect applicant but dishonestly in any form will result in immediate disqualification and is the number one reason applicants are eliminated from the hiring process! Integrity, honesty, and trustworthiness are essential.

Communication Skills:

Oral and written communication skills are critical in public safety occupations, and are emphasized in the testing process. Make eye contact with all board members during the interview and give concise and confident answers.


Arrive at all appointments at least 15 minutes early. Arriving late for an appointment will not be accepted. Anticipate any possible delay.

Professional business attire:

Dress and groom professionally and conservatively. Remember you never get a second chance at a first impression. The West Memphis Police Department expects professional dress and grooming in each of its officers and doesn’t expect less in the applicants. If you’re unsure what constitutes conservative attire and grooming, ask someone who knows.

Candor and Sincerity:

Demonstrate sincerity, candor, integrity, conviction and honesty. If you’re not yourself, it will show. We want to see who you are, how you think, and what your values are. During the interview the board does understand that you are nervous, they were in your shoes once before also. If you need to, take a second and a deep breath before answering.

Know yourself:

Know why you want to be a part of the West Memphis Police Department and begin a career in public safety. The only way we will know you potential in a 20 to 30 minute interview is if you know yourself.

Listen Carefully:

Be an active listener, especially during the interview process. Listen carefully to the question asked and think before you respond. Take a few seconds to formulate a thoughtful, concise answer.

The City of West Memphis is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Certified Officers:

Any applicant that has received a Law Enforcement certification (with a minimum of 400 training hours) from any state can wave the written exam. Officers will need to provide a copy of their training certificate at the time of application.

Download Application Here