Walnut Ridge Police Department

  • Agency: Walnut Ridge Police Department
  • Address: 317 Northwest 4th St, Walnut Ridge, 72476 AR
  • Chief: Leslie "Gator" Gates (Chief of Police)
Phone: 870-886-3568
Fax: 870-886-5217

Walnut Ridge Police Department is located at 317 Northwest 4th St, Walnut Ridge, 72476 AR. The Chief of Police of the department is Leslie "Gator" Gates. The Walnut Ridge Police Department phone number is 870-886-3568.

Walnut Ridge Police Department News

This page is being taken down temporarily effective 12 noon Monday 4/23/2018. This will allow us time for the department to develop an acceptable social media policy. We hope to have the page back up in the coming months.

The Walnut Ridge Police Department joined almost 1,000 other national, state and local organizations in signing a letter that expresses support for the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) program. The letter was signed by organizations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia representing a broad cross-section of the nation’s criminal and juvenile justice systems. Addressed to President Donald Trump and Congressional leaders, the letter emphasizes the important role Byrne JAG funding plays in keeping our citizens safe, preventing crime and victimization, and providing services to individuals in the justice system so when they return to their communities they are better equipped with the tools and skills they need to build a productive life. Byrne JAG is a cornerstone federal crime-fighting program, supporting the federal government’s crucial role in spurring innovation, as well as testing and replicating evidence-based practices nationwide. Byrne JAG touches nearly every city and town in America. States and local communities use Byrne JAG funding to address needs and fill gaps across their entire criminal and juvenile justice systems – in prevention, enforcement, courts, prosecution, indigent defense, corrections, crisis intervention and behavioral health services for justice-involved persons, victim assistance, and other community-based services. This flexibility also means that Byrne JAG can be leveraged with other dollars to knit together comprehensive programs that would not otherwise be possible. Spearheaded by the National Criminal Justice Association, the letter reminds leaders that continued reductions to Byrne JAG funding come at a significant cost, as many proven programs and new innovations to protect victims, prevent crime, and reduce recidivism are being curbed or eliminated entirely. To view the letter, click on the link below. https://higherlogicdownload.s3.amazonaws.com/NCJA/8d0b2ead-b5b8-47ef-96d0-9aca227fcbb2/UploadedImages/byrne-jag-support-national-stakeholders-letter-with-sigs-2-8-18.pdf

Patrolman Bryan Archer, Sergeant Matt Cook, and Captain Jordan Cooksey along with their families attended the 2018 Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner in Russellville. This dinner was put on by The Wives Of Armor, and featured special guest Mike The Cop. Also present was the Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. We'd like to say thank you to The Wives of Armor. We are truly humbled by the hard work and dedication these ladies put in to the appreciation dinner.

Please Share Post For the second time in as many weeks, we’ve worked incidents where people have damaged property and trespassed on Walnut Ridge residents’ property in the late night/early morning hours when almost everyone is asleep. The ultimate goal of these folks was to break into homes and steal whatever they could get their hands on. Their trick is to knock on your door hoping no one will answer or respond to them, making them think no one is home. We were able to identify and locate two of these individuals from two separate incidents because the victims had surveillance cameras in place at their residence and business. As technology has greatly advanced over the years, these surveillance camera systems have become extremely cheaper and more advanced. What folks probably remember is these surveillance systems in the past were so expensive, it just didn’t seem reasonable to buy one. Great news, now these systems are so affordable, I’ve seen them at prices under $100. To add, the picture quality on most of these are in 1080 high definition. It’s an extremely low price to pay to protect your property and others residing around you. It’s not only a proactive approach to deter the bad guys but it’ll also catch the folks who make their living from stealing from others. If just a quarter of the residents were to put a surveillance system in place, not only would the bad guys think twice before they act, the chances of catching them would greatly increase, whether it’s the system in your home or the neighbors several houses down. These surveillance systems work! I can’t recommend where to purchase these systems but I’m pretty certain there are several places in town that sell them. - Chris Kirksey

Patrolman Chris Parnell received the 2017 Officer of the Year tonight at the annual Christmas Party. From everyone at the Walnut Ridge Police Department, congratulations Chris Parnell.

I'm very happy to announce that SafeWise released its annual 20 Safest Cities in Arkansas report for 2017. Walnut Ridge ranked #15 safest in the state this year. Here is a link to the full report: https://www.safewise.com/blog/safest-cities-arkansas/ -C. Kirksey

Special Update On Mr Wayne Bristow On Thursday afternoon Walnut Ridge officers had another encounter with Mr Bristow. After a long encouraging discussion with Wayne, he finally agreed to go to the Emergency Room to get medical attention for his hand. Wayne allowed us to give him a ride to Lawrence Memorial where we sat with him for several hours, continuing to encourage him in hopes he wouldn’t change his mind. The staff at the ER were awesome!! He was promptly admitted and the doctor and staff began treating him with absolutely no delay. I️ can’t reveal the details out of respect for Mr Bristow’s privacy, but he’s in good hands and won’t be coming home until he’s in good shape. I️ would like to thank everyone for your prayers as that might’ve been what made Wayne decide to get help this time. It was a great and fulfilling moment to see him finally getting the treatment he has needed. Please continue praying for Wayne, as his hand was still in pretty bad condition when he was admitted to the hospital. - C. Kirksey

We are aware of the rumor of a possible shooting at the Walnut Ridge school. This rumor stems from a statement made by a juvenile, and was later admitted to be a sick joke. That juvenile has since been transported to a secure facility. At this time there is no credible threat against the Walnut Ridge school.

You will see this incident occurred on the evening of October 25. Due to investigative reasons, we weren't able to share any information in regards to this incident with the public, until today. Out of respect for the victim and his family, his name will not be released until this incident goes to court. Name: Jesse Lundry Address/City/State: 523 SW Fifth St. Walnut Ridge, AR Date of Birth: 08/23/1991 Age: 26 Gender/Race: White – Male On Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at 10:15 p.m. officers were dispatched to 523 SW Fifth St in reference to an alleged stabbing. Upon arrival at the scene, officers met with the individual who placed the 911 call reporting the incident. Officers were told Jesse Lundry, pictured had stabbed another subject, who is not named due to investigative purposes, who lived in the same residence with Lundry. Officers approached the residence and observed the back door standing open with a trail of blood on the floor throughout the doorway. After making entry, officers located and apprehended Lundry but were unable to find the victim. Officers weren’t able to find the victim but quickly learned he had fled the scene on foot in a desperate attempt to reach the Lawrence Memorial Hospital, to receive medical treatment for the stab wounds he incurred. After a thorough investigation was completed, it was discovered that Lundry and the victim had a disagreement outside the back door of their residence. During their disagreement, the victim had Lundry pinned up against the carport, holding Lundry’s left arm and right shoulder. This is when Lundry became livid, removing a knife out of his right pocket and commenced to repeatedly stab the victim a total of five times. The victim was stabilized at LMH and flown to St. Bernard’s Medical Center in Jonesboro. The last known condition of the victim as he is stable but continues to receive serious medical treatment. Lundry is currently detained at the Lawrence County Detention Center on a $50,000 cash only bond. His formal charge is 1st Degree Battery, class Y felony. His plea arraignment date is set for December 13, at the Lawrence County Courthouse.

Name: Wayne Bristow Address/City/State: 111 SE Second St. Walnut Ridge, AR Date of Birth: 09/24/1963 Gender/Race: White – Male On Thursday, November 02, 2017, at approximately 10:40 a.m., Walnut Ridge Officers were dispatched to Don’s Steakhouse in reference to an individual urinating on their property. Upon officer’s arrival, they met with with several employees from the restaurant, which were also witnesses of the incident. The witnesses stated to the officers they witnessed Wayne Bristow, pictured, urinating on their property, which was not only in public but broad daylight as well. While attempting to investigate the incident, Bristow tried to flee from the officers but was caught. After a thorough investigation was complete, Bristow was transported to the Lawrence County Detention Center. Bristow was charged with Obstructing Governmental Operations and Disorderly Conduct. Bristow’s first court appearance was set for December 01, at the Lawrence County Courthouse.

As was originally posted, we were set to start posting mugshots and details when individuals are arrested by our agency on Monday, November 06. However, due to so much positive feedback from the community in regards to our new Facebook concept we will begin posting mugshots/pictures of arrested subjects starting immediately. We love our citizens!! #WR&LAWCOPROUD

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT - PLEASE SHARE THIS POST The Walnut Ridge Police Department has been extremely transparent in the past 3 years and I feel this is a way of displaying that even more. Beginning Monday, November 06, we will be posting pictures/mugshots of all individuals arrested and booked into jail from the Walnut Ridge Police Department. While understanding Mobile Patrol is used quite frequently for this purpose, we’ve decided to be even more transparent. We’re not only going to post suspect(s) picture and charges, but we're also going to provide you with a brief narrative, detailing why they were arrested and booked into jail. We believe it’s very important for the citizens of Walnut Ridge to know what’s going on around them. These will be posted in a timely fashion as the administration with the police department is able to do so. Some details might not be available at times due to pending investigations, but we’ll provide you with the information we’re allowed to release. Remember, please share this post and like our page. Before you hear gossip and rumors you’ll be able to receive the facts right here!!

The annual Trunk or Treat was a blast. Lots of kids with a great costumes and big smiles. Hope everyone has had a great & safe Halloween!!

Trunk or Treat’s tonight folks. Come on out and enjoy the festivities. Be sure and stop by the police department’s booth. We’ve got candy and you can snap a pic in the City Jail.

The WRPD applied for a federal grant this past July through the Bureau of Justice. The purpose for this grant was to place new, in-date, body armor on all of our officers. We received word today we were awarded the funds for the vests!! We were only 1 of 62 jurisdictions in Arkansas to be awarded this grant. This grant was a 50/50 grant, meaning the city would still have to bear 50% of the costs whether approved or not. As you see on Facebook and on the news, and it's no different here as one might think, police work is far more dangerous today than it was 20 years ago. With that being said, I'd like to thank the Walnut Ridge City Council and Mayor Charles Snapp for seeing this through. The council voted unanimously for appropriating the funds to absorb the total costs of the vests in August, whether approved for the grant or not. They literally have our backs. Great acts of kindness like this tend to go without notice. Please make a point to thank the Walnut Ridge council members and the mayor for this great act of kindness.

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Arkansas’ 14th Prescription Take Back Event is scheduled from 10am – 2pm on Saturday, October 28. The Walnut Ridge Police Department will have a drop box set-up in the parking lot of the Police Complex, located at 317 NW Fourth St. We encourage everyone to come out and return your expired or unneeded medication. There will be no questions asked. We look forward to seeing you.

We’re still accepting applications for a full-time police officer. An application packet can be downloaded from the home page of the city’s website, www.cityofwalnutridge.com Applicants can email their applications with an attached resume to ckirksey@cityofwalnutridge.com This job posting will stay open until the position has been filled.

We would like to announce the Walnut Ridge Police Department has partnered with Carfax, allowing you to purchase your Accident Report(s) directly from their website, Crashdocs.org. This streamlines the process for you, your insurance company and/or the general public to obtain any Accident Report investigated by the Walnut Ridge Police Department. Accident Reports will still be available for purchase at City Hall 300 W. Main Walnut Ridge, AR, during normal business hours. By Arkansas State Law, we are required to collect a minimum fee of $10 for each Accident Report provided by our department. Click on the link below and it will take you directly to our page on Crashdocs.org https://secure.crashdocs.org//Landing?AgencyID=AR0380100

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Beatles Festival is today from 8am - 10pm. Everyone, come out and enjoy all the festivities. Make sure you stop by the, Rockin Wings Cook-Off, and stop by the police department's booth where we have football playing along with the best tasting wings in the contest!! The police department would like to thank Brad Flippo & Greenway Equipment Inc. for donating a brand new John Deere Gator for the day, allowing the police department to quickly respond to anyone's needs!!! The police department also has booth set-up on NW Second beside First National Bank.

Special Announcement for School Traffic for Tuesday Morning - August 29th On Tuesday morning, August 29th, the Union Pacific Railroad will be conducting maintenance on the railroad tracks. Union Pacific has advised the following railroad crossings will be closed that morning, which includes three in Walnut Ridge and two in Hoxie; In Walnut Ridge: E. Walnut St. - E. Free St. - E. Georgia St. In Hoxie: Crossing by Farm Service/Robert Armory and Towne St. There will be limited use at the E. Georgia St. crossing as there will be a flag man at this site. Parents and Students please expect delays and plan ahead of time to avoid the blocked crossings. Please share this post!!

We would like to say Thank You to the Wives of Armor for basket they made for us!