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BNPD June enforcement initiative focuses on criminal activity in city parks

BNPD June enforcement initiative focuses on criminal activity in city parks

BENTON, Ark. (BNPD) Recently, it has come to our attention through some members of the community that they would like to see more of a presence in city parks due to various issues and concerns.  Some of the problems reported to us include vehicular racing, possible drug use, people fighting, and people using vulgar language or slurs around their family.

This initiative will refocus the resources of the department towards utilizing not just patrol officers, but also detectives, the special investigative unit (SIU), and school resource officers to be more effective.  They will focus on community policing by conducting not just vehicle patrols, but foot patrols of the parks and Saline River access points to be a visible deterrent to those intent on conducting criminal activity.

Three burglary suspects caught in the act

Three burglary suspects caught in the act

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - On Friday at approximately 8:35 p.m., officers with the Benton Police Department responded to the 400 block of Ashby Street on report of a possible burglary in progress call. Upon their arrival, it was determined that a burglary was indeed taking place.

Officers made contact with one suspect outside the residence who was later identified as Alexander Wall, 25. Upon subsequent investigation, it was determined two other suspects were still inside the residence. One suspect was located a short time later and was identified as Samantha Wilder, 25.

A third suspect, later identified as Dillan Billingsley, 26, fled from the residence. Officers were able to locate him after a short foot pursuit and he was taken into custody without further incident. All three suspects were transported to the Saline County Detention facility for processing without further incident.

Benton Police present the 'Turn yourself in or you MAY get put in jail' warrant initiative

Benton Police present the 'Turn yourself in or you MAY get put in jail' warrant initiative

BENTON, Ark. (BNPD) - Every month this year the Benton Police Department will have a different initiative that we will call attention to in relation to a public safety issue. The month of May is going to be ‘Turn Yourself in or you MAY Get Put in Jail’, which is a warrant initiative which will have two primary objectives. 

First, we currently have over 1,500 active warrants in our system and this initiative will help us cut down on the backlog.  Officers from every division will be working the initiative during the month of May in an attempt to serve the warrants. 

Trouble enforcing texting while driving law in Arkansas

Trouble enforcing texting while driving law in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - For years, we've seen public service announcements about texting while driving, but are people really getting the message? One student says, "I mean they're sad. You know, it's emotional. I just feel I've seen so many that you think it just won't happen."

THV11 News sat down with six teenage students at Sylvan High School in Sherwood, Arkansas. They admit, texting and driving is a big temptation for teenagers like themselves. "I don't do it all the time but sometimes I do text and drive and I admit that it is dangerous," Antonius Russell says.

WATCH STORY: http://on.kthv.com/PAhkKz

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 71 percent of teens and young people say they have sent text messages while driving and 78 percent of them have read a text message while driving.

Pinnacle Mountain car break-ins down significantly

Pinnacle Mountain car break-ins down significantly

PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV)—Car break ins at Pinnacle Mountain are down significantly from a year ago.

In 2013 the state park saw fourteen break-ins, but this year there have only been two.

"It just happens in the blink of an eye," says park ranger Will Ward who has been with the park for almost a year. "We had people on the playground will this last break-in and nobody can see it or hear it."

WATCH: http://on.kthv.com/1hTOL7q

Officials say Pinnacle Mountain can be a hot spot for thieves because they know that when you're hundreds of feet up the side of a mountain it can be a little difficult to tend to your car that's in the parking lot.

Benton police launches 'Anti-Drug April'

Benton police launches 'Anti-Drug April'

BENTON, Ark. (Benton Police Dept.) -- Every month this year the Benton Police Department will have a different initiative that we will call attention to in relation to a public safety issue. The month of April will be 'Anti-Drug April' where we will focus on different enforcement and education activities to raise awareness about the damage drugs can cause in our community.

During the month we will be focusing strongly on efforts to serve outstanding warrants on those with felony drug charges. We will be taking additional enforcement efforts against those who deal and traffic illegal narcotics in our community, and who are all too often the root cause of violent crimes that we deal with day in and day out.

We will be posting anti-drug and drug awareness information on our social media outlets and website. Additionally, we will be conducting drug awareness programs throughout the month at various schools in the city.

FBI needs help identifying suspected child sexual predator

FBI needs help identifying suspected child sexual predator

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (FBI) -- The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking the public's assistance with obtaining identifying information regarding an unknown male suspected of sexually exploiting a child. Photographs and informational posters depicting the unknown individual, known only as John Doe 28, are being disseminated to the public and can be found online at the FBI website athttp://www.fbi.gov/wanted/ecap.