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
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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

Re: FSPD to participate in Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign 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. The Fort Smith Police Department 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 you will 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 Corporal Anthony Rice “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. Prepare for the Fourth This Fourth of July, the Fort Smith Police Department 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 the Fort Smith Police Department at 479-709-5100. • 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. ####

This is an updated and recent photo of James Jakub. He has not been found as of now.

Update: James Jakub has been located and is safe. Thanks to everyone who called in and assisted. FSPD attempting to locate a missing juvenile. On Wednesday, June 26, 2018, at approximately 05:40 A.M. Fort Smith Police responded to the 500 block of North 34th Street regarding a missing juvenile. Upon arrival, officers spoke with Darren Jakub, who reported his thirteen (13) year-old son James Jakub had left the residence on foot the night before and had not returned home. James Jakub was last seen wearing a gray shirt, blue pants and black shoes. Anyone with information about James Jakub or know of his whereabouts is strongly encouraged to contact the Fort Smith Police Department at (479) 709-5100 or contact your local law enforcement agency. ####

FORT SMITH POLICE ATTEMPTING TO IDENTIFY PERSON OF INTEREST: Investigators with the Fort Smith Police Department are attempting to identify the subject in the pictures below. Investigators believe that the person in the picture walked into a local pawn shop and walked out with electronic equipment without paying for it. Detective Dylan Gray with the Fort Smith Police Department Criminal Investigations Division would like to speak with this subject about his involvement in this incident. Anyone with information about this incident, or know the identity of the person in the pictures below, are asked to call the Fort Smith Police Department at 479-709-5100. Individuals with information may also call Crimestoppers at 78-CRIME, where any information leading to an arrest in this case may also be eligible for a cash reward up to $1000.

FSPD Identifies victim in Death Investigation: On June 23rd, 2018, members of the Fort Smith Police and Fire Departments were called to the area of Riverfront Drive and North P Street in reference to a possible drowning. After an extensive search, the body of a deceased white male was recovered from the water. Witnesses on the scene were interviewed by Detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division and the body of the male victim was sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for an autopsy. The victim in this case has been identified as 28 year old Davey Lee Bruce of Van Buren. At this time, there is no evidence of foul play.

Today your Fort Smith Police Department welcomed seven (7) new law enforcement officers to the department. All attended orientation and were sworn in as officers by Judge Borengasser this morning. Welcome! Andre Arnoldi Daron Robertson Dakota Elmore Zachary Ward Michael Harris Ashley Austin Josh McCleod

Wanted to share this from our brothers and sisters at your Fort Smith Fire Department! Great Job Guys...

Marvin Rojas was captured over the weekend in Rogers Arkansas on charges relating to a shooting in our city last week.

Naturalization Ceremony

Chief Nathaniel Clark and members of your Fort Smith Police Department Honor Guard participated in the Naturalization Ceremony for fifty-one individuals from sixteen different countries at the Judge Isaac Parker Federal Courthouse this morning. Judge P.K. Holmes presided over the ceremony and Chief Clark served as the keynote speaker. The packed courthouse of an estimated two-hundred participants and guests came to see the guest of honor complete the tenth and final step in the naturalization process and to take the oath to becoming citizens of the United States of America. Chief Clark spoke from the heart and encouraged not just the applicants, but each in the room, to embrace the challenges, obligations and the opportunities we are blessed with as citizens. Clark's speech titled "Standing on the threshold of a new beginning" touched on several topics relevant to the occasion with statements such as: "As you look around, you will find men and women from 16 various countries, who embarked on a journey to fulfill a Dream, a Passion and a Quality of Life that surpasses all. You do not look alike, speak alike, act alike or even enjoy the same songs or food; nevertheless, this unique and strong composition is what brings value and richness to our Nation; creating a Powerful Nation full of Hope, Inspiration and Opportunities." "Even though you've put in the work required to become an American, there's still work to be done. You have rights and you have responsibilities, one of which is to help us write the next great chapter in America's story." "Today, you're standing on the Threshold our Great Nation and you have the Ability & the Power in your hands to help shape America. If I can put it in my own vernacular -The Right Citizen + The Right State of Mind equals A Vibrant and Powerful Nation." "We are Strong, We are a Beacon of Hope and Unity, and We are Well-Equipped infused by Hope over Doubt, Strength over Weakness, Love over Hate and Justice over Injustice" The moving and inspirational speech was given high praise from those in attendance. One guest advised "I've been a citizen seventy-five years and feel inspired to do so much more after hearing that speech". Your Chief and your Honor Guard represented the City of Fort Smith well today in celebrating the creation of fifty-one new Americans to our great nation.

MULTIPLE VEHICLE ACCIDENT I540 / HWY 271 SOUTH. Please avoid the area if possible. Multiple first responders on scene working the accident and treating the injured.

EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT: Corporal Trex Smith Corporal Charles “Trex” Smith was first hired by the Fort Smith Police Department on July 17th, 1995. Trex served with the agency until December 20th, 2002 when he left the department to run his family business in Arkoma Oklahoma. Trex returned to FSPD on December 14th 2009 after his love for law enforcement and service could not be ignored. Smith has worked in several divisions over his career beginning with his position in the patrol division and continuing to stations on the Bicycle Unit, Street Crimes, B.E.A.T. Health and as a School Resource Officer (SRO). In addition to his regular duties Trex has been a member of the department S.W.A.T. team and assisted on numerous task force and special duty stations over his career. Trex has been married for fourteen years to wife Kelli and they have two boys fourteen and ten years old. Smith’s current supervisor Sergeant Wendall Sampson described Trex as an example of what a police officer should be stating: “I’ve known Trex since we were hired together in 1995 when we both had a head full of hair. He is a very easy going guy who has always been hard-working and conscientious. His working knowledge of the problems facing Fort Smith has allowed him to be one of the most effective officers in our department. In whatever endeavor he seeks to undertake, Smith does so with the same high degree of determination, enthusiasm and dedication. I believe that Trex possesses the sort of qualities and characteristics which stand as a shining example for all in the law enforcement profession and for the public that he so honorably serves and protects.”

Fort Smith Police looking for information on the location of Marvin Rojas (27) who is suspected of shooting a family member earlier at a residence on Virginia.

Police Emergency Garrison Bridge: FSPD, Fire and Medical personnel are on scene at the Garrison Avenue bridge where a subject has blocked traffic with his vehicle and threatening to jump from the bridge. The area is completely blocked and we asked that is you can please avoid traveling to the area until the emergency is concluded.

The Community-Police relationship is one that is as complex as any you will find in our country. Hollywood and National media outlets will often portray the conflicts and controversial incidents which make up a very small percentage of officer activity. Departments like the Fort Smith Police Department often spend large amounts of time and effort in the care-taking role when interacting with residents and guests to our city. Welfare checks, accidents, civil disputes, medical emergencies and report taking calls are by far the more common assistance calls received by our patrol officers. Working in partnership with agencies such as Fort Smith Fire Department, Fort Smith EMS, Hospitals, Sanitation/Parks Department and countless others who work, travel and live in our area to provide the highest level of service possible.

The ordinance amending the 2018 budget to eliminate one position for the rank of Major, to change the title of the rank of Major to Deputy Chief and to create one additional position for the rank of Lieutenant within FSPD was approved by the Board of Directors 7-0 tonight. Additional information on this re-structure will be posted as soon as possible.

Fort Smith Police are on scene at South 35th & Holyoke investigating an injury accident in which a seven year old boy on a bicycle was struck by a motor vehicle. The child's mother arrived and accompanied him to Mercy for treatment. The cause of the accident and condition of the child are unknown at this time.

Fort Smith Police Detectives need your help in identifying the white female in this picture. On 06/16/2018 she was attempting to steal items from Wal-Mart at 8301 Rogers Avenue. When stopped by store loss prevention she struck the employee and fled from the store. If you have any information on her identity contact Detective Johnny Bolinger at 479-709-5162 or email info@fortsmithpd.org

FORT SMITH POLICE DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE Date: June 17, 2018 From: Community Relations Supervisor W.N. Sampson Telephone: 479-709-5149 Re: Fort Smith Police Investigate Fatality Traffic Accident On Sunday, June 17th, 2018, at approximately 5:00 P.M. Officers with the Fort Smith Police Department were called to the 6400 block of Rye Hill in reference to an accident involving a motorcycle vs a motor vehicle. Initial investigation revealed that 22 year old motorcyclist (W/M) and his 20 year old passenger (W/F) suffered serious injuries. The operator of the motorcycle was pronounced deceased at the scene. The female passenger along with three occupants of the Toyota sienna passenger vehicle struck were transported to Mercy with non life threatening injuries. The family of the deceased has been notified. Investigators advised the motorcycle was traveling west on Rye Hill when it struck the passenger side of the sienna which was turning left from its east bound Rye Hill lane at the 6400 block. ####

Fort Smith Police Officers were treated to a BBQ lunch today at Dawson's Warehouse at Chaffee Crossing along with the Fort Smith Fire Department and the US Marshal's Service. The food was excellent and they even provided to go lunches for those who couldn't attend. We are very thankful to Dawson's Warehouse, Arvest Bank, Golden Corral, UAFS, Chaffee Crossing, Ft. Chaffee Redevelopment Commission, Breeden Dodge, Davis Iron & Metal, FS City Director Tracy Penartz, and all those who contributed and helped serve this excellent meal. Thank you!!

FSPD need your help identifying this person. Members of the Criminal Investigations Unit for the Fort Smith Police Department are trying to identify the pictured female. Detectives want to question this female regarding theft of credit/debit cards. She may be driving a red Ford Taurus with an Arkansas license plate. Anyone with information regarding is encouraged to contact your local law enforcement agency, the Fort Smith Police Department at (479) 709-5100, or CRIME STOPPERS at 78-CRIME.