The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office Enforcement Branch consists of a variety of services. From Patrol, and SWAT to Water Patrol and an Accident Reconstruction team, the Sheriff’s Office strives to serve the citizens of Pulaski County with the highest level of service possible. The Sheriff’s Office is responsible for serving more than 500 square miles of Pulaski County, including the Arkansas River.
Accident Reconstruction Team
Accident investigations are intended to determine how and why accidents occur. Sheriff’s reports and diagrams may reveal points of impact and other key factors. However, the reports may tell only one side or an incomplete version of the events.
The main objective of an Accident Reconstructionist (who is a highly trained accident investigator) is to recreate the events leading up to the accident and the circumstances of the collision itself, thereby determining whether the crash could have been avoided. In many instances, an experienced Accident Reconstructionist can uncover other important aspects of a crash that have been completely missed or overlooked by others.
Investigators of the Accident Reconstruction Team consist of highly trained individuals assigned to the Patrol and Investigations Divisions of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office. Although not all accidents will be assigned for such an in-depth investigation, the Reconstruction Team will investigate incidents involving serious bodily injury or accidents that result in a fatality where there is an indication that criminal charges may be applied.
Members of this team have received formal training from the Institute of Police Technology and Management (IPTM) and the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX).
The Communications Division is a twenty-four hour, seven days a-week operation currently operating with two shifts. Each shift is staffed with four dispatchers and one supervisor. The shifts are twelve hours. The primary functions of this area are:
- Receiving and disseminating calls from the public for service
- Dispatching Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office personnel, volunteer fire departments, medical personnel, coroner, and the Office of Emergency Management
- Enter data in the CAD system from the start until the disposition of calls
- Computer inquiries into ACIC/NCIC when requested by sheriff’s deputies
- Entering and deleting stolen property, vehicles, warrants served, and missing persons into ACIC/NCIC
- Completing incident reports
- Working with the Office of Emergency Management and Arkansas Department of Emergency Management to monitor and issue emergency notifications
- Maintaining Order of Protection files
- Verifying arrest warrants
- Maintaining recorded radio transmissions and providing copies of such when requested per departmental policy (supervisory responsibility)
Criminal Investigations Division
The mission of the Investigations Division of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office is to provide professional investigative services to the citizens of Pulaski County.
The Investigations Division is responsible for the investigation of crimes against Persons and Property. The Property Crimes Section is responsible for the investigation of crimes against property such as, but not limited to:
- Residential burglary
- Commercial burglary
- Auto theft
- Computer crime and theft
The Crimes Against Persons Section is made up of investigators who are certified crime scene technicians who specialize in the gathering and interpretation of evidence. The Crimes Against Persons Section is responsible for the investigation of crimes against persons such as, but not limited to:
- Suspicious death
- Child abuse
- Child exploitation
- Family violence
- Sex crimes
- Sex offender registration, assessment, and community notifications (click here to search the sex offender registry)
The Investigations Division also has an investigator assigned to the Financial Crimes Task Force of the United States Attorney’s Office. This task force is comprised of multiple police agencies working together to investigate suspicious activity reports received from banking institutions and other sources. The task force works under the direction of the United States Attorney in Little Rock and the Resident Agent in Charge of the Little Rock Office of the Internal Revenue Service.
The Investigations Division is also tasked with reviewing cold cases in an effort to bring justice to the victims and families of crimes that have yet to be solved. Sometimes these crimes go unsolved due to the lack of sufficient evidence and/or information that could lead to the successful prosecution of a suspect. The Investigations Division of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office has teamed up with other state and local law enforcement agencies to form an “Internet Crimes Against Children” taskforce. These investigators identify, track, and arrest individuals involved with child pornography, video voyeurism of children, and “internet chatting,” i.e., attempting to lure children into meeting with them for illicit reasons.
Crisis Negotiations Unit
The Crisis Negotiations Unit is an all-volunteer, part time unit comprised of members of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office Enforcement and Detention branch. All members maintain full positions in various areas throughout the Sheriff’s Office, including patrol, investigations, warrants, detention, and communications.
The Crisis Negotiations Unit is used for hostage and barricades subject incidents. Members must maintain a level of readiness and must be prepared for a call-out at any time. Members must complete a week-long Hostage Negotiation training class. The majority of all equipment and vehicles for the unit have been purchased through drug seized money and grants.
The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office Drone Unit provides airborne support to law enforcement operations in a safe, responsible, and transparent manner. The Sheriff’s Office requires extensive training for all pilots. Air support provides assistance to law enforcement activities such as Search and Rescue operations, crime scene documentation, visual perspective, and real-time intelligence during tactical deployments.
The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard was founded in 1995. Its members are volunteer members of the regular Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office sworn staff. They participate in local and regional ceremonial activities that are focused on honoring the United States of America, the State of Arkansas, the County of Pulaski, and the Metropolitan Region.
The members of the Honor Guard take part in the Posting of Colors at meetings, sporting events, and conventions. In addition, they honor local public figures, more commonly their fallen comrades, at funerals and memorial services throughout Arkansas and the surrounding region.
Members of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard must be adept at march choreography, the military manual of arms, U.S. flag protocol, ceremonial flag folding, funerary protocol and the ability to remain motionless at attention, parade rest or ordered arms for extended periods.
The Honor Guard’s current dress uniform includes olive trousers with black banding, a white ascot accented by highly polished basket weave gun belts, holsters, accessories, and appropriate shoulder cording, topped with a black campaign hat accented in gold accessories.
The K9 Units are assigned to the Patrol Division. K9 units perform the responsibilities of the patrol deputy. K9 units are trained in the detection of narcotics, tracking, and apprehension. K9 units consist of highly trained deputy/canine teams that assist in all areas of the Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement agencies inside of Pulaski County.
The primary mission of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit is to collect intelligence information on criminal conduct related to narcotics trafficking in Pulaski County. These investigations include all levels of narcotics trafficking, drug interdiction programs, and undercover narcotics purchases.
The Narcotics Unit works joint drug investigations with other City, County, State, and Federal agencies. The Narcotics Unit is also responsible for the investigations of vice-related crimes (i.e., prostitution, gambling, and alcohol-related offenses).
In addition to their enforcement duties, members of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit conduct drug education and prevention classes for Churches, Schools and other Civic Groups upon request.
The Patrol Division is the largest division within the Enforcement Branch. The Patrol Division is divided into six districts. Patrol deputies are assigned to a district to ensure adequate coverage throughout the county. From Pinnacle Mountain State Park to the majestic farmlands of Scott, Arkansas, the Patrol division is responsible for answering calls for service across 500 square miles. The Patrol Division has many deputies trained in specialized areas, such as crisis intervention. These deputies not only enforce the laws of Arkansas but engage in community service, neighborhood outreach programs and through the partnership established with AT&T to deliver Patrol Packs to families in need.
For a list of patrol districts, please click here.
Public Affairs Unit
The Public Affairs Unit is responsible for establishing and maintaining a positive working relationship with authorized news media. Someone from the Public Affairs Unit is available to the media 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is the policy of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office to cooperate fully and impartially with the news media in their efforts to gather factual, public information pertaining to activities of the Sheriff’s Office, as long as these activities do not unduly interfere with departmental operation, infringe upon individual rights or violate the law. The Public Affairs Unit is responsible for maintaining all social media accounts. This office also maintains the CrimeStopper hotline and oversees job recruitment.
The Special Weapons and Tactics Team is an all-volunteer, part-time unit comprised of members of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office Enforcement Branch. All members maintain full-time positions in various areas throughout the Sheriff’s Office, including warrants, patrol, investigations, training, and other areas.
The SWAT team is used for high-risk search warrants, hostage situations, and barricade suspect incidents. Members must maintain a level of readiness and must be prepared for a call-out at any time. All members must qualify with every type of weapon and tool used by the SWAT team.
The majority of the special weapons and equipment have been purchased through drug-seized money and grants.
The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office Water Patrol unit is a twelve-person team comprised of Deputies from the enforcement branch specially trained in boat operation, underwater search, rescue and recovery, and enforcement of boating laws.
The Water Patrol Unit utilizes a fleet of four Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office boats to conduct operations on the Arkansas River, nearby Lake Maumelle, and all other streams, lakes, and bodies of water in Pulaski County. The Water Patrol Unit uses sophisticated SONAR equipment to conduct underwater searches for drowning victims and submerged vehicles and boats.
The Water Patrol Unit members are certified SCUBA divers. The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office Water Patrol Unit is the only Pulaski County public safety agency that conducts underwater operations in Pulaski County.
The Water Patrol Unit works closely with the Little Rock and North Little Rock Fire Departments and the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission in order to provide a safe water environment for the citizens of Pulaski County.
The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office Water Patrol Unit is funded by the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission through a portion of recreational boater registration fees and also by federal grant funds.