Entry Level Police Officer Exam Details

The City of Conway will be testing for entry level Police Officers on Tuesday, March 17th at 6:00 P.M. and Wednesday, March 18th at 9:00 A.M.

The testing will take place at the Conway Expo Center located at 2505 East Oak Street Conway, AR 72032. Entry level tests are good for one year or until the hiring list is exhausted.


Pre-registration is required.

You must register on or before March 14th at 4 P.M. to be eligible to take the written test. Use the adjacent form to pre-register for the exam. You must provide the requested information to be registered.

Candidates receiving a passing score on the written exam will be given a physical agility test on March 28th at 9:00 A.M. and 1:00 P.M. at the Conway High School track. The Conway High School is located at 2300 Prince Street, Conway, AR 72034. The physical agility test is demanding, so wear or bring appropriate attire and footwear for physical exertion. Remember to hydrate before the physical agility test. Remember to hydrate before the physical agility test. The physical agility requirements can be viewed in Section 2 below.

Written and physical tests start promptly at listed times and no one will be admitted late. You must bring a photo ID.

2020 Pre-Registration for Entry Level Exam

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Eligibility for Hire

Eligibility for appointment to sworn positions in the Conway Police Department is governed by Ark. Code Ann. § 14-51-301, as that statute may be amended from time to time. All necessary prerequisites to being considered for such positions shall be included in job postings distributed by the HR Department. In addition to the minimum qualifications stated below, applicants must comply with any deadlines for submitting all necessary information in order to be eligible to compete in the hiring process. Deadlines for submitting such necessary information shall be set by the HR Department. Selection of the Police Chief is not governed by these Rules and Regulations.


To be considered for employment as a police officer with the Conway Police Department, applicants must meet the following minimum qualifications, most of which are promulgated by the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards ("ACLES"). In the event of additions or modifications adopted by the ACLES, such changes shall be followed, and will be included in this section without need of a public hearing:

  1. Citizen of the United States;
  2. Applicant must turn twenty-one (21) years of age within six (6) months of test date and be less than forty-six (46) years of age on the date of hire. If an applicant turns forty-six (46) at any time prior to being hired by the CPD, he is no longer eligible for hire;
  3. No felony convictions;
  4. High school graduate or possess GED;
  5. Hold a valid driver's license;
  6. Be of good character as determined by a thorough background investigation;
  7. Have acceptable vision (uncorrected visual acuity must not exceed 20/100 in either eye, correctable to 20/20 or better in each eye);
  8. Possess normal hearing and be free of any hearing defect which, in the opinion of the physician administering the required post-offer physical examination, could adversely affect performance of duty; and
  9. Successfully complete a physical agility test, psychological examination and post-offer physical examination, including a post-offer of employment drug test.

Hiring Process

1 Written Examination


First, candidates must take and pass a written examination. This exam is video-based and there is not a study guide or test-prep. It will identify candidates who have the observation and analytic ability to assess situations, the confidence and maturity to handle enforcement, the skills to interact with the public in a customer oriented way, the respect to work within a chain of command and the responsibility and ethics to handle the authority of the job.

2 Physical Agility Test


Those candidates whom successfully passed the written examination will be authorized to continue the hiring process by completing our Physical Agility Test. The physical agility course utilized by the Conway Police Department consists of seven (7) individual elements or “stations.” Each station attempts to fairly recreate or simulate a physical activity that a police officer can reasonably expect to perform in the line of duty.

What can you expect in CPD's Physical Agility Test?

Re-application: If an applicant fails any portion of the selection process or is not offered employment before the list expires, they may retake the exam on the next testing date.

3 Preference Points  (will be given for the following Educational / Vocational qualifications):
  • For current certified police officer requiring no more than the one-week refresher at ALETA
  • For bi-lingual in conversational Spanish or ASL sign language (proficiency test will be given)
  • For 60-99 college credit hours with 2.0 or higher grade point
  • Additional points will be awarded for 100 or more college credits with a 2.0 or higher grade point

4 Background Investigation

Mockup of Background Packet for Conway Police Department

Candidates who pass both the entry level and physical agility test will undergo a complete background investigation including a Truth Verification test. Candidates receiving conditional offers of employment will undergo a physical and psychological exam, visual acuity test, hearing exam and drug screen.

The City of Conway is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital or veteran status, political status, disability status or other legally protected status. Females and minorities are encouraged to apply.

General Contacts

1105 Prairie Street
Conway, AR 72032

Conway Police Department


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City of Conway

We, the members of the Conway Police Department, are committed to protecting and serving the citizens of Conway, Arkansas. That is our highest calling, as we pledge to join hands with others in carrying out our sworn duty to uphold the law.

Chief Jody Spradlin

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