The goal of the D.A.R.E. and School Resource Officer programs of the Jonesboro Police Department are to protect students, faculty, and staff on school property, reduce the incidences of juvenile crime and delinquency and provide proven, valuable student training through the Drug Abuse Resistance Education curriculum.
The School Resource Officer program is comprised of seven officers that provide services to the Jonesboro, Nettleton and Valley View schools in the city of Jonesboro.
The D.A.R.E. Officer program is comprised of two veteran officers all nationally certified in the D.A.R.E. curriculum program who annually provide D.A.R.E. training to over 2,000 students.
These programs bring a variety of police services directly to the almost 10,000 students in the city of Jonesboro schools including classroom presentations, mentoring, and personal contacts for students on a daily basis.
To contact a D.A.R.E. officer please call the Jonesboro Police Department main number at (870) 935-5562.
The mission of the Drug Task Force is to investigate major drug traffickers in our area and to respond to the needs of our community. We encourage citizens to assist us in our efforts by reporting possible drug trafficking in their neighborhoods.
The Second Judicial Drug Task Force was established through a cooperative effort of the Second Judicial Prosecutor and District law enforcement agencies to combat narcotics and organized crime.
The Task Force is governed by a Board of Directors, which consists of the Prosecuting Attorney, Task Force Coordinator, a representative on the Arkansas State Police, and the Chiefs and Sheriffs of all the local law enforcement agencies within the Second Judicial District that either provide manpower to the Task Force, or for whom the Task Force prosecutes its felony cases or civil drug forfeitures.
Currently there are eight Jonesboro Police Officers assigned to the Task Force.
The goal of the Chaplain’s program to provide support to local law enforcement officers, their mission (to protect and serve), and offer a special understanding of their unique work; supporting them and their families. Some of the specific ways that chaplains encourage and support officers is by riding along with officers on duty, visiting police department offices and special assignment sites, providing on-scene support during death notifications and appropriately recognizing individual achievements. The most important of the chaplain duties is the commitment to regular prayer for officers and their families.
Individual cannot simply volunteer to be a police chaplain and then find themselves in that role the next day. The job requires many hours of training and commitment on the part of the individual serving as chaplain. Current chaplains have participated in a number of different training opportunities, including Law Enforcement Chaplain Certification Training and Reserve Police Officer training. Chaplains also have to be committed to obtaining a certain number of hours of on-the-job training.
Law Enforcement Chaplains hold a special and unique role. Their primary focus is to build relationships with officers regardless of their religious preference or lack of religious practice. The ministry is available to law enforcement personnel both on and off duty as needed. Building those relationships with law enforcement officers may often take time and requires that chaplains be aware of the unique stress on law enforcement officers. Chaplains must be available, visible, adaptable, credible, be a good listener, and be capable of the confidentiality required to gain the officers’ trust. The rewards can be innumerable and it is in this up close and personal atmosphere that one can gain some understanding and appreciation of the authentic acts of thoughtfulness, kindness and true understanding like individuals of the law enforcement community often exemplify.
A chaplain must be certain of their calling. If you are considering making application to the Chaplaincy Program, it is extremely important that you prayerfully consider your interest and motivation. This must begin with a genuine desire to help not only with a local department, but also your community. Understand that a law enforcement chaplaincy is a form of ministry in which you find life at its meanest, filthiest, most inhumane and most selfish. However, all this points to the great need in the community for this supporting role to the part of the law enforcement officers who work in this environment each day. Chaplains are not sworn law enforcement officers and have no arrest authority.
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The Jonesboro Police Department Reserve Police Officer Unit is comprised of non-paid officers with reserve certification from the State of Arkansas. The unit is a valuable resource for the agency and supplements the day-to-day operations of the department. In doing so, it is the policy of the Jonesboro Police Department to ensure that its reserve police officers meet comparable training and proficiency requirements as required of regular full-time police officers.
Members of the Jonesboro Police Department’s Reserve Police Officer Unit, while on-duty, can exercise the same authority and have legal protection afforded full time sworn police officers.
The members of the Jonesboro Police Department’s Reserve Officer Unit are selected in the same manner as are full time police officers, must be at least twenty-one years of age, and meet other state, city, and local qualifications.
Although the Reserve Police Officer Unit is primarily intended to function in a support capacity for the Patrol Division such as augmenting regular patrols, providing assistance with sobriety checkpoints, or working special events, they are utilized at any time it is necessary to assist the regular, salaried members of the Jonesboro Police Department preserve the peace, enforce the law and maintain order in the community.
The Jonesboro Police Department deploys officers to three school districts located within the city. Currently, there are a total of ten School Resource Officers in area schools. The officers are assigned to the Valley View School District, Jonesboro High School, Annie Camp Junior High School, Douglas MacArthur Junior High School, the Area Vocational Technical Center, and the Nettleton Public School District.
School Resource Officers are uniformed, certified police officers who receive specialized training to deal with school-related issues and promote safety on campus. SRO duties include patrolling school properties, assisting school officials with safety plans and crime issues, controlling traffic, providing security at school events such as ball games, taking reports, making arrests when needed, building positive relationships with students, parents, teachers and staff, and providing other law enforcement services as needed.
The Jonesboro Police S.W.A.T. Unit can rapidly respond when needed.
Recognizing that the presence of a highly trained, highly skilled police tactical unit has been shown to substantially reduce the risk of injury or loss of life to citizens, police officers and suspects; and recognizing that a well managed team response to critical incidents usually results in successful resolution of critical incidents, it is the intent of the Jonesboro Police Special Services Unit to provide a highly trained and skilled tactical team as a resource for the Jonesboro Police Department in the handling of critical incidents.
Currently, the team is comprised of 27 officers. In addition, the team has three medical doctors and five medics who are reserve police officers.
The Special Weapons and Tactics Team (S.W.A.T). is trained to respond to a wide variety of critical incidents which include the following:
- Hostage Situations: The holding of any person(s) against their will by an armed or potentially armed suspect(s).
- Barricade Situations: The stand-off created by an armed or potentially armed suspect(s) in any location, whether fortified or not, who is refusing to comply with police demands to surrender.
- Sniper Situations: The firing upon citizens and/or police by an armed suspect, whether stationary or mobile.
- High-Risk Apprehensions: The arrest or apprehension of armed or potentially armed suspects where the likelihood or armed resistance is high.
- High-Risk Warrant Service: The service of search or arrest warrants where the warrant service involves armed or potentially armed suspects.
- Personal Protection: The security of special persons, such as VIP’s, witnesses, or suspects, based on threat or potential threat to the well being of those persons.
- Special Assignments: Any assignment, approved by the Special Services Commander, based upon a high level of threat.
Increasing traffic flow has necessitated the recent implementation of a Traffic Unit in 2007. Beginning with two motorcycle units to respond to traffic accidents and provide increased enforcement in particularly challenging areas, the unit now also includes two officers in more traditional units and a supervisor as well as two more motorcycle units.
Traffic Enforcement Units also provide additional coverage for particular congestion problems, such as those associated with events or the beginning of the school year. They also work special details targeting specific issues, such as DWI patrol or traffic safety checkpoints.
Officers of the Jonesboro Police Department are required to train in various subjects throughout the year. In addition to mandatory annual refresher training in topics including Bias-free Policing and Use of Force, officers must also complete additional hours of elective training in areas such as Basic Spanish for Law Enforcement, Crime Scene Management or Gang Investigation Techniques. Officers must also attend a range session for various firearms qualifications courses approximately once each quarter.
The training unit is under the direction of a sergeant who reports to the Special Services Division Lieutenant. The training coordinator is responsible for the coordination of all department training, including a comprehensive basic training for newly hired officers, as well as the continued refresher and specialty training for veteran officers.
New recruits to the Jonesboro Police Department must complete at least 33 weeks of training before they are permanently assigned to a shift as a certified police officer. One of the most important parts of that training is the Field Training Officer Program.
The program consists of a twelve week evaluation period during which new officers are assigned to ride along with a specially trained Field Training Officer (FTO). Recruits ride for a four week period on each shift and are evaluated each day in twenty-five different areas by the FTO.
The Jonesboro Police Department Warrant Division serves warrants, criminal summons, and subpoenas issued by the District Court. They also provide service to the court on city court days with the service of a court bailiff and a transport officer.
Under some circumstances individuals who turn themselves in on an active warrant may be released on a citation or arrangements made for a same day court appearance to avoid posting of a bond.
The Warrant Division is also responsible for the transport of prisoners arrested on various city of Jonesboro warrants by other agencies. Warrant officers travel thousands of miles each year transporting prisoners.
Inquiries concerning active warrants can be made in person at the Police Department or by telephone at (870) 933-4600 during weekdays hours of 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. or other times by telephone at (870) 935-5562.
The Honor Guard is an all volunteer unit of full-time and reserve police officers who are dedicated to honoring the community and those who serve through a visible, professional display of respect by the department. This unit provides funeral services for current and retired officers. They also serve in parades and special events. The Honor Guard trains monthly and all of its members have other full-time duties.
The Street Crimes Unit is tasked with: pursuing persons wanted for felony and misdemeanor warrants; investigating street-level narcotics offenders; investigate prostitution related crimes; establishing sources of intelligence; and, assisting with the development and implementation of special enforcement strategies.
The Court Services Unit provides probation services for the District Court.