Pollard named Kensett police chief

Three Rivers Edition Published July 21, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.
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— After almost three years with the Kensett Police Department, John Pollard’s fellow officers can now call him chief.

Pollard was named to the position July 1, to replace Jim Dwyer, who retired.

“I love it,” Pollard said. “It’s definitely been a challenge. I have to do lots of paperwork and take care of the other officers.”

He started in law enforcement in 2005, when he was an officer for a year with the Searcy Police Department.

“[Law enforcement] was always something I wanted to do,” Pollard said. After his year at the Searcy department, Pollard said he worked in the oil fields in Russell until 2010. He said he was drawn back to law enforcement because it was more of a stable job.

He started working in Kensett on Oct. 10, 2010.

Although he grew up in Bradford, Pollard said his wife is from the Kensett area, and he loves the city.

“The people in Kensett are super great,” Pollard said. “The citizens and the city count on [the police department].”

Kensett has a population of about 1,500, Pollard said. Including himself, Kensett has four police officers.

“The county helps out when we need it,” he said.

Pollard said he is looking to improve the city as a whole.

“A lot of this job is difficult,” Pollard said. “I have to make sure the decisions that [the department] makes are made right.”

Drugs and theft are two main problems that Pollard said he has seen during his time with the Kensett Police Department.

In addition to improving the city, Pollard said he wants to improve the Kensett Police Department.

“I really want to do more training. I want to do anything to make the officers better,” Pollard said.

The Criminal Justice Institute provides free classes to police officers across the state in different locations, Pollard said.

“They have so many classes,” Pollard said. “They range from domestic abuse to fingerprinting.” Pollard said for his department to enroll in these classes, all he has to do is call.

“We can choose [which class] fits us better,” Pollard said.

By expanding the skills of his fellow officers, Pollard said the department should improve.

“We’ve got to have better training,” he said.

The chief said when he isn’t patrolling the streets as a law enforcement officer, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Melissa, his children and grandchildren.

“[Kensett] is a good town with good people,” Pollard said.

Staff writer Lisa Burnett can be reached at (501) 244-4307 or lburnett@arkansasonline.com.

Online Reporter Lisa Burnett can be reached at 501-378-3887 or lburnett@arkansasonline.com.

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