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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. 


The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office does NOT want the Class of 2019 to go out with a CRASH!  Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputies will conduct a Mock Crash Demonstration to send an important reminder to Students and Parents about the dangers and potentially tragic consequences  of unsafe driving behaviors such as Drinking and Driving, Distracted Driving, driving at unsafe speeds, and not buckling up.


The Mock Crash Event uses actual crashed vehicles and sets them up on the School Grounds.  Students participate by acting out the roles of crash victims.  The School’s Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Classes will watch the demonstration and learn how Emergency Responders conduct rescue efforts in real time.  Parents and Guardians are encouraged to attend!


When:   Wednesday, April 3 2019 at 1:00 pm

Where:   Clarendon High School next to the Gym.

Who:    Sheriff Michael K. Neal will speak

Why:  Traffic crashes are the second leading cause of death for Teens, behind suicide, due to inexperience, risk-taking, distractions, and poor seat belt compliance.   


The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office urges  Parents and Guardians to always set a good example while driving by obeying all Traffic Laws.  Parents and Guardians are also encouraged to  regularly talk  to their Teens about the dangers and potentially tragic consequences of underage drinking, drinking and driving at any age, not wearing a seat belt, speeding, and distracted driving.


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.

Welcome Spring!

As Winter comes to a close and we welcome Spring, we at the Monroe County Sheriff's Department remember that Spring is a great time in our community- a new baseball season begins, spring break is here, and graduation draws near for our students.  We enjoy celebrating these good times in our community. 

As your Sheriff I have an open door policy. If our office can be of any assistance please do not hesitate to contact us. 

If you are traveling at all please wear you seat belts and obey the traffic laws.

A quick note, the Monroe County Sheriff's Department sees a sharp increase in "prank" calls to our 911 Emergency Service. These non-emergency calls negatively impact the safety of the whole community by diverting critical resources away from true emergencies.

Please take a moment to discuss with your children the importance of the 911 system, and please monitor their phone use to prevent "prank" call to our 911 system.


Monroe County was created on November 2, 1829, and was named after James Monroe, the fifth President of the United States, and the author of the Monroe Doctrine?

Monroe County Sheriff's Department Mission Statement-

We are Committed to quality service with an emphasis on Community Partnerships and Problem Solving, the core principles of Community Policing.

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Operation "Press Your Luck"

The Monroe County Sheriff's Department provided critical transportation and detention space support to yesterday's Operation "Press your Luck'.

Operation 'Press your Luck' was a United States Marshals Service-led Operation in East Arkansas designed to target fugitive gang members wanted on arrest warrants for violent criminal offenses. 

The March 5th, 2019 Operation brought Federal, State, and Local Law Enforcement agencies together to execute warrants and arrest 44 individuals in the Helena-West Helena area. 

First Ever Citizen's Academy UPDATE

UPDATE- The community is still invited to attend this series of  classes.  There are still open spots available, and you are encouraged to attend the remaining classes on Tuesday, March 5th and Wednesday, March 6th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

The location is:

Clarendon City Hall-Court Room

270 Madison St

Clarendon, AR 72029

Please call the Monroe County Sheriff Department at 870-747-3623 to register.

Please see below for additional class details.

Classes will be conducted by members of the Monroe County Sheriff Department and will cover a variety of law enforcement operations and citizens safety issues.

The Citizen's Academy is a program that can reinforce understanding and help create the enthusiasm needed to keep Monroe County as safe as possible through community and law enforcement partnerships.


Sheriff, Michael K. Neal

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

New Video Home Visitation

The Monroe County Jail is now equipped for family and friends to visit inmates by Video Visitation from the comfort of your homes. 

Also, you will be able to send and receive messages.

Please visit the link below:


Employment Opportunity

The Monroe County Sheriff Department is seeking applications for Dispatchers/Jailers. 

Applications can be picked up at the Monroe County Sheriff Department at 200 South Main Clarendon, Ar 72029

Inquiries at 870-747-3623.

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