Arkansas State Police

  • Agency: Arkansas State Police
  • Address: One State Police Plaza Dr, Little Rock, 72209 AR
  • Chief: Colonel Winford E Phillips (Director)
Phone: 501-618-8000
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Arkansas State Police is located at One State Police Plaza Dr, Little Rock, 72209 AR. The Director of the department is Colonel Winford E Phillips. The Arkansas State Police phone number is 501-618-8000.

Arkansas State Police News

The Arkansas State Police is comprised of commissioned and civilian employees, many who have served and continue to serve our country. Today, we thank all the veterans within our department, but also those around the country who have selflessly served to protect us. #veteransday

Congratulations to our ASP Troopers who uses their basketball skills for a good cause earlier today!! This morning, troopers from around the state joined together to participate in the Steudlein Learning Center Basketball Tournament held in east Arkansas. The teams competing along with our troopers were the West Memphis PD, Clarion PD, Crittenden County SO, West Memphis PD Recruits, and Entergy. ASP won first place, with a record of 4-1!

#findthetrooperfridays #Arkansaseateries And the answer is.... The Yellow Umbrella, located at 1608 S Greenwood Avenue in Fort Smith, AR. Owned by only one family since 1978, the Yellow Umbrella is the place to go for legitimate family fresh food. Hamburger patties made fresh each morning, dad's BBQ sauce that you can buy by the jar, and lemonade recipes that go back since the beginning.... sounds like a winner to us! Everything is good, but people comment the most on the fries with The Yellow's "secret seasoning", and the chili on pies, fries, and dogs. Owner Nicole Curry took over the restaurant 3 years ago from her Aunt Jettie. She knew it had to be kept in the family, but in addition to the traditions, she has added a few more outside projects to the mix. Curry has the humane society come to their parking lot several times a year to help with adoptions, and has had many donation days for supporting the troops. Curry says "The way I see it, we might be a tiny little restaurant, but it is a small world.... any little good dead helps." What a great place!

#findthetrooperfridays #Arkansaseateries If you mention small town restaurants or shake shacks, everyone has a place that comes to mind. When we spotlighted some of Arkansas' best places in September, it was a hit! SO we are going to do it again this month!! We will be featuring some of the best little eateries in the state of Arkansas. We have some amazing small town diners and drive inns, and they deserve some recognition. Do you know where the Trooper is? We will answer the question at the end of the day!

#TBT The first traffic citation ever issued was in the state of New York in 1908. Arkansas State Police may not have written the first traffic citation on record, but they always make an effort to keep the highways of Arkansas safe. Below, the driver of a 1950 Buick Special receives a citation from a ASP Trooper.

TROOP C INFORMATION - The Drivers License Testing site in Paragould will be closed today, Wednesday, November 7th. If you need assistance please contact Troop C Headquarters @ 870-935-7302.

TROOP C INFORMATION - The Drivers License Testing site in Pocahontas will be closed today, Tuesday November 6th. If you need assistance please contact Troop C Headquarters @ 870-935-7302.

#learnthelawtuesdays Today we are covering the law on proper INSURANCE COVERAGE on your vehicles. This is so important, and if you have been involved in an accident, you understand why. You must have your proof of insurance in the vehicle with you at all times!! (and yes, it can be on an app on your phone) - Read below! 27-22-104 - Insurance required -- Minimum coverage. (1) It is unlawful for a person to operate a motor vehicle within this state unless the motor vehicle and the person's operation of the motor vehicle are each covered by: - (A) A certificate of self-insurance under § 27-19-107(Self-insurers); or - (B) An insurance policy issued by an insurance company authorized to do business in this state. (2) (A) Failure to present proof of insurance coverage at the time of a traffic stop or arrest or a failure of the Vehicle Insurance Database or proof of an insurance card issued under § 23-89-213 to show current insurance coverage at the time of the traffic stop creates a rebuttable presumption that the motor vehicle or the person's operation of the motor vehicle is uninsured. (B) A proof-of-insurance card or any temporary proof of insurance issued by the insurance company that meets the requirements of § 23-89-213 may be presented in either paper form or electronic form (the display of electronic images on a cellular phone or any other type of portable electronic device if the device has sufficient functionality and display capability to enable the user to display the information required) (3) The presentment of proof of insurance in electronic form does not: (a) Authorize a search of any other content of an electronic device without a search warrant or probable cause; or (b) Expand or restrict the authority of a law enforcement officer to conduct a search or investigation. The policy shall provide at a minimum the following coverage: (1) Not less than twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) for bodily injury or death of one (1) person in any one (1) accident; (2) Not less than fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) for bodily injury or death of two (2) or more persons in any one (1) accident; and (3) If the accident results in damage to or destruction of property, not less than twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) for the damage to or destruction of property of others in any one (1) accident. A government-owned and government-operated storage facility for motor vehicles may refuse to release an operating motor vehicle from the storage facility if the owner of the motor vehicle cannot establish that the motor vehicle is covered by insurance as required under this section. The following are exempt from the requirements of this subsection: (A) A motor vehicle that is considered salvage; (B) A motor vehicle when an insurer holds the title to the motor vehicle; and (C) A motor vehicle that is not driven out of the government-owned and government-operated storage facility under its own power. 27-22-109 - Impounding motor vehicle for violation. (a) (1) If an operator of a motor vehicle is unable to present proof of insurance coverage to a law enforcement officer as required under § 27-22-104, the motor vehicle may be impounded at the officer's discretion if the officer issues a citation for a traffic violation that is classified as an offense under § 27-50-302 and the operator has: (A) Received three (3) or more warnings for a violation of § 27-22-104; (B) Pleaded guilty or nolo contendere to or been found guilty of three (3) or more violations of § 27-22-104; or (C) Received a total of three (3) or more warnings for a violation of § 27-22-104 or convictions for a violation of § 27-22-104. (2) If an operator of a motor vehicle is unable to present proof of insurance coverage to a law enforcement officer as required under § 27-22-104, the motor vehicle may be impounded at the officer's discretion if one (1) or more of the following occur: (A) The driver is operating a motor vehicle on a cancelled, suspended, or revoked driver's license in violation of § 27-16-303; (B) The driver is operating the motor vehicle without a driver's license in violation of § 27-16-602; or (C) The driver is operating a motor vehicle: (i) Without a license plate in violation of § 27-14-304; (ii) With an unofficial license plate in violation of § 27-14-305; (iii) With improper use of evidence of registration in violation of § 27-14-306; or (iv) With false evidences of title or registration in violation of § 27-14-307.

#findthetrooperfridays #Arkansaseateries Described as one of the biggest treasures amongst Arkansas’s Delta eateries, the Pickens County Store and Restaurant is a long time staple in Desha County. Located in Pickens, AR, just off Highway 65, the County Store and Resturant sits on what had once been a very important plantation. The R. A. Pickens and Son Company started out in 1881 as the Pickens Plantation at Walnut Lake, south of Dumas. At one point, some 500 people were employed in the various enterprises on the land – which included everything from cotton farming and ginning to a saw mill. Today it’s still a busy hub and home to a great southeast Arkansas restaurant… in the middle of an honest to goodness country store.

#findthetrooperfridays #Arkansaseateries If you mention small town restaurants or shake shacks, everyone has a place that comes to mind. When we spotlighted some of Arkansas' best places in September, it was a hit! SO we are going to do it again this month!! We will be featuring some of the best little eateries in the state of Arkansas. We have some amazing small town diners and drive inns, and they deserve some recognition. Do you know where the Trooper is? We will answer the question at the end of the day!

Okay - One more post of our Troopers getting in on the Halloween fun! Troop F's Cpl. Byron Curry and Communications Supervisor Jennifer Curry attended the Bradley County Family Fall Festival Trunk or Treat in Warren! They handed out candy, stickers, tattoos and child identification kits (fingerprint kits) to all the skeletons and monsters they could find! In the trunk of the patrol car, they set up a game with zombie targets and let the children shoot foam darts at the zombies! Cpl. Curry even managed to capture the notorious serial killer Chucky! #creepy

ASP Troop G Corporal Bernard Pettit is always ready for Halloween, and this year he didn't disappoint! Cpl. Pettit represented Troop G at Genoa Central Elementary School’s trunk or treat event yesterday evening. The event was moved inside due to the weather, but that didn't seem to stop the fun! Instead of trunks, the tables were decorated! Cpl. Pettit spent some time handing out candy and visiting with all the princesses and monsters that came to visit his table!!

Last night a few of our Troop K Troopers took part in "Boo With the Badge" held at the Hot Springs Fire department. Sgt. Kevin Steed and Trooper Ryan Wingo partnered with the Hot Springs Police department, Garland County sheriffs office, Hot Springs fire department, LifeNet ambulance service, National Park Service, State Park service and Arkansas Game and fish to make sure the kids in the community had a fun and SAFE Halloween night!

Happy Halloween! The day when children (and some adults) get to be anyone they want!! Here's to all the kiddo's who want to be troopers!! Pictured below is Hudson Allen, who had the chance to meet Troop F's Trooper James Reed at the fall festival in Rison. Hudson got a personal tour of Trooper Reed’s patrol vehicle and the equipment he uses during his tour of duty. Happy Halloween Hudson!!

Last week, Troop G's Lieutenant Jamie Gravier made a special trip to the Texarkana Emergency Center to thank Dr. Matt Young in person for donating "Stop the Bleed" kits to the Arkansas State Police. Dr. Matt Young, emergency physician and owner of Texarkana Emergency Center, donated enough kits to the Arkansas State Police and Texas DPS to where each trooper can keep one in their patrol unit, and on hand to help save the lives of civilians, other officers, or themselves if necessary.

#learnthelawtuesdays On average, 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. Today, we are posting the law that concerns walking in residential areas where crosswalks are not present. Section A clearly states that you must YIELD to vehicles. Do not expect vehicles to stop for your children running in the streets, just be extra cautious and make sure they are paying attention at ALL TIMES. There are several easy and effective ways that parents can share with kids to help reduce their risk of injury while taking part in the fun tonight!! - Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors. Since masks can sometimes obstruct a child’s vision, try non-toxic face paint and makeup whenever possible. - Have kids use glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers. - Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, remind them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups. - Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours. - When selecting a costume make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls. 27-51-1204. Pedestrians crossing at other than crosswalks. (a) Every pedestrian crossing a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway. (b) Any pedestrian crossing a roadway at a point where a pedestrian tunnel or overhead pedestrian crossing has been provided shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway. (c) Between adjacent intersections at which traffic-control signals are in operation, pedestrians shall not cross at any place except in a marked crosswalk. (d) Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, every driver of a vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian upon any roadway and shall give warning by sounding the horn when necessary and shall exercise proper precaution upon observing any child or any confused or incapacitated person upon a roadway.

#RedRibbonWeek is still going strong and for a little "real life experience" Troop A's Sgt. Coty Williams and Trooper Tom Sweeney spent time at Guy-Perkins School District. The troopers not only talked about the effects and consequences of alcohol consumption, but put the students to the test with the fatal vision goggles and driving course. Even the teachers got involved, and tried it themselves! After showing the students the cause and effect of driving impaired, they shared stories from their careers and the tragedy they has witnessed at the scene of drunk driving accidents. If one student makes a good decision when faced with the choice to drink and drive, then the time we spend with them is worth every second!

Our Troopers had a great time keeping everyone safe at Thunder On The Rock this weekend! It was a beautilful weekend for the show, and we enjoyed seeing the crowd. If you were able to make the show, comment below with your favorite act!!

‪TROOP C INFORMATION - The Drivers License Testing site in Paragould will be closed today, Monday, October 29th. If you need assistance please contact Troop C Headquarters @ 870-935-7302.‬

Earlier this week, Troop F's Trooper Bryson Schulz and Corporal Donny Crow, along with officers from Monticello PD handed out prizes at the Special Olympics bowling tournament at the Timberlodge Lanes bowling alley! Troopers got to spend some time off the highways and with some pretty awesome kids, and they even found a few that want to become police officers when they grow up. #kidsarecool

Are your kids ready for Halloween?! The ASP wants everyone to have a FUN and SAFE Halloween this year. There are many family fun events happening this weekend, and we know the kids just can't wait to get into their costumes - so here are a few good tips to make sure your kids, and your family is safe on the streets!

#findthetrooperfriday #hauntededition - and the answer is...... The Tilly Willy Bridge, located in Fayetteville. The original bridge was demolished in 2011 and the new bridge was built directly over the original. Located in south Fayetteville, this bridge is alleged to be the location of a tragic accident many, many years ago. A man, his wife, and their children were said to have died there after their car plunged into the rushing creek. A woman in a white dress has been seen twirling in a nearby field, a ghost car has been reported to drive across the bridge, and if you turn off your engine and let your windows fog up, it’s said that you might see hand prints appear on the windows! CREEPY!!

#RedRibbonWeek All around the state this week, you will find law enforcement officers making their presence known on school campuses. Drug education and awareness not only falls on parents and educators, but we as law enforcement officers want to do our part to show how drug addiction can effect students lives. On Wednesday, ASP Troopers around the state visited several schools for the showing of the FBI Documentary "Chasing the Dragon", which exposes the truth behind the opioid epidemic which is devastating communities in the State of Arkansas and across the United States. Pictured below are just a few of the schools we visited with this week: Troop F's Trp. John Pryor and Trp. Ross Allen at Hamburg High School; Troop J;s Corporal Brigham Jones at Nemo Vista 9th Grade; Troop B's Sgt. Lori Ring at Heber Springs High School; Troop J;s Brenda Stephenson at Lamar High School; Troop B's Lindy Cartwright at Rose Bud High School

#findthetrooperfriday #hauntededition For the month of October, each #findthetrooperfriday will be one of the scariest places in Arkansas!!! Do you know where this Trooper is??? We will answer the question at the end of the day! Good Luck!

***OCTOBER JUNIOR TROOPER OF THE MONTH*** October’s ASP Junior Trooper of the Month is: Parker Pinner, Age 12 Troop B Parker Pinner is a 12 year old, 6th grade student at Beebe Middle School. He was chosen as October’s ASP Junior Trooper of the Month because of the many wonderful qualities that he possesses, as well as his desire to be an ASP trooper when he grows up. Parker is very involved in his school, his community, and his church, and goes above and beyond to help anyone he can. Parker’s hobbies include: spending time with his family, attending Awana classes at his church, being in the Bible Club at school, hunting, fishing, shooting, flag football, and basketball. He has had the opportunity to spend time with a family friend, Tony Bowman, who is a corporal with the State Police. They have gone hunting together on several occasions and gone to The Range in Searcy to shoot. Parker’s teachers at Beebe Middle School have seen a lot of great qualities in him. Mr. Jones, Parker’s homeroom teacher says, “Parker is a real go getter, responsible, and has a great attitude. Mr. Davis, Parker’s EAST teacher said, “Parker always has a positive, gung-ho attitude. He is persistent. He won’t let up until he accomplishes the task he’s set for himself.” Another teacher, Mrs. Money, said, “Parker is very kind and helpful to other students. He is responsible and hard working, and he has a great personality.” Parker is very active in his youth group at Valley Baptist church in Searcy. He has participated in Awana, youth camp, youth plays, and the “Feed My Starving Children” ministry. Brian Robinson, Parker’s youth pastor said, “Parker has a servant heart and would do anything to help a friend. He is very dedicated to his church and never wants to miss an opportunity to grow in his walk with God. I’ve always been impressed by his commitment to be an active part of, not only his middle school group, but also the entire church. I have seen him serve right alongside men and never miss a beat. I know that these qualities will bring him far in life and will allow God to use him in big ways.” Parker’s desire to help others is why he has been selected as an Arkansas State Police Junior Trooper. We are so proud to recognize Parker as the October 2018 Junior Trooper of the Month. Congratulations Parker! Parker was honored at his school earlier this week by Troop B’s Corporal Tony Bowman, Corporal Russell Brinsfield, and Corporal Keegan Barnett.