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

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

06/30 - ON THIS DAY - Trooper Louis Perry Bryant Take time to remember Trooper Louis Bryant, who was killed in the line of duty on this date in 1984, at the age of 37. Trooper Louis Bryant was shot and killed during a traffic stop by a member of a terrorist group. He was shot several times by the suspect with a modified Colt .45. The suspect was apprehended by police in Oklahoma after a shootout. He was sentenced to life without parole for Trooper Bryant's murder but sentenced to death for another murder. The death sentence was carried out in 1995. Trooper Bryant was survived by his wife, son, and daughter. Four members of the DeQueen, Arkansas, Police Department were killed in an automobile accident while en route to Trooper Bryant's funeral. The officers who were killed were Captain William Mills, Patrolman Herman Jones, Patrolman William Gilham, and Sergeant Roy Brewer. Our thoughts are with their department today as well. A HERO REMEMBERED NEVER DIES!!

#findthetrooperfriday And the answer is..... The White County Courthouse. Completed in 1871 and remodeled in 1912, it is the oldest Arkansas courthouse still being used for its original purpose. The first story is constructed of cut stone, while brick is used on the second floor. The circuit/chancery courtroom has been restored to its original condition. The large clock tower includes an 1855 bell which resembles the Liberty Bell. A statue located on the southeast corner of the court square honors the Confederate Soldiers. A new statue built of six tons of granite, was recently constructed on the courthouse lawn honoring those soldiers of White County who died in World War I, World War II, and the Korean War, with each soldier’s name inscribed on the monument. A Vietnam War memorial already sits on the courthouse grounds.

STATE POLICE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES IN OVERNIGHT OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING A state police investigation of an overnight officer involved shooting incident in Russellville is continuing today. The investigation will be submitted to the Pope County Prosecuting Attorney to determine if the shooting was consistent with Arkansas laws, specifically the use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer. Joshua Cartwright, 36, of Russellville exited an apartment about 2:10 AM today brandishing a gun and was shot by state troopers assigned to the Arkansas State Police SWAT Team. Cartwright was pronounced dead at the scene. Additional information relating to the initial involvement of local police that lead to the SWAT team responding to the apartment can be obtained from a news release distributed earlier today by the Russellville Police Department.

TROOP I INFORMATION - The Drivers License Testing Site in Izard County will be changing locations starting on July 1st, 2018. The NEW location will be the City Hall / Community Building, located at 451 College Drive in Melbourne. Testing times will continue to be the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. For other locations in Troop I:

#findthetrooperfridays 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!

Where are you watching Game 3 tonight?? Remember to plan ahead - research shows 77% of fans consume alcohol while watching baseball on TV! Make sure you designate a sober driver OR schedule an UBER before you take that first drink! Don't let CWS turn into DUI..... GO HOGS!!!

It is WEEK 18 for the ASP 2018 A Recruit Class, and they have a packed schedule this week. The recruits will be learning how to search buildings and respond correctly to any active shooter situations. As active shooter incidents in the United States continue to rise in frequency, this training is imperative for our new troopers. The Department of Homeland Security provides the definition of an Active Shooter as the following: an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area; in most cases, active shooters use firearms(s) and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims. Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. Typically, the immediate deployment of law enforcement is required to stop the shooting and mitigate harm to victims. As Troopers, our goal in this type of situation is to STOP the threat to the lives of others, and this week the recruits will be put in situations where they must go directly towards that threat and realize they must put their own lives at risk to protect others. The recruits drill instructors, as well as Troopers from around the state, travel to little rock to act as evaluators and role players for this weeks training. The recruits are getting closer to graduation! Over the past 18 weeks they have earned their uniforms, and now the process of being them "ready" begins. Each ASP Trooper takes pride in every piece of the uniform they wear, and getting those pieces together is no easy task. Each of the 13 buttons must be polished to perfection, their hat braids and tassels must be straight and neat, and their shirts must be crisp, tucked, and fit just right. The uniform is a statement of honor that no trooper takes lightly - and it is a great sight to see new troopers put in their ASP gear for the first time.

Last week, Troop L’s Corporal Eric Lee visited Ms. Kelsey’s Primary class at Fayetteville Montessori School. He spoke to the students about road safety, and always staying close to their parents. Of course he let them “tour”his car, and passed out jr trooper stickers! Thanks to Fayetteville Montessori School for allowing us to come visit!!

JUNE’S ASP JUNIOR TROOPER OF THE MONTH IS: Blade Hurt, age 12 Manila, Arkansas TROOP C Blade and is a friend to law enforcement and to the Arkansas State Police. Last year on Blade’s birthday his wish was to have a visit from Law Enforcement. We were honored to attend his party and present him with gifts from ASP, Manila PD and the Mississippi County Sheriff’s Office. Pictured here is Troop C’s Cpl. Freddy Ware and Trp. Tommy Fitzgerald, presenting Blade with his plaque for his dedication and hard work in school, as well as being the ASP Junior Trooper for June! Keep up the good work Blade !

INVESTIGATION FOLLOWS TRAFFIC STOP & CRASH An Arkansas State Police investigation is continuing today as the result of a traffic stop that occurred yesterday at 3:42 PM (Monday, June 25, 2018) in Hempstead County along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 30. Larry Jones, 22, believed to be from Tennessee, is the subject of a search that began after he fled from a state trooper during the traffic stop. Near the 46 mile marker exit in Nevada County local sheriff’s deputies deployed spike strips in an attempt to stop the fleeing vehicle. A short distance later, Jones lost control of the eastbound vehicle and was ejected from the car. Jones fled from the crash scene and was last seen in a wooded area along the north side of the highway. A search for search Jones continued through the evening hours. Both Arkansas State Police Highway Patrol Division and Criminal Investigation Division are actively working together to prepare affidavits seeking formal charges associated with the ongoing investigation.

JULY 4th REMINDER: DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER Arkansas Police & Deputies On The Lookout for Drunk Drivers During the upcoming July 4th holiday period, nationwide projections indicate the number of Americans who plan to travel fifty miles or more away from home could top 47-million travelers, according to the American Automobile Association. Law enforcement records show a pattern of increased consumption of alcohol by many drivers during the summer holiday period. Statistics from the 2016 Fourth of July reporting period reveal a fateful fact that 188 people were killed nationwide in crashes involving at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. Compared to 2015, this is a 28 percent increase. The Arkansas State Police and local law enforcement agencies will assign additional personnel to saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints beginning June 28 through July 9. This effort is part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign designed to educate, identify and apprehend drunk drivers. “No matter your age, if you’ve been drinking or may be impaired in any manner, you should find a safe and sober ride to your destination or face the likelihood of being arrested,” said Colonel Bill Bryant, Director of the Arkansas State Police and the Governor’s Highway Safety Representative. “We will show no tolerance and accept no excuses in our dedication to protect travelers, not only during the holiday, but all year long.” The Arkansas State Police Highway Safety Office recommends these alternatives to drinking and driving: It’s never okay to drink and drive. Even if you’ve had one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation to get to your destination safely. Plan a safe way home before you leave. If you’ve been drinking, call a taxi or someone who is sober to get you home. If you see a drunk driver on the road call 911. If you know someone who is about to drive or operate a motorcycle or any other vehicle while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to their destination safely. Buckle up, always. Your seat belt is your best defense against the drunk driver.

#findthetrooperfriday And the answer is...... Well, most of you were correct!! This Giant Budweiser Can is located on the Belle Point Ranch, and can be seen from the intersection of hwy 22 and hwy 96 in Lavaca, Arkansas. Painted by Earl Harris, Sr in 1975, this grain silo could hold 8,734,902 fluid ounces of brew, enough to fill 8 swimming pools!. Mr. Harris was a local farmer and beer distributor who loved Budweiser so much, he painted one of his silos to look like a giant can!! This site is even listed on the State of Arkansas's "things to see" website.

FATAL CRASH UNDER INVESTIGATION FOLLOWING EARLIER TRAFFIC STOP Arkansas State Troopers assigned to the department’s Highway Patrol Division and Criminal Investigation Division are investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash sixteen miles west of Forrest City (St. Francis County). The 44 year-old man killed in the crash was a suspect who had earlier fled from state troopers during a Lonoke County traffic stop. At 10:37 AM today (June 22, 2018) a state trooper stopped a late model Chrysler sedan and during the course of the traffic stop the driver fled eastbound along Interstate 40 at the 183 mile marker. A pursuit of the suspect by state police continued until the trooper lost visual contact with the vehicle. Nearly an hour later the suspect vehicle was observed traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes of Interstate 40 and moments later at 11:31 AM state troopers responded to the report of a head-on crash involving four vehicles at the 257 mile marker. The suspect wanted from the traffic stop was pronounced dead at the scene. Four vehicles were involved in the crash and at least four individuals not related to the suspect vehicle were injured, one believed to be in serious condition, but stable when he was airlifted from the crash scene. Additional information will be released once next of kin have been notified and will be provided at the Arkansas State Police Preliminary Fatal Crash Summary web site.

When you walk out of the house in the morning, does your dog look at you like your never coming back?? Today is the day to take them with you!!!! It's National Take your Dog to Work Day!! Today, pups across the country will join their masters at the office, gym and other businesses. For a few ASP Trooper's, this is an everyday joy! Meet Tfc. Tim Callison and his K-9 partner Rino. Together these trooper's work the highway of Hot Spring County. Rino is a 4 year old german shepard / belgian malinois who's favorite thing is being by Tfc. Callison's side. Did you get to take your dog to work today??

#findthetrooperfridays 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!

STATE POLICE COMMISSION APPROVES TWO PROMOTIONS The Arkansas State Police Commission has approved the recommendations from Colonel Bill Bryant, Director of the Arkansas State Police, to promote two sergeants to the rank of lieutenant. Sergeant Jeff Long, 53, of Pope County, was promoted to the rank of lieutenant. Lieutenant Long is a twenty year veteran of the department and has served most recently within the department’s Executive Protection Section. He will remain in that duty assignment, but assume the position as assistant commander. Sergeant Brad Lann, 34, of Faulkner County, was promoted to the rank of lieutenant. Lieutenant Lann is a twelve year veteran of the department and has served most recently as a post supervisor assigned to the department’s Highway Patrol Division, Troop A. He will now be assigned to duties within the Highway Patrol Division, Administration Offices. The promotions were made during a regular monthly meeting of the commission today and each of the promotions is effective immediately.

STATEWIDE INFORMATION: The Arkansas Emergency Contact Information System is now in place, and ready for YOU to enter your information!! This system was designed to allow persons to enter emergency contact information to assist law enforcement in notification of next of kin or other designated emergency contact in times of emergency. That Act was amended by Act 626 of 2017 and was recently implemented by Department of Finance and Administration. The information you place in the system will be attached to your Drivers License record, so it can be pulled up by Law Enforcement on scene. A person with an Arkansas driver’s license, permit or ID may enter their emergency contact information at the Revenue Office or online at Directions for online entering on the website: Scroll down to “Getting a Driver’s License or State ID” - once you click on that and scroll down you will see a green box that says “EMERGENCY CONTACT”. Once you click on the green box, you can enter the necessary information.

Earlier this morning, Troop A's Kyle Bost and Public Affairs TFC. Liz Chapman spent a little time with some pretty cool kids at The Little Gym of Little Rock's summer fun camp! They talked to the camper's about what ASP Troopers carry on their duty belts, and answered a lot of questions about how they keep their cars clean! Thank you to The Little Gym for inviting these troopers out today!

It is Week 17 for the ASP 2018 A Recruit Class, and its back to the classroom for most of the week! Monday of this week was probably the most dreaded day during the recruits time here at the academy: training in OC Spray. OC Spray, (from "oleoresin capsicum"), also known as pepper spray is a lachrymatory agent (a chemical compound that irritates the eyes to cause tears, pain, and temporary blindness). Many people ask the question: "Do officers have to get pepper sprayed? And if they do, WHY?!" Well, the answer is simple - Yes. As police officers, we must be certified to use the device, and that includes the understanding how our own body reacts to the chemicals. If troopers have to use their OC Spray in the field, they must understand the effects and how to fight through them, in the event that it is used against them. After being sprayed, each recruit must fight through a series of events including fighting off a subject armed with a knife, getting a suspect on the ground, and calling in their location and situation to dispatch. Classes this week also include Domestic Violence and Riot/Crowd Control. The ASP is many times seen as just "highway cops", but in reality we do so much more. In many smaller counties throughout Arkansas, we assist city and county departments with house calls, and in the bigger cities we are often in place at large events for crowd control. Both of these classes are crucial to prepare the recruits for what they could be up against on any day of their new career.

LEFT LANE DRIVERS listen up! Tune in to @KATVNews tonight at 10pm. KATV's Stephanie Bennett visited ASP's Little Rock Headquarters today to chat with TFC. Liz Chapman about the impeding traffic laws in Arkansas.

In honor of National American Eagle Day, we will throwback to 2016, when one of our Troop K Troopers helped the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission rescue this beautiful bird on Highway 270 in Hot Spring County. #nationalamericaneagleday #celebratebeauty

TROOP G INFORMATION - The Drivers License Testing Site in Texarkana will be closed today, Wednesday June 20th. If you need assistance, please call Troop G Headquarters @ 870-777-4641

#learnthelawtuesdays Today we are going to look at a law that covers many issues dealing with dangerous driving habits. Have you ever driven down the road and passed someone applying makeup? How many times have you witnessed someone drive across a gas station parking lot to avoid a red traffic light? These are both examples of careless driving. Being careless behind the wheel of a 4,000 pound wrecking machine going 50/60 mph is not something that should be taken lightly. Be mindful of your decisions when you drive, and keep everyone in your vehicle safe! 27-51-104. Careless and prohibited driving (a) It shall be unlawful for any person to drive or operate any vehicle in such a careless manner as to evidence a failure to keep a proper lookout for other traffic, vehicular or otherwise, or in such a manner as to evidence a failure to maintain proper control on the public thoroughfares or private property in the State of Arkansas. (b) It shall be unlawful for any person to operate or drive any vehicle on the public thoroughfares or private property in the State of Arkansas in violation of the following prohibited acts: (1) Improper or unsafe lane changes on public roadways; (2) Driving onto or across private property to avoid intersections, stop signs, traffic control devices, or traffic lights; (3) Driving in such a manner or at such a speed so as to cause a skidding, spinning, or sliding of tires or a sliding of the vehicle; (4) Driving too close to or colliding with parked or stopped vehicles, fixtures, persons, or objects adjacent to the public thoroughfares; (5) Driving a vehicle which has any part thereof or any object extended in such fashion as to endanger persons or property; (6) To operate any vehicle in such a manner which would cause a failure to maintain control; (7) To operate or drive a vehicle wherein or whereon passengers are located in such a manner as to be dangerous to the welfare of such passengers; or (8) To operate a vehicle in any manner when the driver is inattentive and such inattention is not reasonable and prudent in maintaining vehicular control.

TROOP C INFORMATION -The Drivers License Testing Site in Trumann will be closed today, Tuesday June 19th, due to examiner illness. If you need assistance please contact Troop C Headquarters @ 870-935-7302.

On Saturday the ASP team, Knot on Duty, was one of over 30 teams that participated in the 2018 River Cities Dragon Boat Festival, benefiting the Children’s Protection Center. The ASP team consisted of members of the Crimes Against Children's Unit who have worked for months to raise money for the cause!! Teams competed at Maumelle’s Lake Willastein for the champion title in the fifth annual dragon boat competition. Proceeds from the races benefit the Children’s Protection Center, which works in collaboration with all the agencies that help children in abuse cases. We are so proud of the CACD for working so hard to support children while at work, and even when "Knot on Duty"!!!