Assistant Chief Hayward Finks
Assistant Chief Hayward Finks is a thirty (30) year veteran of the Little Rock Police Department. Chief Finks began his law enforcement career in 1988 as a Police Cadet. He has since promoted through the ranks to his current position as Assistant Chief of Police where he has served since 2012. Assistant Chief Finks is in command of the Investigative Bureau where he oversees the activities of all investigative services for the citizens of Little Rock.
Assistant Chief Finks has received numerous awards throughout his career including the Life Savings Award and being selected as Officer of the Year in 1996. He has the distinction of being the first officer to be assigned to an Alert Center in Little Rock as a Community Oriented Police Officer. Assistant Chief Finks was also assigned as a member of the first Gang Unit that was established as a result of escalating gang violence in the early 1990’s. As a commander, Assistant Chief Finks has overseen all Divisions of the Little Rock Police Department with nine (9) years at the rank of Captain/Division Commander and currently six (6) years as an Assistant Chief of Police.
Assistant Chief Finks holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Bethel University in Emergency Services Management. He has attended the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy, Arkansas School of Law Enforcement Supervision, Southeastern Command and Leadership Academy (SECLA)-University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, United States Secret Service Dignitary Protective School, FBI-Criminal Justice Institute Arkansas Leader, Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP), and various other law enforcement training schools. He is a member of the FBI-Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the National Fraternal Order of Police.
Assistant Chief Finks is also a member of the Board of Directors for Professional Counseling and Associates, the Executive Board for the Little Rock Field Office FBI/JTTF, and the Supervisory Board of the Arkansas Crime Information Center.