Springdale Police Department

  • Agency: Springdale Police Department
  • Address: 201 Spring St, Springdale, 72764 AR
  • Chief: Kathy O'Kelley (Chief of Police)
Phone: 479-751-4542
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Springdale Police Department is located at 201 Spring St, Springdale, 72764 AR. The Chief of Police of the department is Kathy O'Kelley. The Springdale Police Department phone number is 479-751-4542.

Springdale Police Department News

Chief Peters is excited to announce that Lily DeSpain has been selected to the Springdale Youth Council! Chief Peters nominated her and will serve as her mentor over the next 8 month during this prestigious program. The Youth Council is a program for young adults to engage with the local government. They receive mentoring from city officials, participate in community service that benefits Springdale residents, and play an active role in addressing issues that affect young people in our community. Lily is a Hass Hall Scholar with a 4.0 GPA, she is president of the Junior Honors Society, and is a member of the swim and the robotics teams. She also is very involved with the community and volunteers with several nonprofit groups. Lily's father is a law enforcement officer, and her mother is a nurse and teacher at Hass Hall Academy Springdale Campus. Congratulations Lily!

We need your help! Please take a look at the pictures below in an attempt to help us identify these subjects or suspect vehicles that are believed to be involved in several different, unrelated, property crimes being investigated by Detectives of the Springdale Police Department. If you recognize anyone or any of the vehicles posted please call 479-750-8139 or the anonymous tip line at 479-750-4484. Any help is appreciated.

On September 9, 2018, the vehicle in the photos below struck and killed a female near the intersection of Sunset and Pleasant. After striking the female pedestrian the vehicle then left the scene of the accident. The Springdale Police Department is looking any information regarding the vehicle, occupants, or driver. If you have any information please contact the Springdale Police Department at 479-750-8139 or the anonymous tip line at 479-750-4484. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

On September 9, 2018, the vehicle seen speeding away in this video vehicle struck and killed a female near the intersection of Sunset and Pleasant. After striking the female pedestrian the vehicle then left the scene of the accident. The Springdale Police Department is looking any information regarding the vehicle, occupants, or driver. If you have any information please contact the Springdale Police Department at 479-750-8139 or the anonymous tip line at 479-750-4484. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

On September 9, 2018, the vehicle seen speeding away in this video vehicle struck and killed a female near the intersection of Sunset and Pleasant. After striking the female pedestrian the vehicle then left the scene of the accident. The Springdale Police Department is looking any information regarding the vehicle, occupants, or driver. If you have any information please contact the Springdale Police Department at 479-750-8139 or the anonymous tip line at 479-750-4484. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Chief Ollen Stepp: On Monday, former Springdale Police Chief Ollen Stepp passed away. Ollen began his career at SPD in 1972, rising to the rank of Police Chief in 1988. He retired in 1992, going on to be the first City Investigator for Springdale. Ollen also proudly served in the United States Air Force for four years. Many of our existing employees never knew Chief Stepp, but his legacy lives on. We must always honor those who came before us. Ollen helped mold the Police Department we know today, always stressing safety and professionalism. In fact, it wasn't just Ollen. The Stepp name has many roots at SPD with family members working as police officers, jailers and dispatchers. Our thoughts are with the family, as they honor his life today and tomorrow. He was a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother. But to us, he is the Chief. Thank you for your service to our department, community and the country. Sir, you will be missed.

We want to say thank you to the Northwest Medical Center Auxiliary for their continued support of Shop with a Cop. Today they presented us with a check for $5000.00 to go towards this year’s event.

*******CRIME ALERT******* WE NEED YOUR HELP!! Over the past few months, SPD has seen a rise in vehicle break-ins. Most of these break-ins have happened to vehicles that were left UNLOCKED while parked in the driveway or in the street in front of a house. We are asking for everyone to help us by making sure that you LOCK your vehicle at all times when it is left unattended, even when it is parked in front of your house. We ask that you simply remember to, HIDE your things, LOCK your car, TAKE your keys. As a means of preventing thefts from vehicles, SPD officers have been deploying into neighborhoods during the overnight hours and inspecting vehicles to ensure they are locked and are not easy targets for thieves. Officers will leave a "Report Card" like the yellow card shown here on the windshield indicating whether or not your car was a hard or easy target for thieves. If your vehicle was an easy target then the officer will indicate the issues on the "Report Card". As officers have been out in neighborhoods they have already reported finding unlocked vehicles with valuable items inside the car. They have also reported finding vehicles with keys left in the ignition overnight just waiting to be stolen. Vehicle theft and vehicle break-ins are a very real problem and we all need to partner together to prevent them. Our goal is to prevent the crime before it happens. PLEASE SHARE OR TAG YOUR FRIENDS TO HELP US SPREAD THE WORD!

The Springdale Fire Department and Springdale Police Department climbed steps at a local stadium yesterday in honor of the victims and first responders on 9/11. Thank you to all of first responders for the sacrifice you make every day!

UPDATE!!! Sharon has been found safe and unharmed. Thank you for all your help. SILVER ALERT Sharon Berkstresser Sex: Female Race: White Height: 5'2" Weight: 115 Hair: Gray Eyes: Blue Complexion is described as: Fair Sharon was last seen Tuesday night September 11, 2018 at approximately 9:30 p.m. at her home. Sharon likes to walk around her neighborhood which is close to the Razorback Greenway on the north side of Springdale. Sharon suffers from moderate to severe dementia. Sharon does not have any other medical conditions. Sharon is wearing gray sweat pants and bright orange shoes. Could possibly be wearing some type of baseball shirt. Anyone having information should contact: Springdale Police Department at 479-751-4542

Thank you for your sacrifice. We will never forget.

Today the fine folks at McLarty Daniel Chevrolet in Springdale served all first responders a wonderful Catfish Hole lunch. We appreciate your generosity and support.

SCAM ALERT!!! We have recently been advised of a scam that is going around where a someone is calling citizens and identifying themselves as a Springdale Police Officer. The scammer then proceeds to tell the citizen that they have a warrant out for their arrest and that the only way to get it taken care of is to mail a check in lieu of bond. The scammer is also "spoofing" or imitating a city owned cell phone. The Springdale Police Department will never call you and tell you that you have to mail them a check in lieu of a bond. If you receive one of these calls please call the police department at 479-751-4542.

This week Corporal Danny Wright was recognized for over 15 years of Outstanding Dedication and Service to the Arkansas Drug Evaluation and Classification Program. This program is through the Criminal Justice Institute in Little Rock and trains officers how to effectively identify and determine if a person is impaired on drugs or alcohol. Sgt. Darrel Hignite also accepted an award on behalf of the Springdale Police Department for being one of six top performing departments in the State of Arkansas in the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP). This is the program that includes the "Click it of Ticket", "Drive Sober or get Pulled Over", "Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine" campaigns. We are honored to accepts both of these awards as we strive to make the streets of Springdale safe for everyone.

If you have ever wished there was a way for you to be alerted of things going around you in Springdale then you should sign up for Springdale Alert. With Springdale Alert you can receive alerts about severe weather, public hearings, parks and rec information, the Springdale newsletter, road closures, and more. Just click on the link to get started. http://www.springdalear.gov/alert

As you celebrate this long weekend please remember to celebrate responsibly.

Please help us in congratulating the best emergency dispatch center anyone could ask for. Recently two of our dispatchers travelled to Las Vegas to accept an award from APCO International for our training program. The Springdale Emergency Dispatch Center is only the 2nd in the state to receive such an honor. The citizens of Springdale are truly blessed to have such an amazing dispatch center.

Traffic Tip Tuesday!!! With school starting back this week we want to remind everyone of the rules regarding speed and cell phone use in school zones. So what does it mean "when children are present" on a school zone speed limit sign? This means during school hours when children are present and outside of the building. Also, Arkansas law 27-51-1609 states "a driver of a motor vehicle shall not use a handheld wireless telephone while operating a motor vehicle when passing a school building or school zone during school hours when children are present and outside the building." Please take your time and be extra careful when driving through a school zone.

Crisis Intervention Training: The Springdale Police Department hosted and facilitated a 40 hour class this week. Officers from Springdale and Siloam Springs covered topics about mental health, developmental disabilities, suicide intervention and de-escalation techniques. Officers also visited mental health facilities and faced reality based scenario training. SPD now has 10 CIT trained officers, including two instructors. Special thanks to Ozark Guidance and Veterans Affairs for their assistance and instructors.

With school starting on Monday we wanted to share some safety tips from Smart 911.

We are moving the movie inside the youth center and will begin showing the movie around 7:30.

We are just one hour away from our annual National Night Out event. The weather is going to be perfect so come out and enjoy the night with Springdale Police Department.

National Night Out will still happen tonight despite of the weather. If it is raining we will move everything into the Youth Center. Depending on the weather the pool may or may not be open. We will still have indoor activities, food and show the movie inside.

Traffic Tip Tuesday!! With the start of school just a week away we thought it would be a good idea to refresh everyone's mind on what the rules are relating to school buses and what to do when you come across one stopping to pick up or discharge students. BACK TO SCHOOL SAFETY: Passing a Stopped School Bus Under Arkansas law, when a school bus stops and displays its red warning lights for the purpose of loading or unloading passengers, every operator of a motor vehicle meeting or overtaking the school bus from ANY direction shall stop before reaching the school bus. The motor vehicle shall remain stopped until the school bus has finished receiving and discharging its passengers and is in motion again. Any party who violates this law shall upon conviction be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall not be fined neither less than $250 nor more than $1,000 or confined in the county jail not to exceed 90 days. In addition to the above penalty, the court may order community service for up to 400 hours and shall suspend the person's driver's license for a period of 21 days to 1 year. Many people don't know this law applies to multiple lane highways. When you are on a highway with 4 or more lanes that is NOT divided, you cannot pass a stopped school bus in ANY direction. A highway with a divided strip like I-49 is the only exception to the rule for oncoming traffic. Newer laws require school bus drivers to notify their superintendent of any violations they witness. The superintendent then notifies the prosecuting attorney who begins an investigation. So, just because you don't see a police officer, doesn't mean you won't get cited later. Be safe, be patient and follow the LAW!

With school beginning in just one week, we wanted to share some tips to help keep everyone safe! Give yourself extra time, especially during the first week of school Drive slow and aware Stop for pedestrians in crosswalks Do not pass stopped school buses when lights are flashing red. Don't text and drive Stay off your phone in school zones. SPD will be out enforcing traffic and safety laws in school zones. We have a zero tolerance policy for violators in school zones. Be safe, and welcome back to school!!!