Arkansas State Police

  • Agency: Arkansas State Police
  • Address: One State Police Plaza Dr, Little Rock, 72209 AR
  • Chief: Colonel Winford E Phillips (Director)
Phone: 501-618-8000
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Arkansas State Police is located at One State Police Plaza Dr, Little Rock, 72209 AR. The Director of the department is Colonel Winford E Phillips. The Arkansas State Police phone number is 501-618-8000.

Arkansas State Police News

#whyiwearthebadgewednesdays Lieutenant Stacie Rhodes Criminal Investigation Division Company A Commander (Crittenden, Cross, Faulkner, Lee, Lonoke, Monroe, Phillips, Praire, Pulaski, Saline, St. Francis, Woodruff Counties) "Life doesn’t always provide clear, distinct paths. Growing up in a small town, law enforcement wasn’t a career that I envisioned for myself. After studying art at Arkansas Tech University, I left not having found my true purpose in life. I spent several years struggling to find my place in the world while working for a local grocery store. During the early hours of a typical Sunday morning, I was robbed at gunpoint by two masked gunmen. The profound victimization and vulnerability I felt following that incident was beyond measure. Although diligent in their efforts, the local police department was never able to arrest the men responsible. It was then that I asked myself the greater question, how many others are there? How many people are victimized and left with unanswered questions? It was in the days that followed that one event that shaped my future and helped me find my true calling. I decided that I wanted to find answers for others but I knew there was more to law enforcement than just investigating. I was not confident in my physical abilities so I set out to find out what I was capable of and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. After completing boot camp, I knew there was nothing I couldn’t do. I pinned on my badge as a State Trooper in 1998 and the majority of my career has been spent in the criminal investigation division. For 18 years I have done my best to find answers for others and to be of service to those my community. Being empathetic and having compassion cost nothing, but can have a huge impact on those who feel powerless and vulnerable. It is here that I find my greatest satisfaction from wearing the badge. By being the voice that adds a little light to dark places in the world. I’ve heard it said that the greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it. I have found that spending my life in the service of others is far more rewarding than any other career I could have chosen. I encourage you to find out what you are capable of, test yourself….you just might surprise yourself. It’s true, my life path has not always defined but I’ve never regretted one single step of my journey." #knowyourARtroopers

The next few days, it seems the state of Arkansas will see many skies like this....which means flooded roadways, large amounts of standing water, and longer travel times. Remember that in bad weather, you must change your driving habits! Slow down, pay attention to the roadway, and leave more room between you and the vehicles around you! Here are a few more tips for driving in the rain: - Inspect windshield wipers. Replace any that have cracked rubber. If your area gets a lot of snow and ice, invest in winter blades, which shed ice better. - Clean headlight covers. When they sit in the sun, they eventually turn yellow and cloudy, and that cuts the amount of light coming from your headlights. - Slow down by at least 5 or 10 miles an hour. At certain speeds, your car can hydroplane, lifting off the ground, and you will be driving on a layer of water. If that happens, don’t panic; just slow down until the car feels normal again. - Avoid driving through flooded areas. It will be difficult to gauge the water’s depth. This is dangerous in itself. And if water gets sucked into the air-intake valve and then the engine, the car will probably shut off. - Feather the brakes after you’ve driven through a puddle. And make sure you take your foot off the gas. This creates heat and friction, which will help dry the brakes.

TROOP F INFORMATION - The Drivers License Testing Site in Fordyce will be closed today, Tuesday, February 20th, due to examiner illness. If you need assistance please call Troop F Headquarters @ 870-226-3713.

#learnthelawtuesdays Yes, we have posted it many times before, but we have had several of you ask if we can re-post so that you can share it again...... attention LEFT LANE DRIVERS! The biggest issue we face is that most people do not KNOW this law! We need your help in getting the public educated so that they move over and stop irritating other drivers. SHARE this one! Lets see how many people we can reach today. The more people who see this, the more people we get on board! The law states that you must drive on the right side of the roadway (aka. the right lane). Evidence shows that slowing down and changing lanes is more dangerous than speeding. According to statistics, lane changes account for 10 percent of highway accidents. Interestingly enough, research has found that the strongest predictor of an accident isn’t actually speeding, but actually variance in the average speed of traffic. Data has found that a car moving five miles slower per hour than the rest of traffic has a greater chance of causing an accident than one that is moving five miles per hour faster. Impeding traffic falls under Arkansas Law: 27-51-301. Vehicles to be driven on right side of roadway. (a) Upon all roadways of sufficient width, a vehicle shall be driven upon the right half of the roadway, except as follows: (1) When overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction under the rules governing that movement; (2) When the right half of a roadway is closed to traffic while under construction or repair; (3) Upon a roadway divided into three (3) marked lanes for traffic under the rules applicable thereon; or (4) Upon a roadway designated and signposted for one-way traffic. (b) Motor vehicles shall not be operated continuously in the left lane of a multi lane roadway whenever it impedes the flow of other traffic.

#Motivationmondays!! Here's how it works: Each Monday morning you will find a new daily workout posted on our page. These workouts come straight from the ASP Training Division, and each one is part of the strict workout schedule that makes up ASP Troop School. Regular exercise controls weight, combats health conditions and diseases, improves mood, boosts energy and promotes better sleep, just to name a few reasons why its so good for you! So join our #motivationmondays and do your body some good! WORKOUT OF THE DAY (W.O.D): 1 mile run (for time) 3 rounds: 10 pushups 10 burpee long jumps 10 air squats The video below is a demonstration of the FIRST ROUND of this workout - so if you have questions about one of the exercises, you can watch below and see the proper way to do each one. Do several reps of each movement at a slow warm up pace and do some light stretching prior to starting your run. Cool down and stretch out after the workout. Focus on quality repetitions and push hard. We will retest this workout in the coming months, so make sure you write down your time! We want to see the results from you!!!! Did you complete the workout? Comment and let us know how you did!

**STATEWIDE REMINDER** - All state offices will be closed Monday, February 19th in observance of George Washington’s Birthday and Daisy Gatson Bates Day. Trooper's will be out on the highways in full force, but our offices, headquarter's and all Drivers License Testing sites will be closed. They will reopen as normal on Tuesday, February 20th.

02/18 - ON THIS DAY - Trooper Clark Kent Simpson Take time to remember Trooper Clark Kent Simpson, who was killed in the line of duty on this date in 1989. Trooper Simpson was killed when his patrol car was struck from behind by a tractor trailer on I-40 as he was completing a traffic stop. He had pulled over a tractor trailer for speeding and had issued the driver a summons. Trooper Simpson remained behind the truck with his lights activated as it accelerated on the shoulder to pull into the travel lane. As Trooper Simpson pulled into the travel lane behind the truck another tractor trailer rear-ended his patrol car. Trooper Simpson’s patrol car went off the roadway and struck several trees and caught fire. Trooper Simpson and the second truck driver were both killed. Trooper Simpson had only served with the Arkansas State Police for only seven months before he was killed. A HERO REMEMBERED NEVER DIES!!

This past Thursday, McGehee Elementary School got into the Olympic spirit, and held their own 2018 Winter Olympics! They celebrated the games with a full two day festival! After students lined the front drive of the school for opening ceremonies - they all rotated through various events, such as Ice Hockey, Dog Sled Pull, Curling, Ice Skating, Marshmallow Relay, Snow Ball Catch and Long Jump. Troop E’s Corporal Mitch Grant was lucky enough to be invited and even became a participant in the dog sled pull and hockey games! Corporal grant told us, “I saw nothing but smiles and excitement from the kids at MES! This was truly an awesome experience, and I am thankful for being asked to share in it.” The school’s events were organized by MES Principal Elizabeth Robinson, and her amazing staff of teachers! This was a very involved two day event that required much work and preparation. We want to thank the school for allowing Cpl. Grant to be involved!!

#findthetrooperfridays And the answer is.... The Missouri Pacific Railroad Depot located on Railroad Street in McGehee, Arkansas. The single story brick building was built in 1910 by the Missouri Pacific Railroad. This location was placed on Arkansas's National Register of Historic Places in 1992 due to its particular importance for the town of McGehee. The town itself is located where it is due to the company's decision to locate the station here. The Depot now houses a visitor center and the WW II Japanese American Internment Museum. This museum is the permanent home of “Against Their Will,” an exhibit about those interned at the Jerome and Rohwer incarceration sites for Japanese-Americans in the 1940's. The Rohwer Japanese American Relocation Center in Arkansas is largely lost to history. Between 1942 and 1945, up to 8,000 Japanese Americans were interned at Rohwer—a 500-acre camp surrounded by barbed wire and armed guards. Although most physical remains have been wiped from the landscape, important stories remain to be shared. The Museum is under the direction of Arkansas Heritage Sites run by Arkansas State University. For more information, you can visit :http://rohwer.astate.edu/

The troopers of the Arkansas State Police strive on a daily basis to keep the citizens of Arkansas safe - that is our mission, our goal, and why we go to work every day. Along with that goal, we also know it is our duty to be involved in our communities, and actively educate the public. The ASP Facebook page is a way for us not only to provide proactive safety messages and community event information, but also show you unique insights and pictures of ASP events. Below is the team of ASP troopers who work hard to keep you informed! Each troop has a social media representative, who not only works the highway on a daily basis, but also knows the values of community involvement. We are proud of our team, and want to show them off! We ask you for your continued support by sharing our page with your family and friends as we move forward committed to public safety and protecting the great State of Arkansas. Media Reps pictured from L-R: (back row): Corporal Russ Brinsfield, Sgt. Mike Bain, Tfc. Brandon Margis, Tfc. Dustin Morgan, Corporal Mitch Grant, (front row): Corporal Jana Cordes, Tfc. Christina Bussey, Radio Operator Jennifer Curry, Corporal Brenda Stephenson, Tfc. Callie Dacus. Not pictured: Tfc. Levi Fleming, Tfc. Dustin Smith, and Tfc. Liz Chapman. If you have an event in your community that you would like to see Troopers participate in, please let us know!

#findthetrooperfriday Find our troopers! Arkansas is a beautiful place, and every Friday we will post a photo of an ASP Trooper in scenic or historical spot in our state. Do you know where the Trooper is??? We will answer the question at the end of the day!

ASP REQUESTED IN INVESTIGATION OF LONOKE COUNTY OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING A Lonoke County woman was wounded late yesterday evening (February 14, 2018) after she reportedly fired a gun at local law enforcement officers who had responded to a call of shots being fired at 420 E. Holly Street. When Lonoke County Sheriff’s Deputies responded, they encountered Janie Bryant, age 62, who had barricaded herself inside the residence. Deputies soon requested the assistance of the Lonoke County Special Response Team, in order to assist in removing Bryant from her home. As the Lonoke County Special Response Team attempted to make entry into the home, Bryant reportedly fired a weapon at several times at the officers, who then fired wounding Bryant. Bryant was transported to a Little Rock hospital where she is reported to be in stable condition. The Lonoke County Sheriff’s Department requested the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division to conduct an investigation into the use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer. Upon completion of the investigation, a case file will be submitted to the Lonoke County prosecuting attorney for review. Any questions relating to the identity of the deputies, as well as their administrative status, should be directed to the Lonoke County Sherriff’s Office.

#TBT This was the first picture we ever posted on our Facebook page, when we started it in December of 2015... and now we have over 100,000 of you to thank for making it successful! We still want you to be #InTheKnow!! There are 12 Troops within the Arkansas State Police! Which Troop are you in? Each troop has its own Headquarters and Dispatch center. Where you live within the state dictates who you need to contact in an emergency situation or to get information about your area when it matters! Each headquarters phone number is listed on our website (http://asp.arkansas.gov/), and in the general information section on this facebook page! Find the phone number for your local Troop Headquarters, and save it in your phone so you always have it handy if you need us!! #knowyourARtroops So....which Troop do you call home?!

TROOP D INFORMATION - The Drivers License Testing Site in Forrest City will be closed today, Wednesday, February 14th. If you have any questions please contact Troop D Headquarters @ 870-6633-1454.

02/14 - ON THIS DAY - Trooper Herbert Smith #334 Take time to remember Trooper Herbert Smith, who was killed in the line of duty on this date in 2001, at the age of 35. Trooper Smith succumbed to injuries he received ten days earlier while responding to the scene of a medical emergency involving an infant. Trooper Smith was traveling approximately 80 mph on Arkansas 365 near Wrightsville, Arkansas when he lost control of his vehicle, causing it to flip over. Trooper Smith had been in a coma since the incident before passing away. Trooper Smith had been employed with the Arkansas State Police for approximately three years. A HERO REMEMBERED...NEVER DIES.

#whyiwearthebadgewednesdays Major Mike Foster Highway Patrol - Eastern Region Commander "My law enforcement career began in 1983, with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission as a Wildlife Officer. In 1990, I was commissioned as an Arkansas State Trooper and assigned to the department’s Highway Patrol Division, Troop I (Newton County). Like the majority of applicants who pursue this career field, my number one reason for entering the profession was to have an opportunity to help people. I quickly came to realize that helping sometimes meant dealing with individuals whose actions could be harmful to themselves, and more importantly, harmful to innocent people. In 1999, I was promoted to the rank of sergeant and assigned as a Highway Patrol post supervisor in Troop H (Crawford County). My assignments have included assistant commander duties for Troop H headquartered at Fort Smith and Troop I headquartered at Harrison. I was promoted to the rank of Captain in Troop I in 2010, and in 2013 I had the honor of being promoted to Major, taking over as the Highway Patrol Division commander (eastern region). It is comforting to know, that despite how some may perceive the policing profession, 99.9% of the law enforcement officers who come to work each day serve with distinction and integrity and are proud of the opportunity to serve their communities on a daily basis." #knowyourARtroopers

TROOP F INFORMATION - The Drivers License Testing Site in Crossett will be closed today, Wednesday, February 14th. If you have questions please contact Troop F Headquarters @ (870) 226-3713

TROOP F INFORMATION - The Drivers License Testing Site in Rison will be closed today, Tuesday, February 13th. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Troop F Headquarters at 870-226-3713.

#learnthelawtuesdays We have received a lot of questions about what we are covering today: Funeral Procession Etiquette. Many people either panic when they encounter one, or drive with no respect for the procession itself. As a driver, be aware of your surroundings and pay attention if you notice the signs that you are encountering a funeral procession. This is essential because you need to know how to show respect and honor the event - its not only respectful, its the law. (Remember: At intersections, drivers in a funeral procession have the right to proceed through red lights provided that the lead vehicle in the procession started through the intersection while the light was green and so long as all the vehicles have their headlights lit, flashers on, and a flag or sticker indicating its part of the procession.) One of these days, you might find yourself participating in a procession, so follow the Golden Rule and treat the mourners the way you would want to be treated if you'd just lost someone you cared about. Here are some tips for showing respect for a funeral procession: - If you encounter cars with mourners, be polite, pull over, and wait for them to pass before proceeding. - Show respect by not honking your horn, revving your engine, or acting impatient in any way. - Don't try to join the procession. - Don't cut into a procession. 27-51-1409. Operation of motor vehicles on approach of funeral procession. (a) A person driving a motor vehicle that is not a part of a funeral procession shall not: (1) Drive between the motor vehicles of a funeral procession while the motor vehicles are in motion; (2) Join a funeral procession for the purpose of securing the right-of-way. (3) Pass a funeral procession on a multiple-lane highway on the right side of the funeral procession unless the funeral procession is in the leftmost lane; or (4) Enter an intersection when a funeral procession is proceeding through a red official traffic control signal as permitted by § 27-49-113(c)(1) unless the driver of the motor vehicle enters the intersection without crossing the path of the funeral procession.

TROOP F INFORMATION - The Drivers License Testing Site in Monticello will be closed this morning, Tuesday, February 13th for skills testing. The site will open at 1P for the knowledge exams. If you have questions please contact Troop F Headquarters @ (870) 226-3713

TROOP F INFORMATION - The Drivers License Testing Site in Monticello will be closed this morning, Tuesday, February 13th for skills testing. The site will open at 1P for the knowledge exams. If you have questions please contact Troop F Headquarters @ (870) 226-3713

#Motivationmondays!! Here's how it works: Each Monday morning you will find a new daily workout posted on our page. These workouts come straight from the ASP Training Division, and each one is part of the strict workout schedule that makes up ASP Troop School. Regular exercise controls weight, combats health conditions and diseases, improves mood, boosts energy and promotes better sleep, just to name a few reasons why its so good for you! So join our #motivationmondays and do your body some good! WORKOUT OF THE DAY (W.O.D): INTERVAL TRAINING - 30 minute workout jog, bike, or swim: jog slowly for 5 minutes sprint at maximum speed for 30-90 seconds (repeat the sprint and slow interval for 30 minutes) If you have never done interval training before, and are not used to running, you can walk the 5 minutes, but walk quickly, and add jogging in there for a minute or two at a time. You will be surprised if you do this workout a few times, how much further you can jog by the end!! Did you complete the workout? Comment and let us know how you did!

TROOP F INFORMATION - The Drivers License Testing Site in El Dorado will be closed today, Monday, February 12th. If you need assistance, please call Troop F Headquarters @ 870-226-3713.

Yesterday, Troop C was blessed with a very very special visit. Brad, Abby, Max and Shelby Gray stopped in to say hi! The Grays toured the headquarters, inspected some of the trooper cars, and presented the troopers with some homemade bracelets. Max, age 5, is currently in treatment at St. Jude’s hospital and aspires to be a Law Enforcement Officer one day. When Troop C troopers heard about Max, they began making plans to meet him. They presented Max with a plaque signed by ASP Colonel Bryant, appointing him an honorary Arkansas State Trooper, along with a hat and other tools he will need to perform his duties. Below, Tfc. Dustin Morgan, Cpl. Scott Irvin and Telecom Operator Kayla Coggin are pictured with the Gray family. We are honored and inspired by Max’s courage and proud to call him one of our heroes!!!