Press Releases


Thursday's Visitation Reinstated

Visitation on Thursdays have been reinstated at the Monroe County Jail.

You are now able to visit everyday 7 days a week from 1pm until 3pm.

Job Announcement-Full Time Certified Officer

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office is  accepting applications for a Full Time Certified Officer. 

Please apply in person at the Sheriff's Office.

200 S Main St, Clarendon AR 72029. 

Job Announcement- Full Time Dispatcher

The Monroe County 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. 

The New Remodeled Monroe County Sheriff Department Dispatch Center

The Monroe County Sheriff Department recently remodeled the Dispatch center at the Monroe County Jail.  The County's 9-1-1 equipment was recently upgraded, and our remodel accomodates the new equipment and monitor set-up.

Happy Labor Day-From Your Sheriff

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.  It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and wlll-being of our country.

We at the Monroe County Sheriff's Office know that many will be celebrating the holiday. We want to remind you to be safe and remember to wear your seat belt if traveling. Wear you Mask when in public and practice Social Distancing.

I am honored to serve as your Sheriff and to lead a team of dedicated, professional Deputies and Administrative Staff who work daily to protect and serve the place we call home.  We take great pride in serving our community where neighbors help neighbors, and where we rely on each other to uphold the principles of goodness and respect for others.

We appreciate the support of our county resident and your efforts to assist the Sheriff's office. Community policing is key to helping the Sheriff's Office maintain safety and protection for all County residents. The Sheriff's Office website provides an avenue for the public to submit information or tips to our Office via emaill to assist with these commuity policing efforts. If you have a non-emergency concern or information you'd like to share, please submit it to us.

Sheriff Michael K. Neal

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Visitation Update at Monroe County Detention Center

There will be No visitation on Thursdays Only at the Monroe County Dentention Center until further notice.

On all other days Visitation is from 1pm until 3pm promptly.

Training Day for Monroe County Jail Staff on New 9-1-1 System

Monroe County Jail Staff being trained on the New 9-1-1 System.  The new hosted system will be going live within the next 30 days.

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The Monroe County Sheriff's Office is charged with protecting and serving all people without regard for the person's race, color, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, ancestry, or disabilities.  The coronavirus (COVID-19) issue has caused many debates among people and the best way to go about handling this threat to our health, safety, and welfare. 

     Yesterday, July 16th, the Governor of Arkansas issued Executive Order 20-43 that requires people to wear face coverings when out in public.  The Monroe County Sheriff's Office is compelled to follow the Governor's Executive Order as a matter of law until such time that it is either rescinded by the Governor or is successfully challenged in court.  To that end, we have adopted a written policy that specifies how Sheriff's Office employees will operate under the EO 20-43 directive.

     The Governor's Order, EO 20-43, basically requires the wearing of a mask or face covering in all indoor and outdoor settings when not around family members or when social distancing of at least 6 feet cannot be assured.  There are a number of exemptions to this regulation.  Specifically, the order states as follows:

 The Secretary of Health shall issue a public health directive requiring every person in Arkansas to wear a face covering over the mouth and nose in all indoor environments where they are exposed to non-household members and distancing of six (6) feet or more cannot be assured and in all outdoor settings where there is exposure to non-household members, unless there exists ample space of six (6) feet or more to practice physical distancing.  The following shall be exempt from wearing a face covering: Persons younger than 10 years of age; Persons with a medical condition or disability that prevents wearing a face covering; Persons performing job duties where a six (6) feet distance is not achievable, but a mask is inhibitory to the ability to safety and effectively perform the job duty; Persons participating in athletic activities where a six (6) feet distance is not achievable, but a mask is inhibitory to the activity; Persons consuming food or drink; Persons driving alone or with passengers from the driver's household; Persons receiving services that require access to the face for security, surveillance, or other purposes may temporarily remove a face covering while receiving those services; Persons voting, assisting voters, serving as poll watchers, or actively performing election administration duties; however, face coverings are strongly encouraged; Persons engaged in religious worship activities; however, face coverings are strongly encouraged; Persons giving a speech or performance for broadcast or to an audience; however, those persons shall safely distance from nearby individuals; Persons in counties where the Department of Health has certified that risk of community transmission of COVID-19 is low.  To be considered low risk, the county must not have a newly identified case of COVID-19 for twenty-eight (28) consecutive days, assuming there has been adequate testing in the county.

     As Sheriff, I feel that the citizens and visitors of Monroe County know when they should and should not wear a mask and whether they fall within one of the several exemptions of the face covering mandate.

     Because EO 20-43 specifically states that law enforcement officers cannot detain, arrest, or confine any person for violating this order, and with the numerous exemptions allowed thereunder, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office will not respond to complaints of non-compliance of the mask directive in EO 20-43. 

     The Sheriff's Office will respond to complaint calls where a person has been asked by a local business to comply with the mask directive or leave the premises but then refuses to leave.  This would constitute a criminal trespass matter that is a separate and distinct violation under the law.

     As Sheriff, my personal opinions have no bearing on the decisions that are made in these situations.  The Sheriff's Office does not make or pass laws, and we must rely on the courts to interpret the meaning of the language and provisions of the respective constitutions. 

     The Sheriff's Office policy only applies to actions and decisions undertaken by Sheriff's Deputies.  It is not applicable to actions or decisions undertaken by other law enforcement agencies or jurisdictions in Monroe County.

     Persons having questions or concerns about the health directive, or non-compliance of the Governor's Executive Order, should contact the Arkansas Department of Health at (501) 661-2000.


Sheriff Micheal K. Neal


4th of July Safety- Message from Sheriff Neal

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.

If your plans are to celebrate with an at-home fireworks display, please make sure you practice safety and know the laws in your area.

Remember that fireworks can pose a fire and safety hazard to those who use them. Use cation when shooting fireworks, and be sure to follow these recommendations:

- Have a fire extinguisher available and know how to operate it.

- Closely supervise children around fireworks at all times.

- Never light fireworks indoors or near dry grass.

- Point fireworks away from homes, and keep away from brush,  leaves and flammable substances.

- Always have a bucket of water available.

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. 

Also, please keep in mind the Social Distancing rules and regulations when traveling and spending time with family and friends.

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

Sheriff Michael K. Neal


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Monroe County Sheriff's Office escorts Special Olympics Torch

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office is pleased to send a Deputy to assist in escorting the Special Olympics Torch between Little Rock and Searcy today. 

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