The administrative office of the Jonesboro Police Department includes the Office of the Chief of Police, which also includes the Assistant Chief of Police, an Administrative Captain, Public Information Officer, Community Outreach and Recruiting Officer and the Chief’s Administrative Assistant.

The Administrative Services Captain also oversees the Support Services units of the department, as well as Professional Standards (Internal Affairs) and Accreditation.  Some of the support units include Animal Control and the Records Division.  While some of these units are overseen by and include certified law enforcement officers, many are civilian employees.

Administrative services also provides daily support for the Chief of Police and the rest of the department with services such as planning and research, fiscal affairs, crime analysis, alarm tracking, records maintenance, and supply and fleet operations.

Public Information
Professional Standards
Animal Control
K-9 Unit
Crime Analysis
Records Division

Chief Rick Elliott

ChiefElliot_000 Rick Elliott was named chief of the Jonesboro Police Department in September of 2014.  A veteran of more than 35 years in law enforcement, he began his career in law enforcement as a reserve officer in Jonesboro in 1979 -1981.

Elliott worked for the Blytheville Police Department from 1981 through 1992, rising to the rank of lieutenant while serving in Patrol, Criminal Investigations, the Drug Task Force and as SWAT team commander.

Elliott has been with the Jonesboro Police Department since October 1992. He was among the first officers to respond to the Westside Middle School shootings in 1998. Because of his experience with that tragic event, Elliott has given presentations around the country at conferences and seminars on school violence and crisis preparation.

Before being tapped as the new chief of police, Elliott served in both the Patrol and Criminal Investigation Divisions. He has also overseen the department’s K-9 unit and served as commander of the Crisis Negotiation Team. He is a Certified Law Enforcement Instructor, a Certified Polygraph Examiner, a Certified Crime Scene Technician and is also certified in blood pattern analysis.

Outside of the Jonesboro Police Department, Elliott has served as president of the Fraternal Order of Police and chairman of the city’s Employee Representative Committee.

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Assistant Chief Tim Eads

asstchieftimeads_000The son of a U.S. Navy sailor, Assistant Chief Tim Eads lived in Japan during his teens. Following his graduation from high school, Chief Eads served in the United States Air Force Security Police for four years, including a year in Keflavik, Iceland. Chief Eads has been with the Jonesboro police Department since May of 1985. He progressed through the ranks of the police department and was promoted to his present rank of assistant chief of the department in 2005.

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Captain B.J. Smith

captsmithCaptain B.J. Smith began his employment with the Jonesboro Police Department on March 28, 1983. Prior to working for JPD, he was a Deputy Sheriff with the Greene County S.O. for four years. He also served in the U.S. Air Force from May of 1974 to May of 1978 as a Law Enforcement Specialist. Capt. Smith was promoted to Captain at JPD in November of 1999. In his time with JPD, Capt. Smith has served in every division.

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