Uniformed Patrol Division
All deputies who patrol Jefferson County are assigned to the Uniformed Patrol Division. JEFFERSON County was named after Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States, under whose administration the French colony of Louisiana (including today '5 Arkansas) was acquired. Created in late 1829 from Arkansas and Pulaski Counties} it later provided land to three counties honoring other presidents: Cleveland, Grant and Lincoln.
In 2017, Jefferson County deputies assigned to the Uniformed Patrol Division drove 351,913 miles while patrolling the county. Jefferson County boundaries encompass 924 square miles, making it the 10th largest geographically out of 75 counties in Arkansas. All uniformed deputies who patrol Jefferson County are assigned to one of our 4 strategically located patrol zones.
One division commander of the rank of Captain is responsible for the staffing and operation of the 4 zones. The uniformed deputy is equipped with the state of the art technology to enable them to provide quality law enforcement services. By decentralizing our operations, our deputies are more accessible to the citizens we proudly serve throughout Jefferson County.
Patrol deputies are responsible for answering and handling all complaint calls and calls for service or assistance from members of the public dispatched via the Metropolitan Emergency Communications Association, also known as (MECA). They are responsible for patrolling all county roads and providing a visible presence as a proactive measure to help deter crime. Deputies patrol and enforce state laws and county ordinances throughout all areas of Jefferson County. Deputies respond to complaint calls, crimes in progress, take reports, serve warrants, investigate accidents on county roads, and perform a wide array of related duties. They also provide assistance to other law enforcement agencies in Jefferson County and surrounding areas when called on. Sheriff's Deputies have concurrent criminal jurisdiction throughout both the incorporated and unincorporated areas of the County with Constables and Municipal police Officers.
Deputies within the Uniformed Patrol Division are supplemented by part-time and reserve deputies as needed and when available. Three shifts maintain 24 hour a day patrol protection. In addition to their primary duties, deputies also fulfill other requests such as Extra Patrol requests for those citizens that are away from home for an extended period, victims of residential burglaries or elderly and live alone.
The Senior Citizen Check Program also referred to as the Adopt-A-Grandparent Program started by Sheriff Robinson in 2008 is also an additional service provided by the Uniformed Patrol Division. The program was started after Sheriff Robinson identified that the need for the program was greater than his capacity alone and created Adopt-A-Grandparent Program.
Some of our seniors in Jefferson County have become marginalized with no one to love them or care for their needs, often times finding themselves alone. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office “Senior Check Program” also commonly referred to as the "Adopt-A-Grandparent Program" developed to offer a means of providing the elderly citizens of our County an enhanced sense of safety and service. It directs the sworn personnel of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office to have closer, one on one, contact with those individuals who may need our assistance the most, the elderly. The program allows those residents 60 years of age and older who possess the desire to participate, access to the Sheriff’s office more directly through anyone of our Deputy Sheriff’s. In addition to the accessibility, participants will find that the Sheriff’s Office will be in closer contact with them, on a routine basis, thus increasing the level of security from enhanced communication.
Because of the implementation of the Adopt-A-Grandparent Program, our seniors are once again vibrant and engaged. They become familiar with our deputies and are considered much like family.
To extend public service on a different front to the seniors of Jefferson County by partnering them with deputies who provide companionship, love and support through an ongoing personal relationship.
Referrals or requests for participation in the Adopt-A-Grandparent Program are accepted from 3rd parties such as caregivers, extended family members, neighbors and friends as well as seniors themselves. Interest in this program can be expressed by clicking HERE and filling out the program application or by contacting Ms. Mary Wilson at 870.541.5376