Arkansas State Police

The Arkansas State Police is a state police agency for Arkansas, which has jurisdiction anywhere in the state. It was created to protect the lives, property and constitutional rights of people in Arkansas. The uniformed division is as a highway patrol not a general power police as the Arkansas constitution grants that authority to the various county sheriffs and local police. While the Arkansas State Police was developed primarily to enforce liquor laws and assist local police departments, all commissioned State Troopers have arrest authority that is equal to that of the County Sheriffs regarding any/all criminal and traffic laws of Arkansas. The official duty of the Arkansas State Police is to serve as an assisting agency to local agencies and to aid in the supply of resources not afforded to the local agencies.

Arkansas State Police
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Agency overview
FormedMarch 19, 1935; 85 years ago (1935-03-19)
Employees863 (as of 2004) [1]
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionArkansas, USA
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Size53,179 square miles (137,730 km2)
Population2,834,797 (2007 est.)[2]
General nature
HeadquartersLittle Rock, Arkansas[3]
Troopers508 (as of 2004) [1]
Civilians355 (as of 2004) [1]
Agency executive
  • Colonel Bill Bryant[4], Director
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Like the Arkansas State Police, the Arkansas Highway Police also has statewide jurisdiction, but serves as the enforcement arm of the Arkansas Department of Transportation.

On March 19, 1935, when Arkansas Governor J.M. Futrell and the Arkansas General Assembly approved and signed into law Act 120, known as the Chrip-Carter bill, the Arkansas State Police was born.

The first men to be empowered in Arkansas with statewide law enforcement duties and responsibilities were known as Rangers. The name later changed to troopers.[5]

State Police CommissionEdit

The seven member State Police Commission is composed of seven members appointed by the Governor of Arkansas for a term of seven (7) years. The officers of the Commission will be chairman, vice-chairman and secretary. Election of officers will be held annually at the January commission meeting. These officers shall perform the duties prescribed by applicable law, this rule, and the parliamentary authority adopted by the agency. The commission is responsible for the overall control of the Arkansas State Police.

Current Members:[6]

Neff Basore - Member, Bella Vista Term: 2015-2021

Bill Benton - Member, Heber Springs Term: 2015

Jane Dunlap Christenson - Member, Harrison Term: 2014-2020

Steve Edwards - Member, Marianna, Term: 2017-2023

Dr. Lewis Shepherd - Secretary, Arkadelphia Term: 2011-2017

John W. Allison - Member, Conway, Term: 2012-2018

Jim Hinkle - Member, Conway Term: 2020-2026


  • ASP Director - Currently Colonel William "Bill" Bryant
    • Deputy Director
    • Director's Staff
  • Administrative Services Division
  • ASP Personnel
  • Trooper Recruiting
  • Highway Patrol Division

The Highway Patrol Division is the uniformed branch of the Arkansas State Police. It is responsible for traffic supervision, traffic, and criminal law enforcement on the rural highways of Arkansas. The HPD also assist with other incidents to include riots, prison disturbances, labor related disturbances, and providing security at public events.

The Highway Patrol Division is divided into two regions both located at One State Police Plaza Dr., Little Rock, Arkansas:

  • Eastern region with A, B, C, D, E & F Troops, is headed by J. R. Hankins.[7]
  • Western region with G, H, I, J, K & L Troops, is headed by Les Braunns.[7]

The Highway Patrol Division's troops are as follows:

  • Troop A - Little Rock serves Faulkner, Lonoke, Pulaski, Saline counties.
  • Troop B - Newport, Arkansas serves Cleburne, Independence, Jackson, Lawrence, Sharp, White counties.
  • Troop C - Jonesboro, Arkansas serves Clay, Craighead, Greene, Mississippi, Poinsett, Randolph counties.
  • Troop D - Forrest City, Arkansas serves Crittenden, Cross, Lee, Monroe, Phillips, Prairie, St. Francis, Woodruff counties.
  • Troop E - Pine Bluff, Arkansas serves Arkansas, Desha, Jefferson, Lincoln counties.
  • Troop F - Warren, Arkansas serves Ashley, Bradley, Calhoun, Chicot, Cleveland, Dallas, Drew, Ouachita, Union counties.
  • Troop G - Hope, Arkansas serves Columbia, Hempstead, Howard, Lafayette, Little River, Miller, Nevada, Sevier counties.
  • Troop H - Fort Smith, Arkansas serves Crawford, Franklin, Logan, Scott, Sebastian counties.
  • Troop I - Harrison, Arkansas serves Baxter, Boone, Fulton, Izard, Marion, Newton, Searcy, Stone counties.
  • Troop J - Clarksville, Arkansas serves Conway, Johnson, Perry, Pope, Van Buren, Yell counties.
  • Troop K - Hot Springs, Arkansas serves Clark, Garland, Grant, Hot Spring, Montgomery, Pike, Polk counties.
  • Troop L - Springdale, Arkansas serves Benton, Carroll, Madison, Washington counties.
    • Driver Licensing & Examination
    • Fatal Crash Summaries
  • Criminal Investigation Division - Special Agents assigned to the division investigate criminal cases initiated by both the Arkansas State Police and local law enforcement agencies.
  • Crimes Against Children Division - consists of a central administrative office, hotline operations, and Nine area investigative offices covering the entire state.

Administrator and Area Offices

  • Highway Safety Office
  • Regulatory Services
    • Alarm Installation/Monitoring
    • Blue Light Sales (emergency lights used by law enforcement)
    • Combustibles/Explosives
    • Concealed Handgun Licensing
    • Crash Record Information
    • Fire Marshal
    • Fire Alarm/Sprinkler Systems
    • ID Bureau & AFIS
    • Precious Metals
    • Private Investigators
    • Salvage Auction Buyer
    • Used Motor Vehicle Licensing

Fallen officersEdit

Since its formation in 1935, 21 ASP troopers have been killed in the line of duty. The most common cause of line of duty deaths to date is automobile accidents.[8]

Rank Name Date of Death Cause of Death
Trooper Sidney Pavatt 09-25-1948 Was fatally wounded outside a residence while searching for a burglary suspect.
Trooper Ermon Cox 08-17-1958 Was fatally wounded while attempting to arrest a DWI suspect.
Sergeant Elmer Bradshaw 12-11-1965 Was killed in an automobile accident while on duty.
Trooper Harry Locke 09-24-1966 Was fatally injured in a vehicle crash.
Trooper Allen Bufford 07-27-1969 Was fatally wounded during a highway violator traffic stop.
Trooper Ron Brooks 02-27-1975 Was fatally wounded while apprehending three escapees.
Sergeant Kelly Pigue 12-08-1977 Was fatally injured in a vehicle crash.
Sergeant Glenn Bailey 09-05-1980 Was fatally wounded during a violator stop.
Trooper William Rose, Jr. 12-28-1982 Was fatally injured in a vehicle crash.
Trooper Louis Bryant 06-30-1984 Was fatally wounded during a violator stop.
Trooper Robbie Klein 10-15-1984 Was fatally wounded during a search for two prison escapees.
Corporal Phillip Ostermann 08-10-1985 Was killed in an aircraft accident while searching for marijuana fields.
Trooper Michael Bassing 07-24-1986 Was fatally injured in a helicopter crash.
Trooper Wilson Atkins, Jr. 07-03-1988 Was fatally injured after being struck by a passing vehicle during a violator stop.
Trooper Clark Simpson 02-18-1989 Was fatally injured after his patrol car was struck from the rear following a violator stop.
Corporal John Scarberough 09-02-1998 Was fatally injured when his patrol car was hit from the rear during a violator stop.
Captain Tom Craig 12-04-2000 Was fatally injured after being struck by a vehicle while assisting the victims of an earlier traffic crash.
Trooper Herbert Smith 02-14-2001 Died from injuries sustained in a vehicle crash as he responded to a child emergency call.
Trooper Jimmie White 06-01-2002 Died from injuries sustained in the crash of his patrol motorcycle he was driving at the time of an escort involving the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels.
Corporal Mark Carthron 09-12-2005 Died from injuries sustained the previous day when he was struck on Interstate 40 as he and other troopers attempted to stop a fugitive vehicle.
Sergeant Richard LeBow 02-04-2008 Died from injuries sustained in a traffic crash while on patrol duty.

Rank structureEdit

Title Insignia Description
Director (Colonel) Rank of Colonel, appointed by the Governor of Arkansas to be the professional head of the Department
Deputy Director (Lieutenant Colonel) Rank of Lieutenant Colonel, second-in-command of Department and second highest ranked commissioned officer in the Department.
Major Responsible for serving as a Highway Patrol Division Regional Commander, as the Criminal Investigation Division Commander or as the Administrative Services Division Commander
Captain Responsible for serving as a Highway Patrol Troop Commander, Criminal Investigation Division Regional Commander or other upper-level administrative and managerial staff position.
Lieutenant Responsible for serving as a Highway Patrol Troop Assistant Commander, Criminal Investigation Division Company Commander or supervising a specialized function with the State Police
Sergeant First supervisory rank, responsible for overseeing and supervising Troopers and non-commissioned personnel in the performance of their duties
Corporal Rank attained by Trooper First Class after completion of 7 years of service. May supervise Troopers in the performance of their duties in absence of a sergeant.
Trooper First Class Rank attained by Trooper after completion of 4 1/2 years of service.
Trooper Rank attained by Recruits upon successful completion of the training academy, responsible for field law enforcement patrol or specialized or technical law enforcement function.
Cadet A Cadet is a new recruit, and is the rank held by all personnel while assigned as a student at the training academy. These personnel do not wear rank insignia.

In popular cultureEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c USDOJ Statistics Archived 2008-11-20 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Archived 2010-11-08 at the Library of Congress Web Archives 2007 Population Estimates
  3. ^ Home page. Arkansas State Police. Retrieved on April 20, 2015. "One State Police Plaza DrLittle Rock, AR 72209"
  4. ^ "Arkansas State Police Website". Arkansas State Police Website.
  5. ^ Arkansas State Police Website
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