Law Enforcement Officer


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Arkansas Highway Police - Special Services
10324 Interstate 30
Little Rock
D - Protective Services
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Full Time Regular
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Multiple position vacancies are available across the state in the following locations:

Alma Weigh Stations

Baxter County - Unit 378

Chicot County - Unit 183

Columbia County - Unit 476

Conway County - Unit 284

Crittenden County Weigh Stations

Drew County - Unit 185

Greene County - Unit 574

Hope Weigh Stations

Jefferson County - Unit 177

Phillips County - Unit 576

Polk County - Unit 374

Pulaski County - Units 179, 186, and 192

Van Buren County - Unit 279

Characteristics of Work

The classification specification of Law Enforcement Officer encompasses the ranks of patrol officer, patrol officer 1st class and corporal. The ranks of patrol officer and patrol officer 1st class, while under immediate supervision, and the rank of corporal, while under supervision, are responsible for the enforcement of state laws regulating the use of public highways with special emphasis on commercial vehicles and private non-passenger transportation vehicles. The rank of corporal possesses moderate supervisory responsibilities.

Examples of Work

The following examples are intended only as illustrations of various types of work performed. No attempt is made to be exhaustive. Related, similar, or other logical duties are performed as assigned. The Department may require employees to perform functions beyond those contained in job descriptions. The Department may modify job descriptions based on Department needs. The Arkansas Department of Transportation is an "at will" employer.

  • Maintain expertise in size, weight, hazardous materials, license, tax, traffic and criminal law enforcement, and motor carrier safety.
  • Prepare written reports and communications.
  • In addition to full and complete law enforcement authority, powers, duties, and responsibilities, the Arkansas Highway Police (AHP) is charged with the primary enforcement of all laws pertaining to axle and gross weights; the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program; the movement of oversize loads and/or vehicles; vehicle licensing and operator/commercial licensing; motor fuel taxes, special distillate motor vehicle fuel taxes, and the interstate or intrastate shipment of bulk amounts of the same; the interstate and intrastate shipment of hazardous materials within the state; traffic enforcement, placing special emphasis on commercial and private non-passenger transportation vehicles and construction/work zones; and collection of those revenues prescribed by the Arkansas Commissioner of Revenues, acting as his agents.

Minimum Requirements


The educational equivalent to a diploma from an accredited high school. Subject to additional drug/alcohol testing according to the provisions of the ArDOT Drug and Alcohol Testing Program.

Applicable to Patrol Officer Rank:

Current certification by the Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training or the ability to acquire certification within 12 months of initial employment. Minimum requirements to achieve certification found in Regulation 1002 of Act 452 of 1975 as amended. A pre-employment drug/alcohol test will be conducted after a contingent offer of employment or internal transfer has been made, and prior to the candidate performing any work for the Department in that capacity.

NOTE: Starting salary for officers certified through the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (CLEST) is $42,328.  In accordance with AHP policy, officers must establish a domicile in the county of the assigned patrol unit or within 65 miles/60 minutes of their assigned weigh station.

("Accredited" means the educational institution or program is accredited by an accrediting organization recognized either by the United States Department of Education or by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.)

A criminal background check will be required to determine suitability of employment, and failure to meet these standards may cause the applicant to be rejected or terminated from that position.

There has never been a better time to join our team of dedicated public servants who strive to help the Department meet its mission to provide a safe, efficient, aesthetically pleasing and environmentally sound intermodal transportation system for the user. We offer competitive pay and benefits with many opportunities for career advancement.

If you need assistance completing the application, please contact Human Resources at 501-569-2454.