In Arkansas City we believe in the pursuit of becoming the best we can be. Therefore, in the Patrol Division there are numerous opportunities for advancement and specialization. One Captain, four Lieutenants, four Sergeants, eleven Patrol Officers, and two Animal Control Officers make up the Patrol Division. After three years of service, each Patrol Officer has the opportunity to become a Corporal-Master Patrol Officer and train new cadets in the Field Training Officer Program.
Our Patrol Division is proactive using problem oriented policing and street level drug interdiction tactics to solve and prevent crime.
ACPD has a modern investigations division and uses state of the art equipment and progressive techniques to solve homicides, suicides, robberies, counterfeiting, and other incidents that require extensive investigation.
The Investigation Division is composed of one supervisor, one detective, and one Drug Task Force detective. This division also oversees the departments’ Major Crime Team that is called out for large scale investigations. After two years of service and the appropriate training, Officers working under the Patrol Division can apply to serve on either the Major Crime Team or the Drug Task Force.
K-9 Handler Sgt. Eric Mata with "LEE"
Community Policing Division
Our mission is to serve our community so that the citizens of our town remain safe and secure. Twelve national awards for our efforts in crime prevention serve as proof that we are doing our job. The three officers that work this division are involved in teaching Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) in local schools. They also serve as School Resource Officers (SRO’s) at both the Middle school and High School. To help encourage community feedback and aid, the officers in this division have set up a Crime Stoppers program in the High School and Middle Schools and are instrumental in organizing Neighborhood Watches and National Night Out.
ACPD Animal Control
The Arkansas City Police Department has two animal control Officers. They are very active in the community working to protect stray, injured, abused, and unwanted animals. This includes opportunities to rescue animals and prosecute individuals who abuse them, provide impounded animals with humane care at the shelter until they may be reunited with their owner or adopted, and educate the public about the realities of pet overpopulation and responsible pet ownership.
Animal Control has also started the “Golden Paw Award” Program. This award is issued to those pet owners who provide excellent care for their pets to include clean living areas and proper shelter, adequate food and water, areas to exercise, maintains good pet health habits, and spends quality time playing with or walking their pet. The community can make nominations to Animal Control for anyone they feel deserves the honor of the award. Write down the pet owner’s name and include the address where the pet can be viewed and a phone number where we can contact the owner to check on qualifications. Deliver your nominations to the Police Department or the Shelter.