Gentry Police Department

  • Agency: Gentry Police Department
  • Address: 628 E. 3rd St, Gentry, 72734 AR
  • Chief: Keith Smith (Chief of Police)
Phone: (479) 736-8400
Fax: (479) 736-2140

Gentry Police Department is located at 628 E. 3rd St, Gentry, 72734 AR. The Chief of Police of the department is Keith Smith. The Gentry Police Department phone number is (479) 736-8400.

Gentry Police Department News

Gentry officers spent the morning at the Early Learning Academy. They read to the kids, showed them the police vehicles (4 on display as you can see) and talked to them about relationships between kids and police and that we are here to help them. Also, they discussed using 911 and many other safety tips while they were there.

Gentry Police Officer Jorge Reyes, was promoted to the position of Patrol Corporal, January 1, 2018. Cpl. Reyes began his law enforcement career with GPD in November 2013 and became a full time officer for the department in July 2014. Cpl. Reyes has done a great job for our City and will continue to do so as his career advances. We thank him for his dedicated service and congratulate him on his promotion. Keith Smith Chief

Hello Again Citizens, I just wanted to take a minute to let everyone know we have a new school zone on Swepco Rd. The 25 mph zone begins, going West bound, as soon as you turn onto Swepco Rd. and ends at Red Oak St. Alternately, the 25 mph zone begins, going East bound, at Red Oak St. and ends at Pioneer Ln. (The speed limit West of Red Oak St. is always 30 mph, East and West bound.) Also, if you turn North bound onto Pioneer Ln., you are out of the school zone and the speed limit will be 30 mph. If you turn South bound, onto Pioneer Ln., you are re-entering a school zone and the speed limit is 25 mph. I hope this helps you all to avoid the hazards of speeding in and near school zones. We here at GPD do have a very low tolerance for speeding in school zones and we want all of our children walking, biking and riding to school to be safe. Please help us out with this and thanks to all of you who do a great job of driving cautiously around our schools. Lastly, I want to remind everyone that the Gentry Christmas Parade is this Saturday, the 9th and begins at 6:30 pm. We will have many slow-moving vehicles of all types, animals, off-road vehicles and floats. We will also have many folks, young and old, who will be on foot to get a good viewing spot for the parade. GPD officers, with help from our Gentry Fire Dept. and Siloam Springs DEM, will begin turning traffic away from all Main St. access from the KCS train tracks to Smith St. at 6:15 pm. After this time, you will not be able to get onto Main St. and if you are already parked on Main St., you will not be able to leave until the parade is over and traffic is released by the PD. I hope you have been watching the weather forecast for Saturday. It looks as if it will be dry but, a bit on the cold side. Remember to dress for the weather and we hope you have a safe, great time. Hope to see you there. Chief K. Smith

To All: I want to give a huge THANK YOU to everyone here in Gentry and the surrounding areas who use our 24 hour Drug Disposal Drop. In the past approximately 6 months, you turned in 204 pounds of unused or expired drugs which were transported and turned over to the DEA, on October 31st. This is the largest amount we have ever reported during a Take Back cycle and we owe that to you, our good citizens who are doing everything you can to help us keep these dangerous drugs out of the hands of our youth and those who would abuse them. We will have another Take Back cycle coming this spring but don’t wait until then. Keep turning those unused or expired drugs in to our disposal at every opportunity. I hope we will set another GPD record for these events in Spring 2018 and again, thanks to you all. Chief Smith

Dear Public, Please help us get rid of unused/unwanted/expired drugs on or before October 28th. Remember to use our 24 hour a day Drug Disposal Drop Box, located under the awning on the East side of the police department. Thanks, Chief Smith

LAW ENFORCEMENT 101 Safe Traffic Stops *The following information is from the Gentry Police Department and the National Child Safety Council. Please feel free to share this information with all drivers in your family and friends as well: Law Enforcement departments strive to provide professional service to everyone however, if you believe the officer acted irresponsibly or inappropriately, document the officer’s behavior in a written statement. Contact the specific department about their complaint procedure and consider visiting with a department supervisor about the issue. Law Enforcement is both a difficult and dangerous profession. Officers must constantly be aware of not only the safety of the citizens they are dedicated to protect, but of their own safety, too. Procedures may appear unnecessary however, even the most routine traffic stop can be potentially dangerous. Remember, no traffic stop is ever “routine” for a police officer. Understanding what is going to happen and what will be expected ahead of time may eliminate possible misunderstandings. This guide offers common sense advice on handling a basic traffic stop which can help ensure the officer’s safety and your own. *Procedures for traffic stops may vary from department to department however, if you are driving along and see the flashing lights of a law enforcement vehicle in the rearview mirror, follow these guidelines. 1. Pull over to the right side of the roadway and position your vehicle as far out of the traffic lane as possible. 2. Turn off your engine and any other device (radio, etc.). Roll down your driver’s side window and any dark tinted windows so the officer can clearly see. Keep your seatbelt on. If it is dark, turn on the interior lights and your hazard flashers. 3. Stay calm and ask passengers to remain quiet and calm, too. The officer will speak to passengers if necessary. As the officer approaches, put your hands in plain view, preferably on the steering wheel or in plain sight. Stay seated and inside the vehicle unless you are asked to get out. Remember, you are safer in the vehicle than out of it during a traffic stop. Make all movements slowly. The officer is watching carefully to make sure a weapon is not being drawn or something is being hidden. 4. Ask for identification if an officer is not in uniform or if the patrol vehicle is unmarked. 5. Usually, you will be asked for your valid driver’s license, proof of insurance and registration. You do not have to be told why you were pulled over before you comply. When you do move, say that your are going to, then move slowly. Put your hands back on the wheel while the officer checks your license and vehicle status. 6. Answer questions politely and honestly, but be brief. Remain calm and respectful. Let the officer know if you are carrying a weapon and if you have a legal permit. Never reach into an area where you may have a weapon without first advising the officer. The officer will be watching closely in the areas where you are reaching and will likely be using a flashlight during dark hours. 7. Follow the officer’s directions concerning getting out of the vehicle, suspicion of alcohol use, possession of illegal objects or, safety violations. Do not resist a pat down. Officers may conduct a brief pat down for safety at times. 8. Be polite and do not argue if you are given a citation. This matter can be contested later in court. The citation should indicate the date, time and location of the court. If not, call your local department. 9. Don’t be surprised if other patrol vehicles appear. This is not unusual in the world today. And remember, many police departments utilize car and body cameras. The interaction may be recorded for everyone’s safety and proper documentation of behavior, evidence and other information. *I hope this information proves useful to you and all driver’s in your family. Be safe. Chief Keith Smith

To All: Thank you for your questions about the recent calls involving attempted abductions. First off, the GPD has had no “Active attempted abductions” reported to us. We have had two calls in the past week reporting some form of “suspicious activity.” One occurred in the SE zone of our city and was by an adult female who stated she believed that a white car may have been taking a photo or video of her in her yard. The other call was in the NE zone and was reported by a father of a few young kids and one of his children ran in and claimed a man in a van tried to take one of her siblings. The descriptions from the first and second calls does not match however, that doesn’t necessarily mean anything. We are taking both calls very seriously as a precaution and officers are actively conducting extra patrols in all areas of the city. Both of our calls occurred at least a week or two after the call at one of the Siloam Springs city parks and none of the calls have any major similarities. As far as the Siloam Springs case goes, and I will not attempt to speak for them, I have been in touch with their CID and they are continuing to investigate and conduct additional patrols with all officers being on the look out for suspicious persons and activity. We are certainly doing likewise here in Gentry. As far as kids, teens or even young adults’ safety goes, as a parent, I would talk with my kids about the “stranger dangers” out there. Be sure they understand that it is ok to run away, scream, fight with all their might and run to an adult in another area if they are approached by anyone trying to get them to go with them or forcibly take them and to report what happened to their parent as soon as possible. It is always a good idea for smaller children or any pre-teen to use the buddy system and don’t go places where they don’t know the people there well. Parents should also know the people where their children of any age are visiting, if possible. Remember, it’s always a good idea for parents to accompany their younger kids, even in your own front yards to prevent them from being near or in the roadways and to safeguard them from other unknown dangers. At this time, we have no reason to believe there is anyone out there actively trying to abduct anyone here in Gentry however, please remember to watch your children closely as you always do and report any suspicious activity to GPD at 479-736-8400 or dial 911 in case of emergencies. Be Safe, Chief

Message from the Chief: Hello everyone. School is starting up tomorrow, August 15th. With that, please remember to watch out for teenagers and smaller children in cross walks and around the areas of the schools in the mornings and afternoons. As is always the case, slow moving traffic and traffic coming to a stop will be the general rule around all of our school sites. All motorists need to remember school zone speed limits (25mph) are strictly enforced and officers will be on the lookout for those who might violate bus passing laws. You cannot use your cell phone in a school zone unless you are using it in a hands-free manner. A new state law which took effect recently also makes it illegal to use a “wireless communication device” anywhere in the state to manually communicate with another person by using a text-based message, instant message, or electronic mail. Instagram and the use of other similar apps are also illegal. *Penalties for all of the violations above are quite stiff so be mindful to leave communication devices alone until you get where you are going. Otherwise, I hope everyone has a great safe start to our new school year.

PRESS RELEASE Gentry Police have arrested John E. Saathoff, age 24, of Gentry following a lengthy investigation into a Bomb Threat made to the Gentry McDonalds Restaurant, 467 South Gentry Blvd. Saathoff is facing Felony charges of “Falsely Communicating a Terrorist Threat,” “Terroristic Threatening in the 1st Degree” and Misdemeanor “Communicating a False Alarm.” On January 21, 2017 at approximately 12:00 pm, Gentry officers were notified of a bomb threat at the McDonalds Restaurant. The building was cleared and searched finding no suspicious items and was released to the managers for re-opening. During the investigation it was determined the call made to McDonalds was made from a phone registered to Saathoff. Through investigative interviews, subpoenas for phone records and the assistance of the Benton County Sheriff’s Office Cyber-Crimes Unit, it was determined Saathoff had made the call to McDonalds. An arrest warrant was issued for Saathoff on May 17, 2017 and Gentry officers located and arrested Saathoff shortly after without incident. Saathoff is currently being held in the Benton County Detention Center pending a bond hearing on his charges. Keith Smith Chief

PART TIME PAID and RESERVE POLICE OFFICER POSITIONS........ Gentry Police Department is hiring.....

FULL TIME POLICE OFFICER POSITION..... The Gentry Police Department is hiring......

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY The City of Gentry, Arkansas, is accepting applications for the positions of Part-Time Paid Police Officer and Auxiliary/Reserve Police Officer. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, at least 21 YOA, possess a valid driver's license and meet, or be able to meet, all minimum standards requirements, as set forth by the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training. Applicants chosen for further review will undergo a thorough personal/professional background investigation, and interview process. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer. For further information, contact Gentry Police at 479-736-2651. Applications can be found on our website 2/22/2017

I wanted to say congratulations to Gentry Police Departments new Patrol Corporal, Kyle Thomas! Kyle has done an outstanding job for us and truly deserves this promotion. I am confident that he will make a great patrol supervisor for us, and I know he has the support of the entire GPD family. Congratulations Corporal Thomas! You deserve it!

Message from the Chief, To all our friends here in Gentry, we appreciate the support we receive from you regularly. We have received two care packages and some very kind words from three very nice ladies who live here in our city. Your sincere offering was very much appreciated and I want to thank you personally for your support. With that thought in mind, our officers have heard many encouraging words from many of you, our citizens but, especially so most recently. It got me thinking about how lucky I and my officers and staff are to work here and I want to thank the rest of you as well. Receiving your support as the tragic events between law enforcement and civilians and socio-political factions continues to unfold around our nation is more important than ever. It is imperative we all work together to keep open the lines of communication, understanding and support so the kind of events taking place around this country do not invade our home. I want you all to know that we support you as well. Every one of our personnel is dedicated to assisting you and providing a safe environment for you, your family and your friends. We are very lucky here in Gentry, Arkansas, U.S.A., to be a close tight-knit community overall. Obviously, every community has its challenges however, we are blessed to enjoy a mostly peaceful and enjoyable life here, free from the riots and chaos we see streaming live from the television and internet almost daily. It is incumbent upon each of us to ensure the haters and trouble makers never find a foot hold here as they have done in so many other American cities. We can achieve this by sticking together and not defining ourselves by race, religion, ethnicity or other social identity, but as Americans. Dear friends, you have my commitment as well as, all of our staff here at the Gentry Police Department that we will always do our best to assist you in your time of need. Furthermore, we are committed to providing a high level of professional police services regardless of who you are, where you came from or what your specific circumstances are. Once again, thank you to you all. Chief Keith Smith

Hello again everyone. I hope everyone is having a great summer so far. Summer brings lots of fun and much heat. With that being said, remember to not leave children and pets in parked cars. It's also a good idea to keep your cars locked in your driveways as very small kids can get in them and become trapped without anyone knowing. It's always nice to check on your neighbors, especially our seniors every now and then to make sure they are doing ok in this heat. Another fun summer activity is swimming. Remember, if you own a swimming pool more than 24 inches deep, you must have at least a 4 foot fence with a self latching gate around it. Please remember to keep an eye on your young children when they are around a swimming pool. The last thing anyone wants is a swimming pool related tragedy. As summer brings lots of fun, it also brings us to the 4th of July. I want everyone to remember that our city has a fireworks ordinance. Fireworks may be shot off inside the city limits only on July 4th, between the hours of 8:00 am and midnight. No fireworks that fly through the air such as bottle rockets, roman candles or fountains, etc., that shoot higher than about 5-6 feet are allowed. No fireworks may be discharged on any city street, alley, parks or other city properties, with the exception of the city fireworks show. Please remember to monitor your young children when they're handling fireworks. Every year, hundreds of kids and even some of us "adult kids" are injured by fireworks. What seems harmless and fun can turn into a tragic event very quickly with fires being started and kids being injured. You should also monitor your outdoor pets. They can become very stressed with all of the booms and bangs that happen with fireworks and are known to get scared and escape from their yards. We have this problem every year and no one wants to lose the family pet. Consider bringing them inside or even relocating them for one day. It may be worth the effort to ensure everyone has a great 4th. Lastly, during the July 4th activities at the city park, there are certain laws that apply. No pets of any kind are allowed in the city park on July 4th, with the exception of "certified service dogs." Those who have service dogs must have current papers to indicate being certified. No other animals or reptiles of any kind are allowed in the park on the 4th either, unless they are part of a verified exhibit associated with the official city celebration or a police K-9. Also, NO FIREARMS ARE ALLOWED IN THE PARK, except for law enforcement officers!!! It doesn't matter whether it is concealed or not. I hope some of these tips, reminders and notices will help us all to have a safe great summer and July 4th celebration. We hope to see you there. Keith Smith Chief

Employment Opportunity Part-time Paid Police Officer The City of Gentry, Arkansas, is accepting applications for the positions of Part-Time Paid Police Officer. Applicants must be able to meet all minimum requirements set forth by the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training. Applicants chosen for further review will undergo a thorough background investigation and interview process. Applications can be picked up at the Gentry Police Dept. 100 East Main St. or downloaded from the City of Gentry website at Applications will be accepted until Feb. 1st, 2016 or until filled. This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer. For further information, contact Gentry Police at 479-736-2651.

PRESS RELEASE The Gentry Police Department wants to remind everyone of a few things we believe will help you all have a more safe and enjoyable summer. First, school is out. Everyone should remember we will have a lot of kids around town, walking, biking and hanging out. Let's all try to be aware of that and lookout for them while we drive through town and especially near city parks and in neighborhoods. As the kids are out of school now, I want to remind parents that there is a curfew which is always in effect. Those younger than eighteen years are not allowed on the streets without parent-approved supervision between the hours of 11:00 pm and 5:00 am, Sunday - Thursday and 12:00 midnight and 5:00 am, Friday and Saturday. Keep in mind, those returning from activities and passing through town may not be subject to charges for violation of the curfew law however, those kids in these circumstances must be heading home. Roaming the streets and hanging out in public places are not allowable under the law. Most of us don't want to be awakened by the police to come pick up their children and certainly do not want to be taking off work to take our kids to juvenile court. Second, as the weather warms with summer approaching, it is imperative we all remember that you should never leave young children or pets, in your vehicle unattended. Temperatures can rise to dangerous and even fatal, temperatures in as little as fifteen minutes. These types of incidents can become criminal in nature very easily and officers will be on the lookout for situations like this. Just for thought, it is also never a good idea to leave your vehicle unattended and running with the kids in the car. Too many bad things can happen in this scenario as well. Since it is warming up, there are also a lot more people out walking at night. While we do not have many problems with car break-ins, it is up to you as vehicle owners, to keep your vehicles secure just as you would your home. Also, it is always a good idea to not leave items of value in plain view. This invites others to try and enter your vehicle. Next, watch your swimming pools and the little ones. Water and young children are a dangerous combination when not properly supervised and secured. It is on the property owner to ensure that legal requirements are met to safeguard against entry into the swimming area by young children. It takes only inches of water for a toddler to drown. You can contact us here at the police department and speak with a police officer or the code enforcement officer about these or other legal concerns. I hope this information proves useful to everyone and it is our hope here at the Gentry Police Department that you all have a safe great summer. Keith Smith Chief

Citizens: Thank you for your comments about signage and a U.S. flag at the new police department. We are currently working on signage for the pd. It will likely be done in two phases however, we hope to have the first phase completed in the next month. We are also, working on the lighting and the pole mechanism for the flag pole and plan to have 'Old Glory' waving as soon as repairs are complete. We appreciate your comments and as always, let us know if we can assist you. Chief