Fort Smith Police Department

  • Agency: Fort Smith Police Department
  • Address: 100 South 10th Street, Fort Smith, 72901 AR
  • Chief: (Chief of Police)
Phone: 479-785-4221

Fort Smith Police Department is located at 100 South 10th Street, Fort Smith, 72901 AR. The Fort Smith Police Department phone number is 479-785-4221.

Fort Smith Police Department News

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Fort Smith Police Department Sergeant Promotions November 2017

Sergeant Scott Jackson started at the Fort Smith Police Department on September 9th, 1996. After completing the academy; Sergeant Scott Jackson was assigned to the Patrol Division and worked in that capacity until 2010 when he was selected to become the Recruitment Coordinator. While serving as the Recruitment Coordinator, Sergeant Scott Jackson was assigned to the Training Unit where he assisted with the Fort Smith Police Department's Regional Training Academy. Sergeant Scott Jackson is a Certified Police Instructor, Firearms Instructor, Field Training Officer and a Taser Instructor. Sergeant Jackson has been married for 22 years.

Sergeant Wendall Sampson started his career with the Fort Smith Police Department on September 25th, 1995. Prior to working at the Fort Smith Police Department Sergeant Sampson graduated from Tulsa Edison High School in 1988 and served in the United States Marine Corps from September 1988 thru November 1992 and was honorably discharged. Sergeant Sampson worked for the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Department, Tulsa County Sheriff’s Department and Oklahoma Department of Corrections prior to beginning his career with the Fort Smith Police Department. Sergeant Sampson was assigned to the Patrol Division after completing the police academy and has been assigned to work as a Narcotics Detective, Property Crimes and Persons Crime Detective before working as the department’s first fulltime Sex Offender Coordinator for the Special Investigations Unit. Sergeant Sampson has served as the department’s Community Relations Officer, Airport Liaison Officer, Assistant Communications Center Supervisor and Police Information Desk Officer before taking on his most recent assignment as the department’s Community Relations Sergeant. Over the course of his twenty-one year career Sampson has completed 1,241law enforcement training hours, he attended the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith and American Military University before completing his bachelors’ degree program in Organizational Leadership / Criminal Justice Administration at the University of Charleston – West Virginia. Sergeant Sampson has one daughter.

Sergeant Krumm started his career with the Fort Smith Police Department almost eight (8) years ago on December the 14th, 2009. He spent the first several years of his tenure here with the police department as a patrol officer on Troop 2, with a short stint on Troop 3 as well. While in patrol, Sergeant Krumm served on the FSPD Honor Guard for four (4) years, was a Field Training Officer for two (2) years, and is a Certified Law Enforcement Instructor. In May of 2016, Sergeant Krumm had the opportunity to transfer to the Criminal Investigations Division of the FSPD where he has served as a detective assigned to the Special Investigations Unit investigating crimes against children. Sergeant Krumm has a wife and three children.

Sergeant Anthony Parkinson began his career with the Fort Smith Police Department on May 8th, 2006. Sergeant Parkinson attended the first police academy conducted by the Fort Smith Police Department and was assigned to the Patrol Division after graduation. In 2013, he received the Lifesaving Award after taking action that directly resulted in saving the life of another person who was in imminent danger. Sergeant Parkinson was assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division in March 2014. He earned the title, "Officer of the Year", for the Fort Smith Police Department in 2014. In 2016, Sergeant Parkinson was named "Outstanding Member of the Year" by the Arkansas State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police. Sergeant Parkinson has a wife and four children.

Sergeant Jeff Carter started his career with the Fort Smith Police Department on September 20th, 1999, after serving 2 years with the Pocola, OK Police Department. Prior to beginning his Law Enforcement career, he spent 14 years in the Air Force. After completing the academy Sergeant Carter was assigned to Troop 2 in patrol and later transferred to Troop 1. He worked in that capacity until January 2007 when he was selected to work in the Criminal investigations Division. While in CID Sergeant Carter worked Street Crimes, Property Crimes and Person Crimes, to include numerous Major Crimes such as Rapes, Robberies and Homicides. In January of 2016, Sgt Carter was assigned to the Office of Professional Standards and has served in that capacity until now. Sergeant Carter is a certified Law Enforcement Instructor with over 1,900 Law Enforcement training hours. Sergeant Carter is also the recipient of two lifesaving awards. He holds an Associate Degree from Carl Albert State College. Sgt Carter has a wife, two children and one grandchild.

Sgt. McCabe started his law enforcement career on April 21, 2008, after serving in the United States Marine Corps. Upon completing the police academy, he was assigned to the Patrol Division, and worked in that capacity until being selected to join the Criminal Investigations Division in 2013. Sgt. McCabe worked as a Property Crimes Detective for 1 year and then he was selected for transfer to the Major Crimes Unit, until his recent promotion to Sergeant. Sgt. McCabe is a Certified Field Training Officer, an A.L.I.C.E. Active Shooter Instructor, a Police Firearms Instructor, a Certified Police Professional Instructor, a member of the Fort Smith Police Search and Rescue Team and he also served as a Tactical Operator on the Fort Smith SWAT Team. Sgt. McCabe has a wife and five children.

Sergeant Robert Schibbelhut started his career with the Fort Smith Police Department on January 2nd, 2006. After completing the academy, Sergeant Robert Schibbelhut was assigned to the Patrol Division spending a couple of years on Troop 3 before going to Troop 1. During his time in patrol, he became a Field Training Officer in 2009 and remained in patrol until 2010 when he was selected to work in the Criminal Investigations Division. While in CID Sgt. Schibbelhut worked in Special Investigation Unit- Crimes Against Children. He remained with this division for 3 years when he was offered an opportunity to work in the Crimes Against Persons Unit of the department. Other than a brief stint in an administrative position, Sgt. Schibbelhut has remained with the Crimes Against Persons Unit for the past 5 years. Sergeant Robert Schibbelhut is a State Certified Law Enforcement Instructor with emphasis on Domestic Violence Crimes as well as Crimes Against Children. Sergeant Schibbelhut is also a licensed minister and has represented the Fort Smith Police Department by providing the prayers for many of the ceremonies that the department has taken part in including the Fallen Officer Memorial. Sergeant Robert Schibbelhut has a wife and four children.

A written civil service exam for the rank of Sergeant was administered on August 28, 2017 which resulted in fourteen candidates moving forward to an Assessment Center. The assessment center was performed by CPS HR Consulting on September 28 and 29, 2017. At the conclusion of the testing process, the City of Fort Smith’s Civil Service Commission produced a certified list of candidates ranked by total accumulated points. From the current list of candidates, Fort Smith Police Chief Nathaniel Clark made the following promotions during a ceremony held on Thursday, November 09, 2017. Sergeant Robert Schibellhut, Sergeant Lee McCabe, Sergeant Jeff Carter, Sergeant Anthony Parkinson, Sergeant Stephen Krumm, Sergeant Wendall Sampson and Sergeant Scott Jackson. These officers shall serve as the newest Sergeants in a variety of positions for the City of Fort Smith.

Beginning November 6th 2017 the Fort Smith Police Department ushered in one of the busiest moving days for personnel in recent history of the Fort Smith Police Department. With the recent creation and promotion of seven officers to the rank of Lieutenant and the promotion of seven officers to the rank of Sergeant, Police Chief Nathaniel Clark orchestrated a massive reorganization of manpower to more effectively provide public safety services to the citizens of Fort Smith. Over the past ten months Chief Clark assessed the department's existing policing structures to determine if effective and sustainable services were being provided to the citizens and guests of Fort Smith. In the first phase of reorganization Chief Clark and his administrative staff reorganized experienced and specialized personnel from more concentrated areas into positions that maximized community outreach and public safety. The organizational structure was changed to minimize duplication of functions and shift several command level staff positions to areas where they could be better utilized. This information is being released to notify the citizens and guests of Fort Smith about the change, so that they are aware of whom to contact for assistance. Lieutenants and Sergeants in new positions within the agency are as follows:

Officers in the Fort Smith Police Basic Police Academy learning about DWI Detection and field sobriety testing in their final weeks of the academy. Thanks to the AR Criminal Justice Institute for presenting this class.

As a way to become more transparent in the community, we will begin posting information regarding the number of crimes reported to your FSPD as well as the number of calls for Police service and Animal Control. The period reported is year-to-date. (From January 1st to September 30th.) As you can see, reported crime is down from this same time as last year, however the numbers of calls for service has increased by 9.5% for police and 11.7% for animal control. While the crimes are not a report of every crime that occurs in our city, these are the seven main crimes reported to the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting system. Check back each month for our report.

FSPD OFFICERS SAVE LIFE: On 08 November, 2017 Fort Smith Police Officers were called in reference to a suicidal subject. Corporal Cody Elliot and Officer Keith Shelby with the Department’s K-9 Unit responded and were the first to arrive. Once they arrived Officer Shelby and Elliot located a vehicle covered with a tarp in the back yard of the residence. Officers immediately noticed that the car windows were fogged up and that a hose was affixed to the exhaust of the vehicle. The hose was connected to the interior and the windows of the vehicle were taped shut. A male victim was discovered in the driver’s seat, unresponsive. Officer Keith Shelby was able to gain entry through the passenger side of the vehicle. Officer Shelby and Corporal Cody Elliot were able to remove the victim from danger and immediately took him to a nearby ambulance that had arrived on the scene, ultimately saving the victim’s life.

After splitting duties between the Fort Smith Police Department and the Arkansas National Guard, Nathan Sosebee has been given a great opportunity to serve in a new position with his military post. He is resigning his position as a commissioned law enforcement officer with our department in order to better serve our region in his new endeavor. We wish to thank Nathan, Maria, and Aaron for the nine years and six months of outstanding service to the citizens of Fort Smith and wish them well on their new journey.

On Tuesday November 7th 2017 your Fort Smith Police Department participated in the Fort Smith Public Schools iCan Career Expo at the Fort Smith Convention Center. There were three static displays from FSPD introducing the students to S.W.A.T., Police Dispatch Center and the agency K-9 unit. The event was a huge success as your Officers were introduced to several hundred future leaders from our area Junior High schools.

We have had several inquiries about when we were announcing another hiring process for sworn officers. Well, it's here. If you currently hold full-time law enforcement certification, this is the process for you. This expedited process will take approximately 9 weeks from recruitment to hire!

Safety Tips for Motorists Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing Discourage new, inexperienced drivers from driving on Halloween

The Fort Smith Police Department wants to ensure that your children are safe while they are out enjoying Halloween night. Please read the facts and tips below to ensure that you have a fun and safe Halloween with your children. Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year, and October ranks No. 2 in motor vehicle deaths by month, with 3,550. August is first, with 3,642 deaths. National Safety Council research reveals about 17% of these deaths occurred when pedestrians improperly crossed roads or intersections. Lack of visibility because of low lighting or dark clothing accounted for about 15% of the deaths. Other circumstances varied by age: Darting or running into the road accounted for about 15% of deaths in kids ages 5 to 9 and 7% for those 10 to 15. • To help ensure adults and children have a safe holiday, the American Academy of Pediatrics has compiled a list of Halloween Safety Tips, including do's and don'ts: A responsible adult should accompany young children on the neighborhood rounds If your older children are going alone, plan and review a route acceptable to you Agree on a specific time children should return home • Teach your children to never enter a stranger's home or car Instruct children to travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and stick with their friends Tell your children not to eat any treats until they return home All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant Avoid masks, which can obstruct vision If children are allowed out after dark, fasten reflective tape to their costumes and bags, or give them glow sticks When buying Halloween makeup, make sure it is nontoxic and always test it in a small area first Remove all makeup before children go to bed to prevent skin and eye irritation

WANTED: Daven Taylor Jared (34 years of age) for Battery 1st Degree carrying a $50,000.00 cash bond. Daven Jared is a suspect in a shooting that occurred during the late night hours of October 30, 2017 at the Knights Inn on Towson Avenue. He is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is encouraged to contact your local law enforcement agency, call Crime Stoppers (78-CRIME), or the Fort Smith Police Department at (479) 709-5100.

Your FSPD SWAT was well received yesterday evening at Grace Community Church's Annual Trunk or Treat!!

Mr. Rex Strobel wished to convey his gratitude for Officer Jose Pacheco for his diligence to public safety and service to the community. Mr. Strobel told us his sister arrived at a property they own and found the door to be tampered with and open. Officer Pacheco quickly arrived on scene and inspected the residence. Mr. Strobel said Ofc. Pacheco was polite and answered her questions, putting her mind at ease. Ofc. Pacheco even identified a loose striker plate on a doorway and took it upon himself to fix it, making the door more secure. Mr. Strobel wanted FSPD to be aware of Ofc. Pacheco's professionalism and courteous demeanor. Thank you Mr. Strobel for the kind words, and thank you Ofc. Pacheco for your committment to community service!

UPDATE: Fort Smith Police have identified a fourth suspect in rash of criminal mischief cases involving a BB gun. The assigned detective has obtained a Felony - Criminal Mischief warrant for the arrest of 20 year old Justin Kamon Franks. Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call the Fort Smith Police Department at (479) 709-5100. NEWS RELEASE - FSPD arrests three men believed to have been involved in a rash of criminal mischief complaints involving BB guns. During the late evening hours of October 17, 2017, to the early morning hours of October 19, 2017, Fort Smith Police took seventeen (17) different reports regarding acts of vandalism to vehicles. The time frame in which these criminal acts occurred appears to be from 9:00 pm to 2:00 am. Each victim reported finding a car window shattered from an unknown projectile. Each vehicle was parked in the street, in front of their residence. The damage appeared to have been caused by an air-soft gun, or BB / Pellet gun. It is believed the cases are connected, and the suspect(s) were possibly utilizing a vehicle as a mode of transportation. October 26, 2017: On October 25, 2017, an investigator with the Fort Smith Police Department received surveillance footage from two local schools showing a possible suspect vehicle involved in a rash of criminal mischief complaints that have plagued our city over the last couple weeks. During the early afternoon, a school resource officer located the suspect vehicle parked at a pawn shop located at the corner of South 21st and Dodson Avenue. Officers set up surveillance on the vehicle, and observed a man approach the vehicle after leaving the pawn shop. The resource officer and an investigator stopped the man, who was identified as twenty-one (21) year old Airek Riggins. Mr. Riggins voluntarily told the officers two BB gun pistols were inside his vehicle, and wanted them to know the handguns were not real. Mr. Riggins was brought to the police department for an interview. At the conclusion of the interview, investigators located Airek Riggins’ brother, twenty (20) year old ReoDel Riggins, and a friend, twenty (20) year old Derek Thomason. Both young men were brought to the police department for interviews. At the conclusion of interviews, all three men were arrested on suspicion of Felony – Criminal Mischief 1st Degree and are currently being held at the Sebastian County Detention Center with a $5,000.00 bond. Police believe the three men are responsible for at least forty-two (42) acts of criminal mischief involving BB guns.

UPDATE!!: After FSPD Officers and Detectives arrested these two for multiple commercial burglaries on Tuesday, we learned they were involved in much more. Their arrest ended a month-long crime spree that spanned central and western Arkansas. They are suspects in over 38 cases of commercial burglary in Fayetteville, Springdale, Lowell, Johnson, Farmington, Siloam Springs, Lincoln, Jacksonville, Bryant, North Little Rock, Benton, and Maumelle. Outstanding job to all involved in apprehending these subjects!!!!

Your FSPD K9s at Orr Elementary this morning.