Pope County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Pope County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: #3 Emergency Lane, Russellville, 72802 AR
  • Chief:
Phone: 479-968-2558
Fax: (479) 968-6145

Pope County Sheriff's Office is located at #3 Emergency Lane, Russellville, 72802 AR. The Pope County Sheriff's Office phone number is 479-968-2558.

Pope County Sheriff's Office News

Corrections Officer (CO) •The Pope County Detention Center is currently seeking applications for a MALE corrections officer. If you are interested, please pick up an application between the hours of 8:00 and 4:00 in the sheriff's office lobby.

PRESS RELEASE Sheriff Shane Jones announces that on Monday, September 17, 2018, a multi-jurisdictional drug sweep took place. Throughout the course of the day, there were 54 individuals arrested and 25 of those had outstanding warrants. Seized during the operation were the following: 507 pounds of marijuana 43 marijuana plants 676 prescription pills 12 pounds of methamphetamine 9 firearms The total value of drugs seized is $2,054,660.00 Agencies participating in the action were: Franklin County SO Ozark PD Johnson County SO Clarksville PD Pope County SO Russellville PD Atkins PD Yell County SO Arkansas State Police 5th Judicial Drug Task Force Sheriff Jones wishes to thank all involved for their dedication in taking drugs off the street and adding a measure of safety to our communities. “As law enforcement officers, we are tasked with battling the enormous epidemic of drugs on the streets. Each arrest made and every pound of drugs seized sends the message that we are fed-up with seeing our citizens, young and old, succumbing to the evil of illicit drugs in our society”, stated Sheriff Jones.

Thanks to Rockline Industries for inviting us out to their family day events. We had a great time!

It was great seeing former Pope County Sheriff Jay Winters out at the Fair this week! Sheriff Winters has the distinction of being the longest serving Sheriff of Pope County.

You might remember seeing pictures of Charlie dropping goodies off for our deputies from time to time. Well, yesterday we got to return the favor! Deputies stopped by for Charlie’s Birthday Party at school and had a great time. Thanks to Community Christian School for letting us be a part of the party!

We had a visit today from two lovely ladies with the Area Agency on Aging. They brought fresh baked cookies for our employees to enjoy. Thank you to all those affiliated with Area Agency on Aging. What a great group of people!!

*****BEWARE***** There is a new scam in which the caller identifies himself as a deputy with the Pope County Sheriff's Office. The caller states there is a warrant for failure to report to jury duty. PLEASE DO NOT GIVE ANY INFORMATION OR MONEY TO THIS PERSON. The sheriff's office will NEVER request money over the phone for a warrant and will never ask you to purchase a green dot card to take care of that warrant. Please stay alert and aware of those who wish to take your money!!!

Press Release On 8/27/18 at approximately 12:24PM an Arkansas Game and Fish Officer was assisting Pope County Sheriff’s Office on a report of a suspicious person in the 2000 block of Old Hwy 124 at Dollar General. While responding, deputies were notified that a citizen had called 911 stating that the Game and Fish officer was unconscious following an altercation with the suspect. On deputies arrival it was learned that the suspect had fled the scene on foot in the area, and a perimeter was set up by other responding units as a search of the area began. At approximately 2:40PM, the suspect, Jay Burgess, was located and taken into custody in the area of 3000 SR 124. Sheriff Shane Jones would like to thank all the local departments who assisted in locating the suspect. Russellville Police Department, Arkansas State Police, Arkansas Tech University, Pottsville Police Department, Dover Marshall’s Office, London Police Department, Arkansas Highway Police, and Arkansas Game and Fish. The officer involved was transported by EMS and is reported to be in good condition.

**********UPDATE*************** Suspect is in custody! Thanks you all for sharing! Pope County Deputies along with other local law enforcement are conducting a manhunt in the area of SR124 and Weir Rd. The suspect in the photo, Jay Burgess, was last seen wearing grey sweat pants and a black tank top.

Good Monday morning! Today we are going to highlight Lt. Jeff Noyes. Lt. Noyes began his career in law enforcement as a reserve deputy in 1993 at the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office. In 2001 Lt. Noyes started his career with Pope County as a corrections officer where he served until being promoted to Patrol Deputy and later Patrol Sergeant. In 2010 he was promoted to Lieutenant where he currently supervises Patrol Deputies at the Pope County Sheriff’s Office. Lt. Noyes’ certifications include: Law Enforcement Professional Instructor, Taser Instructor, Radar Instructor, ALERRT Active Shooter Instructor, and Field Training Officer. Throughout his career Lt. Noyes has received the distinctions of Russellville Courier Democrat’s Best Police Officer of the year, and 2017 Arkansas Attorney General’s Pope County Officer of the Year. Lt. Noyes is a 1989 graduate of West Side High School, ALETA, and the Criminal Justice School of Law Enforcement Supervision.

Who is ready for some more throwback Thursday? Today’s throwback photo is Lt. Rex Surrette (Retired) pictured below around 1999 as a Patrol Sergeant.

Do you recognize the address associated with this mailbox? Chances are that we don’t either! Please take time and make sure that your mailbox or home is clearly marked with your address so that it can be seen from the roadway. Sometimes seconds count for not only law enforcement, but also Fire and EMS when responding to an emergency.

Local authorities are seeking information on a stolen trailer taken within the last few days from the Cove Road area. The trailer is a 16’, white, enclosed trailer with the lettering “Ford Engineering” on the side with Arkansas license plates. If you see this trailer or have any information on its whereabouts you can call 968-0911, 968-3232, or 968-2558. All calls are confidential.

Good morning! With the first week back to school it’s only fitting that we highlight our School Resource Officer, Corporal Jonathan Leavell today. Corporal Leavell began his career with PCSO in 2010 as a corrections officer before being promoted to Patrol Deputy in 2011. In 2017 Corporal Leavell was selected as SRO and covers Center Valley Elementary as well as London Elementary schools. Corporal Leavell is a 2001 graduate of Russellville High School and the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy.

Today is the Day! Back to school for many of our local schools. Please be aware of school zones and bus stops as you travel through our county. Our deputies will be focusing on keeping our children safe.

Deputy Saffold and Deputy Gibson met a new friend today who is raising money for Arkansas Children’s Hospital. If you want some amazing lemonade, stop by her lemonade stand in the 3600 block of West Main St. in Atkins.

It’s that time of year again! Many local schools will be resuming classes next week, and we want to remind everyone to be aware not only in school zones, but also throughout our county with school busses stopping frequently. Our deputies will be focusing on school zones as well as bus routes to ensure the safety of all our children. We hope everyone has a great new school year!

On the evening of Friday, August 3, 2018, an investigation was opened by the Russellville Police Department at the request of Pope County Sheriff, Shane Jones. Sheriff Jones had been informed of possible inappropriate sexual contact between a member of the sheriff’s staff and a current inmate being housed at the facility. As the investigation unfolded, it was discovered that a second member of the staff also had inappropriate sexual contact with the same inmate. As a result of the investigation, two female employees were immediately terminated and placed under arrest. One employee, Lauren Elliott, was arrested on charges of Sexual Assault 4th Degree and the second employee, Billie Tucker, was arrested on charges of Sexual Assault 4th Degree and Introducing Prohibited Articles into a Correctional Facility. Both will appear before Judge Don Bourne in felony bond hearings on Monday morning. Sheriff Shane Jones is deeply saddened by the actions of his former employees. Sheriff Jones understands that the public trust is the most valuable thing a law enforcement agency can possess. He hopes that his quick action and response to these allegations demonstrates to the public that his employees are being held to the same standards as the public this agency serves. Sheriff Jones stated “I am heartbroken by the betrayal of two trusted employees and these actions will not be tolerated.” The investigation is ongoing by the Russellville Police Department and the 5th Judicial Prosecuting Attorney and no other statement will be made at this time.

Congratulations to Deputies Aaron Culwell, Brian Coleman, and Brad Herren on their graduation today from the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy.

Sheriff Shane Jones and Chief Deputy Blake Wilson traveled to Little Rock today for a meeting with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Sessions spoke on reducing crime in Arkansas and ways federal officials can help do so.

Our thoughts and prays go out to our State Police brethren on the loss of K-9 Trooper Hemi.

UPDATE: Mr. Whybark has been located and is safe with family. Thank you for your assistance. MISSING PERSON************ Thomas A. Whybark, Jr. has been reported missing by his grandmother. He was last seen in the morning hours of Sunday, July 15th leaving his grandmother's residence at Levi Place and Jennings Road in Russellville. Thomas is a white male, 5'7", 170 pounds, brown hair, blue eyes and may have a short beard at this time. He is 25 years of age. When last seen, he was wearing black pants and a black hoodie. Thomas recently made statements that he was going to the Amarillo, Texas area, but the direction of travel is uncertain at this time. If you have any information concerning the whereabouts of Mr. Thomas Whybark, please contact Investigator Russell Hill at 479-968-2558.