Press Releases


Full-Time Dispatcher Position

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office is now accepting applications for a full-time Dispatcher. Must be available to work nights, weekends, and holidays. Also, must be able to pass a background check.

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

Veteran's Day

Veteran's Day, celebrated on November 11th each ear, is a tribute to military veterans who have served in the United States Armed Forces. It is a day of remembering the sacrifices of those who have fought to protect our country.

We are humbled by the bravery and courage of veterans in our community and our country-they are our neighbors, our friends, our family and our loved ones. We would like to thank all of our veterans and their families for keeping our country safe.

We strongly encourage everyone to think of our veterans and thank them when you see them. We support and honor our veterans, not just on Veteran's Day but every day of the year.

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Halloween Safety Tips

The Halloween Holiday is coming up soon! We want to remind you to make safety a priority this Halloween when carving pumpkins, decoration, dressing up in costumes, and trick-or-treating.

Following is a list of safety tips to allow children to remain safe while experiencing the fun and excitement that comes with Halloween.

1. Leave pumpkin carving to the adults. Child helpers can grab a spoon and scoop out the inside or use a marker to trace the design.

2. Battery-operated lights or glow sticks are recommended for decorations and re the safest option.

3. Use a ladder when hanging or removing decorations, and only use lights that have been tested for safety.

4. Wear a costume that fits and avoid overly long or baggy costumes to prevent trips and falls.

5. Know when to wear protective mask and what prevention steps to take for COVID-19.

Halloween can be safe and enjoyable evening for all with a little preparation, communication, and diligence.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office will be on patrol and available to you and your children should you need us. As always, please dial 911 in the case of an emergency.

Sheriff Michael K. Neal


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Wallk-In Visitation Returns to Monroe County Jail

Beginning Monday August 15,2022..... Walk-In Visitation will return to Monroe County Jail.

The Visiting Hours will remain the same 1-3 seven day per week.


New Onsite Visitation Procedures at Monroe County Jail

Go to www.ncic.com and click "Schedule a Visit". You will need to have a valid phone number and email address to set up an account as well as name, address and (depending on the facility) a valid photo identification:


-Select a Facility, Date, and Time to Visit


- Submit for Approval Once reviewed you will receive a email  notification that the visit is approved or denied.


No Change in Visitation Times or Days:


End of Watch Ride to Honoring Lt. James Guynes

On Saturday, June 25th at 9:00am, The End of Watch Riders will be representing and honoring our very own...Lt. James Guynes (9711) at the Monroe County Sheriff's Office at 200 South Main in Clarendon.

The End of Watch Riders are a group of motorcycle riders from the state of Washington. The Riders escort a 40' trailer across the country in honor of fallen officers from the prior year.

Founder, Jagrut Shah, a former deputy sheriff, says" They want to show departments and families who have lost a partner that they are not alone."

We are asking everyone to come out.














**Homicide Update**

The Arkansas State Police have had a suspect surrender himself to Special Agents of the State Police CID and The Monroe County Sheriff's Department.

Christian Franks,20, of Clarendon has been charged with Capital Murder for the death of Lilee Smith. Franks is incarcerated at the Monroe County Detention Facility. No bond has been set as the investigation is still ongoing.

**Clarendon Homicide**

On the date of 05/07/2022 Monroe County 911 Dispatch received a call in reference to a possible death at approx. 12:45pm. Upon arrival the Clarendon PD, and Monroe County Sheriff's Department identified Lilee Smith,26, of Clarendon as the victim. 

The Monroe County Sheriff's Department has asked that the Arkansas State Police CID investigate the apparent Homicide. We will continue to keep the community informed as the investigation and search for a suspect continues. 


The Monroe County Sheriff's Office is currently tracking a storm system that has the possibility of producing a tornado. Officers have stated they have seen a supercell north of Brinkley near I-40. 

Please be ready to take severe weather precautions. 

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office would like to remind the citizens to make sure your weather alerts are turned on and that you and your family know your nearest tornado shelters location. If you do not know the location you can contact your local agency to find out. If you are unable to get to one always remember get to a place with no windows, a small room, or basement. We will continue to keep you updated if anything happens alone with these storms. Thank you and please be safe.  


Upon further investigation the Monroe County Sheriff's Office has been informed the men did not attempt to take the woman out of her vehicle. This like many other situations is very unpredictable and a reminder to always take safety seriously. Thank you.

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