Employment Opportunities


The police department currently has an approved strength of 10 full-time sworn personnel and 3 part-time employee. The 10 officers primarily make up the Patrol Division, the School Resource Officer, the Criminal Investigation Division, and Animal Control Services. The part time employee is utilized in the patrol division.


At this time there are no openings in the police department.

However, we accept applications year round so the applicant may be consideration for the next available police officer position. Applications are accepted Monday - Friday from 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM and may be picked up at the police department.



  • Must be a citizen of the United States.
  • High school graduate or GED.
  • Must have a valid Arkansas driver's license.
  • Must pass a written examination.
  • Must pass an extensive background check.
  • Must pass a fingerprint check through AFIS.
  • Must pass a standard medical and vision examination.
  • Must pass a physiological evaluation.
  • Must pass a drug screening.
  • Must pass a polygraph examination
  • Ability and willingness to be on call 24 hours a day.
  • Ability to operate standard office equipment and prepare records.
  • Demonstrate an ability to comprehend and write in the English language.
  • Must pass a oral interview with the Sergeant, the Chief of Police, and the Police Committee.
  • Must be able to successfully complete and qualify with a department firearm (after being hired).
  • Must be able to successfully complete the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy (after be hired).
  • Must be able to adhere and uphold the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics.


If any of the following items are discovered while processing an applicant's application then they will immediately be removed from consideration for employment with the police department:

  • Any felony conviction.
  • Any misdemeanor conviction, other than minor traffic violations, within the past 5 years.
  • More than 3 convictions for moving violations in the past 3 years.
  • Any Dishonorable, General, or Other than Honorable Discharged from any branch of the Armed Forces.
  • Shall not have used, tried, tasted, experimented with, delivered, sold, or possessed any illegal controlled substance that would constitute a misdemeanor violation of Arkansas State Law within the 3 years prior to application.
  • Shall not have used, tried, tasted, experimented with, delivered, sold, or possessed any illegal controlled substance that would constitute a felony violation of Arkansas State Law within the 5 years prior to application.
  • Any conviction of the crime of Domestic Violence.
  • Currently under active investigation by Federal, State, or Local authorities, or under investigation by CLEST.
  • Applicants must answer truthfully and fully all questions asked of them. Any misrepresentation or omission of any material fact on the application, during the background investigation, or in any phase of the selection process shall disqualify the applicant. If an investigation discloses a willful misrepresentation, omission, or falsification, the application will be rejected and the applicant may be permanently disqualified from applying in the future for any position with the Prairie Grove Police Department.


The police department's benefit package for full-time entry level personnel includes:

  • Paid holidays (96 hours a year)
  • Paid vacation (15 days a year)
  • Paid sick leave (after 1 year of employment completed)
  • City paid LOPFI Retirement System
  • City paid individual health/dental insurance (family insurance available at employee's expense)
  • Annual pay raises as approved by the governing authority
  • Annual uniform allowance
  • Competitive starting salary
  • Department issued equipment
  • Paid training