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

The Gentry Police Department is paying tribute to all of the fallen police officers across the United States. Our thoughts, hearts and prayers go out to the families of the officers who gave thier lives to protect all of us.

GPD is at Harps today for the Arkansas Prescription Drug take-back event! You got old meds and don’t know how to get rid of them? Bring them to us. We will take them off your hands.

Thank you Ozark Off Road Club and President Ralph Bartley, for stopping by GPD on Saturday, April 21st. We appreciate the gift bags for the officers and your support for law enforcement across the area. Chief Smith

Sgt. Clay Stewart was awarded 2018 Gentry Citizen of the Year at the Gentry Chamber of Commerce annual awards banquet. Clay is a Sergeant in the Gentry Police Department and is second in command. Clay started with the Gentry PD in 2001 and quickly rose through the ranks. He has given a lot to the department and goes far and above for our city every day. Clay's dedication doesn't stop with the Gentry Police Department and the city of Gentry. Clay has been a dedicated volunteer coach for our youth since 1997. He volunteer-coached softball at the Gentry High School from 2011-2014 and is now the head coach of the Texas Glory NWA’04 girls softball team. This team was formed in 2014 and was called Gentry Pride. This group of young ladies has traveled all over the country representing Gentry and winning many national titles with Clay as their coach. Clay and his wife Valerie travel many miles and spent many nights sleeping in the camper while coaching and supporting these girls. They sacrificed vacations, personal time, money and family time to coach and travel with the team. What is so special about Clay is the incredible work ethic and attitude he expects and receives from the young ladies he works with. This work ethic he demands is what has put his team on the top at many of these competitions. Even if the girls lost a game, which didn't happen often, his girls always showed respect and represented Gentry in a very honorable way. This is a sign of a quality individual and a great coach. Keith H. Smith Chief

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY The City of Gentry, Arkansas, is accepting applications for the position of Full-Time, Part-Time and Reserve Police Officers. 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 03/21/2018 or until the positions are filled. This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer. For further information, contact the Gentry Police Department at 479-736-2651. Applications can be found on our website

PRESS RELEASE: On February 22, 2018, the Gentry Police Department received information of a possible threat at the Gentry High School. School officials told police that several students were reporting rumors they were hearing, which were alarming in nature, involving threats of violence against the school. After further investigation, it was determined there was enough evidence to support an arrest warrant being issued. On March 5, 2018 a 16 year old male Gentry High School student was arrested for Terroristic Threatening in the First Degree, Class D Felony. The Gentry Police Department takes the safety of our schools, students, and faculty very seriously, and pledges to investigate every threat, and prosecute those responsible to the fullest. Chief Keith Smith Gentry Police Department

The Gentry Police Department, in conjunction with the Gentry School District, is currently looking into rumors of threats made by a student to possibly bring a gun to school and use it during a pep rally. Please be assured that the Gentry Police Department takes any and all threats made towards our students and faculty with the highest level of seriousness. We are looking into every lead with the utmost diligence, and if the threats are found to have any validity at all, we will pursue criminal charges and prosecute to the fullest extent of the law. However, there have been many unsubstantiated rumors going around on this subject. Everyone should know that spreading false information or false leads will not help anyone in this situation. With that being said, if anyone has any pertinent information pertaining to this threat, please call the Gentry Police Department immediately.

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

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