Paragould Police Department

  • Agency: Paragould Police Department
  • Address: 101 North 3 1/2 Street, Paragould, 72450 AR
  • Chief: Todd Stovall (Chief of Police)
Phone: 870-236-7621
Fax: 870-239-7554

Paragould Police Department is located at 101 North 3 1/2 Street, Paragould, 72450 AR. The Chief of Police of the department is Todd Stovall. The Paragould Police Department phone number is 870-236-7621.

Paragould Police Department News

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Overnight, dispatch received numerous calls via the non-emergency and 911 lines regarding the lights in the night sky near the fairgrounds. These lights are part of an event being held at the fairgrounds for the next several nights, and are of no cause for concern. Please share this post with your friends so that our emergency lines can stay open for emergent calls for service. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Paragould Emergency Services 911 has implemented a new training program in preparation of opening the new 911 Center. Paragould 911 has always participated in the ALETA (Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy) training program for 911 operators which offers basic call taking and communication skills. We want to add to that training and provide a higher level of service to the citizens of Paragould and Greene Co. The first step in implementing this program was to establish a training platform and organization to provide the training. Paragould 911 chose to go with APCO (Association of Public - Safety Communications Officials) which is the leading provider of 911 Communication training in the Nation. Our second step was to appoint a CTO (certified training officer), this person will oversee training standards for the department. After a 6 week training course and extensive work Tim Erickson successfully completed APCO CTO training program. We will keep everyone updated as we move forward with our new training program and progress on the new 911 Center. Michael McCammon 911 Director

The 4th Annual D.A.R.E. Car Show, hosted by the Paragould Police Departments D.A.R.E. program, will be held Saturday, October 21, 2017, at Reynolds Park. The show will be from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.. Come out for the day and see the variety of beautiful vehicles entered by contestants! Visit the Silent Auction for great items donated by local businesses! Have a car you want to show? Bring it out! There is a $20 registration fee for the chance to win the $300 CASH prize for Best of Show and People's Choice winners! All proceeds from the show go to the Paragould Police Dept D.A.R.E. program. The show is presented by Cpl. Tron Beesley. Cpl. Beesley may be reached for further information at (870)239-7564 or at tron.beesely@paragouldcity.org.

We have received a few calls this morning regarding a possible earthquake. It is confirmed that a 3.6 magnitude earthquake was centered near Manila. https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/nm60181262#executive

Greene County Tech Primary 1st graders got a sampling of several different careers during the Primary building's annual Career Day on Friday. Lieutenant Brad Snyder, a shift commander on one of the department's night shifts, and Corporal Aaron Gamber of the department's Street Crimes Unit, spent the afternoon talking to all of the 1st graders about a career in law enforcement and how important it is for them to do the right thing all the time so that they can be good citizens and qualify for a job in law enforcement when they become of age. The kids were reminded that law enforcement officers are always there to help, and that our roles include many more things than just writing tickets and arresting people. As a bonus, every kid was given a Junior Police badge sticker. There were several other entities present for demonstrations including the Paragould Fire Department, Greene County Rescue Squad, Paragould Light, Water, and Cable, the Greene County Road Department, the Greene County Office of Emergency Management, AMMC Ambulance Service, the Arkansas Game and Fish, and the Greene County Sheriff's Department. The two big hits of the day had to include Air Evac and their helicopter and also Ricky Nunn with Swirlz, who brought free frozen yogurt for every child. Thanks to GCT Primary for having us! As usual, it was a great time!

Union Pacific will celebrate U.S. Rail Safety Week as part of its continued efforts to educate the public about staying safe near rail operations in its communities. On Wednesday, October 11th, Union Pacific will host a Crossing Accident Reduction, Education and Safety (UPCARES) event with Paragould police officers. These officers will monitor driver behavior at railroad crossings from inside a Union Pacific locomotive. Paragould police officers, along with Union Pacific Railroad police officers, will be monitoring all crossings in the city limits of Paragould to ensure that motorists adhere to all laws and regulations regarding railroad crossings. Officers will be issuing citations for crossing violations. As a reminder, Union Pacific Railroad police officers are certified police officers and have arrest and citation writing authority on and off railroad property. “Rail Safety Week participation will help raise awareness about the importance of drivers and pedestrians using caution anytime they approach railroad crossings," said Rod Doerr, Union Pacific vice president - Safety. "We care about our communities and urge everyone to slow down, look both ways and stop for approaching trains to prevent accidents."

The burn ban was lifted Monday. Hoping everyone enjoyed a little rain yesterday, and hopefully a bit more today.

The role of a police officer involves much more than enforcing the law. Police officers are tasked with building relationships with their community, and especially our youngsters. Pictured below are a couple examples of that interaction. Cpl. Chris Bunch is shown handing out stuffed animals to kids recently during Boys Club Football. Cpl. Bunch is a School Resource Officer assigned to the Paragould School District and knows the importance of developing solid relationships with our youth. Also, Cpl. Brad Herren stopped by his daughter's classroom at Greene County Tech to thank them for the well-wishes they sent to him while he was off work with an injury. Cpl. Herren is assigned to A Shift, one of our day time patrol shifts.

We have had numerous complaints lately with regards to motorists not stopping for school busses. This is a great public service announcement from the Arkansas State Police regarding this issue. Remember, motorists must stop for school busses in all directions anywhere in Greene County. We have no divided highways in this county. What makes this video even better is that it was produced right here in Paragould by students with Tech TV at Greene County Tech High School.

With mixed emotions, the Paragould Police Department announces the retirement of Corporal Max Adams, with 18 years of service to his credit. Adams served the citizens of Paragould diligently and honorably during his 18 years, however, he was certainly no stranger to public service beforehand. Prior to his law enforcement career, Max served with the United States Marine Corps for 19 years. Following his military career, Adams served with the Greene County Sheriff's a Department as a jailer / court bailiff for approximately one year, beginning in November of 1996. In late 1997, Max was moved to a road deputy position within the sheriff's department and attended the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy in Camden, Arkansas in 1998. He continued to serve in the deputy sheriff capacity until December of 1999, when he moved to the Paragould Police Department as a patrol officer. While we are sad to see a dedicated officer such as Corporal Adams leave us, we are happy that he will have the opportunity to do things he enjoys while also having more time with his wife, children, and grandchildren. Thank you Max for your service to our country, and most certainly, our city. Enjoy your retirement sir, as you have certainly earned it.

Earlier this month, the Paragould Police Department had a firearm turned in to us that had accidentally been placed on the roof of a car and forgotten about before they drove away from a location here in the downtown area. The firearm, a handgun, has been in safe-keeping here at the police department since then and we would like to reunite it with the rightful owner. If you, or someone you know, is missing a handgun, please contact Corporal Aaron Gamber at 870-236-7621. Before the gun will be returned, the claimant must be able to accurately describe the weapon (make, model, caliber, serial number if possible).

This afternoon, Paragould Police Department detectives arrested an individual regarding the hit and run accident on Tuesday, September 19th, in which Mr. Ronald Pruitt was severely injured. No other details will be released today, but further information will be forthcoming regarding this arrest. The Paragould Police Department would like to thank everyone who supplied us with tips and information to help with this case.

**UPDATE: Arrest has been made in this case On Tuesday, September 19th at approximately 5:07 p.m., officers responded to a call of a man lying in a ditch on N. 11th Ave near E. Garland St. The original caller advised that the male subject was bleeding from the head. Police and EMS units responded and began tending to the injured man, later identified as Ronald Pruett of Paragould. As officers were helping tend to Mr. Pruett, it was learned from persons standing near the scene that Pruett was allegedly struck by a red vehicle. This information allegedly came from a female witness who was no longer on scene when police and EMS units arrived. This witness has since been located, and supplied officers with the description of an older model full sized van that was red in color. The van allegedly has no hubcaps on the wheels. The van was last seen traveling northbound on S. 11th Avenue, toward E. Court St. Currently, Mr. Pruett is hospitalized with serious injuries. As such, it is imperative that we get as much information as possible so that we can expeditiously and properly investigate this matter. We ask that anyone that has information regarding this incident, or is familiar with the vehicle description above, to please contact Detective Sergeant Jack Hailey with the Paragould Police Department's Criminal Division at 870-236-5755.

In the last couple of weeks, we have seen an increase in vehicle break ins resulting in the thefts of firearms and/or other valuables. These thefts were not all due to unlocked vehicles, as some of the windows were broken in the process. As such, we ask that you please keep all vehicle doors locked and all valuable items out of sight. Valuable items left in plain view often times results in broken windows. If it is possible, we would recommend that no valuable items, and especially no firearms, be left in vehicles overnight. Should you notice any suspicious activity in your neighborhood, please do not hesitate to contact the police department to report said activity. Be prepared to be as detailed as possible with regards to vehicle descriptions and/or descriptions of persons involved in the activity. This will help officers tremendously in possibly locating and contacting potential wrongdoers.

Many of you have contacted officers personally with questions regarding the change in the law regarding cell phone usage while driving. The only change to laws regarding cell phones and driving involved text messaging and/ or accessing social media or the internet with your wireless device. As long as you are not prohibited from talking on your phone due to one of the graduated driver's licenses (new and/or young drivers), it is NOT against the law to talk on your phone while driving at this time. That law may very well come later down the road, but it is not illegal at this time. Please feel free to share with your friends, and thanks to the Arkansas State Police for sharing this with us all this morning.

Today, the Paragould Police Department congratulates Captain Greg Trout on his retirement from the department. Captain Trout spent over 29 years protecting and serving the citizens of Paragould, and did so in many different capacities. From patrol officer to IT / Fleet Captain, and everything in between, Captain Trout has been an asset to this department and his departure leaves a void that will be a challenge to replace. Job well done, Captain. Enjoy your retirement Greg!

Good information, as always, from our friends at the Arkansas State Police. Keep an eye out for the bus traffic and watch out for those kiddos!

On August 3rd, the AHTD will be closing S. 2nd Ave (Hwy 69) between Jones Rd (Hwy 358) and E. Dennington St. The barricade locations are noted in red on the map pictured. This closure will last until sometime until the afternoon of August 4th. Please plan accordingly, and give yourself extra time for the detour needed in your situation.

Beginning tomorrow, July 26, Spring Grove Rd will be closed for approximately three weeks in order to remove drainage tiles and replace them with a concrete structure. This closure will be just south of Mark Street. Please plan accordingly, and give yourself extra time should you need to take an alternate route.

As a reminder, sanitation pickup in the city of Paragould will be altered this week. If your trash is picked up on Tuesday, your pickup will occur on Monday, July 3rd. The remainder of the pickup days will be normal schedule. Feel free to share!

E911 Dispatcher Job Opportunities The City of Paragould is currently accepting applications for the position of E911 Dispatcher in the Paragould Police Department. Must be available to work any shift. Applicants must meet the following requirements: -Graduation from a high school or GED equivalent with specialized course work in general office practices such as typing, filing, accounting or bookkeeping. -Two (2) years of increasingly responsible related experience, or any equivalent combination of related education and experience. -Minimum age of 18. -No felony and/or class A misdemeanor convictions. -Successful completion of background investigation. -The City will require a medical examination and drug screen after an offer of employment has been made to a job applicant and prior to the commencement of the employment duties of such applicant and will condition an offer of employment on the results of such examination. -Certificate on ACIC Terminal Operations (obtain within first six months of employment). Applications may be printed from the Human Resources web page or picked up from City Hall located at 301 W. Court St. Applications may be returned to the Human Resources office Monday thru Friday from 8:30am to 4:00pm. When returning completed applications, a résumé must be attached. Contact Human Resource Director, Tisha Baldwin @ (870)239-7511, with any questions. THE CITY OF PARAGOULD IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. THE CITY OF PARAGOULD DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF RACE, COLOR, RELIGION, SEX, NATIONAL ORIGIN, MARITAL OR VETERAN STATUS OR OTHER LEGALLY PROTECTED STATUS.