The Osceola Police Department is under
the direction of Chief David Gladden. Under his direction are 24
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
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.
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
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
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,