Osceola Police Department
The Osceola Police Department is under the direction of Chief David Gladden. Under his direction are 24 full time officers, 3 reserve officer and 17 civilian employees working to serve and protect the citizens of Osceola.

The Osceola Justice Building, built in 1995, and located at 401 W. Keiser Ave. houses the Osceola Police department, the City of Osceola Jail and the Osceola District Court with District Court Judge Mike Gipson and three clerks.

There are three main divisions of Osceola Police Department

Jail Division
This is where most of the civilians personal are employed. The Osceola jail can house up to 56 adult inmates- 48 male and 8 female.

The jail also houses 3 inmates under the 309 program which places state inmates in city jails. These inmates can be used in the daily maintenance and operation of the jail, similar to an employee. This helps the City, helps relieve space for the Arkansas Department of Corrections, and is a plus for the inmate.

Criminal Investigation Division
There are five investigators in this division tasked with the responsibility of gathering information and evidence in the process of investigating crime and presenting that evidence in an understandable manner.

Patrol Division
This division employs most of the officers in the department including one K-9 Unit and his partner Falco. Visibility of these patrol units, out and about the city streets are often a deterrent to crime within itself but a patrolman’s responsibility includes traffic control, rapid response to accidents, emergencies, disturbances and other reported violations of the law.

Humanitarian Efforts of the Department

Child Seat Clinics
The Osceola Police Department holds a Child Seat Clinic, once a year, in Osceola. Approximately 100 child safety seats are distributed and instructions for their safe use are shared with moms and dads. The department is often involved with other such clinics in Paragould, Jonesboro, Blytheville and as far away Batesville an Harrison.

Make a wish
It takes $5000 to grant a child a wish. Our department has raised a total of $30,000 over the past 3 years. We have been able to grant the wish of 5 children from around the area. (1) Jonesboro (1) Black Oak, (1) Blytheville, (2) Osceola.



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Upcoming OPD Events
Sep 21st, 2014 (Sun)
9:30 AM
  8th Annual Osceola Police Dept. MAKE-A-WISH POKER RUN
The 8th annual Osceola Police Department Make-A-Wish Motorcycle Poker Run will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2013. Both motorcycles and cars will meet up at Osceola High School, located at 2750 W Semmes Ave, at 9:00 a.m. to gather and parade through town. The OPD fundraising partnership with the Mid-South Chapter of Make-A-Wish began locally in September of 2006. Since that time, over $102,000 has been raised within Mississippi County to grant 14 wishes for children ranging in ages from 3 to 15. Last year alone, the OPD raised over $20,000 for Make-A-Wish. Entry for this year’s Poker Run is $20 in advance or $25 the day of the event, which includes one hand, lunch, and a commemorative tee shirt while supplies last. An auction will immediately follow lunch. For more information, call 870-622-7060, 870-622-4943, or 870-563-5213. To register, mail completed forms to: OPD Poker Run Attn: Cathey Willbanks 401 W Keiser Osceola, AR 72370 Forms are available for pickup at the Osceola Police Department and at the Osceola/South Mississippi County Chamber of Commerce office. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-South grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. For more information about the Make-A-Wish foundation or to register a child, visit http://midsouth.wish.org