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Job Announcement- Dispatcher

The Sheriff's Office is accepting applications for a Full-Time Dispatcher.  Must be able to multi-task. Must have good phone and computer skills. Must be available for Night/Weekend/Holiday shifts as needed.  A criminal back-ground check will be conducted. Pick up and submit applications at the Monroe County Jail. 

New Release

Earge Cole Fishing Derby- date change to 9/7/2019

The First Annual Leonard Earge Cole Fishing Derby has been rescheduled to Saturday September 7th due to the current low oxygen levels in the Donald Branch Fishing Pond. 

Please call Deputy Ricky Thorne at 870-270-8302 with any questions. 

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Back to School Message from the Sheriff

Dear Friends,

Back to school is an important time for our entire Community. Students are back in class. Teachers and Administrators are preparing to deliver another successful school year. Parents are coordinating schedules and activities for their families.  Back to school is a busy time for everyone!

During this busy time, please be extra cautious in traffic. Be mindful of our school traffic zones especially during the morning hours and early afternoons. Keep an extra look out for potential hazards around our schools and in neighborhoods where children play. Slow down and increase your stopping distances.

School buses are back on the road. Be aware of school bus routes in your neighborhood and throughout your daily travel. Leave plenty of time and space for buses. With school traffic, anticipate delays in your travel and leave early so you’re not in a rush. And, when approaching a school zone or school bus on the road, be prepared to stop for bus and pedestrian traffic.

I want to thank all of you who help make our education system such a positive force in our community. Our children are counting on us – let’s work together to make “back to school” a rewarding, fun, and safe time for all Monroe County residents.

Thank you,


Sheriff Michael K. Neal

The Monroe County Sheriff’s  Department is committed to quality service with an emphasis on Community Partnerships and Problem Solving, the core principles of Community Policing.

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4th of July Message from the Sheriff

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office wishes you and your family an exciting and safe 4th of July holiday. The 4th of July holiday is a celebration of our becoming independent as a country on July 4th, 1776. To learn more about Independence Day history from PBS.org, click here.

Remember that fireworks can pose a fire and safety hazard to those who use them and to bystanders. Use caution when shooting fireworks, and be sure to follow these recommended safety tips from https://www.safekids.org/tip/fireworks-safety-tips:

- Always have a bucket of water and/or a fire extinguisher nearby. If you are relying on a fire extinguisher, make sure it is charged and functioning properly, and make sure you know how to operate it. - Closely supervise children around fireworks at all times. This includes hand-held fireworks, such as ‘sparklers’ - Never light fireworks indoors or near dry grass. - Point fireworks away from homes, and keep away from brush, leaves and flammable substances

Per AAA, a record number of Americans, nearly 49 million, are making plans to honor the Red, White and Blue with an Independence Day getaway this year.  For anyone who is traveling this 4th of July weekend, remember to always wear your seat belt and never drink and drive – instead, call a designated driver to get you home safely. Not only do you risk your life when you drive impaired, you are putting the other drivers you share the roadway with at risk, too.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office wishes everyone a fun and safe 4th of July weekend!


Sheriff Michael K. Neal


The Monroe County Sheriff's Department is committed to quality service with an emphasis on Community Partnerships and Problem Solving, the core principles of Community Policing. 

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Monroe County Sheriff's Department assists in June 17, 2019 search, recovery operation on the White River

The Monroe  County Sheriff’s Department worked with the Arkansas County Sheriff’s Department and AGFC Officers in the search for a missing Arkansas County man who went out on the White River Sunday and did not return home.

The search revealed the man had been a victim of a boating accident and was deceased. 

Chief Deputy Richard Smith used the Monroe County Sheriff's Department Search and Rescue boat in both the search, and the eventual recovery of the victim near the Arkansas/Monroe county line.

Memorial Day Travel Safety Tips

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department wants YOU to stay safe this Memorial Day Weekend!!

Travel on Memorial Day Weekend has increased in the past several years, so we expect the roads to be very busy this year. 

The following are good reminders as you prepare to hit the road during the Memorial Day travel weekend.


Buckle your safety belt – it’s the best way to stay safe in a vehicle and remember, the national Click It or Ticket program is in full swing over the holiday weekend


Don’t drink and drive – even one alcoholic drink can reduce your abilities and impair your judgment


Put down the cell phone – nearly 9 people are killed and over 1,000 injured every day in crashes involving distracted drivers – don’t text and drive! 2 In many states, using your cell phone while driving is against the law.


Be prepared – take a map, atlas, or GPS device; make sure your spare tire is inflated and you know how to change it; have your car serviced before heading out; include an emergency kit with water and snacks in case you’re stranded for more than a few hours; refuel BEFORE your gas warning indicator displays


Turn down the music – hearing sirens and emergency vehicles is an important warning to slow down and drive cautiously - you may be approaching an accident scene


Keep your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel – eating, looking for CDs, and digging for things in the floorboard or back seat can lead to trouble


Be courteous - because of the volume of vehicles on the road, you’re bound to run into a few traffic jams, be cut off, or be forced to stop short - remain calm and courteous - don’t let other drivers ruin your holiday


Get plenty of rest – make sure you’re well rested before getting behind the wheel, rotate driving duties with others in the car to avoid becoming too sleepy or distracted


Take frequent breaks – stop, get out of the vehicle, and stretch your legs often


Travel safely and enjoy your Memorial Day weekend!

Sheriff Michael K. Neal


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Local Citizen thanks Monroe County Deputy for Service and Professionalism

The Monroe County Sheriff's Department received a vote of thanks from a local citizen. 

Sheriff Neal,

On last evening I was stopped by a Deputy Thorne around midnight after he observed me sitting on a dirt road for an extender time. I was returning home from our family farm from scouting a new frog hunting location and was taking a photo of a large cottonmouth. He activated his lights and approached my vehicle cautiously and professionally he explained the reason for the stop thoroughly, maintaining his caution and professionalism throughout our interaction. I was sent on my way home with a handshake and promise to keep an eye on my property while In my absence,, in this day and time it was a pleasant surprise to be treated with respect and courtesy. I drive an older vehicle and was dirty after a long day , however he treated my girlfriend as if we were family. Please relay my thanks and debt of gratitude to Deputy Thorne. He embodies the spirit and respect the badge and department should I feel. He is an asset not only to the department but the community he proudly serves . Thank you 

Do you recognize this individual? Sheriff's Department asking for help from the Community

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the community’s help in identifying this individual. He is a suspect in a number of thefts in the Holly Grove area.

Your tips will remain anonymous. You may call the Sheriff’s Department at 870-747-3811, or use the REPORT A CRIME link. Click images to enlarge.

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4-25-2019 Monroe County Manhunt results- Suspect is in custody

On Thursday 4/25/2019, Monroe County Deputies and Clarendon City Police Officers joined forces with U.S. Marshals in the successful location and apprehension of an individual wanted for five counts of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon  out of Cobb County, GA.

Venal Sims Jr. was located hiding in a building at the Lula Coleman Park in Holly Grove after an intensive, multi-agency,  8 hour long manhunt that stretched between the cities of Clarendon and Holly Grove. 

The suspect is being detained in the Monroe County Detention Center awaiting extradition. 

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