Trooper First Class Liz Chapman
Assigned to - Public Affairs Office
"I never imagined as a child that I would become a police officer. I didn’t play “cops and robbers” as a child. I was never around police officers as I was growing up. I was raised in a military family, where my father, aunt, uncle and grandfather were all pilots, so that is what I always knew I wanted to do. I used to play dress up for hours in my father’s green flight suits, and dreamt of becoming a pilot like him.
I grew up in Little Rock, and graduated from Little Rock Central High School in 2002. After high school, I attended Drury University in Springfield, MO on a swimming scholarship, knowing that once I graduated I could try for OSC with the military. I graduated in 2006 and immediately asked my dad to go to the Air Force recruiting office with me. Unfortunately for me, I walked out rejected and depressed. My eye sight (uncorrected) was too poor to become a pilot. I was offered many other positions, but I didn’t want those – I wanted to fly. After 21 years of a dream, it was shot down and I was lost.
After the let down, I moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma for a change of pace. There I did what most people who needed a job do – and I started looking in the newspaper for work. I didn’t really have any ideas of what to do; I just knew I needed a job! I saw an opening at a local police department in the city of Sand Springs, and thought to myself it might be an interesting thing to try. I was accepted into the hiring process, and was hired by the Sand Springs Police Department in November of 2006. After attending the Oklahoma State Law Enforcement Academy, I was released to the streets in April of 2007. SSPD ended up being an amazing place to work, learn and become a new police officer. I learned about the brotherhood that is law enforcement from my co-workers, and I learned how to respect and treat everyone around you, no matter who they are. I will always appreciate Chief Mike Carter for giving me the opportunity to learn, and find the love of a career that I never knew I wanted.
In 2009, I moved back home to Little Rock and decided to give policing a break. I pondered the idea of going back to school or going in a different direction, but I could never quite get policing off my mind. In 2010 I took a job with the security department at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. While there, I quickly realized I needed to be back in law enforcement full time. I applied with the Arkansas State Police, and was hired in January of 2011. I reported for Troop School on January 9th as the only female in my class, with snow falling hard. Troop School was hard - okay - it was extremely hard. I questioned myself, what I was doing, and if I was ready to be a lone trooper on the highways of Arkansas. These questions quickly faded as I became more confident in my abilities, and in myself.
My 22 classmates and I graduated Troop School in June and I was assigned to Drew County in Troop F. As a person who had never lived in a small town, Drew County was a shock to my system. At first I thought it would be a difficult transition, but the town of Monticello is full of the kindest, most caring people I have ever had the chance to experience in my life. The Troopers and local officers that I worked with in Troop F will always be my brothers, and there is not one day that goes by that I do not value all they did for me while I was there.
In the summer of 2013, I was able to transfer back home to the wild highways of Little Rock. It was a change of pace, but I appreciated the fast moving style and the troopers around me. I quickly had 4 big brothers, and a Sergeant that made us family.
In 2015, I was blessed to get the opportunity to join the ASP recruiting team with the task of creating a social media presence for the department. Since 2015, I have been working to provide the public with an insight into what ASP Troopers do on a daily basis. Along with a group of 12 troopers from around the state, I try hard to provide the public with updates, and constant images from our troopers out in the field. Last year, I moved into the position as Public Information Officer for the Arkansas State Police with the intention of continuing the efforts of our community involvement and social media presence.
I love this department, and I want the people of Arkansas to see how much pride we as troopers have in being the ones who serve and protect them. It is so much more than a job or a career; being an Arkansas State Trooper is a way of life. I am proud to say that I am an Arkansas State Trooper and I strive each day to uphold the reputation of those who came before me." #knowyourARtroopers