Serving the community with Pride
The Paragould Police Department currently has 48 sworn police officers and 10 civilians for a total of 58 employees protecting and serving "The Friendly City" of Paragould. The current officer employee breakdown is: one D.A.R.E. officer, three school resource officers, two traffic enforcement officers, eight criminal investigators including four members of a specialized Street Crimes Unit, 28 patrol officers, and four administrative officers including the Chief of Police. The Paragould Police Department also utilizes 10 extremely dedicated volunteer Reserve Police Officers.
Contact the Police Department at (870) 236-7621
Police Department Chief
The Chief of Police works under the direction of the Mayor. The Chief of Police is responsible for the police department's daily working operations. At this time there are 48 police officers and 10 civilians that fall under the direction of the Chief of Police.
Chief Stovall began working for the Paragould Police Department in 1990. Since joining, Todd has worked in Patrol, Criminal Investigations, and Administration. Todd is a veteran of the United States Coast Guard. Todd is a member and current President of the Arkansas Association of Chiefs of Police, where he serves on their Executive Board.
A MESSAGE FROM The Chief
"I hope this finds everyone doing well. It has been a cold winter, almost forgot how cold we can get here in Arkansas. Just want to remind everyone to please lock your vehicle doors. We are taking reports daily for items taken from vehicles. Most of the time the vehicles are unlocked. Now, if you leave something of interest visible to the bad guys, they will knock out a window to retrieve it. So, please, take your valuables inside or at least put them out of sight and lock your vehicles. Stay safe. If I can be of assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact me."
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The Patrol Captain works directly under the Chief of Police. The Patrol Captain commands the four Patrol Lieutenants and oversees the day to day activities of the Patrol Division. He sets up extra duty assignments for special events, helps coordinate training for the officers, and makes sure they have the tools they need for duty. He investigates Citizen Complaints and makes sure that compliance is met.
He oversees the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program which is a Federal and State funded program that provides overtime monies for Officers to enforce Occupant Safety and D.W.I. Enforcement. The program also provides funds for child restraint seats for families in need. The Department has 11 Child Restraint Installation Technicians which participate in Car Seat Clinics throughout Northeast Arkansas. Along with this, he also oversees Federal Grants that provide monies for equipment for the Department.
Phillip Faulkner began his Law Enforcement Career at the Paragould Police Department in February 1988. He graduated from the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy in 1988 and graduated The School of Law Enforcement Supervision in 1997. He is a Law Enforcement Instructor and a Firearms Instructor. He is also a State Certified Concealed Firearms Instructor. He is an active member of the Arkansas Association of Chiefs of Police and is currently serving as Northeast Regional Vice President.
Technology Captain Brent McCain reports directly to the Chief of Police. Captain McCain is responsible for the daily operation and maintenance of the police department’s vehicles and computer systems. The department operates 40 computer systems that include office and approximately 60 fleet vehicles. Captain McCain also administrates the data and reporting systems, Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS), and vehicle and body cams. He is the point of contact for Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and SWAT administrator.
Captain McCain, obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Risk Management from Arkansas State University in 1998 before starting with the Paragould Police Dept. as a dispatcher in September 1998. In November 1998, McCain became a patrol officer and graduated Law Enforcement Training Academy; Class #99A. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2008, Lieutenant in 2013, and Captain in 2017. Captain McCain graduated basic SWAT school, US Army SWAT School, and was part of the PPD SWAT team for 9 years. He is a certified police instructor, field training officer, defensive tactics instructor, and is a private pilot. He was voted Law Officer of the Year in 2015 by the local Chapter of the VFW.
The Administrative Captain reports directly to the Chief of Police. Captain Baldridge serves as the Sex Offender Registration Coordinator and the Reserve Officer Program Coordinator. He also monitors city cases in municipal court and serves as an additional court security officer. Other duties include submitting monthly NIBRS reports to ACIC, and any other tasks assigned by the Chief of Police.
Captain Baldridge earned an Associate's degree in Law Enforcement from ASU in 1991 and a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from UALR in 1993. He began his law enforcement career at the Paragould Police Department in December 1994. Captain Baldridge attended the police academy in 1995 and finished at the top of his class academically. He was promoted to Patrol Sergeant in 2001, Patrol Lieutenant in 2008, and to Administrative Captain in 2013. Captain Baldridge is a certified police professional instructor, firearms instructor, and field training officer.