JPD K9 chosen as finalist in national SUV contest

JPD K9 Unit Investigator Dustin Smith and his K9 Partner Rico have been chosen as a finalist in the Vested Interest in K9s 2019 SUV Giveaway!

Voting opens October 1 and ends October 31, the team with the most votes wins a brand new Chevy Tahoe SUV with police pursuit package AND customized for a K9 Unit. No purchase necessary - cast your daily vote at vik9s.org/suvvote

Vote once per day (clock resets at midnight) for Dustin and Rico. The finalist with the most eligible votes on October 31 wins the SUV!

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City to host public forum on gang activity

A public forum to discuss gang-related violence in Northeast Arkansas will be held at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 7 in the Nettleton High School Performing Arts Center.

 

The forum, created by Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin and the Jonesboro Police Department, is part of a multi-jurisdictional task force working to combat gang activity.

 

The Organized Criminal Activity Task Force was established this year by regional law enforcement agencies to identify and target for prosecution “criminal enterprise groups,” or gangs, involved in crimes including drug trafficking, money laundering, arms violations, street violence and alien smuggling. The task force is creating a database to share information.

 Gangs have been operating in the region for many years, and one of their strategies is to involve young people as early as middle school. This program provides information that may help community leaders, educators and law enforcement identify and respond to signs and actions of gang activity.

 Forum speakers include Craighead County chief deputy prosecuting attorney Grant DeProw; Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Charlene Davidson Henry, who works with the task force; Jonesboro Police Chief Rick Elliott; and Taskforce commander and JPD Lt. Kenneth Oldham.

 The panelists will discuss gang signs and activities, and the program will include a question-and-answer session. Roy Ockert, retired editor of The Sun, will serve as moderator. The program is open and free to the public.

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Support the JPD K9 Unit with Vested Interest in K9s, Inc

The Jonesboro Police Department has partnered with Vested Interest in K9s, Inc to offer an exciting new way to support the JPD K9 Unit.

December 11, 2018, JPD K9 Gabo was shot five times during a SWAT call out incident in Jonesboro. He was wearing a bullet proof and stab proof vest provided to him by Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. The bullet that would have been fatal was stopped by this vest. View photos below of the blood stained vest as well as the bullet retrieved from its Kevlar interior. Our community rallied around Gabo and rooted for his recovery along the way. He returned to duty just two months later and has been working alongside his handler, Investigator Erik Johnson, ever since.

Gabo was chosen as the featured K9 for July 2020 in the nationwide VIK9s Calendar! All proceeds from calendar sales come back to the JPD K9 unit to purchase equipment, tools, and training materials.

K9 supporters and Gabo lovers are invited to purchase a 2020 Vested Interest in K9’s Calendar via this link.

100% of the proceeds will be utilized to provide equipment and services for the Jonesboro Police Department K9 Unit.

Each purchase includes a 2020 Vested Interest in K9s Calendar signed by K9 Gabo and his handler Inv. Erik Johnson, a custom VIK9s calendar envelope, and JPD stickers.

AGA Act 920 - collecting DNA samples for Missing Persons

Act 920 has placed a new responsibility on law enforcement to collect DNA from family members of missing persons. This act was approved on 4/11/19 by the Arkansas General Assembly.

When a missing persons report is received, Jonesboro Police Department officers are required, within 30 days, to “obtain voluntary DNA samples from appropriate family members to submit to the laboratory for DNA testing and to an institution of higher education that specializes in DNA identification for a full genetic profile […]

Since January 1, 2019, JPD has seen 103 reports of missing juveniles and 32 reports of missing adults. Officers have received push back from family members who are suspicious of why we ask for DNA samples. Family members seem to think that something has possibly happened to the runaway/missing person, or they are suspicious that we are trying to collect a sample from them for some purpose other than what Act 920 requires.

Along with the DNA collection, the law also requires that EVERY officer in the state has to complete training on investigating missing persons cases, including particulars about when and how to utilize the Amber Alert system.

This act also goes along with the state wide certification of the Child Abduction Response Teams (CART) and a new law that gives team members legal authority anywhere in the state when they are working with their team.

Read the full legislature here: http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/2019/2019R/Acts/Act920.pdf

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