VBPD Bulletin Board



The Street Department is laying dirt on Main Street from the street light to 4th Street starting early Friday morning Nov 10, 2017, for filming of a movie scene.  The dirt will stay down through the 14th and will start coming off the street the morning of the 15th.

 Also, dirt will be applied in front of the Depot on the 12th.


Shop With A Cop

Van Buren Police Department will again be participating in the annual Shop With A Cop program for the Holiday Season.  If you want your child/children to be considered for the program  or know of a child/children that you feel should be considered, speak with the school counselor for the public school that the child/children attends.  At this time we only take referrals from the schools.  Walk-ins and phone calls to the Police Department will not result in your name being added to the list.


If you are interested in making a monetary donation to help a child in need this Christmas contact Lt. Steve Weaver at 479-471-5022.

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!

DRUG TAKE BACK UPDATE:  The Van Buren Police Department partnered with the Drug Enforcement Agency will be hosting another Drug Take Back Initiative on Saturday October 28th, from 10am-2pm.  As always, our drug drop box is available 24/7 for the public to drop off any unwanted or outdated prescription medications or controlled substances (no needles allowed), however the DEA has set aside this date as a designated event for drug disposal.  All drugs collected from the drop box are turned over to the DEA for destruction following the conclusion of the Take Back.  For any questions please call 479-471-1975 and speak with Christy Davidson.



Congratulations to Cpl. Christy Nguyen and Administrative Assistant Melissa Wright for earning Officer and Employee of the Year (respectively) for 2016!  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.