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

These dogs were picked up by Animal Control today. If either one belongs to you please call 4794741234 to claim.

These dogs were picked up by Animal Control today. If either one belongs to you please call 4794741234 to claim.

CLICK IT OR TICKET CAMPAIGN STARTS MAY 21 Van Buren law enforcement will show zero tolerance As the unofficial start of summer, the Memorial Day holiday weekend is a busy time for Americans. Each year, the highways fill with families in vehicles, on their way to start their summer vacations. To help keep drivers and passengers stay safe, the Van Buren Police Department is reminding motorists to Click It or Ticket. Aimed at enforcing seat belt use to help keep families safe, the national seat belt campaign will take place May 21 through June 3, concurrent with the busy travel season. Buckling up is such a simple task that can keep you and your family safe in the car. But it’s more than that. Buckling up is the law. Our law enforcement personnel see the consequences of not buckling up. We see the loss of life. Often, it could have been prevented with the simple click of a seat belt. This should be automatic. As the Memorial Day weekend approaches and the summer vacation season ramps up, we want to keep our community members safe, and make sure people are doing the one thing that can save them in a crash: buckling up. If the enforcement crackdown wakes people up to the dangers of unrestrained driving, we’ll consider it a success. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly half (48%) of the passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2016 were unrestrained. At night from 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m., that number soared to 56 percent of those killed. That’s why one focus of the Click It or Ticket campaign is nighttime enforcement. Participating law enforcement agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations day and night. Almost twice as many males were killed in crashes as compared to females, with lower belt use rates, too. Of the males killed in crashes in 2016, more than half (52%) were unrestrained. For females killed in crashes, 40 percent were not buckled up. If you know a friend or a family member who does not buckle up when they drive, please ask them to consider changing their habits. Help us spread this life-saving message before one more friend or family member is killed as a result of this senseless inaction. Seat belts save lives, and everyone—front seat and back, child and adult—needs to remember to buckle up—every trip, every time.

New graphics on our Tahoes. Nice clean look. Good job ABC.

This is the third police department vehicle that will be sold at the June 2, 2018 auction at Faucher Auction. It is a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer with 200,000 miles

Here are some more items that will be in the June 2, 2018 Auction at Faucher Auction on Highway 60.

This dog was picked up by Animal Control today. If it belongs to you please call 4794741234 to claim.

We are trying to identify this man in reference to a counterfeit $100 bill. Anyone with information, please contact Detective Jonathan Wear at 479-471-5095.

Here are pictures of 2 vehicles that will be placed in the June 2nd auction at Faucher Auction. The Dodge Charger is a 2006 with a little under 130000 miles and the Chevrolet Impala is a 2004 with just under 130000 miles.

Here are pictures of some more items to be sold at Faucher Auction on June 2, 2018, being unclaimed property from the Police Dedt.

The Police Department will be doing a Child Seat Check Up Event on Saturday May 12, 2018 from 10am to 12pm in the Parking Lot of the Van Buren Walmart Supercenter. Please bring your vehicle and your child or children to the event so we can make sure the child is in the proper seat and the seat is properly fitted in the car.

We will be placing several items of unclaimed property in a public auction at Faucher Auction located at 5707 Hwy 60, off of Hwy 64-71 just East of Van Buren on June 2, 2018 starting at 8am. I will be posting pictures of items for the next few weeks. There will also be 3 city vehicles in this auction.

This is a friendly reminder to all current police officer applicants for VBPD, your Personal History Statements, waivers and other required documents need to be turned in no later than May 15, 2018. You must submit these items to continue in the process. Good luck with the rest of the process.

This dog was picked up by Animal Control today. If it belongs to you please call 4794741234 to claim.

These dogs were picked up by Animal Control today. If either one belongs to you please call 4794741234 to claim.

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

This dog was picked up by Animal Control today. If it belongs to you please call 4794741234 to claim

This dog was picked up by Animal Control today. If it belongs to you please call 4794741234 to claim

Chief Jamie Hammond of the Van Buren Police Department is excited to announce that the department will host it’s first-ever Youth Police Academy this summer. The eight day academy is for students of the Van Buren School District who are entering the 7th through 12th grades and the academy will be held at the VBPD headquarters building located at 800 Fayetteville Road. It will include instruction in traffic enforcement, accident investigation, crime scene investigation, interview/interrogation, media relations, basic first aid, CPR certification, fire safety, defensive tactics/use-of-force, SWAT demonstration, K9 demonstration, firearms safety, courts tour, Crawford County Jail tour, Bomb Squad demonstration and Air Evac helicopter display. Seating is limited to twelve students per session and students will be grouped in two separate groups. Students who will be entering the seventh, eighth, and ninth grade will make up one group while students entering the tenth, eleventh and twelfth grade will make up another. The younger group’s eight day session will be June 11th-14th and then June 18th-21st. The older students will meet July 9th-12th and the following week, July 16th-19th. Based on the demand, a third session is planned July 23rd-26th and July 30th-August 2nd. The academy is from 8a-4p Monday through Thursday and it’s free to participate. Lunch will be provided and Van Buren Police Youth Academy shirts will also be provided to each participant to be worn during the academy. “We realize students will have just finished school for the year and we know the last thing they want is to sit inside a room and listen to lectures all day so we’ve designed this academy to involve very little classroom training. There will be some classroom instruction; however, most of what the students learn in those eight days will be from actually doing it themselves”. Students will investigate a mock vehicle accident, conduct traffic enforcement, process a crime scene and be instructed on the safe and proper way to handle a firearm. All instruction will be done by Van Buren Police Officers, Van Buren Fire Department Firefighters, Fort Smith Fire Department Bomb Squad personnel and Southwest EMS Paramedics Edelen noted, “We want the academy to be fun and something the participants talk about and recommend to their friends for next summer”. The academy organizer, Corporal George Edelen said, “The Youth Police Academy is not a boot camp or a program for rebellious students. The academy is a reward for students of good character, who make good decisions and are good students at their schools”. All applicants must provide a teacher recommendation and must also pass a background investigation prior to be considered as a participant in the academy. All courses of instruction will be used at the end of the academy when participants will use the skills they learned to process a mock crime scene. “We’ll actually stage a crime scene and the participants will have to use what they were taught in order to solve the crime”, said Edelen. Applications can be picked up at Butterfield Middle School, Northridge Middle School, Van Buren Freshman Academy and at Van Buren High School. Completed applications can be returned to any of these schools and must be returned by Friday, May 25th. For more information or if you have any questions, email Corporal George Edelen at

Congratulations to Corporal Mike Stewart on your retirement. We wish you well.

The scores from the Police Test from last night are available. If you took the test, you can call 479-471-5022 8am-5pm or 479-474-1234 after hours to obtain your score. You can also email me at and I will answer with your score.