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Mission Statement
The Sherwood Police Department will provide the highest quality of police services with prompt response and community involvement. We pledge to help enhance the safety and quality of life in our city while holding ourselves to the highest standards of integrity and professionalism.

Chief of Police
Jim Bedwell
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Chief Bedwell presented Sherwood Police Department Personnel with Awards. Pictured from left to right is Lisa Curry (2013 Dispatcher of the Year), Jamal Hockaday (2013 Officer of the Year), and Vivian McNeil (2013 Civilian Employee of the Year).






This Fourth of July, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ by
Sherwood Police Department

Sherwood, Arkansas – The Fourth of July is a favorite holiday for many Americans.  Families and friends gather to celebrate our country with food, parades, parties, and fireworks. For many people, the celebration includes alcohol, but the holiday quickly goes from festive to fatal when people choose to drive after drinking. Over the July 4th holiday period in 2012 alone, 78 people were killed in alcohol impaired-driving crashes on our nation’s roads.

To crack down on drunk driving this Fourth of July, Sherwood Police Officers will be out in full force, aggressively targeting those who put lives in danger. “Sherwood Police Department is ramping up their enforcement to make our roads safer this Fourth of July,” said Lieutenant Jamie Michaels. “For everyone’s sake, don’t drink and drive or you will be arrested. The ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign means zero tolerance for drunk driving—no excuses.”
Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA ) show that 10,322 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in the United States in 2012—representing a third of all crash fatalities. Data shows that the Fourth of July holiday period is especially deadly. During the July 4th period in 2012 (6 p.m. on July 3 to 5:59 a.m. on July 5), there were 179 people killed in crashes, and 44 percent of those crashes were alcohol-impaired.

In every state, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 grams per deciliter (g/dL) or higher, yet people continue to break the law and drive drunk. According to the FBI, over 1.28 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics in 2012.  And the rate of high-BAC impaired driving is astounding. In fatal crashes during the July 4th period in 2012, more than one fourth (28%) involved a driver or motorcycle operator with a BAC of .15 or higher—almost twice the legal limit.

NHTSA data also reveals that 46 percent of young (age 18-34) drivers were (BAC of .08 or higher) while driving in fatal crashes over the July 4th period in 2012 (6 p.m. on July 3 to 5:59 a.m. on July 5). Motorcycle operators are also overrepresented as the highest percentage of alcohol impaired drivers in fatal crashes. In 2012, more than one-fourth (27%) of the motorcycle operators in fatal crashes had a BAC of .08 or higher.

Drunk drivers are more common at night, too. Over the July 4th period in 2012, more than a third (39%) of the drivers in nighttime fatal crashes (6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.) were alcohol-impaired, as compared to 16 percent of drivers in fatal crashes during the day.

“This Fourth of July holiday, you can show your patriotism by helping to make Sherwood roads safer for everyone,” said Lieutenant Jamie Michaels. “Remember, to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. It’s as simple as that.”  Law enforcement is not messing around this Independence Day: if you’re caught driving drunk, you will be arrested. And keep in mind that aside from putting your life and the lives of others at risk, driving impaired can also lead to serious consequences. A DUI arrest can mean time in jail, loss of your license, and steep financial expenses; the average DUI costs about $10,000.
Sherwood Police Department recommends these simple tips to prevent drunk driving:


For more information about the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, visit www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov.




Life Saving Click It or Ticket Mobilization Begins

Sherwood Kicks Off High Visibility Enforcement May 19, 2014

Sherwood, AR - The Shewood Police Department wants to remind motorist to Click It or Ticket. In order to enforce this reminder, Sherwood Police Officers will be stepping up enforcement begining May 19, 2014.

The Sherwood Police Department's efforts are part of a larger national Click It Or Ticket mobilization that runs May 19-June1. As motorist take to the roads to celebrate the long memotial Day weekend, law enforcement officials across the nation will be ensuring that everyone buckles up.

"Memorial Day weekend kicks off summer vacation season, and we want to ensure that everyone arrives at their destination safe and sound," said Lt. Jamie Michaels. "If your not wearing your seat belt, you will be ticketed."

According to new data released from the Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), fatalities are upnationwide for the first time in fice years. In 2012, 10,335 peoplewho were killed in motor vehicle crashes were not wearing their seat belts. NHTSA data also details how more traffic vehicle deaths occur at night. In 2012, 61 percent of passenger vehicle occupents killed during the nighttime hours of 6:00 p.m. - 5:59 a.m. were not wearing their seat belt.

"We are determined to help bring these numbers down," said Lt. Michaels. "There are too many people dying on the roads, and many of those deaths could have been prevented if people took the simple step of wearing thier seat belt. We will be handing out tickets year-round to those who still haven't gotten the message."

For more information on the Click It or Ticket mobilization, please visit www.nhtsa.gov/ciot.





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