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

Officer Jessie Mack Gramling and Captain Jack Rogers having some coffee at an unknown café in the mid-1960's.

Congratulations to Patrolman Aaron Schenk on his graduation from the Black River Technical College Law Enforcement Training Academy. Ptl. Schenk endured 13 weeks of intense curriculum and physical conditioning to earn the honors of becoming a certified police officer. To add to his accomplishment, Ptl. Schenk received first place honors for emergency vehicle operations. Without a doubt, Ptl. Schenk is excited to get back to working the streets of Paragould and serving our citizens with pride. Great job Aaron!

The Paragould Police Department will be testing for police officers on June 8th. If you are interested, and meet the qualifications listed below, submit an application. You will be contacted prior to testing for further instructions.

Today starts a week of appreciation. It’s a week that comes and goes. A week that can seem insignificant to others not in this line of service. This week is important to many of us, but not more important than every other week. For those behind the phone, the radio, the headset, may be recognized this week for their service. These men and women I speak of, are those you call when your neighbors blaring their radio too loud, when your controlled burn is out of control, when someone stole something from you, or when you’ve been in a car accident. They are the voice that calms you when you’ve been robbed, the one that instructs you to get to safety when your house is burning, the one that stays with you while hiding in the closet when someone has broken into your home, the one that cares about you when you just don’t feel like you can live another day, and the one that counts with you as you give chest compressions to the one you love, providing you with encouragement and compassion so that you may give the needed circulation and air that your loved one has stopped getting on their own. They feel your pain, your screams, your stress. They are the voice on the radio when you initiate a traffic stop, walking with you in their minds to approach the vehicle. They are with you when you checking that house, waiting patiently on the other side to hear you are safe. They hear your stress and the pain in your voice when you are in pursuit or arrive to find tragedy. They hold their breath while you make an interior approach on the house that’s on fire. They sit tight waiting to hear when you load the baby in the ambulance and head to the hospital that wasn’t breathing. They care about you, they feel for you through your voice and tone, they are your dispatcher. These men and women are dedicated, compassionate, loving moms and dads, brothers and sisters, husbands and wives, and to you they are a friend, your teammate, they are your first first responder. They hear you at your darkest hour. They will never give up on you. They are not perfect, but strive to always do their best. Because they love each and every one of you. To those who are just starting, or who have moved on, to those who are still working and even manning a console today, I appreciate your commitment and the love you have for others and for each other. Thank you for your service! Happy National Public Safety and 911 Telecommunicators Week! If you happen so see any of these guys out and about this week please stop and tell them thank you for a thankless job they do every day!!! Thanks for all you guys do!!!!! Mike

The Paragould Police Department and the family of Corporal Chris Bunch have been very humbled by the outpouring of love, prayers, and support for the Bunch family as both Corporal Bunch and his daughter have endured significant health issues in the last several months. The numerous fundraisers and donations have taken a tremendous load off of the Bunch's while they have been facing the challenges head on. The police department and the Bunch's are very thankful for these selfless acts of kindness that our wonderful city has shown our department and Corporal Bunch's over the last few months. Recently, Paragould School District employee Toni Johnson spearheaded an effort to sell t-shirts to benefit the Bunch family. Mrs. Johnson came up with the design, and was directly involved with the shirts from conception to delivery. Mrs. Johnson's efforts resulted in a $1700 donation to the Bunch family that will greatly help offset not only the mounting medical bills, but the day to day living expenses that never go away. We thank Mrs. Johnson for her support of one of our own. ***From Mrs. Johnson: We are going to take up one more order and turn it in Friday morning. You can order at PHS or Swirlz. Money must be turned in with order. Also, First National Bank is still has an account set up for Chris, if anyone would like to donate. Thanks!***

The Paragould Police Department has been made aware of several social media posts regarding alleged school shooting rumors at Greene County Tech Middle School last night, 2-23-18, during a 6th grade dance. These rumors were investigated last night by school staff and an off-duty Paragould Police officer who attended the dance as a chaperone, and again today by on-duty officers who conducted further interviews. The information gleaned from these investigations concluded that the rumors were unsubstantiated and untrue. The safety and security of our young people is always paramount in the eyes of law enforcement and school districts alike. Any type of threat is taken seriously and investigated as such. Considering the recent reports of school involved shootings across the country, we understand that parents and students are going to be hypervigilant and on guard. The same holds true for school employees and law enforcement. However, the mass distribution of inaccurate information via social media does nothing but exacerbate the problem and can cause mass hysteria within communities. We would ask that you please refrain from posting information that has not been confirmed by official sources so that investigations are not hindered, and citizens are not alarmed unnecessarily. Should you hear or see anything that you feel is pertinent or emergent, please do not hesitate to notify the applicable entity or agency so that the information can be investigated properly. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding in this matter.

Assistant Chief Les Rogers, behind the wheel, and Officer Roy Henson trying out the first police radio installed in Paragould PD history. This was taken in approximately October of 1947.

Paragould Police Department Officer of the Year 2017 In a ceremony at the Paragould Police Department this morning, Corporal Adam Newby was awarded the honor of Officer of the Year for 2017. Corporal Newby led the department in DWI arrests for 2017, in addition to making numerous other arrests throughout the year. Corporal Newby's dedication and tenacity in removing impaired drivers from the streets of Paragould certainly makes this a much safer community in which to live. Further, Corporal Newby is oftentimes seen helping other officers with their own DWI stops/arrests, and offering guidance with respect to those contacts. Corporal Newby also requests to attend schools to further his knowledge to help with the enforcement of impaired drivers. Newby hopes to attend Drug Recognition Expert school, which will certainly assist in detecting and evaluating drivers impaired on controlled substances. We appreciate Corporal Newby's dedication to the safety of our citizens, and are glad to have him as a member of our department.

An award ceremony was held this morning at the police department to honor four recipients of the department's Life Saving Award. On December 16, 2017, off-duty dispatcher Mindy Murray observed a hazardous driver and notified dispatch of the vehicle's location. As officers responded to the area, Dispatcher Murray remained on the phone updating dispatch with the vehicle's location. Just before officers could get the vehicle in sight, the vehicle crashed into the side of a moving train at the Jones Road railroad crossing. The subsequent collision rendered the vehicle inoperable, and engine compartment engulfed in flames. The single occupant was unable to get out under their own power. Three officers arrived on scene shortly after the collision. Corporal Gunner Fultz and Patrolman James Cooper immediately ran to the burning vehicle, while Corporal Jacob Higdon retrieved the fire extinguisher from his patrol unit. Corporal Fultz was able to cut the driver's seatbelt away while Patrolman Cooper was able to drag the driver out of the car. Fultz and Cooper were then able to drag the sole occupant away from danger and further injury while Cpl. Higdon attempted to suppress the fire to prevent a larger fire and/or explosion. The actions of these officers and dispatcher most certainly prevented the driver from being overcome with smoke and/or fire and possible loss of life. These self-less actions are a common occurrence, not only within the Paragould Police Department, but across the state and nation on a daily basis. We are very proud of these public servants, and are honored to serve alongside them while serving the great citizens of Paragould. Pictured are, from left to right: Dispatcher Mindy Murray, Patrolman James Cooper, Corporal Jacob Higdon, and Corporal Gunner Fultz

Antennas being mounted at the 911 center

Public Service Announcement: We have had numerous incidents of items being stolen out of vehicles as of late. The items range from candy and change to firearms. The bulk of these thefts have been the result of vehicles being left unlocked overnight. On rare occasions, windows have been broken in order to steal the property. In these cases, the property taken was left in plain sight and was worth the risk of breaking the window. Please, please, PLEASE lock your vehicles and do not leave anything of value inside your vehicle at any time. Oftentimes, the thieves are merely going vehicle to vehicle and checking for unlocked doors. If the doors are locked, they are moving along to the next driveway. Keep your doors locked, and valuable property (especially firearms) out of your vehicles when they are left unattended. We are working diligently on apprehending the person or persons responsible for these acts. If you have any information that may help with the capture of the suspect(s), please contact us at (870)236-7621. Also, if you find that your vehicle has been entered, but have nothing missing, we still need you to contact the department to report it. This will help us immensely with the investigations.

Road Conditions Update 11:03 pm: It's still slick! All schools have elected for closure tomorrow, 1/16/18. City street crews and state highway crews are still diligently at it. If you must get out for work in the morning, please take extra precautions and extra time getting to your destination.

Road conditions 1/15/18 @ 7:40 p.m. Precipitation is still steadily falling. City streets, parking lots, and sidewalks are covered by a thin layer of snow/ice. They are slick, and difficult to stop on at this time. City street crews are out in sand trucks working on the more dangerous spots currently. The main highways appear to be in better shape, but there are spots on those that can be hazardous. Highway crews are also out at this time. We are beginning to field calls for collisions, so please use caution if you must be out. If possible, avoid travel on the roadways. Updates will be posted throughout the evening as needed.

Road conditions as of 2:50 am: All roadways, parking lots, and bridges/overpasses are slick and getting worse by the minute. Precipitation is falling at a steady rate, inhibiting efforts of state and city road crews. Plows and sand trucks are out in force, however. Please use extreme caution if you must get out. All precipitation that has fallen thus far is ice related and is making travel that much more treacherous. Stay off the roadways if you can, but if you can't, make sure to give yourself plenty of extra time to get to your destination. Also, please remember to clear any and all accumulated ice from your windows before driving. Limited visibility will hamper your efforts to arrive at your destination safely.