The Jonesboro Police Department Reserve Police Officer Unit is comprised of non-paid officers with reserve certification from the State of Arkansas. The unit is a valuable resource for the agency and supplements the day-to-day operations of the department. In doing so, it is the policy of the Jonesboro Police Department to ensure that its reserve police officers meet comparable training and proficiency requirements as required of regular full-time police officers.
Members of the Jonesboro Police Department’s Reserve Police Officer Unit, while on-duty, can exercise the same authority and have legal protection afforded full time sworn police officers.
The members of the Jonesboro Police Department’s Reserve Officer Unit are selected in the same manner as are full time police officers, must be at least twenty-one years of age, and meet other state, city, and local qualifications.
Although the Reserve Police Officer Unit is primarily intended to function in a support capacity for the Patrol Division such as augmenting regular patrols, providing assistance with sobriety checkpoints, or working special events, they are utilized at any time it is necessary to assist the regular, salaried members of the Jonesboro Police Department preserve the peace, enforce the law and maintain order in the community.
We are not currently accepting applications for reserve officers. There is no date set in the near future to do so.
The appointment process is essentially the same as the hiring process for full time officers. Upon application, a preliminary background check will be done to ensure that you meet the minimum state and department qualifications to be a reserve officer (the same as listed above for full-time officers). You will then be contacted to schedule your written exam. If you pass the written exam, your background investigation will commence. You will also be expected to complete the physical agility testing on the date listed in the application packet. If you pass both the background investigation, which includes a polygraph, and physical agility testing, you will then be scheduled for an interview with a panel of members of the JPD. Upon successful completion of all of the steps in this process, you will be placed on an eligibility list for appointment to Reserve Officer.
The written exam and physical agility standards are the same for both reserve and full-time officers. Details about both of those can be found above, as well as information about minimum requirements for appointment.