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

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.

Active shooter scenario training.

Thank you to Trumann School District, Trumann Fire Dept., Medic One, and especially our multiple volunteers for your cooperation in our Active Shooter Scenario training. It was a great success.

The Trumann Police Department will be conducting training at the Trumann Middle School on Monday and Tuesday, December 18-19. Expect a heavy police presence in this area.

Congratulations to Sergeant Jared Cook on his graduation from the Criminal Justice Institute's School of Law Enforcement Supervision Session XLIX.

Congratulations to Reserve Officer Ronnie Henley, receiving the 1-8 Award for his hard work and dedication to the TPD.

Congratulations to Amy Kary for receiving the Employee of the Year Award.

Congratulations to Reserve Officer Kevin Hazelwood, Officer of the Year.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 12-12-17 CONTACT: Gary W. Henry Sr. 870-483-6423 Trumann Police Are Arresting Drunk Drivers This Holiday Season Remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Trumann, AR—This holiday season, Trumann Police Department will work around the clock to keep vehicle drivers and passengers safe as they search for drunk drivers. December 13-31, 2017, law enforcement is partnering with the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in a special year-end Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement mobilization to get drunk drivers off the street and to spread the word about the dangers of impaired driving. “This holiday season, drivers will notice increased enforcement watching closely for anyone who is driving impaired,” said Captain Gary W. Henry Sr. “It is vital that we keep our roads and our travelers safe, not just at the holidays, but every day. With extra travelers on the roads, and people attending holiday parties, we will likely see an uptick in drunk driving. We’ll be arresting anyone who breaks this life-saving law.” The holidays are a special time in America, full of excitement and endless festivities. Oftentimes, these celebrations bring higher numbers of drunk drivers to the roads, endangering those drivers and others. Drunk driving can have deadly, devastating consequences. Nationally in 2016, 37,461 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes, and 28 percent (10,497) died in crashes where a driver had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over the limit of .08. In fact, from 2012-2016, 14,472 people lost their lives in motor vehicle traffic crashes during the month of December, and twenty-eight percent (3,995) died in a crash that involved a driver with a BAC of .08 or higher. “This should be a time of happy merrymaking, a time for friends and families to come together for endless laughs, good food, and happy memories,” said Capt. Henry. “We are committed to doing whatever it takes to help save lives by keeping drunk drivers off the roads. Choosing to drink and drive is a selfish choice – one that will see harsh consequences.” Drunk driving offenders often serve jail time, lose their driver’s licenses, are charged higher insurance rates, and pay dozens of other unanticipated expenses ranging from attorney fees, court costs, car towing and repairs, and lost wages due to time off from work. But the ultimate cost of drunk driving is causing a traffic crash that injures or kills. Follow these tips to stay safe on the road this holiday season: ● Remember that it is never okay to drive drunk. Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation to get home safely. ● Download NHTSA’s SaferRide mobile app, available on Google Play for Android devices: (, and Apple’s iTunes Store for iOS devices: ( 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. ● If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact the Trumann Police Department. ● Have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely. Remember, it is never safe to drink and drive. The Trumann Police Department will be looking for drunk drivers. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

Officers with the Trumann Police Department participated in the FOP Lodge #8 Shop with a Cop.

Press Release: 12/07/17 An unfortunate incident occurred on the night of December 4, 2017, when officers with the Trumann Police Department were called to the 400 block of Harrison St. in reference a dog who was trying to attack people. An officer contacted the dog who was unsecured running along the fence of another dog. The officer attempted to playfully call the dog and the dog turned towards him and became aggressive. At a distance of approximately seven feet the dog lunged towards the officer, and the officer in fear for his safety shot the dog. The dog then ran away injured, and was located on the front porch of the owner. Several unsuccessful attempts were made by the Trumann Police Department to contact an animal clinic in an effort to give medical treatment to the animal. The animal was left in the care of the owner. On December 5, 2017, a follow-up phone call was made to the family expressing our deepest sympathy and condolences, as the Trumann Police Department was advised of the passing of the dog.

Tough Enforcement on Seat Belt Violators This Thanksgiving Trumann, AR – This Thanksgiving, Trumann Police Department is teaming up with the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and law enforcement agencies across the country on a high-visibility Click It or Ticket mobilization to make sure all Thanksgiving travelers are wearing their seat belts. Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel times of the year, when millions of Americans hit the road to spend time with friends and family. But more vehicles on the road mean potential for more crashes and more fatalities. The Click It or Ticket campaign is designed to save lives by making sure all Trumann drivers and passengers get the message to wear their seat belts. The campaign combines powerful messages about seat belt safety with increased patrolling for all unbuckled motorists. “Tragically, almost half of the people who died in a fatal traffic crash last Thanksgiving were not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash,” said Captain Gary W. Henry Sr. “This year, we will be making sure that all Thanksgiving travelers we see are wearing seat belts, and that all violators will be pulled over.” During the 2014 Thanksgiving holiday period (6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26, to 5:59 a.m. on Monday, December 1), there were 341 passenger vehicle occupants killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes nationwide, and fifty percent of those killed were NOT wearing seat belts. Some of these tragic deaths may have been prevented by seat belt use. NHTSA research indicates that proper seat belt use reduces the risk of fatal injury to front seat passengers by 45 percent, and the risk of moderate to serious injury by 50 percent. In 2014, seat belts saved the lives of 12,802 passenger vehicle occupants. If seat belt use had been at 100 percent, an additional 2,814 people would still be alive this Thanksgiving. “We see the devastation first-hand when people fail to buckle up in a crash, so whether you’re driving down the street, across town, or hundreds of miles away, you must wear your seat belt,” said Captain Henry. “This Thanksgiving and every day of the year, remember: Click It or Ticket.” For more information about traveling safely during Thanksgiving, please visit

This department is currently working an aggravated assault at Adams Lube on Hwy. 463. Officers responded to the area after the owner reported there was two men on his property arguing and one had an automatic rifle. Officers were able to respond moments later and take one individual into custody. The matter is still under investigation.