Currently assigned as the Headquarters Division Commander, Captain Russell King began his law enforcement career with the Little Rock Police Department in 1992. Transferring to the Detective Division in 1994, he first served as a Larceny investigator and later as a Robbery Detective. Promoting to the rank of Sergeant in 2002, he was initially assigned to the Southwest patrol division and then transferred to the Internal Affairs Unit. In this assignment he conducted administrative investigations, participated in the development and implementation of the Department’s early intervention system, and drafted policy. Promoting to the rank of Lieutenant in 2006, he was assigned to the Northwest Patrol Division. While in the patrol division, he was assigned as the “Quiet Nights” unit commander. This specialized unit utilized crime analysis to strategically address high crime areas throughout the City of Little Rock, emphasizing on the reduction of violent crime. Following the Patrol assignment, he was transferred to the Special Investigations Division as the Intelligence Unit Commander. In this capacity he supervised the Vice and Intelligence Units, overseeing the acquisition and implementation of multiple grant programs targeting the reduction of gun, drug and violent crimes. Additionally, he managed the development of the Special Investigations Division’s Technical Unit, which is essential in supporting the Department’s technical investigative needs. In 2010 he was assigned as the Narcotics Unit commander where he facilitated the development of the Interdiction Unit and managed numerous, large scale, State and Federal investigations. Finally, in 2015, he was promoted to the rank of Captain and assigned to the Headquarters Division.
The Headquarters Division is comprised of three sections; Operations Support Section, Communication Section, and Emergency Management Section. The Operations Support Section is commanded by Lieutenant Crystal Haskins and consists of the Property Room Unit, Warrants / Desk Officer Unit, and the Facility Maintenance Unit. The Communications Section is directed by Manager, Laura Martin and serves as the City’s Public Safety Answering Point / dispatch center for Police, Fire, and emergency services. Finally, the Emergency Management Section is commanded by Lieutenant Michael Miller. In conjunction with the responsibilities of emergency preparedness, this section also manages the Extended leave Unit.
Office of Emergency Services/Communications Center
The Office of Emergency Services is under the command of a Manager who reports directly to the Headquarters Division Commander. The Office of Emergency Services is responsible for providing the citizens of Little Rock with a Public Safety Answering Point for 9-1-1 communications, dispatching field support and informational services for all public safety agencies in the city, providing management in areas of planning, mitigation, response and recover, communications and multi-agency coordination of natural and man-made disasters within the City of Little Rock, maintaining all City-owned radio communications equipment at a high level of operability and providing administrative and management direction for the Office of Emergency Services.
Special Operations Division
The Special Operations Division is under the command of Captain Tanya Washington. Captain Washington reports to the Field Services Bureau Commander.
Captain Washington is a 22 year veteran of the Little Rock Police Department and has expertise in various areas of the department to include Uniform Patrol, Community Oriented Policing, Emergency Management/Homeland Security, Investigations, Special Events, Special Operations, and Youth Programs. She was a member of the Special Response Unit (SRU), and served on the Chief’s Command Council for several years. Captain Washington also served as commander over the L.R.P.D. 2009 Presidential Inaugural Task Force, in Washington, D.C.
Captain Washington earned a Bachelor of Art Degree in Health and Physical Education, from Philander Smith College, Master of Art Degree in Business and Educational Security Management, from Webster University, and is a Doctoral Researcher at Capella University, in the field of Public Administration (DPA). She is also a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP)/Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), and FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute. Captain Washington is a certified law enforcement instructor and holds many professional certifications in the field of law enforcement. She has received numerous commendations, community service and leadership awards.
The Special Operations Division was re-organized in March of 2015, and offers a wide variety of services through specialized units such as Youth Programs (Our Kids (Boys) & Girls Empowered by Mentoring Sisterhoods), and School Resource Officer Program (SRO), Commanded by Lieutenant Earnest Whitten; Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT), commanded by Lieutenant Tim Calhoun, Special Events (Airport/Aviation/Hit-N-Run Investigations, commanded by Lieutenant Casey Clark; Traffic Services (Canine Unit (K-9)/Motorcycles/Special Traffic Accident Reconstruction Team (S.T.A.R.T), commanded by Lieutenant Andre Dyer. Other special units include Honor Guard, commanded by Lieutenant James Wheeler, Hostage Negotiation Team (H.N.T.), commanded by Lieutenant Steve Taylor, and the Special Response Unit (SRU), commanded by Lieutenant Andre Dyer.
The Little Rock Police Department’s Special Operations Division mission focuses on working with people directly to solve problems, and to build relationships with the community they serve. While patrolling in the air, on foot, motorcycles, and in patrol cars, we are working together with the community on efforts targeted at preventing a physical and social decay, disorder, and fear of crime, in order to improve the overall quality of life in our schools and neighborhoods.
Special Investigations Division
The Special Investigations Division is comprised of the Narcotics, Street Narcotics, Special Narcotics, Vice and Intelligence Units under the direction of Captain Ty Tyrrell, who reports to the Assistant Chief of Police Investigations Bureau.
Captain Tyrrell joined the Little Rock Police Department in 1993. He has had a wide variety of assignments at the Department to include: Regular Patrol as an officer, sergeant, lieutenant, and captain; Property Crimes Detective as a detective and sergeant; Management Research Lieutenant; Training Division Lieutenant; and Information Technology Lieutenant.
The prime focus of Captain Tyrrell’s career at LRPD has been in the areas of regular patrol operations and technology. Captain Tyrrell has completed a significant amount of professional training and has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Captain Tyrrell has retired from the Arkansas Army National Guard with over 24 years of service including two deployments to Iraq.
The Special Investigations Division is organized and tasked as the primary unit to investigate and suppress organized crime, vice, and narcotics related offenses. The Division is organized into two units, Narcotics and Intelligence. The Narcotics Unit is comprised of the Street Narcotics Squad and the Narcotics Interdiction Squad. The Intelligence Unit is comprised of the Intelligence Squad and the Vice Squad. The Division's activities are designed to support the action of the other divisions within the Department. SID is also tasked with being the primary liaison between the Little Rock Police Department and our federal law enforcement partners.
The Training Division is under the direction of a Captain who reports to the Assistant Chief of Police - Executive Bureau. The Division provides a wide range of training for both sworn and civilian personnel. Officers are required to attend 40 hours of annual in-service training specific to the needs of the community. This includes deadly force training, bias-based profiling, domestic violence, legal updates, firearms proficiency, and realistic scenario-based training that complies or exceeds the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA standards and guidelines. The Division also maintains a firearms training and qualifications program, performs weapons inspections and ensures quality control of all departmentally issued equipment. The Training Division works in concert with state, federal and surrounding law enforcement agencies to ensure up-to-date training is consistent with the current guidelines established by the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.
The Training Division is divided into four units: The Administrative/Records Unit is responsible for maintaining official records for all training received by Department personnel sworn and civilian. This unit is also tasked with guiding the Training Academy through international accreditation under the auspice of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). The In-Service Unit plans and develops the curriculum for all annual in-service and roll-call requirements for civilians, officers, supervisors and command staff. This unit also oversees the instruction of the Certified Officers Accelerated Training (COAT) program. The Recruit Training Unit facilitates a comprehensive 24 week training program for police recruits in compliance with the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training (CLEST). The goal of the unit is to educate the aspiring recruit to become self-disciplined, vocationally competent, mentally mature, physically sound, emotionally stable, and community oriented. Each recruit is provided with 960 hours of basic academy instruction. The Police Personnel Unit is responsible for recruiting a diverse group of highly qualified applicants for the position of police officer. The unit is also responsible for conducting background investigations for all entry-level police applicants as well as civilian personnel within the department.
Records and Support Division
The Records and Support Division is comprised of the Records Section, the Technology and Equipment Section, and the Accreditation Unit. The Division is commanded by Captain Ken Temple, who reports directly to the Assistant Chief of Police – Executive Bureau. Captain Temple is a thirty-three (33) year veteran of the Little Rock Police Department.
The Records Section is under the supervision of a civilian supervisor and is responsible for the maintenance, dissemination and proper coding of all records in accordance with local, state, and federal laws. This section also ensures the timely submission and control of all records in a secure, orderly, and systematic manner.
The Technology and Equipment Section is under the direction of a Lieutenant and is responsible for the maintenance and service of all Departmental vehicles, compliance of all ACIC/NCIC regulations, and assists the Command Staff in the coordination of Crime Analysis activities and reporting. This section also conducts project research analysis and compiles monthly, quarterly, and yearly reports as directed by the Chief of Police. In addition, this section ensures Departmental compliance with appropriate criminal statistics reporting protocol, supervises the maintenance and upgrading of computerized police records management systems, and serves as a liaison with the Office of Information Technology and the Communications Center.
The Accreditation Unit is under the direction of a Sergeant and is responsible for the management and distribution of Departmental directives, coordinates and assists in announced and unannounced inspections of all Departmental components to ensure compliance with all standards mandated by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), ensures that all CALEA compliance files are up-to-date, serves as a liaison to CALEA for all accreditation matters, and provides assistance to all Departmental units to ensure clarification and continued compliance with CALEA standards. In addition, the Unit maintains and assists staff in the research, development, and preparation of new and/or revised Departmental orders and forms, assists in the identification of new programs, policy and procedures or acquisition of equipment to improve the performance of the Department in compliance with applicable standards, and serves as a management tool to the Chief of Police by conducting comprehensive review and analysis of Departmental operations, procedures, personnel and facilities.