Searcy Police Department

  • Agency: Searcy Police Department
  • Address: 101 N. Gum Street, Searcy, 72145 AR
  • Chief: (Chief of Police)

Searcy Police Department is located at 101 N. Gum Street, Searcy, 72145 AR. The Searcy Police Department phone number is (501) 268-3531.

Searcy Police Department News

Searcy police officers had a great time passing out candy and seeing some interesting costumes at Trick or Treat on the Square. Have a safe and fun night!

SEARCY, Ark. – Two Officers were chosen as Searcy Police Department’s Officers of the Month for September. Detective Corderro Earls and Officer Jason Denison were presented with this honor. Detective Corderro Earls has been in law enforcement since December of 2007. He graduated from Des Arc High School and has an Associate's degree from Remington College. His favorite part about working for the Searcy Police Department is that it is a family he can always depend on to help him or anyone in a time of need. Earls was named Officer of the Year for 2015. Chief Eric Webb said “Detective Earls is an outstanding officer. He is dedicated to assisting his fellow detectives as well as carrying his own load. Detective Earls has been instrumental in the investigation of several important and time-sensitive cases. I am very proud of him and his dedication to this community. Detective Earls is a great example of a leader within this department.” Officer Jason Denison is a patrolman and was hired in August of 2012. He graduated from Rose Bud High School and attended college at Arkansas State University, where he obtained a Bachelor's degree in Criminology. Denison is proud to “be a part of the Searcy Police Department and work with a group of such outstanding individuals.” “Officer Denison is a dedicated, hard-working, young officer. He is observant and always willing to lend a helping hand. I am proud of him, and I look forward to seeing him develop into a leader within our department,” said Chief Eric Webb.

The Searcy Police Department held a Promotion Ceremony on Friday at City Hall to honor those who have recently been promoted. Photo (left to right): Corporal Josh King*, Corporal Nick Darnell*, Lieutenant Todd Wells*, Sergeant Brandon Moody*, Chief Eric Webb, Lieutenant Tom McGee, Assistant Chief Steve Taylor, Lieutenant Brian Wyatt, Sergeant Josh Chambliss*, Corporal Matt Higgins* *- denotes recently promoted

Coffee with a Cop! Come by and see us at Starbucks on E. Race! #coffeewithacop

Wednesday, October 4, 7-10am at Starbucks

Searcy Police Department to Show Support and Awareness for Breast Cancer The Searcy Police Department will be adding to their uniform during the month of October. With October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, the Searcy Police Department would like to show its support for raising awareness by adding pink ribbons to their uniforms. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Most have already known someone or will know someone that has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Raising awareness for the importance of early detection is key to fighting breast cancer and increasing the chance of survival. If anyone needs more information, they are encouraged to look at the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. web site http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org

Don’t become a volunteer victim! The Searcy Police Department is urging citizens to take the following steps: - Lock your doors (home and vehicle). If a criminal has to break a window to enter a vehicle, it will draw attention to the crime. If they only have to open the door, those passing by will likely assume the vehicle is theirs. - Don’t leave valuables in your vehicle. Take wallets, purses, electronics, firearms, etc., inside your home. - Park in a well-lit area. - Report suspicious behavior. If you see someone acting suspiciously around vehicles, call the police department so we can investigate. These are just a few tips to help in preventing crime. To report suspicious activity, call the Searcy Police Department at 501-268-3531.

Searcy Police officers were honored to be able to judge the beauty contest at The Crossing today. Congrats to all participants!

SEARCY, Ark. - As law enforcement officers, we unfortunately see death and tragedy often, and it never gets easier—especially when they are preventable. In 2015, there were 10,265 people killed in drunk-driving-related crashes on our nation’s roadways. This number accounted for nearly one-third of the total number of crash fatalities for the year. That means almost a third of all crashes in 2015 could have been completely avoided if everyone had made the decision not to drink and drive. More than 10,000 friends and family members would still be alive today if each of those drunk drivers had put down their keys and planned for a safe, sober ride home instead. Impaired driving often peaks during holidays, and Labor Day is one of the most dangerous holiday periods. Families and friends head out to picnics and cookouts, hoping to catch those last few rays of sun before they settle in for the long winter. With increased traffic comes an increased chance for traffic crashes. However, this shouldn’t include an increase in impaired driving. This Labor Day, as you head out to make the most of the last days of summer, know that Searcy Police Department is partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and law enforcement agencies nationwide August 16-September 4 to help put an end to drunk driving. If you are caught drinking and driving, you will be arrested—no excuses. You can thank us, too, because we may have just saved your life, or someone else’s. Remember the campaign motto: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. According to NHTSA, 10,265 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in 2015, an increase from the 9,967 people killed in 2014. That was one person every 51 minutes in 2015. In 2015 fatal crashes, the 21- to 24-year-old age group had the highest percentage (28%) of drivers with BACs of .08 g/dL or higher, compared to other age groups. Another scary statistic? The rate of alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes at night was 3.5 times higher than those that occurred during the day. These statistics are being collected every day, every year. Don’t become one of this year’s statistics. Over the 2015 Labor Day holiday period, there were 460 total crash fatalities nationwide. Nearly one third (33%) of these fatalities involved drivers who were drunk (.08+ BAC), and nearly one-fourth (23%) involved drivers who were driving with a BAC almost twice the legal limit (.15+ BAC). Among those between the ages of 18 and 34 who were killed in crashes over the Labor Day holiday period in 2015, 44 percent of those fatalities involved drunk drivers with BACs of .08 or higher. This Labor Day, and every day, the decision to not drink and drive shouldn’t be a tough one. If you drink and drive, you could kill yourself or someone else. If you cannot control your own behavior, a law enforcement officer will. We will be out finding drunk drivers during the holiday period, showing zero tolerance for anyone driving drunk. If we find you driving drunk, you will be arrested. Do not make excuses—everyone knows it is against the law to drink and drive in every state and Washington, D.C. And remember that drinking alcohol lowers inhibitions, causing you to make bad decisions you would not otherwise make. Do not trust yourself when you drink: alcohol impairs your judgement and ability to recognize that you are drunk. When someone chooses to drive drunk, they not only put themselves and their passengers at risk, but they endanger pedestrians, bicyclists, and others on the road. In 2015, while 63 percent of those killed in drunk-driving crashes were the drunk drivers themselves, another 15 percent were their passengers, and 14 percent were occupants of other vehicles. Tragically, nearly 1 in 5 children (14 and younger) killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2015 were killed in drunk-driving crashes; 51 percent of the time, it was the child’s driver who was drunk. The Labor Day holiday should be a special time for friends and families to mark the end of summer. It should end with good memories, not marked by tragedy. Impaired driving is 100-percent preventable. This Labor Day weekend, we’ll be working hard to spread the word about the dangers of drunk driving through education and increased enforcement. It’s time to end the deadly, criminal behavior of drunk driving. The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over national high-visibility enforcement campaign ends on September 4. However, our commitment to enforcing drunk-driving laws will continue throughout the year. Drunk driving is never okay. If you are planning to drink, plan ahead for a sober ride home. Even one drink is one too many. There are options to get you home safely, including public transportation, trusted friends or relatives, or using NHTSA’s SaferRide mobile app to call a taxi or friend, available at www.nhtsa.gov/link/saferride/. For more information about the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign, please visit www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov.

SEARCY, Ark. – Officer John Springfield was chosen as Searcy Police Department’s Officer of the Month for July. John Springfield is a Patrolman for the Searcy Police Department. He was hired in July of 2015. Springfield grew up in Pflugerville, Texas and graduated from Pflugerville High School. He is pursuing his Criminal Justice Degree from the University of Phoenix. Springfield previously worked for UPS and Anytime Fitness. Springfield is married and has four children. He said working as a police officer has been a "dream come true" and he loves the welcoming atmosphere at the Searcy Police Department. Chief Eric Webb said “I have been impressed by Officer Springfield’s performance as an officer. With officers like him working here, the future of Searcy Police Department looks great.”

SEARCY, Ark. – Detective Terry Blanton was chosen as Searcy Police Department’s Officer of the Month for June. Terry Blanton is a Detective for the Searcy Police Department. He has been with the Searcy Police Department since October of 2007. He graduated from Bald Knob High School in 1993. He has a wife and two children. Blanton is a Certified IPMBA Bicycle Officer, Field Training Officer, Certified Police Professional Instructor, Firearms Instructor, and member of the Special Response Team. Blanton was also named Officer of the Month for January of this year. “Our job can be very difficult. Poor decisions by others sometimes put police officers in situations they would rather not be in. However, it is our job to wade through the facts and circumstances and work with what we have to resolve the situation as best we can. Even through heartbreaking circumstances, Detective Blanton continually demonstrates his dedication and professionalism. Detective Blanton is one of a kind, and an asset to our department,” said Chief Eric Webb.

SEARCY, Ark. – Two Searcy police officers were honored recently for their efforts in the Selective Traffic Enforcement Project (STEP). The University of Arkansas Criminal Justice Institute honored Officer Todd Dewitt in recognition of his work in Seat Belt/Child Safety Seat Enforcement and Officer Jason McGlawn in recognition of his work in the DWI Program.

Sergeant Steve Hernandez was chosen as Searcy Police Department’s Officer of the Month for May. Sgt. Hernandez is a patrol sergeant at SPD. Sgt. Hernandez began his law enforcement career in 2001 at the Van Buren County Sheriff's Office. He then came to Searcy Police Department for a three-year stint before working at the White County Sheriff's Office from 2007 to 2013. Sgt. Hernandez returned to the Searcy Police Department in 2013, was promoted to Corporal in June of 2013, and was promoted to Sergeant in February of 2015. He graduated from Clinton High School in 1999. Sgt. Hernandez spends much of his free time volunteering for Special Olympics Arkansas. He has been an International Delegate to the Law Enforcement Torch Run since 2008. Chief Eric Webb said “The Searcy Police Department is blessed to have many outstanding officers. Sergeant Hernandez is just one example of the outstanding caliber of officer we have serving this community. Sergeant Hernandez has shown, on more than one occasion, his dedication to the City of Searcy and the surrounding community. I am proud of him and his genuine caring nature.”

Thanks to everyone in this community for helping make this weekend successful for many Special Olympics Arkansas Athletes and their families from all over. Our Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Arkansas group helped keep everyone safe and we appreciate you!

Thanks to Orr Chevrolet for hosting the Law Enforcement Torch Runners!

Thank you to State Representative Les Eaves for donating your time and your RV to help keep the Torch Runners safe! Thank you to Centennial Bank for feeding the runners as well!

Torch Runners from Searcy Police, Newport Police, Arkansas State Police, Judsonia Police Department, and Department of Community Corrections running the Torch through Newport. Opening ceremonies are tomorrow night at Harding University. Special Olympic State Summer Games start Friday morning.

SEARCY, Ark. – The Searcy Police Department is the host for the Northwestern University-Center for Public Safety and Harley-Davidson Motor Company Police Motorcycle Operator / Instructor Training Program. The three week course has included one week of instructor training and two weeks of training for motorcycle operators in the program. The following is information about each of these training sessions. Instructor Training: This 120-hour course not only covers methods of instruction, but also provides real-life experience in teaching proper police motorcycle operation. Upon the successful completion of the instructor training program the instructor student is awarded a NUCPS instructor training certificate stating such which is good for a 5 year period. The successful training instructor is able to teach proper police motorcycle operating procedures and techniques to other members of their organization. The course covers: Principles of learning Methods of instruction Preparing a lesson plan Site selection Course layout Practice teaching (field exercise) On-street riding techniques Law enforcement techniques Operator Training: This intensive 80-hour program develops the coordination, skill and confidence necessary for the student to operate a police motorcycle safely and efficiently. It covers: Machine nomenclature Slow speed maneuvering Control Braking Curve negotiation Motorcycle maintenance Defensive driving techniques Law enforcement techniques Throughout the program, the student operator is continually evaluated. Successful completion of the course requires that the student operator demonstrate his/her ability to use all the defensive riding techniques and manual skills they have learned during this training, with passing grades both in a practical (riding) exam and a written exam. Upon successful completion of the operator training program the student will be awarded a NUCPS operator training certificate stating such and will be prepared for on the job training within their agency. The Searcy Police Department is proud to host this excellent training program to further educate its motorcycle officers, but also to provide training close to home for those agencies in this area and the surrounding states.

Law Enforcement Appreciation week was May 14th through May 20th this year. As always, our community reached out to the Searcy Police Department to show their support though gifts, food, cards, and personal messages. To our community I say “Thank You”. Community support makes doing our job a service, as opposed to a task. I also want to take the time to say “thank you” to each husband, wife, mother, father, grandparent, son and daughter. I know it is not easy to watch your loved one walk out the door, wondering what they may face. I also know that it is frustrating to not have your loved one with you on holidays, or vacations being cut short because “duty calls”. Your sacrifice does not go unnoticed. From the bottom of my heart I want to express my appreciation to you and your level of patience with our working circumstance. We encourage, and will continue to encourage family first. I am very proud of the officers and their commitment to this community and this city. In turn, I am proud of our families' commitment to our officers. Thank you. Chief Eric Webb

In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. The Searcy Police Department would like to honor our officers every day, but especially this week. Our officers hold true to the motto of "protect and serve", and we are proud of everything they do to keep this community safe.

Click It or Ticket Campaign Starts May 22 Searcy Law Enforcement Will Show Zero Tolerance Searcy, Ark. - As summer kicks off and families hit the road for vacations, Searcy Police Department is reminding motorists to Click It or Ticket. Aimed at enforcing seat belt use to help keep you and your family safe, the national seat belt campaign will take place May 22 through June 4, concurrent with one of the busiest travel and holiday weekends of the year. “Our law enforcement personnel see firsthand the loss of life when people refuse to buckle up,” said Chief Eric Webb “It’s such a simple thing, and it should be an automatic next step after sitting down in a vehicle.” As the Memorial Day weekend approaches and the summer vacation season ramps up, “We want to keep our community members safe, and make sure people are doing the one thing that can save them in a crash: buckling up. If the enforcement crackdown wakes people up to the dangers of unrestrained driving and gets them to buckle up, we’ll consider it a success.” According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly half of the 22,441 passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2015 were unrestrained. At night from 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m., that number soared to 57 percent of those killed. That’s why one focus of the Click It or Ticket campaign is nighttime enforcement. Participating law enforcement agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations day and night. In Searcy, Arkansas the penalty for a seat belt violation is $65.00. Almost twice as many males were killed in crashes as compared to females, with lower belt use rates, too. Of the males killed in crashes in 2015, more than half (52%) were unrestrained. For females killed in crashes, 42 percent were not buckled up.

Thanks to the Officer Will McGary Memorial Foundation for the donation of three body cameras to the Searcy Police Department.

SEARCY, Ark. - On Wednesday, May 10, Searcy Police Detectives, with assistance from the U.S. Marshal Service Mountain State Fugitive Task Force, made an arrest in a 1994 missing person case. Brandon Wheeler, 41, of Weatherford, Texas was arrested and charged with Capital Murder and Abuse of a Corpse. The charges relate to the case of Jarrod Green who was reported missing on Sept. 30, 1994 and is presumed dead. Wheeler is in custody at the jail in Jefferson County, Ohio awaiting extradition. This case is still under investigation.

Patrolman J L Tillett was chosen as Searcy Police Department’s Officer of the Month for April. Tillett is a Patrolman for the Searcy Police Department. Tillett was hired as an officer in December of 2015 after working in animal control and dispatch. He is a graduate of Searcy High School. Tillett has four daughters and has been married to his high school sweetheart since 1989. Tillett was named Civilian Employee of the Year for 2015. Chief Eric Webb said “Recently, while off-duty, Tillett was instrumental in the apprehension of two suspects in a county case. His diligence in serving and protecting this community, even while off-duty, is a testament to his work ethic. He is a great example of a public servant.”