Trumann Police Department

  • Agency: Trumann Police Department
  • Address: 221 S Melton Ave, Trumann, 72472 AR
  • Chief: Chad Henson (Chief of Police)
Phone: 870-483-6423

Trumann Police Department is located at 221 S Melton Ave, Trumann, 72472 AR. The Chief of Police of the department is Chad Henson. The Trumann Police Department phone number is 870-483-6423.

Trumann Police Department News

On 10/15/18 at approx. 8:00pm the Tobacco Store in Trumann, AR was robbed. The suspect is a B/M approximately 5'10"-6'00" tall and 160-200 lbs wearing a black coat, black pants. The suspect was also wearing white gloves and armed with a handgun. To report information or known identification of this suspect, please contact the Criminal Investigation Division at the Trumann Police Department at 870-483-6423. (the times on the camera are not correct)

On the morning of 10/16/18 a probation search of 421 Olive St. in Trumann, AR netted three arrest for Possession of Methamphetamine with purpose to deliver, and one arrest of Act 570, for association with other felons. Those arrested included, Travis Cotton, Freddy English Sr., Francis “Bam Bam” South, and Johnny Eaton all of Trumann. Each will be held for a Probable Cause hearing. Several complaints about high foot traffic and drug dealing have been received about this residence. The Trumann Police Department continues to press the fight against illegal narcotics and those who choose to sell them. If you have any information about illegal drug sales in your neighborhood, do not hesitate to call the Trumann Police Department at 870-483-6423.

Come see us at the Wild Duck Festival this weekend!!

Trumann Block Parties Come join the Trumann Police Department at the block parties Saturday, October 6th from 10-3. We’ll be cooking and fellowshipping with Acts 1:8. Each site will have multiple police officers for all to interact with.

Chief Chad Henson was named Chief of the Year by the Arkansas Association Chiefs of Police at the AACP Awards Banquet held 9/26/18 in Rogers, AR. Mayor Barbara Lewallen was present to see Chief Henson accept this prestigious award. Chief Henson dedicated this award to Kaleb Weatherford, son of fallen officer LT. Patrick Weatherford. Congratulations Chief Henson.

From the Civil Enforcement Division: NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON APPLICATION FOR REZONING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT an application by Ridge Investment Group, LLC C/O Ryan Kiser for a rezoning has been filed with the Trumann Planning Commission wherein the request is made to change the zone classification of the property located at 1723 Highway 69 West and described as part of the northwest quarter of the northwest quarter of section 15, township 12 north, range 5 east, Poinsett County, Arkansas from “A-1” zone to “C-2” zone by amendment to the Trumann Zoning Regulations. A PUBLIC HEARING on said application will be held by the Trumann Planning Commission at 5:30 PM September 11, 2018 at the Judicial Complex located at 221 South Melton in Trumann Arkansas. ALL PARTIES IN INTEREST MAY BE HEARD at said time and place or may notify the Planning Commission by letter of their views on this matter. THE APPLICATION is on file for public inspection at the City Clerk’s office in the Municipal Complex. Captain Gary W. Henry Sr. 8-28-18

PSA: Slow Down on Willow Rd.! New School Zone Speed Limits have been posted. 15 Mph during school hours!

As we continue to fight the opioid crisis, remember, don't run, call 911!

This Labor Day, and Every Day: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. Each year, Americans mark the end of summer with the Labor Day holiday weekend, a time to celebrate the hard work and many accomplishments of our country. Friends and families eagerly await pool parties, backyard barbecues, and other occasions to enjoy the last days of summer sunshine. Sadly, the Labor Day holiday has also become one of the deadliest, with drunk drivers endangering themselves and others on their way home from these holiday festivities. This year Trumann Police Department is partnering with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to get drunk drivers off the roads and help save lives. The high-visibility national enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, runs from August 17 through September 3, 2018. During this period, local law enforcement will show zero tolerance for drunk driving. Increased State and national messages about the dangers of driving impaired, coupled with enforcement and increased officers on the road, aim to drastically reduce drunk driving on our nation’s roadways. Sadly, the statistics prove that we have a lot of work to do to put an end to drunk driving. According to NHTSA, 10,497 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in 2016. On average, 10,000 people were killed each year from 2012 to 2016—one person killed every 50 minutes in 2016. That’s the equivalent of 20 jumbo jets crashing each year, with no survivors. This is why Trumann Police Department is working with NHTSA to remind drivers that drunk driving is not only illegal, it is a matter of life and death. As you head out to Labor Day festivities, remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. Drunk driving isn’t the only risk on the road: Drug-impaired driving is also an increasing problem on our nation’s roads. If drivers are impaired by any substance—alcohol or drugs—they should not get behind the wheel of a vehicle. Driving while impaired is illegal, period. The bottom line is this: If You Feel Different, You Drive Different. Drive High, Get a DUI. It’s that simple. Over the 2016 Labor Day holiday period (6 p.m. September 2 – 5:59 a.m. September 6), there were 433 crash fatalities nationwide. Of the fatal crashes, more than one-third (36%) involved drivers who were drunk (.08+ blood alcohol concentration [BAC]), and one-fourth (25%) involved drivers who were driving with a BAC almost twice the legal limit (.15+ BAC). Age is a particularly risky factor: Among the drivers between the ages of 18 and 34 who were killed in crashes over the Labor Day holiday period in 2016, 47 percent of those fatalities involved drunk drivers with BACs of .08 or higher. “We need our community to understand: It’s up to them to make the smart decision to drive sober—Labor Day, and every day,” said Captain Gary W. Henry Sr. “Drunk driving is a huge problem in our country, and the numbers are rising, little by little. This isn’t about a ticketing campaign. This is about a campaign to get the message out that drunk driving is illegal and it takes lives. Help us put an end to this senseless behavior,” he said. There is a small, silver lining: During the 2016 Labor Day holiday, 36 percent of fatalities in traffic crashes involved a drunk driver, which was one of the lowest percentages over the five-year period from 2012 to 2016. “We still have a lot of work to do,” cautions Capt. Henry. “The trend for the Labor Day holiday is in a positive direction, but our goal is to have zero fatalities, always,” he said. Trumann Police Department and NHTSA are reminding citizens of the many resources available to get them home safely. “Drunk driving is not acceptable behavior,” said Capt. Henry. “It is essential to plan a sober ride home before you ever leave for the party. That’s why, during the Labor Day holiday, we will make zero exceptions for drunk driving. There are just no excuses,” he said. Trumann Police Department recommends these safe alternatives to drinking and driving: • Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride sharing service to get home safely. • Download NHTSA’s SaferRide mobile app, available on Google Play for Android devices: (, and Apple’s iTunes Store for iOS devices: ( SaferRide allows users to call a taxi or a predetermined friend, and identifies the user’s location so he or she can be picked up. • Use your community’s sober ride program. • If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact Trumann Police Department. • Have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely. For more information about the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, visit

Trumann Chamber of Commerce is helping the Police Department with ballistic vests with the help of people like Dr. Dana Watson and Families Inc. Thank you so much!

News release from Arkansas State Police: TRUMANN POLICE CHIEF SURVIVES SHOOTING: SUSPECT SHOT & KILLED Authorities of the Trumann Police Department have asked for the assistance of the Arkansas State Police in the investigation of an officer involved shooting that occurred earlier today. Trumann Police Chief Chad Henson was contacted about 10 AM by an individual identified as Johnny Kelley, 49, who resides near Trumann. According to an initial statement provided to state police special agents, Chief Henson was asked to come by Kelley’s residence. Once there, Chief Henson approached the door of the residence and Kelley fired at Henson with a gun. Chief Henson survived the shot and returned fire, killing Kelley. Kelley’s body is being submitted to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory to determine the manner and cause of death. The investigation being prepared by the state police will be submitted to the prosecuting attorney to determine if the use of deadly force by the chief was consistent with Arkansas law.

Ret. Chief Bufford Presley stopped into the Police Department to reminisce. Chief Presley served the department as Chief in 1977.

This Department was awarded the Morgan Nick Choice award by Colleen Nick and Attorney General Leslie Rutledge for the safe recovery of Arissa Farmer. Please hug your children and contact our agency any time about how you can add safeguards in your life to keep your kids safe.

Over the last several weeks, Officers with the Trumann Police Department have been investigating several vehicle break-ins. As a reminder, so that you will not be the next victim, please remember to lock the doors of your vehicle, and remove any valuables. If you have been a victim of such a break-in and have not completed a police report, contact the Trumann Police Department. Any information about the recent break-ins would be helpful. Contact the Trumann Police Department at 870-483-6423, or send us a message on Facebook.

Trumann Police Department to Participate in Statewide Enforcement Blitz Against Speeding “Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine” Trumann Police Department will participate in a tough new speed enforcement blitz in the state of Arkansas dubbed: “Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine.” The intensified enforcement effort against speeding drivers underscores the severity of the problem, both locally and across the nation. The increased enforcement efforts will begin Monday, July 16th and conclude on the following Sunday, July 22nd. “Speeding greatly reduces a driver’s ability to safely navigate our roadways. Speeding drivers put themselves and others in a very dangerous and precarious situation.” said Chief Chad Henson In 2015, speeding was a contributing factor in 27 percent of all fatal crashes in the U.S. and more than 9,500 lives were lost in such crashes, according to the latest data available from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). “During the “Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine” blitz, officers will intensify enforcement of posted speed limits in Trumann Arkansas. We’ll stop and ticket anyone caught speeding,” Chief Chad Henson. A NHTSA research report, “Analysis of Speeding-Related Fatal Motor Vehicle Traffic Crashes,” shows that a major proportion of fatal, speeding-related single-vehicle crashes occur on rural roadways. Across America in 2015, speeding was a factor in 17 percent of all fatal crashes on dry roads, and in 21 percent of those occurring on wet roads. “Driving above the posted speed limit in bad weather conditions dramatically increases the probability that a motorist will be involved in a crash. During this enforcement blitz, officers will be out targeting and ticketing speeding drivers,” said Chief Chad Henson. “Our goal is to save lives, and we’re putting all drivers on alert - the posted speed limit IS THE LAW. No more warnings and no more excuses. When it comes to speeding: Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine.” NHTSA considers a crash speeding-related if the driver was charged with exceeding the posted speed limit or if the driver was driving too fast for conditions at the time. For more information please visit

MAINTAIN YOUR INDEPENDENCE THIS INDEPENDENCE DAY: DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER [Trumann, AR]—Each year on July 4th, Americans celebrate the birth and freedoms of this country. Before you head out for your celebrations, make sure you plan for a sober way home. The Trumann Police Department is taking part in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign during the Fourth of July holiday weekend, June 29-July 5, 2018, to put an end to drunk driving. In support of law enforcement’s dedication to protecting the lives of residents in their communities, you’ll see increased enforcement on the roads with zero tolerance for those who drive impaired. During the 2016 Fourth of July holiday 188 people were killed in crashes involving at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. This is a 28-percent increase from 2015, during which 146 people were killed during the same holiday period. That’s 188 families who will forever remember Independence Day with a heavy heart and nightmarish memories. “It’s essential that our community members understand the safety and financial risks they take when they drink and drive,” said Captain Gary W. Henry Sr. “Under no circumstances is it ever acceptable to get behind the wheel of a vehicle after you’ve been drinking. Doing so endangers you and everyone on the road with you. If you’re heading to Fourth of July parties this summer, remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” According to NHTSA, 37,461 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2016, and 28 percent (10,497) of those fatalities occurred in a crash during which the driver had a BAC over the legal limit of .08. With Fourth of July festivities wrapping up in the evening or late at night, more cars will be on the roads. Nighttime is especially dangerous: the rate of alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes during the 2016 July Fourth holiday period was more than three times higher at night than it was during the day. “This should not come as a surprise to drivers in this country: In all 50 States, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, it is illegal to drive with a BAC over .08,” said Sgt. Justin Hooton. “But since people aren’t getting it, and since thousands of people are still dying as a result of this behavior year after year, we will be patrolling over the holiday season and we will accept absolutely zero excuses.” Remember these tips for a safe night on the roads: • Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride sharing service to get home safely. • Download NHTSA’s SaferRide mobile app, available on Google Play for Android devices: (, and Apple’s iTunes Store for iOS devices: ( SaferRide allows users to call a taxi or a predetermined friend, and identifies the user’s location so he or she can be picked up. • If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact The Trumann Police Department. • Have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely. The Costs of Drunk Driving Drinking and driving is dangerous, even if you’re “just buzzed.” When you drive impaired, you risk your life and safety, and the lives and safety of those riding with you and around you. Does mortality not get your attention? Maybe money will: A DUI arrest could cost you up to $10,000, not to mention the loss of your vehicle and driver’s license. You could face jail time, higher insurance rates, and hefty expenses from attorney fees, fines, car towing, repairs, and lost time at work. Imagine trying to explain that to your family, friends, or employer. This Fourth of July, commit to only driving 100-percent sober. Don’t lose your independence on Independence Day and don’t be a deadly risk to yourself and other innocent people. Remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. For more information on impaired driving, visit

In response to several inquiries about rules pertaining to the sale and use of fireworks, we are posting the Trumann City Ordinance regarding this matter: AN ORDINANCE PROHIBITING THE SALE OF AND THE EXPLOSION OF FIREWORKS WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS OF TRUMANN, ARKANSAS, EXCEPT ON DATES SPECIFIED IN THIS ORDINANCE. WHEREAS, the exploding of fireworks has become a nuisance, a fire hazard and dangerous. It has become necessary to limit the days of selling and also the exploding of fireworks to minimize the noise and potential danger. NOW THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF TRUMANN, ARKANSAS AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Fireworks may only be sold and exploded July 3rd, 4th and 5th and December 31st, January 1st and 2nd of each year within the hours of 7:00 A.M. and 12:30 A.M. Special permits may be obtained from the Trumann Fire Department for special events with fireworks. Section 2. Any violation of this ordinance shall be considered a misdemeanor and be punishable by a fine of from $25.00 to $100.00. Section 3. REPEALER, that all ordinances inconsistent with the provisions of this ordinance shall be and the same are hereby repealed. Section 4. This ordinance shall become effective October 10, 2001.

Parts of the Trumann Police Department are getting a much needed facelift. Thank you to the dedicated employees of TPD for their hard work.

This property at 120 Campbell has been abandoned for quite some time. It had become structurally unsound to the point of making it dangerous as well as unsanitary. The Civil Enforcement Division began a condemnation effort in March of 2018. The City council voted to condemn the structure and ordered it razed at the April city council meeting. The owner has complied by razing the structure and removing all debris for disposal.

This property at 404 Locust has been an eyesore as well as a neighborhood nuisance for several years. It had become overgrown, dilapidated, unsanitary, unsafe, and detrimental to the public welfare. There had been several complaints of burglaries, evidence of drug activities, and general nuisance complaints. The Civil Enforcement Division began a condemnation effort in March of 2018. The City council voted to condemn the structure and ordered it razed at the April city council meeting. The owner has complied and razed the structure and is in the process of cleaning up the property.

Child Predator Arrested This man drove from Helena West-Helena and attempted to take and sexually molest another one of our children. However, the dejected look on his face tells the story when he now realizes our community has a certified “predator hunter” at its disposal. Thank you to Trumann PD, Poinsett County SO, Jonesboro PD ICAC, and Arkansas State Police for assisting in the arrest and investigation. This department continues to lead the fight in those that will harm our children. Please monitor who your children are talking to on social media or any of their communication devices.

*****Update on Arrowhead Shooting***** Seth Mullins of Bay was arrested without incident for the shooting of a 15-year-old Trumann girl during a home invasion last week. Based on the statements from multiple witnesses, evidence collected through cell phone records, and from our eye-witness and “Rock-star witness” Mia, this department believes this was a targeted invasion. For now, we will leave this part of the investigation vague and we will present our case in court at a later date. In the very near future this department plans to present our case with one person charged with Attempted 1st degree Murder (Mullins) and multiple defendants who are soon to be arrested in a conspiracy to distribute and purchase prescription pills without a prescription, steroids, and marijuana. Evidence collected through this shooting investigation has led to multiple people being implicated in a ring of narcotic sales that simply will not be tolerated any longer. Multiple witnesses in our community have come forward in the past few days solely because a young girl was shot. They fear for her safety and the for their community. We have listened and we will act accordingly. I have witnessed countless officers from Trumann PD, Poinsett County Sheriff’s Office, Arkansas Game and Fish, and Arkansas State Police canvas and search muddy fields and ditch rows in Trumann, Poinsett County, Bay, and Craighead county looking for evidence from the shooting. I witnessed the officers give up their days off, take time away from their families, and miss birthdays - all for Mia. I am so full of pride from their relentless pursuit that I could pop. I have been in awe multiple times this year from their professionalism and never-quit attitude, but none more than this past week. They simply did not sleep or give up! Thank you to Central Trumann Ford for cooking for us today and saying thank you. Thank you to the countless witnesses and tipsters who helped close this case. Thank you to the professional law enforcement we have in Poinsett county. Thank you for the teachers and counselors who called (and always call when it involves a TSD kiddo). Thank you to our city administrators who give us the opportunity to serve. Thank you Mia for being so incredibly strong and courageous! Mia, you are the epitome of "In Valor There Is Hope". We are not done yet. Citizens, if you see something, say something. You are not wasting my time nor this department’s time by telling us that someone is selling drugs. Don’t let something as severe as another child being shot before you finally speak up. We cannot be a victim any longer to this terrible opioid epidemic. Lives are being destroyed; this past week is all the proof we need. Let’s come together and show the rest of the state how it’s done. Chief Chad Henson

On 05/21/18 two officers were sworn in as the newest Patrolman for the Trumann Police Department. Patrolman Ken Talley and Patrolman Ryan Price welcome to the TPD family.

Central Ford Drive 4 Ur Community Event. Trumann WALMART.