About the Arkansas State Police:
In cities and towns across Arkansas
today there are men and women who proudly wear the badge of the Arkansas State Police. Their distinctive uniform which includes
the wide-brim campaign hat sets these law enforcement officers apart and without a second glance local citizens know they
are in the presence of Arkansas State Troopers.
On March 19th, 1935 when Governor J.M.
Futrell and the Arkansas General Assembly approved and signed into law Act 120, known as the Chrip-Carter bill, the Arkansas
State Police was born. The first men to be empowered in Arkansas with statewide law enforcement duties and responsibilities
were known as Rangers. Time would pass and the officers would later be called troopers.
Today, the Arkansas State Police are organized
in four divisions (Administrative Services, Criminal Investigation, Crimes Against Children and Highway Patrol) that report
direct to the Director of the Arkansas State Police. The Highway Patrol Division
is organized into troops, designated by the letters A through L. Similiarly,
the Criminal Investigations Division is organized by Companies, A through F; while the Crimes Against Children Division is
organized by area, one through seven.