Arkansas State Police

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Arkansas State Police
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Common nameArkansas State Police
AbbreviationASP
Agency overview
FormedMarch 19, 1935; 85 years ago (1935-03-19)
Employees976 (as of 2020) [1]
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionArkansas, USA
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Size53,179 square miles (137,730 km2)
Population2,834,797 (2007 est.)[2]
Legal jurisdictionArkansas Statewide
General nature
Operational structure
HeadquartersLittle Rock, Arkansas[3]
Troopers548 (as of 2020) [1]
Civilians428 (as of 2020) [1]
Agency executive
  • Colonel Bill Bryant[4], Director
Parent agencyArkansas Department of Public Safety
Website
https://www.dps.arkansas.gov/law-enforcement/arkansas-state-police/
Arkansas State Police Charger and Helicopter

The Arkansas State Police is a state police division of the Arkansas Department of Public Safety and the premier law enforcement agency in the State of Arkansas. The Arkansas State Police is responsible for enforcing motor vehicle laws, traffic laws, and criminal laws. The Arkansas State Police serves as an assisting agency to local law enforcement agencies within the State of Arkansas and has statewide authority to conduct law enforcement activities, criminal investigations, and crimes against children investigations.[5]

History[edit]

The Aransas State Police was created on 19 March 1935 through Act 120 of 1935, which was passed by the Arkansas General Assembly and signed into law by the 30th Governor of Arkansas J.M. Futrell.

Upon the creation of the Arkansas State Police in 1935, the agency consisted of approximately thirteen Rangers who were charged with enforcing liquor laws and traffic laws. From its creation in 1935, the Arkansas State Police has been an assisting agency to local law enforcement agencies[6]

State Police Commission[edit]

The Arkansas State Police Commission is made up of seven members, appointed by the Governor of Arkansas with the advise and consent of the Arkansas Senate for seven year terms. The Commission is responsible for the overall control of the Arkansas State Police.

Current Commissioners:[7]

Organization[edit]


  • Administrative Services - Major Charles Hubbard [7]
    • The Administrative Services consists of two of the Division’s largest sections, recruiting and training, in addition, Human Resources services for the more than 900 State Police employees. The Arkansas State Police Recruiting Office collects the initial contact forms of all potential recruits and prepares the next generation of State Police Recruits who may enter the department’s Training Academy. The training officers assigned to the division develop and teach both curriculum for new recruits as well as in-service training for incumbent Troopers. [8]
      • Arkansas State Police Personnel [9]
        • Employment [10]
        • Office of Personnel Management [11]
        • Equal Employment Oppertunity Policy [12]
        • Trooper Recruiters are always searching for the next generation of Arkansas State Troopers. If you’re interested in a career among the ranks of Arkansas State Troopers and want to learn more about the job prerequisites, visit the Trooper Recruiting [13] section.

Highway Patrol[edit]

  • Highway Patrol - Major Forrest Marks - Commander Western Region [14]
  • Highway Patrol - Major Jason Aaron - Commander Eastern Region [15]
    • The Highway Patrol Division is the uniformed branch of the Arkansas State Police. It is responsible for traffic supervision, traffic, and criminal law enforcement on the rural highways of Arkansas. The HPD also assist with other incidents to include riots, prison disturbances, labor related disturbances, and providing security at public events.
    • The Highway Patrol Division is divided into two regions both located at Arkansas State Police, One State Police Plaza Drive, Little Rock, Arkansas:
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Troop Station Counties Covered
Troop A Little Rock, Arkansas Faulkner, Lonoke, Pulaski and Saline
Troop B Newport, Arkansas Cleburne, Independence, Jackson, Lawrence, Sharp, and White
Troop C Jonesboro, Arkansas Clay, Craighead, Greene, Mississippi, Poinsett, and Randolph
Troop D Forrest City, Arkansas Crittenden, Cross, Lee, Monroe, Phillips, Prairie, St. Francis, and Woodruff
Troop E Pine Bluff, Arkansas Arkansas, Desha, Jefferson, and Lincoln
Troop F Warren, Arkansas Ashley, Bradley, Calhoun, Chicot, Cleveland, Dallas, Drew, Ouachita, and Union
Troop G Hope, Arkansas Columbia, Hempstead, Howard, Lafayette, Little River, Miller, Nevada, and Sevier
Troop H Fort Smith, Arkansas Crawford, Franklin, Logan, Scott, and Sebastian
Troop I Harrison, Arkansas Baxter, Boone, Fulton, Izard, Marion, Newton, Searcy, and Stone
Troop J Clarksville, Arkansas Conway, Johnson, Perry, Pope, Van Buren, and Yell
Troop K Hot Springs, Arkansas Clark, Garland, Grant, Hot Spring, Montgomery, Pike, and Polk
Troop L Lowell, Arkansas Benton, Carroll, Madison, and Washington

Criminal Investigations[edit]

  • Criminal Investigations - Major Mark Hollingsworth - Commander
    • Special Agents assigned to Criminal Investigations, investigate criminal cases initiated by both the Arkansas State Police and local law enforcement agencies.
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Company Station Counties Covered
Company A Little Rock, Arkansas Crittenden, Cross, Faulkner, Lee, Lonoke, Monroe, Phillips, Prairie, Pulaski, Saline, St. Francis, and Woodruff
Company B Pine Bluff, Arkansas Arkansas, Ashely, Bradley, Calhoun, Chicot, Cleveland, Dallas, Desha, Drew, Jefferson, and Lincoln
Company C Hope, Arkansas Clark, Columbia, Garland, Grant, Hempstead, Hot Spring, Howard, Lafayette, Little River, Miller, Montgomery, Nevada, Pike, Polk, and Sevier
Company D Fort Smith, Arkansas Benton, Carroll, Crawford, Franklin, Logan, Madison, Scott, Sebastian, and Washington
Company E Harrison, Arkansas Baxter, Boone, Conway, Fulton, Izard, Johnson, Marion, Newton, Perry, Pope, Searcy, Stone, Van Buren, and Yell
Company F Jonesboro, Arkansas Clay, Cleburne, | Craighead, Greene, Independence, Jackson, Lawrence, Mississippi, Poinsett, Randolph, Sharp,and White

Crimes Against Children[edit]

  • Crimes Against Children - Major Jeffrey Drew - Commander [16]
    • Crimes Against Children - Gary Glisson - Investigations Administrator [17]
    • Crimes Against Children - Dan Mack - Hotline Administrator [18]
    • Investigators assigned to the Crimes Against Children, investigate child maltreatment and criminal cases involving juveniles along with local law enforcement agencies.
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Area Station Counties Covered
Area I Lowell, Arkansas Benton, Boone, and Carroll
Area II Springdale, Arkansas Washington, Madison, and Newton
Area III Mountain View, Arkansas Baxter, Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Lawrence, Marion, Randolph, Searcy, Sharp, and Stone
Area IV Paragould, Arkansas Clay, Craighead, Crittenden, Cross, Greene, Mississippi, and Poinsett
Area V Fort Smith, Arkansas Crawford, Franklin, Johnson, Logan, Pope, Sebastian, and Yell
Area VI Clinton, Arkansas Conway, Faulkner, Garland, Perry, Saline, and Van Buren
Area VII Searcy, Arkansas Lee, Lonoke, Monroe, Phillips, Prairie, St. Francis, White, and Woodruff
Area VIII Little Rock, Arkansas Pulaski County
Area IX DeQueen, Arkansas Clark, Columbia, Grant, Hempstead, Hot Spring, Howard, Lafayette, Little River, Miller, Montgomery, Nevada, Pike, Polk, Scott, and Sevier
Area X Stuttgart, Arkansas Arkansas, Ashley, Bradley, Calhoun, Chicot, Cleveland, Dallas, Desha, Drew, Grant, Jefferson, Lincoln, Ouachita, and Union

Fallen officers[edit]

Since its formation in 1935, 21 ASP troopers have been killed in the line of duty. The most common cause of line of duty deaths to date is automobile accidents.[8]

Rank Name Date of Death Cause of Death
Trooper Sidney Pavatt 09-25-1948 Was fatally wounded outside a residence while searching for a burglary suspect.
Trooper Ermon Cox 08-17-1958 Was fatally wounded while attempting to arrest a DWI suspect.
Sergeant Elmer Bradshaw 12-11-1965 Was killed in an automobile accident while on duty.
Trooper Harry Locke 09-24-1966 Was fatally injured in a vehicle crash.
Trooper Allen Bufford 07-27-1969 Was fatally wounded during a highway violator traffic stop.
Trooper Ron Brooks 02-27-1975 Was fatally wounded while apprehending three escapees.
Sergeant Kelly Pigue 12-08-1977 Was fatally injured in a vehicle crash.
Sergeant Glenn Bailey 09-05-1980 Was fatally wounded during a violator stop.
Trooper William Rose, Jr. 12-28-1982 Was fatally injured in a vehicle crash.
Trooper Louis Bryant 06-30-1984 Was fatally wounded during a violator stop.
Trooper Robbie Klein 10-15-1984 Was fatally wounded during a search for two prison escapees.
Corporal Phillip Ostermann 08-10-1985 Was killed in an aircraft accident while searching for marijuana fields.
Trooper Michael Bassing 07-24-1986 Was fatally injured in a helicopter crash.
Trooper Wilson Atkins, Jr. 07-03-1988 Was fatally injured after being struck by a passing vehicle during a violator stop.
Trooper Clark Simpson 02-18-1989 Was fatally injured after his patrol car was struck from the rear following a violator stop.
Corporal John Scarberough 09-02-1998 Was fatally injured when his patrol car was hit from the rear during a violator stop.
Captain Tom Craig 12-04-2000 Was fatally injured after being struck by a vehicle while assisting the victims of an earlier traffic crash.
Trooper Herbert Smith 02-14-2001 Died from injuries sustained in a vehicle crash as he responded to a child emergency call.
Trooper Jimmie White 06-01-2002 Died from injuries sustained in the crash of his patrol motorcycle he was driving at the time of an escort involving the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels.
Corporal Mark Carthron 09-12-2005 Died from injuries sustained the previous day when he was struck on Interstate 40 as he and other troopers attempted to stop a fugitive vehicle.
Sergeant Richard LeBow 02-04-2008 Died from injuries sustained in a traffic crash while on patrol duty.

Rank structure[edit]

Title Insignia Description
Director (Colonel)
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Rank of Colonel, appointed by the Governor of Arkansas to be the professional head of the Department
Deputy Director (Lieutenant Colonel)
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Rank of Lieutenant Colonel, second-in-command of Department and second highest ranked commissioned officer in the Department.
Major
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Responsible for serving as a Highway Patrol Regional Commander, as the Criminal Investigations Commander, as the Crimes Against Children Commander, or as the Administrative Services Division Commander
Captain
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Responsible for serving as a Highway Patrol Troop Commander, Criminal Investigation Division Regional Commander or other upper-level administrative and managerial staff position.
Lieutenant
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Responsible for serving as a Highway Patrol Troop Assistant Commander, Criminal Investigation Division Company Commander or supervising a specialized function with the State Police
Sergeant
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First supervisory rank, responsible for overseeing and supervising Troopers and non-commissioned personnel in the performance of their duties
Corporal
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Rank attained by Trooper First Class after completion of 7 years of service. May supervise Troopers in the performance of their duties in absence of a sergeant.
Trooper First Class
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Rank attained by Trooper after completion of 4 1/2 years of service.
Trooper
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Rank attained by Recruits upon successful completion of the training academy, responsible for field law enforcement patrol or specialized or technical law enforcement function.
Cadet
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A Cadet is a new recruit, and is the rank held by all personnel while assigned as a student at the training academy. These personnel do not wear rank insignia.

Controversies[edit]

  • In 1993, several state troopers claimed that they assisted then Governor Bill Clinton to cover extramarital affairs in what became known as "Troopergate".[10] No official state inquiry was performed.
  • On March 7, 2006, trooper Larry P. Norman fatally shot Joseph Erin Hamley, an unarmed man with cerebral palsy as he lay on his back.[11] On June 28, 2007, Norman pleaded guilty to negligent homicide based on the dashcam footage and was sentenced to 90 days in jail, 30 days of community service, one year of probation, and a $1,000 fine.[12] Norman served 54 days of his jail sentence.[13] The Arkansas State Police settled a lawsuit on March 5, 2007 with the victim's family for one million dollars.[14]

In popular culture[edit]

See also[edit]

State Troopers

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c USDOJ Statistics Archived 2008-11-20 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ https://www.census.gov/popest/states/NST-ann-est.html Archived 2010-11-08 at the Library of Congress Web Archives 2007 Population Estimates
  3. ^ Home page. Arkansas State Police. Retrieved on April 20, 2015. "One State Police Plaza Drive Little Rock, AR 72209"
  4. ^ "Arkansas State Police Website". Arkansas State Police Website.
  5. ^ Arkansas Code Annotated § 12-8-106
  6. ^ Arkansas State Police Website
  7. ^ Arkansas State Police Commissioners
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ Oyez article about the case
  10. ^ "Troopers Say Clinton Sought Silence on Personal Affairs", Los Angeles Times, December 21, 1993.
  11. ^ "Officers Mistakenly Shoot Young Man With Disabilities As He Lay On His Back". Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  12. ^ "Former trooper sentenced for shooting of disabled Springdale man". Arkansas Online. 28 June 2007. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  13. ^ "Print - Ex-Trooper Larry Norman Released From Jail - thv11.com". Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  14. ^ "Inclusion Daily Express -- State Police Agrees To Pay $1 Million To Erin Hamley's Estate". Retrieved 13 February 2016.

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