Message from the Chief
Welcome to the Camden Police Department website. I am honored and proud to serve this Department as the Chief of Police and I am committed to lead this Department with a vision of dedication to make Camden a safe place to live and work.
The members of this department are also committed to serve, protect and promote a safe community, and we take great pride in keeping our residents and visitors safe by providing professional police services through community partnerships. We understand that a successful law enforcement organization is one that proactively seeks the community’s help to prevent and solve crime.
This webpage will give you some idea and insight into the varied efforts that the Camden Police Department puts forth in providing quality law enforcement to our community.
Our commitment to service to the community remains foremost as we carry out our daily duties. Working together, we will meet the public safety needs as we encourage the support necessary to continue on our path of excellent police service to the community.
Boyd M. Woody
Chief of Police
CITIZEN’S POLICE ACADEMY
The Citizen’s Police Academy met for the first session of the year, Jan. 20, 2015 at the Camden Police Department Classroom. Lt. T. J. Robertson, Patrol Commander, and Texann Shadden, Training Coordinator started the class off with introductions of Chief Boyd Woody, Captain Scott Rosson, Patrol Commander, Sann Strickland, Administration Commander, and Sgt. Gary Hicks. Each student was asked to introduce themselves and tell what they would like to gain from the class. The group was allowed to view some of the equipment worn and carried by patrol officers on a daily basis. Chief Boyd Woody spoke with the group and explained the reason the class was implemented was to be open to the public and explain what and why we do some of the things we do. Chief Woody gave the group a tour of the station, including the Booking Room and Holding Cell.
Sgt. Glenn Gilbert read the Code of Conduct all Officers must read and agree to follow.
Sgt. Gary Hicks explained the daily duties of a Patrol Officer and gave examples of what the officer endures each day as he or she attempts to provide service to the public.
DON’T LET THE TIME SLIP UP ON YOU
Deadline for applications to the Citizen’s Police Academy is coming up! You know you don’t want to miss out on the fun. Pick up your application at the Police Department and return it by Jan. 13. The classes begin Jan. 20.
Mayor Trisollini welcomed at the Police Department with Coffee and Donuts!
The City of Camden Civil Service Commission will conduct an open competitive examination for the position of Police Officer at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 24, 2015.
Applications will be accepted until Tuesday, January 13, 2015 and may be obtained online at www.camden.ar.gov/ or from the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 206 Van Buren Street, Camden, AR 71701 or by contacting Donna Stewart or Tom Vaughan at 870-836-6436.
- Citizen of the United States
- High School graduate or GED equivalent
- Be at least 21 years of age
- Felony and some misdemeanor convictions are disqualifying
- Must pass a physical and psychological examination and drug screen
- Must pass Police Officer Examination and be interviewed by the Civil Service Commission
- Must pass an extensive background investigation
- Must pass a physical agility test
- Candidates should make themselves familiar with the Department’s tattoo, piercing, and body scarring policy. Copies may be obtained at the Department during normal business hours.
- Starting salary range is $29K- $30K after 1 year
- Uniform allowance $700 first year, $600 annually thereafter
- Take home vehicle benefit after 1 yr. for employees residing in Camden.
- Educational Incentive Pay up to 10% of base salary (based on college credit hours).
- Certificate Pay up to 10% of base salary.
- Three weeks paid annual vacation (accrue 15 days vacation leave annually).
- Sick leave benefits (accrue 15 days first year of employment, 20 days thereafter).
- Health and Life Insurance premiums for the employee and the majority of family coverage are paid by the City of Camden.
- Excellent retirement benefits.
The City of Camden is an EOE.
Police/Fire Radio Dispatcher I
The City of Camden, Arkansas is accepting applications for the position of Police Radio Dispatcher I in the Administration Division of the Police Department.
The Police/Fire Radio Dispatcher I is under the direction of the on-duty Watch Commander, Commander of the Administrative Division and the on-duty Dispatcher II. The Dispatcher I is responsible for transmitting, receiving, and routing in an efficient, calm and professional manner, public requests for police and fire services or information to the appropriate field unit or division of responsibility. The Police/Fire Radio Dispatcher I is expected to maintain current and legible logs, complete desk reports on all calls for police and fire service, dispatch patrol officers and firefighters, maintain report logs, notify additional emergency service agencies, obtain and transmit via radio information to patrol officers, firefighters, enter information into the computer system, compute costs and collect money for fines and bonds among other duties as required.
Applicants must be high school graduates or equivalent and have some knowledge of proper techniques, methods and procedures used in effective law enforcement, have basic knowledge of filing systems, must possess good human relation skills, must be computer literate, have basic typewriting skills, have good penmanship and the ability to multi-task.
Applicants must be willing to work shift work, Holidays and weekends, be a resident of Ouachita County at the time of employment, possess an operational telephone at place of residence, and pass a thorough background investigation and not have been convicted of a felony. Applicants must possess a valid Arkansas Driver’s License.
Pay range is $9.38- $9.93 per hour, 40 hours per week, plus a full fringe benefit package is included. Health and Life Insurance premium for the employee are paid in full by the City of Camden.
Applications for this position will be accepted until Monday,. January 5, 2015
Interested persons may obtain an Application for Employment form from the City Clerk’s office located in the Municipal Building, 206 Van Buren Street, Camden, AR 71701 or by calling 870-836-6436, or online at www.camden.ar.gov
Second Suspect in Custody
Jaquestin Anderson is in custody at the Ouachita County Detention Center after turning himself in Dec. 24th approx. 12:00 p.m. The Camden Police Department was attempting to located Anderson in relation to the Aggravated Robbery and Capitol Murder of Richard Anders at Mac’s Fresh Market Dec. 19, 2014.
A MESSAGE OF THANKS FROM CAMDEN POLICE CHIEF BOYD WOODY
A message from Chief Boyd Woody…..
I would like to thank all Law Enforcement Officers who assisted in the apprehension of Austin Hill, suspect in the murder and aggravated robbery of Mr. Richard Anders at Mac’s in Garden Oaks.
I am extremely proud of the Officers, Investigators, and Dispatchers of the Camden Police Department as well as the other agencies who assisted in our mission. I really appreciate The Arkansas State Police Investigators, Ouachita County Sheriff David Norwood and his Deputies and Investigators, who came to our aid without delay. Thanks go out to the volunteers of the community who assisted us also. Thank you Chris McCollum for helping us with surveillance equipment, and Bryce Woods and Woods Place for providing a meal for those who have worked tirelessly since this whole ordeal began. Thank you Mr. Richard Stroope for cookies, and if I left anyone out, please forgive me, as the days are running together.
It is amazing how this whole community has come together during this tragedy. It makes me proud to call Camden my home.
IN CUSTODY !
On December 19, 2014 pm, Richard Anders, Manager of Mac’s Fresh Market, was shot and killed in the parking lot of Mac’s, while making the night deposit.
Today, Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. ( just 15 minutes after arrest warrant and search warrants were signed by Judge Hamilton Singleton), Austin Hill (age 19) of Camden, was arrested in connection with this case, and is being charged with CAPTIAL MURDER and AGGRAVATED ROBBERY.
Since the initial call of the shooting, investigators from the Camden Police Department, with assistance from the Arkansas State Police and Ouachita County Sheriff’s Department have been working non-stop following every lead and interviewing every person connectied to this case.
Our community has been devasted by the senseless act committed by Hill and we are doing to do everything possible to bring him to justice. Our prayers are with Mr. Ander’s family, Mac’s employees and our community.
Suspect in Custody….Details at 4
Mac’s Manager Killed During Robbery
On December 19, 2014 at 5:24 pm, officers from the Camden Police Department responded to a call of shots fired at Mac’s Fresh Market in Garden Oaks Shopping Center. Upon arrival, officers discovered that Richard Anders, ( 63 year old white male) Manager of Mac’s had been walking out to his vehicle with another employee to deliver the night deposit when he was approached by a tall black male wearing dark colored pants and a dark colored hoodie over his head. The suspect shot Anders once in the chest, took the deposit bag and fled on foot into a nearby residential neighborhood. Anders was taken to the Ouachita County Medical Center by ambulance and was later pronounced dead. Investigators from the Camden Police Department along with Investigators from the Arkansas State Police have been collecting evidence and following leads since the incident.
A $5000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect. If anyone witnessed anything at the scene or knows information related to this case, they should contact the Camden Police Department at 870-836-5755.
A note to all store owners and managers, please do not hesitate to call the Police Department and ask for an escort to the bank when taking the deposit. Report anyone suspicious in the area especially close to closing time.
CITIZEN’S POLICE ACADEMY
It is once again time for the citizens of Camden to join us at the Police Department for some fun as you learn more about the Department and meet the people who strive every day to make things safer for you. We are here for you. Come learn why we do the things we do and how you can help us make Camden a better and safer place to live, work and play.
Applications can be picked up at the Camden Police Department and filled out. Applications must be turned in no later than Jan. 13, 2015. Classes begin Jan. 20, 2015 and will be held at the Police Station on Tuesday nights from 6 pm until 8 pm. for 6 weeks. Applicants must be 18 years or older, live within Camden, AR, have no prior felony arrests or any serious misdemeanors within the last two years.
Topics to be discussed:
Special Response Team
K-9 and Demonstration
and much more….
You will not be asked to do anything you do not wish to do, but there will be an opportunity to be involved in role playing of life-like scenarios if you wish.
On the last night of the course we provide a free dinner and Graduation Ceremony. You will receive a diploma and pictures will be taken.
Come on and have some fun!
Camden Police Department Christmas Party
We, want to thank our sponsors who donated gifts for door prizes and auction, our special guests, and the employees who pulled together to make this wonderful party happen. We had a potluck dinner, second to none….drawing for door prizes, an auction for a good cause, games where the employees had a chance to win a day off, and Santa came! Below are a few of the moments captured on photos.
The Harmony Grove Kindergarten Classes sang Christmas Carols at the Camden Police Department Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. We were honored to have them here to get us into the Christmas Spirit! Thanks, you all did great!
CPD’s Newest K-9 Team
Officer Nathan Clayton is pictured with the Police Department’s newest K9, Razor. Officer Clayton has been with the department a year and a half. He showed an interest in becoming a K-9 officer and when the opportunity arose to obtain a new one for the department, Clayton was chosen as Razor’s handler and partner. Razor is a Belgian Malinois, who is trained in narcotics detection, subject apprehension, obedience and more. They are making a great team and have already made several arrests.
Claudia Williams, Training Administrator for the Camden Police Department retires. She will be missed by many, within the Department and by those in the community she has touched. Claudia not only maintained the files for Officer’s training and other employee’s training, she also coordinated community events, gave tours of the Police Department, and organized programs for the schools in the community to help teach children about safety and the consequences of drugs. She assisted with the Neighborhood Watch, Special Olympics, Toys for Tots, and many other events. Here are a few pictures taken at her going away party at the Police Station. We wish Claudia best of luck in her retirement and hope she will come back to visit!
Congratulations to the winners of the Halloween Pumpkin Decorating Contest!!!! Hope everyone had a great time.
by: Texann Shadden
Halloween! Trick or Treat!
All the kids go down the street.
Anticipation, you can see it in their eyes,
The costumes they chose will be a surprise.
Scarecrows, witches, fairies and ghosts,
Which one do you like the most?
Scary stories told after dark,
Then maybe a walk in the park.
Keep a flashlight handy
While you’re out collecting candy.
Look up at the harvest moon and all the stars,
But please be careful and look out for cars!
Dr. Roconni at Camden Animal Hospital has generously offered incentives for adopting from the pound. If you adopt, he has offered first shots, worming and health check for free, and spay or neuter for 1/2 price! Thanks Doc! Now, come on folks, this should make it easier to make the commitment and take home one of these deserving animals!
See photos on the Dog Adoptions section of this website or on our facebook page, A Home for Fido.
The City of Camden Civil Service Commission will conduct an open competitive examination for the position of Police Officer at 8:00 am. on Saturday, October 18, 2014.
Applications will be accepted until Tuesday, October 7, 2014 and may be obtained online at www.camdenar.gov/ or from the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 206 Van Buren Street, Camden, AR. 71701 or by contacting Donna Stewart or Tom Vaughan at 870-836-6436.
Citizen of the United States
High School graduate or GED equivalent
Be at least 21 years of age
Felony and some misdemeanor convictions are disqualifying
Must pass a physical and psychological examination and drug screen
Must possess a valid driver’s license
Must pass Police Officer Entrance Examination and be interviewed by the Civil Service Commission
Must pass an extensive background investigation
Must pass a physical agility test
Candidates should make themselves familiar with the Department’s tattoo, piercing and body scarring policy. Copies may be obtained at the Department during normal business hurs.
Starting salary $29K- $30K after 1 year
Uniform allowances $700 first year, $600 annually thereafter
Take home vehicle benefit after 1 year for employees residing in Camden
Educational Incentive Pay up to 10% of base salary (based on college credit hours)
Certificate Pay up to 10% of base salary
Three weeks paid annual vacation (accrue 15 days vacation leave annually)
Sick leave benefits (accrue 15 days first year of employment and 20 days thereafter
Health and Life Insurance premiums for the employee and the majority of family coverage are paid by the City of Camden
Excellent retirement benefits
Chris Claybaker, Mayor
City of Camden
The City of Camden is an EOE
Finally the Benefit Day for the Harcrow Family!
We would like to thank everyone who participated in the benefit today and supported the Harcrow Family! You made this a success and we hope you had a good time too. Here are a few pictures from the day.
Are you ready to ride? Come on down to the Riverwalk in Camden and join in the fun participating in a benefit Poker Run. First bike, car or truck out at 9am last one out at 10. There will be hamburger and hot dog plates for $5 at the Riverwalk also. So if you just want an easy lunch without the fuss, come get a plate. All proceeds go to the Scotty and Mande Harcrow family to help with some of the costs incurred by Scotty’s July vehicle accident. He is improving and out of the hospital. He hopes to make an appearance at the event!
Camden Police Chief Boyd Woody, presents Officer John Parker a Service Plaque of Appreciation for 7 years of dedicated service. We, at the CPD wish Officer Parker the best as he accepts a position with the Arkansas State Police.
Camden Police Chief Boyd Woody signed a Proclamation on the behalf of the Police Department and the City of Camden, declaring the month of August, Distractive Driving Awareness Month.
Grant Pyle was our guest at the Police Department, accompanied by his aunt, Michelle Paden, Grandmother Kathy Walker Pyle and Julie Eddy.
Michelle Paden told the members of the Police Department and other guests, Grant’s story. August 31, 2013 Grant was the passenger in a vehicle involved in a serious accident which was caused by distracted driving. Grant received injuries causing him to be paralyzed from the chest down.
FADD ( Families Against Distractive Driving) was founded by Kathy Pyle, and co- founded by Michelle Paden and Bubba Wilson from Magnolia in July this year. In a short time, the group has grown tremendously, gaining support from cities and law enforcement agencies throughout the state.
The group is working to make more people aware of the many dangers of distractive driving. Anything from talking, texting, dialing a cell phone, to putting on makeup or adjusting the radio can be considered distractive driving.
The photo above was contributed by Theresa Harris who says it was from the Arkansas Municipal Police Association annual publication of August 1956. Proceeds were to benefit regular city and retired policemen.
National Night Out
Sponsored by Unity in the Community
Carnes Park, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 from 6PM- 8PM.
Come on out and bring the kids for fun in the park with Safety Pup from the Camden Police Department and Sparky from the Camden Fire Department! Sparky and his pals from the Fire Department will have the Fire Safety House and Safety Pup’s pals from the Police Department will be available for fingerprinting the kids, and grilling hamburgers! There will be a bouncy house and the pool will be open. Come join the fun!
See photos of dogs that are available for adoption, on the Dog Adoptions page on this site.
PET OF THE WEEK
This is an older male Beagle who would make a good companion to someone. Just look at that smile! He would make a great buddy for someone. Please contact Animal Control at the Camden Police Department if you are interested in welcoming him into your family! 870-836-5755 Mon. thru Fri. 7 am til 3 pm.
Dog Adoption Day !!!
Dog Adoption at Atwoods Saturday July 12, 2014
Thank you, Marion Cole, Atwoods, Ladies Auxilary, Volunteers from the Police Department, Wendy Swain, Ellen Tutt, other volunteers from the community, thanks to Billy Atkins who brought us iced tea (it was really hot out there) thanks to the donations and support, and thank you for all who have opened there homes to rescue the dogs! It was a very successful day!
PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO WATCH THIS SAFETY VIDEO
May 22, 2014
The Camden Police Department has mailed out warning cards to people who have warrants with the department. You are subject to arrest at any time. If you have received one of these cards, you need to bring it and your ID to the Police Department.
May 13-14, 2013
Texann Shadden and Lyn Bryant attended the 2014 ACIC Conference in Little Rock this week, posing below for a photo with Rick Warren from ACIC.
Texann and Lyn learned of new procedures and updates concerning the ACIC system and will now share this information with Supervisors and Co-workers at Camden Police Department.
May 2, 2014
A promotional ceremony was held May 2, 2014 at the Camden Police Department for the following persons pictured left to right: Sergeant Jonathon Chambers, Lieutenant T. J. Robertson, Dispatcher II Lyn Bryant, and Sergeant Gary Hicks.
April 30, 2014
The Camden Police Department in conjunction with the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Department was successful in capturing Theodore Hurley this morning. Hurley was wanted on numerous felony charges including Commercial Burglary and Fraudulent Use of Credit Cards among other charges.
April 29, 2014
The Camden Police Department will be sending Officers to Vilonia to assist in patrols during the storm recovery. We will also be taking supplies, if you would like to donate you may bring them by Camden Police Department by Thursday. Batteries, socks, t-shirts, underwear, flashlights, snack food, etc.
On March 27, 2014, Camden< Arkansas and Ouachita County suffered extensive storm damage.
We, at the Camden Police Department were absolutely overwhelmed with the cooperation of the many agencies and the donations of time and services from individuals and businesses during this emergency.
Thank you all! You know who you are and there is no way to list everyone!