Administration   
   

Chief of Police ~ Jamie Hammond

JHammond@vanburencity.org

 

Chief Jamie Hammond began his career at the Van Buren Police Department in June, 2017.  A second-generation police officer, Chief Hammond retired from the Fort Smith Police Department after twenty-six years of faithful service to the citizens of Fort Smith.

 

A longtime resident of Van Buren, Chief Hammond understands the importance of being involved in the community.  He has served on numerous boards in our city and also regularly volunteers his time at various civic events. 

 

He values the trust that our citizens place in their police department and will always strive to foster that trust.  

 

Chief Hammond is married to the former Paige Mitchell of Van Buren and they have two sons; Mitchell and Andrew who both attend Van Buren Public Schools.

Administrative Assistant ~ Melissa Wright

Melissa Wright has been with the Van Buren Police Department since 1999.  She was first employed as the Records/Fines Clerk.  She has served as the Administrative Assistant for the Van Buren Police Department since 2005.  She is responsible for providing administrative support to the Chief of Police and his staff. 

Captain ~ Lawrence "Larry" Brown

 Captain Lawrence R. “Larry” Brown was born in Tacoma, Washington but raised in Fort Smith, graduated from Northside High School in 1985, and immediately entered the U.S. Army and is a veteran of Desert Shield/Desert Storm.  After serving eight years as a Cavalry Scout and achieving the rank of Sergeant in the U.S. Army, he was hired September 16, 1993, by the Van Buren Police Department, as the first officer hired under the new Civil Service Regulations.  

      Captain Brown has served in the Patrol Division, School Resource Officer Division, Criminal Investigations Division, been a K9 Officer, and a former SWAT Team Leader and served as Courthouse Security for the Van Buren Municipal Complex. He is also a Senior Certified Law Enforcement Officer, Certified Law Enforcement Instructor, Certified Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor, SRO National Practitioner, Certified Canine Handler, Certified NYPUM Instructor, and has received over 1000 hours of training in SWAT, Drug Interdiction, Criminal Investigations, and other Law Enforcement related fields. He is also a certified Accident Reconstructionist.  He is a former president and chaplain of the Van Buren Police Officers Association, former member of the VBBGC Board of Directors, and former music minister of Lee Creek Baptist Church.   He is a 2009 Graduate of Leadership Crawford County. He currently serves as a Department Captain.

      Selected as the 2001 Officer of the Year, Captain Brown has also been commended by the department for “Seizing 400 lbs of Marijuana” (1998), “Assisting other Agencies with Seizure of 626 lbs of Marijuana & 8.75 lbs of Meth” (2001), and “Instructing the 1st Citizens Police Academy” (2004).

 

 Criminal Investigations Lieutenant ~ Stephen Staggs

Lt. Staggs began working for the Van Buren Police Department in 1986 as a part time dispatcher and Animal Control Officer.  He was hired as a Patrol Officer the following year and was promoted through the ranks until he was appointed Lieutenant in 2001.  Lt. Staggs served as the service lieutenant until August 2019 at which time he was reassigned as the CID Lieutenant.  Lt. Staggs was awarded Officer of the Year in 1990 and holds an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Arkansas.

Service Lieutenant ~ Frank Petray

Lieutenant Frank Petray was born in Little Rock, Arkansas and graduated from Vilonia High School in 1989, and immediately entered the U.S. Army National Guard.  On September 16, 1993, Lieutenant Petray was hired by the Van Buren Police Department, as the second of two officers hired under the new Civil Service Regulations.  

      Lieutenant Petray has served in the Patrol Division, School Resource Officer Division, former SWAT team member and was the first ever Bicycle Officer for the City of Van Buren. He is also a Senior Certified Law Enforcement Officer, Certified Law Enforcement Instructor, Certified NYPUM Instructor, and a Drug Recognition Expert. He is a former president and vice president of the Van Buren Police Officers Association. Lieutenant Petray also currently serves in the U.S. Air National Guard where he was named “First Sergeant of the Year” for the State of Arkansas in 2017.

      Lieutenant Petray was awarded the Medal of Valor for rescuing a citizen from a burning residence in 2015.  Also, he was awarded “Officer of the Year” in 2002 and has also been commended by the department for “Instructing the 1st Citizens Police Academy” (2004). In 2016 he earned an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the Community College of the Air Force.  Lieutenant Petray is married to the former Elizabeth Rorie of Van Buren and they have two sons, Conner and Chandler who both attend the University of Arkansas Fort Smith.
Patrol Lieutenant ~ Daniel Perry
Lieutenant Daniel Perry is a Thirty Year Law Enforcement Veteran in the State of Arkansas.  Daniel started his Law Enforcement career at the Hope Police Department in 1988, where he remained until 1991, at which time he went to work for the Magnolia Police Department and the Magnolia Fire Department as a Police Officer and Fire Fighter until 1993.  In 1996 Daniel was employed by the City of Van Buren, where he has been employed since.  Daniel was promoted to the rank of Sergeant over the Criminal Investigation Division on February 1st, 2003 and then to the rank of Lieutenant on September 1st 2020 over the Patrol Division.  Daniel holds an Intermediate Law Enforcement Certificate.