VBPD Bulletin Board


Van Buren Police Department in conjunction with the Van Buren School District announces the future addition of six new School Resource Officers to Van Buren Public Schools.  There are currently four School Resource Officers assigned to the schools, and they have multiple schools in their assignment, however, with the addition of six more to the program, there will be one officer stationed at each school.  What that equates to is more on-site safety and immediate accessibility to trained and qualified law enforcement in the event of an emergency.  This change is slated to be fully incorporated by early 2019, after we've hired, trained and certified 6 new officers to work patrol.  Six, seasoned patrolmen will then be chosen for reassignment as an SRO.  Keeping the public and our children safe is our number one priority. 

If you're interested in applying for an officer position click here.

Friday June 30, 2017 Chief Hammond held a Promotion Ceremony to recognize the promotions of three of our officers. Lt. Brent Grill moved into position of Captain, Sergeant Larry Brown moved into the position of Patrol Lieutenant and Corporal Brad Wiley moved into Patrol Sergeant.  Congratulations on your new positions!

  The Van Buren Police Department says goodbye to Chief Bell after 32 years of service and welcomes Chief Jamie Hammond to our department.  Chief Hammond has served for the Fort Smith Police Department as Captain of the Criminal Investigations Division as well as multiple other positions in law enforcement for many years.  Chief Hammond, we welcome you!



Congratulations to Detective Jonathan Wear and Animal Control Officer Brian Watteau for earning Officer and Employee of the Year (respectively) for 2017!  They have been awarded for their outstanding commitment to duty and performance while performing their law enforcement mission.  Great job!!



We offer a Community Notification Service called “Nixle” that will improve communication with people who live, work, and visit our area. 


The system provides a quick, efficient, and secure way to get neighborhood-level information out to community members who subscribe to the system. Through www.nixle.com, the department will be able to send text message (SMS) and e-mail alerts to subscribers in a specific area, down to .25 miles.


For Example: Notifications might be considered in the following instances:


● A missing child or adult with Alzheimer’s disease walks away from their home. The alert can include a picture of the child or vulnerable adult with a map identifying the area at which they were last seen. 

● A public safety emergency requires people to stay in or remain away from their homes. A Nixle alert can let residents with a registered address in the affected neighborhood know what’s happening, allowing residents to take a proactive role in their own safety. 

● A serious injury or fatal crash in which traffic investigators close down the intersection for several hours during the morning commute. This situation might warrant a notification to subscribers who live or work in the area, encouraging them to select a different route to work. 

● Other uses: Large-scale public works projects, traffic safety implications around large fire scenes, community events such as parades, fireworks, picnics, etc.

Through Nixle, we will deliver messages securely to citizens by e-mail and cell phone, supporting and expanding our community outreach efforts. 



When: Anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Where: Van Buren PD Lobby

Who: ANYONE, no matter where you live or how old you are.  You do not have to be a resident of Van Buren.

How: Bring your unwanted medications / controlled substances to the PD lobby and drop them in our drug drop off box. All contents of the box will be turned over to the DEA for destruction.  Drop offs are anonymous and secure. Just park, come in, drop off your medications/controlled substances, and leave. **NOTE**  NO NEEDLES / SYRINGES ARE ALLOWED IN THE DROP BOX.

Drop Off Tid-Bits:

  • Last Year the Van Buren Police Department collected 414 lbs of medications

  • To date this year we've collected 195 lbs of medications

  • State wide, Take Back VI grossed 18,764 lbs of drugs!  That's over 9 tons!!

As a community let's continue to keep these medications and drugs out of our water supply (NEVER flush medications), landfills, and out of the hands of people who could potentially abuse them or ingest them accidentally, like our children.

Click here to read a statement issued by our Chief of Police Kenneth Bell.