Bryant Police Department
- Agency: Bryant Police Department
- Address: 312 Roya Ln, Bryant, 72022 AR
- Chief: Tony Coffman (Chief of Police)
Bryant Police Department is located at 312 Roya Ln, Bryant, 72022 AR. The Chief of Police of the department is Tony Coffman. The Bryant Police Department phone number is 501-847-0211.
Bryant Police Department News
It seems that this time of year, every year, that the Bryant PD will get calls from good citizens who are concerned because they have received a message on their phones from people claiming to be the IRS. Now these people are telling them that the IRS has filed numerous charges against them for whatever reason and that they need to call the number that is given to them in order to fix this problem. Well let me give you an example of what is taking place with these calls. This morning, one of our Police Dispatchers received the same call on her cell phone telling her the same information. So out of mere curiosity, she calls the number back. The first time she calls, the person on the other line told her he was with the IRS. When asked where they are located, he hung up. The second time after saying he was the IRS, she asked for his name, you guessed it…he hung up. On the third attempt, and this is where it gets interesting, he finally gives her his name as Carl. He tells her that the IRS has 3 warrants for her arrest. Now keep in mind, he still does not know her name, but says there are 3 warrants for her arrest. When she ask what can be done to fix this, he tells her that it can be fixed or they will send the police to arrest her right now….hmmmmm, soooo he doesn’t know her name or her location but yet he will send the police to arrest her. When she tells him to go ahead and have the police sent, his reply is a quick….WHAT??? Now he informs her that homeland security is also listening in….wait….what?? We went from IRS to Homeland Security?? The ironic thing here is while she was finishing up with this goofball, our other dispatcher received an actual call on the PD phone line of a concerned citizen the received the same call this morning and was scared. They explained to her that it was a scam, not the IRS. My point to all of this and with all kidding aside is we want everyone out there to know, if you get a call like this, just hang up on them. The IRS has said it many times; they DO NOT conduct business like this. If they have an issue with your taxes that needs resolved, they will send you a letter. They have great information about these scams on their website that I have attached with this post. Do not become a victim of these scammers and there are a lot of them out there. If anyone ever has questions or concerns about phone calls such as this, please do not hesitate to contact us to see if this is real or a scam. Have a great weekend! Stay Safe! Sgt. Todd Crowson #BryantPD https://www.irs.com/articles/irs-warning-about-phone-scams
Bryant Police Department Launches New Enforcement Blitz Against Speeding “Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine” Bryant Police Department today launched a tough new speed enforcement blitz for the City of Bryant under the tagline: “Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine.” The intensified enforcement effort against speeding drivers underscores the severity of the problem, both locally and across the nation. “Speeding translates to death on our roadways. It greatly reduces a driver’s ability to steer safely around another vehicle, a hazardous object, or an unexpected curve. Speeding drivers put themselves, their passengers and other drivers at tremendous risk,” said Sgt. Todd Crowson. In 2015, speeding was a contributing factor in 27 percent of all fatal crashes in the U.S. and more than 9,500 lives were lost in such crashes, according to the latest data available from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). “During the “Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine” blitz, officers will intensify enforcement of posted speed limits in the city. Fully 17 percent of all speeding-related traffic fatalities occurred on local roads -- where the posted speed limits were 55 miles per hour or under. According to NHTSA, a crash on a road with a speed limit of 65 mph or greater is more than twice as likely to result in a fatality than a crash on a road with a speed limit of 45 or 50 mph and nearly five times as likely as a crash on a road with a speed limit of 40 mph or below. About 15 percent of the country’s speeding-related fatalities occur on interstate highways each year. A NHTSA research report, “Analysis of Speeding-Related Fatal Motor Vehicle Traffic Crashes,” shows that a major proportion of fatal, speeding-related single-vehicle crashes occur on rural roadways. Across America in 2015, speeding was a factor in 17 percent of all fatal crashes on dry roads, and in 21 percent of those occurring on wet roads. “Driving above the posted speed limit or speeding in bad weather conditions dramatically increases the probability that a motorist will be involved in a crash,” said Sgt. Crowson. “During this enforcement blitz, officers will be out targeting and ticketing speeding drivers,” said Sgt. Crowson. “Our goal is to save lives, and we’re putting all drivers on alert - the posted speed limit IS THE LAW. No more warnings and no more excuses. When it comes to speeding: Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine.” NHTSA considers a crash speeding-related if the driver was charged with exceeding the posted speed limit or if the driver was driving too fast for conditions at the time. For more information please visit http://trafficsafetymarketing.gov/
MAINTAIN YOUR INDEPENDENCE THIS INDEPENDENCE DAY: DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER Bryant, AR — Each year on July 4th, Americans celebrate the birth and freedoms of this country. Before you head out for your celebrations, make sure you plan for a sober way home. Law enforcement in Bryant is taking part in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign during the Fourth of July holiday weekend, June 29-July 5, 2018, to put an end to drunk driving. In support of law enforcement’s dedication to protecting the lives of residents in their communities, you’ll see increased enforcement on the roads with zero tolerance for those who drive impaired. During the 2016 Fourth of July holiday (6 p.m. July 2 to 5:59 a.m. July 6), 188 people were killed in crashes involving at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. This is a 28-percent increase from 2015, during which 146 people were killed during the same holiday period. That’s 188 families who will forever remember Independence Day with a heavy heart and nightmarish memories. “It’s essential that our community members understand the safety and financial risks they take when they drink and drive,” said Sgt. Crowson. “Under no circumstances is it ever acceptable to get behind the wheel of a vehicle after you’ve been drinking. Doing so endangers you and everyone on the road with you. If you’re heading to Fourth of July parties this summer, remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” According to NHTSA, 37,461 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2016, and 28 percent (10,497) of those fatalities occurred in a crash during which the driver had a BAC over the legal limit of .08. With Fourth of July festivities wrapping up in the evening or late at night, more cars will be on the roads. Nighttime is especially dangerous: the rate of alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes during the 2016 July Fourth holiday period was more than three times higher at night than it was during the day. “This should not come as a surprise to drivers in this country: In all 50 States, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, it is illegal to drive with a BAC over .08,” said Sgt. Crowson. “But since people aren’t getting it, and since thousands of people are still dying as a result of this behavior year after year, we will be patrolling over the holiday season and we will accept absolutely zero excuses.” Prepare for the Fourth This Fourth of July, Bryant PD and NHTSA urge drivers to designate a sober driver before heading out for the evening. If you plan on drinking, plan on not driving. Remember these tips for a safe night on the roads: • Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride sharing service to get home safely. • Download NHTSA’s SaferRide mobile app, available on Google Play for Android devices: (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nhtsa.SaferRide&hl=en), and Apple’s iTunes Store for iOS devices: (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/saferride/id950774008?mt=8). SaferRide allows users to call a taxi or a predetermined friend, and identifies the user’s location so he or she can be picked up. • If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact your Local Law Enforcement. • Have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely. The Costs of Drunk Driving Drinking and driving is dangerous, even if you’re “just buzzed.” When you drive impaired, you risk your life and safety, and the lives and safety of those riding with you and around you. Does mortality not get your attention? Maybe money will: A DUI arrest could cost you up to $10,000, not to mention the loss of your vehicle and driver’s license. You could face jail time, higher insurance rates, and hefty expenses from attorney fees, fines, car towing, repairs, and lost time at work. Imagine trying to explain that to your family, friends, or employer. This Fourth of July, commit to only driving 100-percent sober. Don’t lose your independence on Independence Day, and don’t be a deadly risk to yourself and other innocent people. Remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. For more information on impaired driving, visit www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov. ###
City of Bryant Police Department’s K9 Enzo has received donation of body armor City of Bryant Police Department’s K9 Enzo has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. and embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of K9 Ty, California City Police Department”. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c(3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 2,900 protective vests in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a value of $5.7 million dollars. The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate. The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $950.00. Each vest has a value between $1,744 – $2,283, and a five-year warranty and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718. Enzo has been with his handler, Ofc. Sterling Pruitt, since May of 2017. Enzo is a patrol dog certified in narcotics, handler defense, tracking, and article recovery. He is full of energy and drive. Ofc. Pruitt states that "this vest is a key piece of equipment that will used to protect Enzo when he is out working or on a track of a bad guy". We want to thank Vested Interest in K9's, Inc. for their work they do in order to keep our K9's protected. #BryantPD
We want to give a big Thank You to Anna Claire Radican and First Recovery for providing some homemade lunch and dessert for the Police Department.
The Police Department has received several complaints the past several months from citizens asking about people standing on the sidewalks asking for money. The complaints have ranged from why we allow this, to citizens wanting us to check on the people because of the weather either because of heat or cold. The City of Bryant had an ordinance in effect but recent court rulings have ruled that these ordinances have the potential to violate the pan-handlers freedom of speech rights. The laws regarding this behavior and its impact on safety of the pan handlers and traffic is a developing area. We are paying close attention to the Courts and working with municipal and advocacy groups to find appropriate ways to protect the safety of all involved I have been asked where these pan-handlers go at nighttime since they are allegedly homeless? The truth is the some of them are not homeless. Also, they do not even live in our community or even Saline County. We are aware of one who drives more than an hour to come to Bryant with his dog and hold a sign asking for money and food. The problem is that we as a giving society want to help those in need but some of these pan handlers have several different cars that are not junk, they have valid insurance and drive a great distance to collect money from our community of caring people. I would never tell anyone not to give to those in need, but I would ask that those intending to give look into giving to an organization that's purpose and mission is to help those in need, those that are homeless. There are numerous organizations that provide these services. Please feel free to conduct your own research for such organizations. I personally have witnessed the spouse of one pan-handler sit in a newer car with the A/C running reading a book, drinking what appears to be expensive coffee, while her husband stands on the corner in dirty clothes seeking money until rush hour traffic is over, then they drive off. This situation causes great frustration because the complaints from citizens that are concerned or mad because they feel we are not doing our job but in reality we limited because of court rulings. We respect the rule of law and the right of freedom of speech for pan handlers to solicit money. However, the next time you reach to give money to a pan-handler, please re-consider and give it to an organization that helps those that are are vetted and truly in need. Chief Kizer
What a beautiful morning we had out here helping the Special Olympics with a fundraiser. A big special thank you to Dunkin' Coffee for allowing us to you their business. These are a great group of kids and we want to thank each and every one of you for your support and donations. Enjoy your weekend!!! Stay Safe!! #BryantPD #SpecialOlympicsArkansas
*******************ANNOUNCEMENT************************ The Bryant Kids Triathlon will be this Saturday June 2nd at Bishop Park. You can find out more information on this through this link https://events.hakuapp.com/bryant-kid-s-triathlon There will be road closure from 7:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. on the morning of this event. Part of Boone road to Woodland Park and Boswell Rd will be closed off. I have attached a map to show where the closure will be. You might have to open it and zoom in on it to see it clearly. The highlighted area will be the ONLY way into Bishop Park during this time. We are asking everyone to please be patient while the roads are closed down. This is a great event for the kids and for their safety, we need to do it this way. Thank you all for your support and I hope everyone has a great enjoyable weekend. Stay Safe!!! #BryantPD
Wanted to post a feel good story. A couple days ago 3 of our officers, Cpl. Matt Wooten, Ofc. Mark Kling and Ofc. Caleb Stracener were able to rescue not 1 but 2 fawns from danger and given back to their momma's. After receiving a call about the first baby deer had wandered away from it's mother was getting dangerously close to the South Service road near Springhill overpass. They were able to catch the little deer and put it back safely with it's mother. As Cpl. Wooten was headed home, he came upon another small baby deer actually lying on the shoulder of Woodland Park Rd. He actually thought this little one wasn't even alive, but when he got out to check, he to was looking for momma. After hearing momma blow at them from the edge of the woods, the officers helped get this baby out of danger as well and back with his mother. We have a great group of Officers at the Bryant PD that are willing to go above and beyond....even for nature. Well done guys!!!! #BryantPD
On Tuesday May 22, 2018, Officers with the Bryant PD received a report from a complainant who works for the Hornet Health Center in the Bryant School District. She reported that Medic Pharmacy in Bryant contacted them stating someone from the Hornet Health Center had called in a prescription for Stadol (schedule IV narcotic) on Monday May 21. With this being an unusual medication to be called in from the School’s Center, the Pharmacist questioned it. After further investigation, it was discovered that Susan Kennedy, a school employee who also works in the Hornet Health Center, came into the Pharmacy that same day to pick up the prescription. She brought with her a Bryant School Student Enrollment Form that had all of the student’s Medicaid information. The form also included a separate page signed by the parent of the student that gave permission to the Hornet Health Center to pick up the student’s prescription medications. The Pharmacist contacted the Student’s Doctor who said he has never given prescription Stadol to that student. The Pharmacist then refused to fill the prescription. The report was turned over to the Bryant Criminal Investigation Division. During the investigation, Detectives were able to make contact with Susan Kennedy. During the interview, she admitted to calling in the prescription and attempting to pick it up. She also admitted to forging the parent’s signature on the form. The parent whose signature was forged has been in contact with the Bryant Detective working the case. A warrant was issued for Susan Kennedy for Forgery in the Second Degree (Class C Felony) and Criminal Attempt to Obtain Drugs by Fraud (Class A Misdemeanor) Susan Kennedy turned herself in to the Saline County Jail this morning 5/30/2018.
A big thank you to DeAnna Oates and Farmers Insurance for the fantastic lunch today. #BryantPD #FarmersInsurance
A very special thank you to Target and their Asset Protection Team Leader JaNai Johnson for dropping by with a bucket full of goodies for the Officers. #targetandblue #target #BryantPD
The Bryant Police Department would like to remind everyone to please buckle up. With Memorial Weekend quickly approaching there will be more people traveling on the roadways and we want everyone to be safe and have an enjoyable holiday. As a reminder the CLICK IT OR TICKET enforcement dates are MAY 21 – JUNE 3, 2018 #ClickitorTicket #BryantPD
Yesterday Sgt. Todd Crowson and Cpl. Mike Montgomery had an opportunity to visit with the kids at the Little Dreamers Academy. A great group of kids with lots of energy. We had a fun visiting with them. Thank you to the Academy for allowing us to come visit with them.
It's been a great week. We would like to thank those that brought items to the PD for the Officers and to Mayor Dabbs for the gift certificates. A special thanks to the Bryant Officers Wives for providing gift bags and lunch and dinner each day this week. Also to the Boys and Girls Club of Bryant for the special gift bags they gave each officer. To all of those who brought by snacks, drinks and cards, on behalf of the entire Bryant Police Department, we thank you so much for your support. To finish off our Officers photos for the week, let me introduce our two leaders, Captain J.W. Plouch and Chief Mark Kizer. I hope posting the photos have helped with putting a face with the names you hear. Thank you all again for your tremendous support.
Finishing up our fantastic week we have had, the amount of support this community has shown has been above and beyond. Officer Troy White is our Warrants Officer and also part of the SAT unit.
Second post for our Officer introductions... Left pic is Code Enforcement Director Greg Huggs Right pic is our Reserve Officers - Officer Andy Goldthorpe, Officer Travis Burns, Officer Allan Dabbs, Officer Ryan McCormick and Officer Jeff Porter