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

Oh Thursday of last week, ASP troopers from around the state were honored to attend the Women in Law Enforcement Luncheon that was hosted by the Veteran Affairs Police Training Academy. The luncheon was focused on women who are in, or aspire to be in leadership roles. The training was empowering to the room full of strong women who have taken on the law enforcement profession. Thank you to the VA Police Training Academy for hosting such a great event! #womeninlawenforcement #womenoftheASP

#findthetrooperfriday And the answer is..... The De Queen Commercial Historic District, in downtown De Queen, Arkansas. The downtown buildings of what is now the De Queen Commercial Historic District were built from 1900 to 1961. The district is locally significant under Criterion A on the National Register of Historic Places as the original commercial center supporting the city of De Queen (Sevier County). The district was listed on the National Register on January 26, 2012. The district boundaries encircle thirty-five buildings. Contributing buildings retain many of their historic features, with the historic integrity of this community at fifty-five percent intact. The identity of the area is defined through its proximity to the courthouse and its remaining historic structures.

#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!

ASP COMMISSION APPROVES SERGEANT PROMOTION The Arkansas State Police Commission has approved the recommendation received today from Colonel Bill Bryant, Director of the Arkansas State Police, to promote Corporal Brandon Margis to the rank of Sergeant. Sergeant Margis, 32, of Hot Springs, is a seven year veteran of the department and will accept new duties supervising a Highway Patrol Division, Troop H post. Troop H is headquartered at Fort Smith. Sergeant Margis was most recently was assigned to patrol duties at Troop K, headquartered at Hot Springs.

Yesterday afternoon, Troop A's Trooper Steve Miller made a special visit to the 1st grade classes at Arkansas Christian Academy! The students in Ms. Hicks and Mrs. Rancourt's classes spent time talking with Trooper Miller about how important it is to know who to call in an emergency, and were able to ask him questions about all the "tools" on his belt! After answer all the questions, and making sure each student had a Jr. Trooper badge - they headed outside to tour his patrol car! (and of course turn on the lights and siren!) Thank you to the Arkansas Christian Academy for letting the ASP come visit!!

TROOP C INFORMATION - The Drivers License Testing site in Paragould will be closed today, Wednesday, September 19th. If you need assistance please contact Troop C Headquarters @ 870-935-7302.

The Arkansas State Police Recruit Academy isn't for everyone, but neither is being an Arkansas State Trooper. We hold ourselves to the highest standard, and we train to be the best. We are always ready. Are you? The deadline to apply for the 2019 ASP Academy is October 19th, 2018. Dont miss your opportunity to JOIN THE ELITE!

Where will your career begin? Upon graduation from recruit school, the class of 2019 will be stationed in the counties listed below. The deadline to apply for the 2019 Recruit Class is October 19th, 2018!

#learnthelawtuesdays More than 160 U.S. law enforcement officers have been killed since 1999 after being struck by vehicles along America's highways, and we do not want that number to rise. The "Move Over Law" require drivers, upon noticing either emergency vehicle with sirens and/or flashing lights, to move away from the vehicle by one lane, or if that is not possible, slow down to either a reasonable speed or a fixed speed below the limit as defined by local law. Please, if you see any vehicle with lights on the side of the road, MOVE OVER or SLOW DOWN!!! You could be saving our life! 27-51-310. Passing authorized vehicle stopped on highway -- Definition (a) As used in this section, "authorized vehicle" means a vehicle that: (1) Displays a flashing, revolving, or rotating blue, red, amber, amber and red, white, or green light; and (2) Is one (1) of the following: (A) An emergency response vehicle; (B) A law enforcement vehicle; (C) An Arkansas Department of Transportation vehicle; (D) An Arkansas Department of Transportation contractor vehicle; (E) A utility company vehicle; or (F) A vehicle used in a towing operation as defined under § 27-51-904. (b) (1) Except as provided under subdivision (b)(2) of this section, the driver of a motor vehicle that is approaching an authorized vehicle that is stopped or parked on a street, road, or highway or on the shoulder of a street, road, or highway shall: (A) Move to the farthest possible lane or position from the authorized vehicle; (B) Remain in that lane or position until the driver passes the authorized vehicle; and (C) Otherwise exercise due caution. (2) If the driver determines that it is unsafe or not possible to change lanes as required under subdivision (b)(1) of this section, the driver shall: (A) Reduce the motor vehicle's speed; (B) Exercise due caution; and (C) Maintain a reduced speed appropriate to the street, road, or highway and the conditions through the area where the authorized vehicle is stopped or parked.

Last Friday morning troopers from the ASP Aircraft Division, K-9 Unit, and Highway Patrol Troop A went and to visit with the students at Homer Adkins Pre-K School in Jacksonville. With over 230 students, the troopers were surrounded by lots of smiling faces!! During the week, the classes had been learning about community helpers, and when we pulled up they were very excited! Each student got to see the ASP helicopter, watch K-9 Raptor in action, and of course spend some time with an ASP patrol car. The video below shows just a few of the smiles the troopers got to see! Thank you Homer-Atkins for having us! We had such a great time!!!

Last week, in remembrance of the first responders who sacrificed their lives on September 11, 2001, Troop F’s Corporal Byron Curry and Trooper James Reid participated in a special first responders program at Hampton Elementary School. Students were studying about the job first responders do in responding to emergencies and the sacrifice some made on the day of the September 11th attacks. These elementary students were given tours of the equipment troopers use daily with the performance of their jobs, along with many answered questions about their tour of duty. Other participating agencies included the Hampton Police Department, Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, Hampton Fire Department, and Pro Med Ambulance Service (Hampton Station).

#findthetrooperfriday And the answer is..... The oil derrick, located on Broadway St in Smackover, AR. Smackover is a small town in northern Union County, just south of the Ouachita County border. The town is most notably known for its role in the oil boom of south Arkansas during the 1920’s and 1930’s. The Smackover oil field was first discovered on April 14, 1922 and within a year about 1,000 wells produced 25 million barrels of oil. The small town of Smackover, with approximately 100 residents at the time of discovery, quickly saw massive growth with the population exploding to 20,000. Smackover led the nation in oil production for a five month period in 1925. The new found wealth soon spurred a building spree in the town, and in nearby El Dorado. This boom was short lived due to the wanton waste of millions of barrels of oil. In 1937, a second boom lasted for a number of years. During this time oil production and processing was the state's third-largest industry. Although the boom days are over, Smackover is still a viable community with a stable population. The petroleum industry still plays an important role in its economy with fifty percent of its population depending upon the oil industry. Today, approximately 9,000 oil-producing wells exist in the southwest part of the state. Smackover has experienced numerous improvements through the years, but its main street appears much as it did in the boom days; many of the original brick structures remain. Well-established churches, five city parks, a nature trail, a country club, and unlimited boating, fishing, and hunting opportunities make the town a welcoming community. The Oil Town Festival has been held annually since 1971 with free concerts and free family and children’s activities. Anyone interested in learning more about the oil boom of Union County can visit the Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources at 3853 Smackover Highway, Smackover, AR.

#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!

TROOP J INFORMATION - The Driver’s License Testing Site in Van Buren County will be closed today, Friday September 14th. As an alternative, testing will be held in Russellville at the usual times. For more information, call Troop J HQ @ 479-754-3096.

Sometimes you open the door to something you don't expect. Yesterday afternoon at the Troop D Office, Trooper Brandon Bird went to the door to answer a very faint knock. Upon opening the door, he was met with two little smiling faces! These two were not shy!! They visited with Trooper Bird for a while, and he even let them take a seat in his cruiser. He gave them hats so they could look like him!! We aren't sure, but we think it might have made Trooper Bird's day!! #juststoptosayhi #ASPtroopers #kidsarecool

TROOP C INFORMATION - The Drivers License Testing Site in Osceola will be closed today, September 13th. If you have questions or need assistance, please call Troop D Headquarters @ 870.935-7302.

Last week the Arkansas Highway Safety Office held their annual awards luncheon, and many of our troopers were recognized for their hard work. The Criminal Justice Institute and Highway Safety Office presented awards for dedication and expertise in the area of Drug Recognition. Troopers awarded are pictured below, along with representatives from the ASP Highway Safety Office, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The awards received were: Cpl.Ray Triplett- Drug Recognition Expert, Instructor of the Year. Sgt. Jack Young- Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, Instructor of the year. Cpl.Mark Morton- For over 15 years of contribution to the Drug Recognition Expert Program. Sgt. Marty Pollock- For over 15 year of contribution to the Drug Recognition Expert Program. Cpl. Rodney Villager- For over 15 years of Contribution to the Drug Recognition Expert Program. Cpl. Mitch Grant- For over 15 year of contribution to the Drug Recognition Expert Program. Major Forrest Marks- Accepting on behalf of the ASP, outstanding STEP (Selected Traffic Enforcement Program) Agency. Congratulations to these troopers, and we are so very proud of their dedication not only to the ASP, but also to the field of DRE and SFST.

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Glen Sain Auto Dealerships in Paragould held it’s annual first responder appreciation day this week. Law enforcement, Emergency medical personnel, Firefighters and other first responders from all over Northeast Arkansas were treated to lunch and fellowship. We want to send a big "thank you" to all the staff at Glen Sain for showing their appreciation to all who serve our communities!!! Below: Troop C’s Lieutenant Michael Exum ,Sgt. Matt Miller, Tfc. Chris Davenport, and Trp. Jarrod Lyerly, along with Paragould PD Officer Michael Oost and Glen Sain owner Danny Ford.

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09/12 - ON THIS DAY - Corporal Mark Wesley Carthron #11 Take time to remember Corporal Mark Wesley Carthron, who was killed in the line of duty on this date in 2005, at the age of 31. Corporal Mark Carthron was struck and killed while retrieving stop sticks he had deployed during a vehicle pursuit on I-40 in Crittenden County. The suspect's vehicle struck the stop sticks, bringing it to a halt. As Corporal Carthron retrieved the strips, he was struck by a state police vehicle that was involved in the pursuit. Corporal Carthron was transported to a hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, where he succumbed to his injuries at 12:31 am the following morning. The two suspects involved in the pursuit were driving a stolen vehicle and were wanted for an armed robbery of a service station. The driver of the stolen vehicle was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to life in prison. The passenger was convicted of robbery and theft charges and sentenced to 30 years. Corporal Carthron had served with the Arkansas State Police for 8 years. A HERO REMEMBERED NEVER DIES!!

#learnthelawtuesdays If you are a parent - READ THIS!!! Car accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers. The best thing you can do to combat this as a parent is educate yourself, then make the time to educate and motivate your teenage driver to be safety conscious. SO, we say again - If you have a new driver, or a soon-to-be new driver at home - PAY ATTENTION!!!! Listed below are the laws pertaining to restricted licenses, learner's licenses, and intermediate licenses. If your child is about to take over the drivers seat - you should know the laws about what they can AND CANNOT do! Prime example, from ages 16-18, they are only allowed by law to have ONE friend in the vehicle. When they have more than one other person in the vehicle, the chance they will be involved in a crash DOUBLES! If this is news to you.... you might want to keep reading. 27-16-804. Restricted licenses, learner's licenses, and intermediate licenses -- Definitions (a) The Office of Driver Services, upon issuing any driver's license, shall have authority, whenever good cause appears, to impose restrictions suitable to the licensee's driving ability with respect to the type of or special mechanical control devices required on a motor vehicle which the licensee may operate or other restrictions applicable to the licensee as the office may determine to be appropriate to assure the safe operation of a motor vehicle by the licensee. (b) (1) The office may either issue a special restricted license or may set forth restrictions upon the usual license form. (2) (A) (i) Upon the showing of need, the office may waive any age restriction set forth in this chapter. (ii) However, every driver under eighteen (18) years of age is at a minimum subject to the restrictions set out in subdivision (b)(2)(B) of this section. (B) (i) A license shall be issued only to an applicant with a valid instruction permit or learner's license who: (a) Is at least fourteen (14) years of age; and (b) Has remained free of a serious accident and conviction of a serious traffic violation for at least the previous six (6) months. (ii) A driver shall operate the motor vehicle on the public streets and highways only when each passenger in the vehicle wears his or her seat belts. (iii) The driver shall not use a cellular telephone device or other interactive wireless communication device while operating a motor vehicle except for an emergency purpose. As used in this subdivision (b)(2)(B)(iii), "emergency purpose" means the driver: (a) Has reason to fear for his or her life, safety, or property; (b) Reasonably believes that a criminal act may be perpetrated against him or her, his or her property, another person, or another person's property; or (c) Is reporting: (1) A fire; (2) A traffic accident; (3) A serious road hazard; (4) A medical emergency; (5) A hazardous materials emergency; (6) Another driver who is recklessly, carelessly, or unsafely driving; or (7) Another driver who appears to be driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. (iv) A driver shall not operate a motor vehicle on public streets or highways with any unrelated minor passengers in the motor vehicle unless the driver is accompanied by a licensed driver who is twenty-one (21) years of age or older and who is occupying the front passenger seat of the motor vehicle. As used in this subsection, "unrelated minor passenger" means a passenger who is under twenty-one (21) years of age and who is not: (a) A sibling of the driver; (b) A step-sibling of the driver; or (c) A child who resides in the same household as the driver. (v) The driver shall not operate a motor vehicle on public streets or highways between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m. unless the driver is: (a) Accompanied by a licensed driver who is twenty-one (21) years of age or older; (b) Driving to or from a school activity, church-related activity, or job; or (c) Driving due to an emergency. (C) The waiver of the age restrictions for need is subject to review upon a complaint from certain officials under subsection (d) of this section. (c) All licensees who have a tested uncorrected visual acuity of less than 20/40 shall be restricted to the operation of a motor vehicle, motorcycle, or motor-driven cycle only while they are wearing corrective lenses. No person shall be allowed to operate a motor vehicle, motorcycle, or a motor-driven cycle if he or she has a tested corrected visual acuity of less than 20/70 or if he or she has a field of vision less than one hundred forty degrees (140 degrees) with two (2) functioning eyes or less than one hundred five degrees (105 degrees) with one (1) functioning eye. (d) (1) The office may, upon receiving satisfactory evidence of any violation of the restrictions of a license, suspend or revoke the license, but the licensees shall be entitled to a hearing as upon a suspension or revocation under this chapter. (2) (A) Upon receiving a complaint from a prosecuting attorney, a city attorney, or a certified law enforcement officer, the office shall review the validity of any waiver of age restrictions based on need and any violations of restrictions placed on a license. (B) The licensee is entitled to a hearing, which the complaining official may attend, to review the need of the waiver or any violations of the restrictions of the license. (C) The office shall suspend or revoke the waiver if there is evidence that the need for the waiver has changed or is no longer valid or that the licensee violated any of the restrictions of the license. (e) It is a misdemeanor for any person to operate a motor vehicle in any manner in violation of the restrictions imposed in a restricted license issued to him or her. (f) (1) The office shall have authority to issue a restricted driver's license, to be known as a "learner's license", to those persons under sixteen (16) years of age. (2) The learner's license shall be issued only to an applicant with a valid instruction permit who is at least fourteen (14) years of age, who has remained free of a serious accident and conviction of a serious traffic violation in the previous six (6) months, and who meets all other licensing examinations requirements of this chapter. (3) The driver with a learner's license shall operate the motor vehicle on the public streets and highways only when: (A) All passengers in the vehicle are wearing their seat belts at all times; and (B) The driver with a learner's license is being accompanied by a driver over twenty-one (21) years of age. (4) (A) A driver with a learner's license shall not use a cellular telephone device or other interactive wireless communication device while operating a motor vehicle except for an emergency purpose. (B) As used in this subdivision (f)(4), "emergency purpose" means the driver: (i) Has reason to fear for his or her life, safety, or property; (ii) Reasonably believes that a criminal act may be perpetrated against him or her, his or her property, another person, or another person's property; or (iii) Is reporting: (a) A fire; (b) A traffic accident; (c) A serious road hazard; (d) A medical emergency; (e) A hazardous materials emergency; (f) Another driver who is recklessly, carelessly, or unsafely driving; or (g) Another driver who appears to be driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. (C) This subdivision (f)(4) is not retroactive and applies only to a person who: (i) Applies for a learner's license after July 1, 2002; and (ii) Is issued a learner's license after July 1, 2002. (g) (1) (A) The office shall have authority to issue to those persons under eighteen (18) years of age a restricted driver's license to be known as an "intermediate driver's license". (B) The intermediate driver's license shall be issued only to an applicant with a valid instruction permit or a learner's license who is at least sixteen (16) years of age, who has remained free of a serious accident and conviction of a serious traffic violation for at least the previous six (6) months, and who meets all other licensing examination requirements of this chapter. (C) The driver with an intermediate driver's license shall operate the motor vehicle on the public streets and highways only when all passengers in the vehicle are wearing their seat belts. (D) (i) A driver with an intermediate driver's license shall not use a cellular telephone device or other interactive wireless communication device while operating a motor vehicle except for an emergency purpose. (ii) As used in this subdivision (g)(1)(D), "emergency purpose" means the driver: (a) Has reason to fear for his or her life, safety, or property; (b) Reasonably believes that a criminal act may be perpetrated against him or her, his or her property, another person, or another person's property; or (c) Is reporting: (1) A fire; (2) A traffic accident; (3) A serious road hazard; (4) A medical emergency; (5) A hazardous materials emergency; (6) Another driver who is recklessly, carelessly, or unsafely driving; or (7) Another driver who appears to be driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. (E) (i) A driver with an intermediate driver's license shall not operate a motor vehicle on public streets or highways with more than one (1) unrelated minor passenger in the motor vehicle unless the driver is accompanied by a licensed driver who is twenty-one (21) years of age or older and who is occupying the front passenger seat of the motor vehicle. (ii) As used in this section, "unrelated minor passenger" means a passenger who is under twenty-one (21) years of age and who is not: (a) A sibling of the driver; (b) A step-sibling of the driver; or (c) A child who resides in the same household as the driver. (F) A driver with an intermediate driver's license shall not operate a motor vehicle on public streets or highways between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m. unless the driver is: (i) Accompanied by a licensed driver who is twenty-one (21) years of age or older; (ii) Driving to or from a school activity, church-related activity, or job; or (iii) Driving because of an emergency.

For the ones who lost their lives that day; for the ones who still live with the pain. We will #neverforget

If you live in Central Arkansas, did you brave the weather and head down to the food truck festival today?? If so, did you visit the Arkansas State Police SWAT truck? Recruiting Sergeants James and Teague, along with Troop A’s Tfc. Cleyton McDonald were there talking to the crowd and showing off a little of what the ASP has to offer!

#sundayisforsharing Many times when a driver gets pulled over, there are children in the vehicle. If these children have never had contact with a police officer, they can be nervous and sometimes scared. The ASP is very conscious of this, and our troopers try their best to make a good impression on the kiddos in the back seat! Here is a good example from our friend Kristen: "Corporal Bowman stopped us a few months back, and my 5 year old son Kase thought he was going to take us to jail. After the traffic stop, Corporal Bowman told us to "be careful and have a nice day." Kase remembers that encounter, and talks about it all the time! So last week when the opportunity came up to talk with Corporal Bowman arose, I took it. We happen to be at the same place eating dinner. I took Kase over to him so that he could talk to him in a different setting. He really loved talking to Corporal Bowman! I wanted him to know that police officers are always here to help us and not to scare us. So I just wanted to let y’all know that he is very kind and we appreciate the service y’all do!" Thank you Kristen, for not only sharing this story with is, but more importantly showing your son that police officers are their friends!!! These two look like they had a pretty good time!