Van Buren Police Department

  • Agency: Van Buren Police Department
  • Address: 800 Fayetteville Road, Van Buren, 72956 AR
  • Chief: (Chief of Police)
Phone: (479) 474-1234
Fax: (479) 474-0203

Van Buren Police Department is located at 800 Fayetteville Road, Van Buren, 72956 AR. The Van Buren Police Department phone number is (479) 474-1234.

Van Buren Police Department News

We have evidence that these two suspects may be from the Wagner Oklahoma area and may have stayed in Sebastian County for a brief time. Anyone with information please contact Cpl. Dewayne Richesin at 471-5022.

The Van Buren Police Department Launches New Enforcement Blitz Against Speeding “Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine” Van Buren Police Department today launched a tough new speed enforcement blitz for the city limits of Van Buren under the tagline: “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. “Speeding translates to death on our roadways. It greatly reduces a driver’s ability to steer safely around another vehicle, a hazardous object, or an unexpected curve. Speeding drivers put themselves, their passengers and other drivers at tremendous risk,” said Detective Jonathan Wear. 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 Van Buren. We’ll stop and ticket anyone caught speeding. Fully 17 percent of all speeding-related traffic fatalities occurred on local roads -- where the posted speed limits were 55 miles per hour or under. According to NHTSA, a crash on a road with a speed limit of 65 mph or greater is more than twice as likely to result in a fatality than a crash on a road with a speed limit of 45 or 50 mph and nearly five times as likely as a crash on a road with a speed limit of 40 mph or below. About 15 percent of the country’s speeding-related fatalities occur on interstate highways each year. 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 or speeding in bad weather conditions dramatically increases the probability that a motorist will be involved in a crash,” said Detective Jonathan Wear. “During this enforcement blitz, officers will be out targeting and ticketing speeding drivers,” said Detective Jonathan Wear. “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.

MAINTAIN YOUR INDEPENDENCE THIS INDEPENDENCE DAY:DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER [Van Buren, 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. Law enforcement in Van Buren 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 (6 p.m. July 2 to 5:59 a.m. July 6), 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 Detective Jonathan Wear. “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 Detective Jonathan Wear. “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.” Prepare for the Fourth This Fourth of July, Van Buren Police Department and NHTSA urge drivers to designate a sober driver before heading out for the evening. If you plan on drinking, plan on not driving. 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: (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nhtsa.SaferRide&hl=en), and Apple’s iTunes Store for iOS devices: (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/saferride/id950774008?mt=8). 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 [Insert your local sober ride program specifics here]. • If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact law enforcement immediately. • 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!

We are trying to identify this person in reference to a theft case. If you know this person, please contact Cpl. Chris Ho at 471-5057

These dogs were picked up the past couple of days by Animal Control. If any of them belong to you please call 4794741234 to claim.

These dogs were picked up by Animal Control over the past few days. If any belong to you please call 4794741234 to claim. If you would like to foster any of the puppies please contact Almost Home Rescue (our Animal Control Officers can help you get in contact with them).

A special thanks to Christy Durning of Ozark for teaching the Youth Academy students CPR today and also to Sheriff Brown, Lt Cuppa and staff for the tour of the Jail and Sheriff's Dept facility today.

We are trying to identify this person in reference to a theft. If you can identify him, please contact Cpl. Chris Ho at 471-5057

We are trying to identify these people in reference to a theft. If you can identify one of these three people, please contact Cpl. Dewayne Richesin at 471-5022

We are trying to identify these two people in reference to a theft case. If anyone can Identify them, please contact Cpl. Dewayne Richesin at 471-5022.

We are trying to identify this woman because we believe she may be a witness or possible victim of a crime. Please contact Cpl. Chris Ho at 471-5057

We are trying to identify these two peiple in reference to a theft that occurred. Anyone with information, please contact Cpl. Chris Ho 471-5057

This truck was stolen from Van Buren in the past week. If you see this truck or have any leads on it, please contact Detective Wes Marsh at 471-5080.

Our Youth Academy students had a fun day and were able to see some awesome equipment. Thanks to the Crawford County Sheriff's Dept, the Fort Smith Bomb Squad and the State Police Air Unit for presenting to the students and a very special thank you to Ms Jackson for getting Tased.

These dogs were picked up by Animal Control over the past few days. If any of them belong to you please call 4794741234 to claim

Still an hour left to come donate blood at the Van Buren First Baptist Church Family Life Center!

Youth Academy students watching Kahr in action

Youth Academy students learning about fingerprints.

The students from our first ever Summer Youth Academy checking out police vehicles this morning.

These dogs were picked up by Animal Control over the past couple of days. If any of them belong to you please call 4794741234 to claim.

UPDATE: The owner has been located and has taken possession of their tablet! Thanks for all the shares! Found Property, Kurio tablet in a Targus case found near the boat ramp at the entrance to the marina. Call Christy in the Evidence Room if this property belongs to you at 479-471-1975.

These dogs were picked up by Animal Control the past couple of days. If any of them belong to you please call 4794741234 to claim

A true gem retired from the Van Buren Police Department today. After twenty-four years of faithful service as a dispatcher for the citizens of Van Buren, Clara Freeman has dispatched her last police car and last fire truck. Congratulations on your retirement, you deserve it!

The Van Buren Police Department is trying to identify these women in reference to fraudulent use of a credit card. The credit cards were stolen from the downtown Van Buren area and used at Walmart a short time later. Contact Detective Jonathan Wear at 471-5095 if you can identify them.