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

Last Thursday near the intersection of Jenny Lind and Cavanaugh FSPD Officer Sawyer used all of his law enforcement training to run down and capture this little guy who was making his way to an unknown destination. No Taser was deployed.

Fort Smith Police need your help Identifying a 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 pictures used a stolen debit card to make purchases at a local business. The subject is believed to be driving the vehicle in the pictures. Detective Jeff Craghead with the Fort Smith Police Department Criminal Investigations Division would like to speak with this subject about her 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.

Officer Spotlight: The Fort Smith Police Department would like to take the time to recognize our dedicated Detectives during Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month. Members of the Fort Smith Police Department Special Investigations Unit see all forms of Child Abuse on a daily basis. Through community partnerships with the Sebastian County Department of Children and Family Services, Arkansas State Police Crimes against Children Division, Hamilton House Child Advocacy Safety Center and the Sebastian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office these Detectives work hard to make a difference in Children’s lives on a daily basis. Charity Abbott began her career at the Fort Smith Police Department in July of 2014 after working a short stint at the Sebastian County Adult Detention Center. Charity worked in the Patrol Division on Troop one until 2017 when she was transferred to the Information desk. In November of 2017 Detective Abbott was selected as the newest detective in the Special Investigations Unit. Detective Abbott had the following to say “My goal of working as a detective for juvenile victims became a reality in November of 2017 when I was transferred to the Special Investigations Unit. I can say that for the first time in my life I wake up every morning looking forward to coming to work. I believe the more you enjoy what you do, the better you are going to be at it. I don’t believe there’s anyone more of a victim than that of an innocent child and I am so blessed and humbled that I am allowed to be their voice. I work closely with CACD, DCFS and the Hamilton House. I love what I do and the people I get to work with. Detective Abbott has received certificates in Statement Analysis, The Reid Technique of Interviewing and Interrogation and received a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Arkansas Fort Smith in 2014. Detective Abbott has twin daughters and is very proud of them. Thank you for your dedication to the Children of Fort Smith Charity. Glad you are part of the team. #employeespotlight #SIU #childabuseawarenessmonth

UPDATE: Sex Offender Arrested - On April 19, 2018 Investigators with the Fort Smith Police Department Special Investigations Unit located James Paul Cody Smith. Mr. Smith was interviewed by investigators and charged with Failure to Comply with the SEX Offender Registration Act. Fort Smith Police need your help finding a wanted Sex Offender Investigators with the Fort Smith Police Department Special Investigations Unit have obtained a warrant for the arrest of 24 year old James Paul Cody Smith, for the charge of Failure to comply with the Sex Offender Registration Act. Smith is a Level 2 Sex Offender and failed to make contact with Investigators to advise them of his permanent residence. Detective Jeff Mitchell with the Fort Smith Police Department Special Investigations Unit needs to speak with Mr. Smith. Anyone with information about the whereabouts of James Paul Cody Smith 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. ####

UPDATE-Denzel Lee Massey has been located and arrested by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Thank you to everyone that provided tips and assisted in this investigation. Fort Smith Police need your help finding a wanted person: Investigators with the Fort Smith Police Department need your help finding a wanted person. Denzel Lee Massey is currently wanted for ten (10) outstanding warrants out of Fort Smith to include Domestic Battery 3rd, Fleeing Apprehension by means of vehicle, theft by receiving, harassment, failure to appear, criminal impersonation and other misdemeanor offenses. Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Denzel Massey 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 of up to $1000.

FSPD Employee Spotlight: Mrs. Ashley Claggett National Tele-communicator’s Week cannot be complete without taking the time to recognize the current dispatcher of the year for the Fort Smith Police Department. The following is the nomination letter that was presented on behalf of Mrs. Claggett. Ashley Claggett has served our agency as a tele-communicator for three (3) years. She has always been very courteous and truly takes her job seriously. During the early morning hours of December 2, 2017, the Criminal Investigations Unit was called out to assist with an aggravated robbery investigation. An investigator identified the suspect along with the accurate license plate information for the suspect's vehicle. During attempts to locate the suspect, Mrs. Claggett recognized unique information about the suspect's vehicle. This unique information immediately led investigators to the location of the suspect's vehicle. Shortly after locating the suspect's vehicle, the suspect was apprehended after committing another aggravated robbery. This suspect was ultimately charged with three (3) counts of aggravated robbery. During the early morning hours of December 7, 2017, the Criminal Investigations Unit became involved in the suspicious disappearance of a seventeen (17) year old female. This investigation eventually led to collective involvement of members of the Sebastian County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas State Police, Greenwood Police Department, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Preliminary electronic data placed the missing juvenile in rural parts of Fort Chaffee which led to a large multi-agency search. During the course of the investigation, Mrs. Claggett obtained updated electronic data that placed the juvenile near Martin Luther King Park. This new information led to the swift recovery of the missing female who was found unharmed. Outstanding job Ashley!! Thank you for your continued service to the Citizens of Fort Smith!! #employeespotlight #911dispatcher #2017dispatcheroftheyear

FSPD Officers were honored to participate in the Cars and Coffee event today at SweetBay Coffee Co. We were able to check out some cool cars, and show off our patrol vehicles as well. We got several good questions about our vehicles and how they operate. Officer Tyler Lee and Officer Brent Tobias were able to check out some vehicles, including this Camaro Limousine. We had a great time and appreciate the invitation!!

FSPD EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT: This week the Fort Smith Police Department continues to take the time to recognize our hard working and dedicated 911 Operators during National Telecommunicator’s Week. Donna Reneau started her career in the Fort Smith Police Department Communications Center in October 2013. Since that time she has become an essential member of the unit with experience and knowledge. In 2018 Donna became a CLEST certified Communications Training Officer where she trains new hires. Donna is one of the dedicated operators that you would hear on the other end of the phone if you called with a problem in the middle of the night. Donna said the following about her career at the FSPD. “ I have worked at the FSPD for almost 5 yrs now and truly care about my job and the people I talk to on a daily basis. To know you have helped someone that needed it gives you a great feeling. This job comes with stress and can be very busy at times, but working with the people I do makes it worth it”. The Communications Unit Supervisor, Sergeant Rob Schibbelhut says that Donna is a professional and dedicated operator that always does an outstanding job. Thank you for your dedicated service Donna!! #employeespotlight #911dispatcher

NOW HIRING - PATROL OFFICER. Experience is preferred but not required. We will train you while we pay you! If you have a drive to serve your Community and protect your Community, apply below! https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/fortsmithar/jobs/2037288/patrol-officer?page=2&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

This week marks the annual National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week (NPSTW). Held every year during the second week of April, NPSTW is a time to recognize telecommunications personnel in the public safety community for their service and commitment to the profession. Sergeant Robert Schibbelhut celebrated NPSTW by bringing together your Fort Smith Police Department Communication Center employees and recognizing them for the hard work they perform each and every day. #Lifesavers

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT: One tornado siren affecting the area of Rogers Avenue/Cliff Drive is out of service due to a mechanical issue. The siren is scheduled to be repaired early next week. A map of the siren coverage area is included below. Residents in that area are encouraged to be aware of any rapidly changing severe weather until such time as the siren is repaired. The tornado siren is NOT intended to alert those inside buildings; rather they are to alert those who may be outdoors. Utilize local media outlets, social media, and weather radios to be alerted to a possible storm watch or warning. ALL OTHER TORNADO SIRENS WITHIN THE CITY ARE FULLY FUNCTIONAL.

Update - Suspect Arrested: On 04/12/18 Detectives received an anonymous tip that Mark Stevens was staying with an acquaintance in the 300 Block of North 38 Street. Mr. Stevens was found at that address a short time later and was arrest and taken to the Fort Smith Police Department where he was interviewed by Detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division. Following the interview Mr. Stevens was arrested and taken to the Sebastian County Adult Detention Center where he was charged with Theft by Receiving. FSPD Seeking Suspect in Heist of Museum Artifact A warrant has been issued for 58 year old Mark Craig Stevens for theft by receiving (Felony). Detective Danny Stanley with the Fort Smith Police Department would like to speak with Mr. Stevens about his involvement in this case. Anyone with information about this incident or knows the whereabouts of Mark Stevens are asked to call the Fort Smith Police Department at 479-709-5100. Individuals with information may also call Crime stoppers at 78-CRIME, where any information leading to an arrest in this case may also be eligible for a cash reward up to $1000. On Thursday, March 22nd, at approximately 2:30pm, Officers were called to the Fort Smith Museum of History, 320 Rogers Avenue, in reference to a theft. Museum workers discovered a display had been moved, and upon closer inspection, discovered that a gold, lizard shaped, tie pin had been stolen. This artifact is one of very few items remaining that was the personal property of Judge Isaac C. Parker.

Corporal Anthony Rice of your Fort Smith Police Department had the pleasure of speaking with new employees of Shared Services during their employment orientation about Workplace Violence/Active Shooter scenarios.

FSPD EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT: This week the Fort Smith Police Department wants to take the time to recognize our hard working and dedicated 911 Operators during National Telecommunicator’s Week. Sarah Grant began her career at the Fort Smith Police Department, March 2013 becoming a Communications Training Operator and a member of 911 education in January 2015. Through her dedication and hard work Sarah was selected as the Dispatcher of the Year for 2016 and was tasked with being an APCO Instructor in 2017. Sarah says, "Since I was a little girl, I have always had the passion to help others. Not only do I help the community in their time of need, but I also have the privilege to train new hires. You will never stop learning in this profession. As a trainer I have learned a new sense of patience and passion for my career". Sarah’s coworkers all say that she is a dedicated, hard working and compassionate operator who is a joy to work with. We are proud to have Sarah as a member of our team!! #employeespotlight #911dispatcher

FSPD Animal Control officers may be required to complete a police academy course to become certified as a “Specialized Police Officer” authorizing them to enforce laws limited in scope to only those that are directly related to the daily functions of their animal control assignment.

All sworn members of the Fort Smith Police Department will qualify with all departmentally issued handguns at least twice annually, during quarterly qualifications. Firearms and Ammunition Policy 1102.01

The dedicated Detectives with the Fort Smith Police Department Special Investigations Unit, along with Investigators from other area agencies attended the Monthly Multi Disciplinary Team meeting at the Hamilton House today. Members from area Agencies meet on a monthly basis and ensure that abused children from the area have received the proper care, counseling and any follow up that they need. The Hamilton House is the area Child Advocacy Center where children receive all forms of care and follow up when they have been abused. The Hamilton House is also an investigative tool that is essential to the successful outcome of cases investigated by members of the Special Investigations Unit of the FSPD. In honor of Child Abuse Awareness month we want to thank members of the Special Investigations Unit and the staff at the Hamilton House for everything that you do for the Children of the Fort Smith area!!

FSPD needs your help identifying a person of interest. Investigators with the Fort Smith Police Department are attempting to identify the subject in the picture. Officers were dispatched to 3501 Grand Avenue at Lucky’s Liquor for a commercial alarm and found that the window on the west side of the business had been busted out. The individual in the picture was spotted on video on the west side of the business at the same time of the alarm. Detectives want to speak with this individual about his involvement in this incident. Anyone with information about this incident, or know the identity of the person in the picture 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.

National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week!

The Coffee with the Chief event scheduled for this Thursday at Dewey's Cafe has been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later time. Another event with an earlier start time is being planned for later this month.

Your FSPD Animal Control Officer Josh McCleod rescued and relocated this non-venomous snake from a residents garage this weekend. Animal Control will respond to these types of calls but say that allowing an avenue for escape and securing entry points is ideal. Temperature is a driving force behind infestations of snakes in garages and sheds. As the pests are coldblooded, they rely on their external environment to regulate their temperature. Therefore, garages are prime nesting spots for their cool and moist climates. (www.crittercontrol.com)