CHIEF OF POLICE
Patrol is pro-active in preventing crime.
Officers are assigned zones which keep them close for any call. K-9 teams work the streets to assist with high risk calls, including burglaries and drug arrests. Grants allow additional Officers to be at your service during weekends and other high call times.
Criminal Investigation Division. Detectives investigate all felony crimes. Evidence collected is processed by C.I.D. and sent to the Arkansas Crime Lab for further identification of suspects. Major crime scenes are processed by the Detectives.
Communications is manned by highly trained civilian employees. All El Dorado 911 calls are answered by EPD dispatchers. A CAD system assists with dispatching and record keeping for communications. A mapping program assists dispatchers with calls, including cell call location. All dispatchers are trained and certified by the Arkansas Crime Information Center.
The Criminal Apprehension Division handles narcotics, vice and other related offenses.
The Bike Patrol is used extensively during the summer months and during special events including Music Fest, High school football games and the Union County Fair. Bike Officers patrol downtown, around shopping areas and throughout the city.
The K-9 teams assist all divisions. K-9 units work routine patrol assignments and assist with burglary in progress calls, building searches, crowd control, drug arrests and fleeing felony suspects. El Dorado's K-9s have won State and National awards!!!
The Records Division is where you receive information regarding criminal reports, accident reports, background checks, and it's where you may pay your fine. Contact records for general information regarding the police department.
The Crisis Negotiation Team operates in conjunction with the tactical team (S.W.A.T.) and is utilized in suicide prevention as well as barricaded suspect and hostage situations. Successful negotiation with a suspect or perpetrator results in resolving a situation without the use of force. The five member team is always on call and ready to respond.
Certified School Resource Officers are assigned to the high school, junior high and middle school to continue a partnership between education and law enforcement. S.R.O.'s on campus help counsel students and initiate team building and peer mediation.
The El Dorado Police Department Bomb Squad is a four man unit, two of whom are certified bomb technicians. The Bomb Squad not only serves El Dorado and Union County but also surrounding areas. The goal of the Bomb Squad is to protect the community from any explosive devices and render those devices harmless.