Eligibility, Testing & Selection

The recruitment and selection processes are vitally important elements in the Bentonville Police Department’s effort to attract and appoint only the most qualified personnel. It is the policy of the Bentonville Police Department to ensure that in its recruitment and selection process, equal employment opportunity is guaranteed to all persons without regard to race, creed, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, mental or physical handicap, sexual orientation, or any other factors not related to merit and fitness for the position. 

The Bentonville Police Department operates under the Equal Employment Opportunity Policy adopted by the City of Bentonville. This policy is maintained by the City of Bentonville’s Human Resources Department and is available for all employees to review upon request.

The recruiting and selection process shall be a joint effort of the Bentonville Police Department and the City of Bentonville’s Human Resources Department.

*Additional State requirements can be reviewed on the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training website. 

  1. Eligibility Requirements
  2. Testing Procedures
  3. Selection

The minimum requirements for an appointment to the position of Police Officer for the City of Bentonville are as follows: 

  • Be a citizen of the United States or a nonimmigrant legally admitted to the United States under the Compact of Free Association (Marshall Islands).
  • Be at least 21 years old. 
  • Be fingerprinted and a search initiated of state and national fingerprint files to disclose any criminal record.
  • High School Graduate or Equivalent. 
  • Be of good character as determined by a thorough background investigation.
  • Have No Felony Convictions. 
  • Possess Valid Drivers License. 
  • Be examined by a licensed physician and meet the physical requirements.
  • Be interviewed personally prior to employment by the department head or their representative, or representatives to determine such things as the applicant’s motivation, appearance, demeanor, attitude, and ability to communicate.  
  • Be examined by an individual licensed to practice psychiatry or psychology and qualified to perform such evaluations in the State of Arkansas, who after examination finds the law enforcement officer to be competent and recommends the law enforcement agency hire the individual.