Little Rock Police Department
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Little Rock Police Department

The Little Rock Police Department (LRPD) is the principal law enforcement agency serving the city of Little Rock, Arkansas. It is headed by Chief Kenton Buckner.[1]

Little Rock Police Department
Abbreviation LRPD
Agency overview
Formed January 20, 1866
Employees 639 (as of 2016)
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction Arkansas, USA
Size 116.8 square miles (303 km2)
Population 198,541 (2016 Census)[2]
Legal jurisdiction As per operations jurisdiction
Governing body Little Rock
Headquarters 700 W. Markham St, Little Rock

Officers 525
Civilians 114
Chief responsible
  • Kenton Buckner
Commands 3 Bureaus
Patrol cars

Ford Crown Victoria Dodge Charger Chevrolet Impala

Ford Explorer


In 1831 the Town of Little Rock was incorporated and Dr. Matthew Cunningham won the first mayoral election. In 1835 Little Rock was incorporated as the first City in the Arkansas Territory. The Little Rock Police Department was established in 1866 and in 1892 the first paid Little Rock Fire Department was created.[1]

Rank structure

The Little Rock Police Department has various positions for detectives, Field Training Officers, and other mission specific assignments, but these are not considered official ranks by the department.

Slain officers

Name Date Notes
William I. Copeland 31 December 1885 Gunshot
Officer W. T. Phillips 2 August 1908 Gunshot
Sergeant William I. Campbell 18 April 1911 Gunshot*
Officer J. O. Miller 23 April 1911 Gunshot
Detective Sam D. Morgan 30 October 1915 Gunshot
Officer Joe Erber 6 June 1920 Gunshot
Officer Thomas D. Hudson 19 August 1920 Gunshot
Detective Sergeant John W. Cabiness 12 August 1922 Gunshot*
Detective Sergeant George W. Moore 24 July 1923 Gunshot
Detective Sergeant Luther C. Hay 26 July 1923 Gunshot
Officer Charles B. Faulkner 13 July 1924 Motorcycle accident
Officer Harvey L. Biggs 27 July 1924 Gunshot
Officer Frank Swilling Sr. 11 December 1926 Car accident
Officer Robert A. Johnson 23 March 1930 Motocycle accident
Detective Sergeant Samuel Neal McDermott 3 September 1930 Gunshot
Detective Lieutenant Oscar F. Deubler 1 January 1947 Gunshot*
Officer Lloyd W. Worthy 2 September 1967 Gunshot
Officer Alvin Joseph Free 27 September 1970 Car accident
Detective Noel Don McGuire 14 May 1980 Gunshot
Officer David E. Barnett 13 February 1991 Gunshot
Officer Henry Lee Callanen 15 May 1993 Gunshot
Detective Joseph Tucker Fisher 7 February 1995 Gunshot
Officer Jack David Cooper 2 February 2002 Gunshot

*Indicates killed by another police officer [3]


In January 2011, Officer Jason Gilbert and two other officers from nearby agencies were indicted for a conspiracy to rob an armored car.[4] The charges included a failed September 10th, 2007 attempt to rob an armored car. In March 2012, Gilbert was sentenced to three and a half years in prison.[5]

In February 2011, Officer Rick Harmon was arrested for drunk driving.[6]

In September 2012, Officer Josh Hastings was charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of fifteen-year-old Bobby Moore. According to the charging documents, Moore was shot in the head as he was backing away from the officer trying to flee in a stolen car.[7] Officer Hastings had been on the force for five years and had been suspended six times previously.[8] In April, 2014, after two deadlocked juries, charges were dropped as prosecutors said no jury was willing to convict Hastings. He had been fired from his job, but his lawyer said he would take steps to return to the department.[9]


  1. ^ a b Official Website, accessed 9 September 2014
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-02-05. Retrieved . 
  3. ^ "Officer Down Memorial Page". ODMP. Retrieved . 
  4. ^ Little Rock Men Indicted in Armored Car Heist; Conspiracy, by Nichelle Sullivan, KARK, January 4, 2011
  5. ^ Police officer, 3 others sentenced in armored car robbery,, 26 March 2012
  6. ^ Rick Harmon, Little Rock police officer, arrested for DUI, KTHV, 22 February 2011
  7. ^ Little Rock Police Officer charged with manslaughter, KLRT and the AP, 7 September 2012
  8. ^ LRPD officer Josh Hastings has 6 suspensions in 5 years, by Max Seigle, KTHV, 5 September 2012
  9. ^ Charges against Hastings dismissed before third trial; by Gavin Lesnick, 7 April 2014, Arkansas Online

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