Trumann Police Department

  • Agency: Trumann Police Department
  • Address: 221 S Melton Ave, Trumann, 72472 AR
  • Chief: Chad Henson (Chief of Police)
Phone: 870-483-6423

Trumann Police Department is located at 221 S Melton Ave, Trumann, 72472 AR. The Chief of Police of the department is Chad Henson. The Trumann Police Department phone number is 870-483-6423.

Trumann Police Department News

*****Update on Arrowhead Shooting***** Seth Mullins of Bay was arrested without incident for the shooting of a 15-year-old Trumann girl during a home invasion last week. Based on the statements from multiple witnesses, evidence collected through cell phone records, and from our eye-witness and “Rock-star witness” Mia, this department believes this was a targeted invasion. For now, we will leave this part of the investigation vague and we will present our case in court at a later date. In the very near future this department plans to present our case with one person charged with Attempted 1st degree Murder (Mullins) and multiple defendants who are soon to be arrested in a conspiracy to distribute and purchase prescription pills without a prescription, steroids, and marijuana. Evidence collected through this shooting investigation has led to multiple people being implicated in a ring of narcotic sales that simply will not be tolerated any longer. Multiple witnesses in our community have come forward in the past few days solely because a young girl was shot. They fear for her safety and the for their community. We have listened and we will act accordingly. I have witnessed countless officers from Trumann PD, Poinsett County Sheriff’s Office, Arkansas Game and Fish, and Arkansas State Police canvas and search muddy fields and ditch rows in Trumann, Poinsett County, Bay, and Craighead county looking for evidence from the shooting. I witnessed the officers give up their days off, take time away from their families, and miss birthdays - all for Mia. I am so full of pride from their relentless pursuit that I could pop. I have been in awe multiple times this year from their professionalism and never-quit attitude, but none more than this past week. They simply did not sleep or give up! Thank you to Central Trumann Ford for cooking for us today and saying thank you. Thank you to the countless witnesses and tipsters who helped close this case. Thank you to the professional law enforcement we have in Poinsett county. Thank you for the teachers and counselors who called (and always call when it involves a TSD kiddo). Thank you to our city administrators who give us the opportunity to serve. Thank you Mia for being so incredibly strong and courageous! Mia, you are the epitome of "In Valor There Is Hope". We are not done yet. Citizens, if you see something, say something. You are not wasting my time nor this department’s time by telling us that someone is selling drugs. Don’t let something as severe as another child being shot before you finally speak up. We cannot be a victim any longer to this terrible opioid epidemic. Lives are being destroyed; this past week is all the proof we need. Let’s come together and show the rest of the state how it’s done. Chief Chad Henson

On 05/21/18 two officers were sworn in as the newest Patrolman for the Trumann Police Department. Patrolman Ken Talley and Patrolman Ryan Price welcome to the TPD family.

Central Ford Drive 4 Ur Community Event. Trumann WALMART.

Central Ford Drive 4 Ur Community Event at Trumann Walmart

CLICK IT OR TICKET CAMPAIGN STARTS MAY 21 Trumann Police Department will show zero tolerance Trumann, AR—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, Trumann 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,” said Captain Gary W. Henry Sr. “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,” said Assistant Chief Jon Redman. “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. In Trumann, the maximum penalty for a seat belt violation is $90. “In 2016, we lost too many community members because they did not buckle their seat belts,” said Capt. Henry. 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,” said Chief Chad Henson “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.” For more information on the Click It or Ticket mobilization, please visit

May 19, 2018, from 8:00am to 2:00pm at the Walmart in Trumann, Test drive a new Central Ford vehicle and they will donate $20 for a new Dispatch Console.

For Immediate Release: This case stemmed from an investigation by the Trumann Police Department in January 2018. TALLAHASSEE MAN CHARGED WITH COMMITTING FEDERAL CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CRIMES TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Milton Sumrell, 43, of Tallahassee, was arraigned today in the U.S. District Court in Tallahassee after a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging him with production of child pornography, enticement of a minor to perform illegal sex acts, and possession of child pornography. The indictment was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. The indictment alleges that, in October and November 2017, Sumrell persuaded a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing child pornography and persuaded someone under age 18 to engage in sexual activity. The indictment further alleges that, between January and March 2018, Sumrell possessed child pornography. The trial is scheduled for June 11, 2018 at 8:15 a.m. If convicted, Sumrell faces a minimum of 15 years and maximum of 30 years in prison for the production charge, a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison for the enticement charge, and a maximum of 10 years in prison for the possession charge. The case is being investigated by the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, and the Trumann Police Department (Arkansas). The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael Harwin. An indictment is merely an allegation by a grand jury that a defendant has committed a violation of federal criminal law and is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. The United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Florida is one of 94 offices that serve as the nation’s principal litigators under the direction of the Attorney General. To access public court documents online, please visit the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida website. For more information about the United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Florida, visit

For Immediate Release: On 04/22/18 Trumann Police Department Communications Center received a call in reference to a man with a gun at Walmart, 512 Industrial Park Dr. Trumann, AR. Officers responded and located Gabriel Urrabazo, 22, holding a Faith Morgan, 21, hostage. As officers began to negotiate with the suspect. Robert Highfill, 35 of Trumann, attempted to intervene, but unfortunately was shot and killed by the suspect. Upon shooting Highfill, the suspect again placed the gun to the head of the hostage, Faith Morgan. Officers continued to plea with the suspect and call for assistance, while attempting to secure the scene and clear any bystanders. During the chaotic incident, Urrabazo eventually let Morgan go and began to walk away. Officers continued to urge Urrabazo to drop his weapon. The negotiation continued for approximately an hour and a half. Meanwhile, Walmart was cleared, and other departments responded to assist. Among those departments were the Arkansas State Police, Poinsett County Sheriff’s Office, Bay Police Department, Craighead County Sheriff’s Office, Jonesboro Police Department, Arkansas Game and Fish, the FBI, and Brookland Police Department. Urrabazo eventually surrendered to police and was taken into custody. A Probable Cause hearing was held for Urrabazo, for Murder 1st Degree on the morning of 04/23/18. A bond of $500,000 cash only was set. Urrabazo will appear in court on May 29, 2018. Any witnesses, information, or video can be forwarded to the Trumann Police Department Criminal Investigation Division by calling 870-483-6423 or emailing

Standoff at TRUMANN WALMART ended. Chief Chad Henson.

Trumann Police Department To Participate in Six-State Drug Impaired Driving Enforcement Campaign “Driving High? Kiss Your License Goodbye!” (4/18/18) Like drunk driving, drugged driving is impaired driving, which means it is illegal in all 50 States Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. Whether the drug is obtained legally or illegally, driving while drug-impaired poses a threat to the driver, vehicle passengers and other road users. Between April 20 and April 22, Trumann Police Department will join participating law enforcement from Arkansas, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma in “Driving High? Kiss Your License Goodbye!”— a six-state Drug Impaired Driving enforcement campaign to put an end to drug impaired driving. Law enforcement officers across the state will patrol approximately 16,443 miles of roadway. By concentrating law enforcement on high traffic corridors, organizers hope to put motorists on guard and encourage sober and safe driving. Local Impact “Drug impaired driving is a serious safety issue for drivers and law enforcement on Trumann roadways,” said Captain Gary W. Henry Sr. “By intensifying enforcement of drug impaired driving laws, we hope people will think twice before driving while impaired by any drug. It is deadly for the driver, but also for his or her passengers, and for other people on the streets. If you are taking any type of drug, prescription, over-the-counter or illegal, make plans for a sober driver. Do not get behind the wheel of a vehicle.” Drug impairment effects on drivers It is never safe to drive when impaired. This not only means refraining from drunk driving, but also from drug-impaired driving. If you think driving while high won’t affect you, you are wrong; it has been proven that THC – the chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s psychological effects – slows reaction times, impairs cognitive performance and makes it more difficult for drivers to keep a steady position in their lane. The bottom line is this: It doesn’t matter what term is used, if a person is high, stoned, wasted or drunk, he or she is impaired. Driving while impaired by any substance is illegal and can be deadly to the driver and other road users. “Our goal is to save lives and we’re putting all drivers on alert – Drug impaired driving is against the law. Remember “Driving High? Kiss Your License Goodbye!” said Captain Henry. For more information on drug impaired driving, please visit

Recently Reserve Officer Kevin Hazelwood completed a tactical firearms course at the Craighead County Sheriffs Office.

This is a property located on the east side of Trumann at 505 East Speedway. The structure located on this property had burned and was beyond repair. The Civil Enforcement Division began a condemnation procedure. The property owner had begun a self abatement process but did not complete it. Trumann Public Works finished the razing process and cleaned the lot of all debris on March 20,2018.

This property at 521 Short in the eastern part Trumann has been abandoned for several years. It had become overgrown, dilapidated, unsanitary and detrimental to the public welfare. There had been several complaints of burglaries, evidence of drug activities, and general nuisance complaints. The Civil Enforcement Division began a condemnation effort in December of 2017. The City council voted to condemn the structure and ordered it razed at the March city council meeting. The owner has complied and razed the structure on March 16, 2018.

Reminder from the Civil Enforcement Division: According to Ordinance 572, any person(s), firm, or corporation engaging in any type of business must obtain an occupation license from the city clerk by January 1st of each year. Those who fail to do so by April 1st of each year will be assessed penalties and issued a citation for failure to obtain an occupation license. The person(s), firm, or corporation will pay the cost of the permit, all penalties assessed, a fine of not less than $50 and no more than $100, and all court costs associated with the citation. If you have not purchased your occupation license we urge you to do so.

03/09/18 Press Release Suspect: Earnest Charles Lee Charges: 5-14-103A (2) Rape 5-26-202A Incest Bond: $250,000 Cash Court Date: 4/23/18 On March 7, 2018 officers with the Trumann Police Department were contacted about rape and incestuous acts with mentally challenged victim. The rape and incest had been occurring for a span of approximately six years. Officers arrested Earnest Charles Lee for 5-14-103A (2) Rape; 5-26-202A Incest. A probable cause hearing was held on March 9, 2018 a bond of $250,000 cash only was set for the suspect. He is to appear in court on 04/23/18. Jonathan Redman Assistant Chief of Police

A Probable Cause hearing was held for Craig Gillum, 52, of Dover, TN today at the Poinsett County Jail. A bond of one million dollars cash only was set for Gillum for the charges of Trafficking of persons, Computer child pornography, Interference with custody, Directing sexual performance by a child, Contributing to the delinquency of a minor,and Endangering the welfare of a minor. Gillum was arrested in O’Neill, NE in connection to a missing juvenile from Trumann. Gillum is set to appear in Circuit Court on March 27, 2018.

A reminder from the Civil Enforcement Division: Any person, firm, or corporation in the City of Trumann Arkansas that engages in, exercises or pursues any line of business must first obtain and pay for an occupation license (business permit.) These licenses are valid from January 1st through December 31st. They must be renewed on January 1st every year. There is a 30 day grace period for renewal and late fees will be assessed on the 31st day. Any person, firm, or corporation that engages in construction in the City of Trumann must obtain a construction permit. This includes any projects that add square footage to an existing structure (i.e. porch, expansion to current structure, etc.) or standalone structure (i.e. outbuilding, portable building, carport, etc.) You must be a licensed contractor (residential or commercial) in the state of Arkansas to perform construction within the City of Trumann. (NOTE: All new commercial construction must pay an additional State construction surcharge fee which is based on the value of the structure ONLY.) The application for a construction permit and certificate of occupancy must be made at the municipal complex. The contractor must provide the following: 1. Proposed use of building (single family dwelling, multi-family dwelling, retail establishment, etc.) 2. Nature of Construction (new construction, repairs, additions, alterations, etc.) 3. Attach plans and specifications which reflect: a. Dimensions of tract on which structure will be located. b. Proposed location of structure on the tract (complete with dimensions.) c. Front setback lines. d. Side setback lines. e. Rear setback lines. f. Proposed height of structure and number of stories. g. Location of access streets. h. Type of materials to be used. i. If off street parking required, indicate proposed location and number of spaces plus circulation area. j. If off street loading required, indicate proposed location and number of spaces, plus circulation area. 4. Description of tract: (Lot number, block number, addition, address.) 5. Estimated cost (exclusive of lot.) An inspection of the site as well as any footings, slabs, etc. MUST be conducted by a city inspector. If you intend to develop land for subdivision a letter requesting a hearing before the planning and zoning commission must be filed with the city clerk. The letter should include: 1. Legal description and general description of land(s). 2. Description of type of development. 3. Copy of title of property. 4. Sketch plan which reflects: a. Location of the proposed subdivision in relation to the city as a whole. b. Location of all streets and alleys interconnecting and bordering the subdivision. c. General location of streets within the subdivision. d. General size and shape of lots. e. Legal description of proposed subdivision. f. Location of property owned by public entities or by railroads and utility companies when within or adjacent to the subdivision. Any person, firm or corporation that engages in plumbing, electrical, or mechanical work in the City of Trumann must obtain the respective permits. This includes renovation and new installations. You must be a licensed plumber, electrician, or HVAC/R in the state of Arkansas to perform work in the City of Trumann. The master plumber, master electrician, and/or HVAC/R must present a valid license from the state of Arkansas to obtain the permit. Inspections of the work throughout various stages MUST be conducted by a city inspector. A final inspection must be completed for compliance with all fire, building, electrical, plumbing, HVAC/R and other applicable codes before issuance of a certificate of occupancy. One may perform their own construction, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC/R work at their primary residence. One must obtain the proper permits and inspections for the completed work. Captain Gary W. Henry Sr.

Sgt. Justin Hooton, Cpl. Charles Jones, and Det. Karen Rinehart have completed Arkansas Crisis Intervention Team training. This training is integral for the recognition and aiding of people with mental illnesses and developmental disabilities. This 40 hour training instructed officers in de escalation techniques as well as verbal techniques used when dealing with these individuals especially when they are in crisis.

A search warrant was executed on this residence this morning in Trumann. The collaboration between Poinsett Co. Sheriff’s Office and the Trumann Police Department netted eight arrest for drugs and guns.

CANCEL....CANCEL....CANCEL....CANCEL.....CANCEL Arissa has been found!

Press Release 01/12/18 Operation Nighthawk 2018 On January 10-11, 2018 the Trumann Police Department along with Poinsett County Sheriff’s Office, United States Marshal Service, Jonesboro Police Department, Paragould Police Department, Arkansas Community Corrections SRT, Arkansas Department of Community Correction (Probation and Parole), Marked Tree Police Department, Lepanto Police Department, and Weiner Police Department, completed Operation Nighthawk 2018. Operation Nighthawk 2018 is a federal, state and local law enforcement effort to verify sex offender registration compliance in Trumann and Poinsett County based on the Arkansas Sex Offender Registration laws. The goal of the operation is to ensure that targeted registered offenders are in compliance with all of their requirements as established by state law. The requirements include residing at their listed address, updated contact information, such as phone number, social media, email addresses and devices that have access to the internet. The results of Operation Nighthawk were as follows: Targeted Offenders: 60 Offenders in compliance: 48 Arrest Made as result of the Operation: 10 Charges for arrest included Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Felony Warrants, Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, Not in Compliance (Wrong address listed on Driver’s License). Warrants are pending for five offenders found to not be in compliance. Operation Nighthawk was a success as each department and law enforcement agency gained valuable information from each Registered and Non-Registered Offender. This operation will lead to more compliance by such offenders. With the assistance of each law enforcement agency the collaborated effort assisted smaller police departments, who lack manpower, in bringing registered sex offenders into compliance.

Today we buried a retired and beloved Reserve Officer, Jerry E. Jones. Fitting enough Jerrys’ eulogy led off with “If you knew my dad...”. We did, and we are very proud of his tenure at the Trumann Police Department and the lasting impression he made on our city. We will miss him and honor him every chance we get. RIP Officer Jones...we got it from here. Chief Henson

Our thoughts and prayers are with the City of Marked Tree. Their community lost a giant today, Mayor Mary Ann Arnold. We all were better for knowing her and her leadership. We will post the arrangements when we know them.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Trumann Police Department along with surrounding agencies will be conducting a DWI/DUI checkpoint at undisclosed locations on December 22 and December 23, 2017, within the city limits of Trumann. The Trumann Police Department will place emphasis on impaired drivers that are under the influence of alcohol, drugs, and other intoxicating substances. While the Trumann Police Department conducts the checkpoint, the delay will be momentarily. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes. Drugs which may impair driving not only include illegal narcotics, but many prescription drugs, marijuana, and even some over-the-counter medications. The deterrent effect of DWI/DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes. DWI/DUI checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DWI/DUI arrests affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DWI/DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DWI/DUI classes, and other expenses that can exceed $15,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out. It’s important to remember that even one drink can impair your judgment and increase the risk of getting arrested for driving drunk—or worse, the risk of having a crash. “If you choose to drink and drive, you will be arrested,” says Sergeant Justin Hooton.