Become an Officer

The Benton Civil Service Commission tests once a year to create a hiring list for the Benton Police Department. 

After obtaining a certified list, from the Civil Service Commission, available police officer positions are filled.  Selected Officer's must successfully complete a 12 week FTO program prior to attending the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy.  Lateral transfers of certified officer's will be evaluated based on their training and experience for additional certification.

Steps to Becoming one of "Benton’s Finest"

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The 2017 starting salary with holiday pay is $34,041 plus the below listed benefits:

CURRENT BENEFITS:

  • Educational Incentive Pay=$50.00 per month on attainable certificates. Up to $600.00 per year, per certificate. (up to 6 certificates for a total possible $3,600.00) after the first year.
  • Degree Pay: $50.00 per month Associate Degree; $100.00 per month Bachelor's Degree; $150.00 per month Master's Degree after the first year.
  • Uniforms and Safety Equipment provided by the City and $480.00 Cleaning Allowance.
  • $750.00 per year Clothing Allowance after the first year.
  • Paid Sick Leave, after 90 days employment.
  • Paid Vacation Leave.
  • Paid Life Insurance, including spouse and dependent.
  • Paid Health Insurance including dental and optical, for employees, plus partially paid health insurance for dependents. 

Applicants for entry level Police Officer positions must meet the following criteria established by the State of Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training, the State of Arkansas Civil Service Statute, and the Benton Civil Service Commission.

  • An applicant must be at least twenty and a half (20 1/2) years of age.
  • An applicant must have graduated from a standard high school or must have a high school equivalency; i.e., General Education Diploma (GED).
  • An applicant must have no felony convictions.
  • A complete background investigation will be conducted on every applicant.
  • An applicant will be required to pass a basic physical agility test, drug test, Computer Voice Stress Analyzer, medical and psychological examination.

SELECTION PROCEDURES:

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Application - A completed, written application must be mailed, faxed or emailed to City of Benton HR:

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P.O. Box 607
Benton, AR 72018
Fax # 501-776-5912.

Applications must be turned in no later than Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 12:00 (noon).

Written Test – The test will be administered on Monday, October 2, 2017 at 6:00 P.M. at the Benton High School Cafeteria, 211 North Border Street, Benton, AR 72015.

  • Basic Physical Agility Test
  • Oral Interviews
  • Background Investigation, Medical Examination, Drug Test and Psychological Evaluation, Computer Voice Stress Analyzer to veryify application information.

    The CITY OF BENTON is an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER and does not discriminate in its employment practices on the basis of race, sex, age, religion, national origin, or physical or mental disability. .

 

  • We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

 

Code of Ethics

AS A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER my fundamental duty is to serve mankind; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation, and the peaceful against violence or disorder, and to respect the constitutional rights of all men to liberty, equality and justice.

I WILL keep my private life unsullied as an example to all; maintain courageous calm in the face of danger, scorn or ridicule; develop self-restraint; and be constantly mindful of the welfare of others. Honest in thought and deed in both my personal and official life. I will be exemplary in obeying the laws of the land and the regulations of my department. Whatever I see or hear of a confidential nature or that is confided to me in my official capacity will be kept ever secret unless revelation is necessary in the performance of my duty.

I WILL never act officiously or permit personal feeling, prejudices, animosities or friendships to influence my decisions. With no compromise for crime and with relentless prosecution of criminals, I will enforce the law courteously and appropriately without fear of favor, malice or ill will, never employing unnecessary force or violence and never accepting gratuities.

I RECOGNIZE the badge of my office as a symbol of public faith, and I accept it as a public trust to be held so long as I am true to the ethics of the police service. I will constantly strive to achieve these objectives and ideals, dedicating myself before God to my chosen profession....Law Enforcement.