The responsibility of this unit is to maintain a safe and orderly environment for citizens and visitors in all areas of Poinsett County.
Few would dispute the fact that deputies assigned to the Patrol Division are the backbone of the Sheriff's Office. These are the men and women who are the first to respond to your call for help. They are almost always the first to arrive on a scene and give aid and comfort to the injured. They often put themselves in harm's way every day they are on the job to stabilize a violent domestic call or when they search a dark building for a dangerous suspect. They pull victims out of burning buildings or give the first life-saving breaths of CPR to the child they have just pulled out of a backyard swimming pool. They serve and protect the citizens of Poinsett County and they do it with little recognition or fanfare. They take it all in and see what they do as simply part of their jobs.
The Patrol Division is responsible for responding to all types of emergency and non-emergency calls for service. The Patrol Division advocates preventative patrol and strives to maintain high visibility as a way to deter crime.
|Sergeant Bobby New|
Sergeant Bobby New serves as a Patrol Sergeant for the Sheriff’s office. He began his career in 2005 as a Reserve Deputy. After a year he was hired as a full time patrol deputy and graduated from the Arkansas law Enforcement Training Academy. In January 2017 New was promoted to Sergeant where he oversees all uniformed Deputies within the Poinsett County Sheriff’s Department. New has completed numerous Training courses from crime scene investigation to criminal interdiction. Sergeant New is also certified as a full time Firefighter, First Responder and Haz-Mat Tech.
|Sergeant Duane Bell|
Sergeant Duane Bell attended college at Arkansas State University from 1985 to 1988 and majored in Business Administration. He began his career in law enforcement in November 2001 working as an officer for the Cherry Valley Police Department. He attended Black River Technical College in Pocahontas, Arkansas and graduated from their Law Enforcement Training Academy in April 2002. Since that time, he has worked as an officer for Cherry Valley Police Department, Parkin Police Department, and later as deputy in Cross County, Arkansas and Poinsett County. He has completed certificates in Basic, General, Intermediate, and Advanced from the Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training. He is a certified law enforcement instructor, firearms instructor, active shooter instructor, emergency vehicle operation instructor and has taken an active role in teaching during the years. Duane is also a member of two volunteer fire departments, Cherry Valley and Bay Village Volunteer Fire Departments. He has served as the fire chief of the Bay Village Fire Department since 2010. He oversees training for the firefighters and has applied for grants and led fundraising efforts that have resulted in the construction of a combination firehouse/community center and the purchase of firetrucks, turnout gear, and equipment. He is married to Teresa and they have four children.