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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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Safety First This Halloween!!!


It's almost that time of year once again. Halloween is approaching, and we expect large group of children to be out and about that evening, enjoying the festivities. Our primary concern on Halloween, and any other time, is the safety of our children.

We here at the Monroe County Sheriff Department would like to offer the following safety tips:

1. Fake knives, swords, guns, and other costume accessories can potentially cause injury. Make sure they are not too long for the costume and review with your child that they are part of the costume and not a weapon.

2. Only purchase costumes and accessories that are marked flame-resistant.

3. Keep costumes short to prevent trips and falls.

4. Try using makeup instead of mask. Mask can obstruct a child's vision, which can be dangerous when kids are crossing streets and going up and down the stairs.

5. Costumes with light colors and/or reflective tape are best.  Someone in the group should carry a flashlight. Consider putting reflective tape on their candy bags as well.

6. Children should always trick-or-treat in groups, rather than along, preferably with adult supervision. Children should always carry a cell phone for quick communications.

7. Parents should select the safest route for children to take. Children should stay on sidewalks (when available) or on the shoulder of the roadway facing traffic.  Children should avoid walking in the roadway, in alleys or poorly lit areas, and be cautious not to dart from behind shrubs or parked vehicles.

8. Drivers should slow down and use extreme caution, especially in neighborhoods where children are sure to be located.

9. Children should be instructed to stop only at familiar homes where the outside lights are on. They should also be advised to NEVER go in homes or cars to collect treats. They should not stop at houses that are dark or do not have the porch lights turned on.

10. As an alternative of going door-to-door, parents can take their children to community -sponsored events such as those hosted by community centers, churches, schools, etc.

11. Children should not eat any treats until they are home and a parent or an adult can examine them.

12. Children (and adults) should only consume unopened candies and treats in original wrappers. Treats with open packaging or torn wrappers should be discarded.

With a little preparation, communication and diligence, Halloween can be a safe and enjoyable evening. Of course, we will be on patrol and available to you and your children should you need us.


Sheriff, Michael K. Neal



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New Visitation Hours and Days at Monroe County Jail

From Sheriff, Michael K. Neal. There has been a change in the visitation days and hours at the Monroe County Sheriff Department. The new days and hours are as following:

Monday thru Friday 1-3

Sunday 2-4



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