The Fort Smith Police Department Reserve Officer Unit has a venerable history from which many outstanding and honorable members have distinguished themselves as valuable
partners to full-time police officers and the citizens we proudly serve. FSPD Reserve Officers currently assist the police department on a volunteer basis and supplement
officers in the patrol division by handling a variety of tasks and services. Plans are under way to afford Reserve Officers with expertise in law enforcement disciplines
beyond patrol, the opportunity to assist other divisions within the department.
Reserve Officers receive training comparable to that of a full-time officer. They attend all mandatory in-service training and qualify two times each year with their
department-issued firearm. Reserve Officers are required to work a minimum of twenty (20) hours per quarter in order to remain a reserve in good standing. The Fort Smith
Police Department provides Reserve Officers with uniforms and all the equipment necessary to perform their assigned duties. Reserve officers are often counted upon to
compliment full time police officers by providing additional manpower at special events, parades and many other civic activities.
Recently, the Fort Smith Police Department made some updates in reference to the qualifications of Reserve applicants. Anyone interested in being a reserve officer for the
City of Fort Smith must now have full-time law enforcement certification. This mandate was made to obtain compliance with our National CALEA Accreditation. Persons wishing
to apply for the Fort Smith Police Department's Reserve Officer Program should contact FSPD recruiter, Cpl. Scott Jackson, at (479) 709-5156. Successful completion of a
physical ability test is required to ensure applicants are capable of handling common tasks typically performed by police officers.
Candidates undergo an extensive background investigation and an oral interview before a Police Review Board. Successful completion of all stages is required before applicants are
selected to attend an Auxiliary Police Officer Course. These courses are typically held on Saturday evenings in Fort Smith, Van Buren, or Fort Chaffee. Successful completion of
the auxiliary course is required to be selected as a Reserve Officer and begin serving the citizens of Fort Smith, Arkansas. Reserve Officer applicants who possess approved law
enforcement certification at the time of their application are not required to attend the Auxiliary Course.