On 1/14/2018 the Pope County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a possible officer impersonation in the area of the 4100 Block of North Arkansas Avenue. The victim stated that a dark colored Dodge Charger with blue and white dash lights initiated a traffic stop on her. She described the suspect as a tall, white, slender male wearing a dark uniform with no badge or patches, and wearing a hat similar to a State Trooper. Our deputies checked and determined that no local officer had initiated the stop through dispatch. Sheriff Jones would like to remind citizens that should they ever be unsure of a stop that it is ok to slow and proceed to a well illuminated area before stopping. If any citizen has information relating to this case, please call the Pope County Sheriff’s Office at 479-968-2558…
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Pope County Sheriff’s Office
Pope County Sheriff’s Office Inmate Roster Maintenance
The Pope County Sheriff’s Office would like to announce to the community that our inmate roster on our website will be down for maintenance temporarily. We are working on upgrading our jail management software. When this upgrade is complete, the inmate roster will be back online and we will post an announcement.
We appreciate your patience and we look forward to announcing the return of the inmate roster to the website soon!
For more information or for questions, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 479-968-2558 or visit
On 12/23/2017 a water leak was noticed when flooding became apparent in the Detention Center and Sheriff’s Office. Roy’s Heating, Air, and Plumbing was called and located a 3/4” copper pipe under the slab of the old portion of the jail which had failed. Over the course of 12/23/2017 and 12/24/2017 a portion of the slab was removed and the leak was fixed. Sheriff Jones stated that the leak did not affect the entire detention facility, and that the inmates housed in this section were provided drinking water and access to restroom facilities during the repair process. The current Pope County Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center was built in 1981, and then expanded in 2001 to its current design. No further information is available at this time.
Investigators with the Pope County Sheriff’s Office recently received a report of a possible sexual assault that occurred when the now adult female was between 3 years old and 12 years old. After conducting their investigation, investigators arrested 45 year old Ronnie Lyn Gipson on December 13, 2017 and charged him with Rape. During a December 15, 2017 bond hearing Gipson’s bond was set at $500,000.00. He is scheduled to appear in Pope County Circuit Court on January 22, 2018. No further information is available at this time.
Video Visitation is now operational. The website to register is pope.csgvisit.com
Also attached are instructions for using the system.
VIDEO VISITATION OFFICIALLY BEGINS MONDAY, OCTOBER 2ND. Video visitation hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (last scheduled visit is 8:40 p.m.) in the Pope County Sheriff's Office lobby. Although the lobby will be open for visitation during these hours, the administrative offices of the sheriff's office will still have operating hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Each inmate is allowed up to three (3) visits per week. Visits are 15 minutes in length each. Beginning Friday, 9/29/17, visits can be scheduled for Monday, 10/2/17. Visits may not be scheduled sooner than one (1) day ahead and may not be scheduled later than two (2) days ahead. For example, if you want to visit on a Wednesday, you may schedule the visit on the Monday or Tuesday prior. All previous visitation rules, including dress code, still apply and must be agreed to upon registering. Failure to follow the rules may lead to a termination of the visit and possibly suspension of visitation privileges for both the inmate and the visitor. Visitors may register via their home computers or may use the registration kiosk in the lobby of the sheriff's office.
TO ALL INMATES, THEIR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS:
The Pope County Sheriff's Office and Detention Center announces the implementation of a new inmate mail delivery service. MailGuard, powered by Smart Communications, has been installed on kiosks in all housing units and is available to inmates for outside and internal communications. The changes are being made to streamline the operations of the detention center, improve communications and ensure the safety and well-being of inmates and staff.
In order to maintain the security and safety of the inmates and staff,
inmate postal mail must be sent to the following address:
Smart Communications- POPE COUNTY
INMATE NAME-ID NUMBER
3589-3 North Shiloh Drive #293
Fayetteville, ARÂ 72703
The MailGuard system is currently up and ready to go, however there will be a gradual transition which will allow both inmates and their families to become familiar with the process. After a few weeks, a date will be announced in which all mail must be sent through the clearinghouse or it will be returned to sender.
THE INMATES NAME AND ID NUMBER MUST BE CLEARLY PRINTED ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE ENVELOPE OR POSTCARD TO ENSURE THE MAIL IS POSTED TO THE CORRECT ACCOUNT.
All regular inmate postal mail (postcards, letters, greeting cards, etc.) will be scanned into the system and made available to the inmates to view their postal mail via the inmate kiosks.
LEGAL MAIL WILL CONTINUE TO BE SENT TO THE FACILITY DIRECTLY.
After being released, inmates may log onto smartjailmail.com using their same login credentials and download/save postal mail in PDF format.Â THERE IS NO COST INVOLVED TO DO SO.
Sheriff Jones, along with other members of the community, gathered at the future home of Sgt. Chris Tarte today to sod and landscape the yard. Sgt. Tarte was severely injured in an IED explosion while serving in Afghanistan. HOMES FOR OUR TROOPS has built a custom accessible home for Sgt. Tarte. There will be a Key Ceremony on September 30th, at which time Chris will be presented with the keys to his new home.
If you are interested in attending the ceremony, and showing ...your support for this organization and for Sgt. Tarte, the contact information is listed below:
Community Outreach Coordinator
Homes For Our Troops
O: 508-823-3300 ext. 263
All certified deputies recently participated in the quarterly in-service training, required by the Pope County Sheriff's Office. This training includes both firearms qualifications and first-aid refresher courses. Often, deputies are the first on the scene, particularly in rural areas. Therefore, deputies routinely participate in training to keep them updated on the latest first-aid techniques. The quarterly training sessions are in addition to other mandatory training throughout the year.
The Pope County Sheriff's Office has received a missing person's report on Justin Waterman, white male, 36 years of age. Mr. Waterman was last seen in the early morning hours of May 31st in the Gunter Mountain Road area of Pope County. Mr. Waterman has family in Yell, Johnson and Perry Counties and may possibly be staying in one of those counties. If you have any information regarding Mr. Waterman's whereabouts, please contact Investigator Erick Riggs at the Pope County Sheriff's Office, 479-968-2558. All information is confidential.