JPD Office of Public Information
The Jonesboro Police Department Office of Public Information follows the Freedom of Information Act guidelines that were set in place by the Arkansas General Assembly. The FOIA gives the press the right to ask for public records regarding governmental operations. The JPD Office of Public Information releases all releasable incident reports every working day. Our department also provides a spreadsheet of all generated reports. This spreadsheet contains the date, time, location, brief summary of the incident, offense committed, along with the complainant and investigating officer’s name.
A public record is defined as any writing, sound or video that reflects the performance or lack of performance of an official function. The press will submit a FOIA request and, once received, government entities generally have up to three business days to provide the requested record.
There are some exemptions to what can be released. For instance, unapproved and active reports cannot be released until they have been approved and/or closed. Records that are part of an open and ongoing law enforcement investigation are protected as “undisclosed investigations” under the FOIA Martin v. Musteen, 303 Ark. 656, 799 S W.2d 540 (1990). If an incident is under investigation, all investigative narrative is redacted. Other reasons, per the Arkansas General Assembly, include reports in which the law gives specific exemption, such as sex-crime victims and some juveniles.
For more information regarding the Freedom of Information Act, visit https://arkansasag.gov/resources/foia.
Public Information Specialist
Sally Smith graduated from Arkansas State University in 1993. She brings to the department 25 years of experience in marketing productions, with an emphasis in radio, television and print media. Sally is very familiar with the operations of the department; her husband, Captain B.J. Smith recently retired from JPD as their Administrative Captain.
Sally currently serves the department as their Public Information Specialist.