Good­man Po­lice Use New Equip­ment

McDonald County Press - - PROTECT & SERVE - Sally Car­roll

Neigh­bors help­ing neigh­bors is the motto be­hind the Good­man Po­lice De­part­ment.

The de­part­ment’s staff enjoys help­ing its com­mu­nity. Part-time re­serve of­fi­cer Lorie Howard said the staff is ded­i­cated to as­sist­ing Good­man neigh­bors.

“There’s a lot of serve in ‘serve and pro­tect,’” she said.

The de­part­ment, headed by 13-year vet­eran, Chief Curt Drake, em­ploys full­time of­fi­cer Joe David, part­time re­serve of­fi­cers Michelle Wil­son and Howard.

Drake said the of­fi­cers con­sider them­selves for­tu­nate to aid their neigh­bors.

Of­fi­cers cover ev­ery­thing from traf­fic ci­ta­tions and warn­ings for un­sightly prop­er­ties, to di­plo­mat­i­cally help­ing par­ties reach an agree­ment and much more in their cov­er­age area, which in­cludes two square miles of the city and al­most five miles of state high­way near Good­man.

The de­part­ment builds on its suc­cesses and this year has been marked with sev­eral suc­cesses; namely, the siz­able do­na­tions from the Bella Vista, Ark., Po­lice De­part­ment.

A cage, uni­forms, a lap­top stand and gun rack were all do­nated to the Good­man Po­lice De­part­ment.

“It’s a huge plus,” Drake said.

In ad­di­tion, the city of Good­man pur­chased tasers for of­fi­cers. With added equip­ment, Drake feels his de­part­ment is mak­ing strides to fur­ther pro­mote safety.

He also hopes launch­ing a neigh­bor­hood watch will ben­e­fit the com­mu­nity.

“Get­ting more cit­i­zens in­volved, to be more eyes and ears out there, will def­i­nitely help,” he said.

The small de­part­ment, which de­rives its op­er­a­tional fund­ing from cit­i­zens and sales taxes, re­lies on neigh­bors help­ing neigh­bors.

The neigh­bor­hood watch/ cit­i­zens academy will be launched soon. Those who are in­ter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing may con­tact the po­lice de­part­ment.

In the mean­time, Drake hopes to keep build­ing a bet­ter re­la­tion­ship with other agen­cies for mu­tual aid agree­ments. The de­part­ment re­ceives help from the An­der­son Po­lice De­part­ment and the McDon­ald County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, he said.

Drake also ap­pre­ci­ates dis­patch­ers for the job they per­form.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery­thing they do … check­ing on us and get­ting peo­ple to where they need to be.”

The tightly-knit small town is mak­ing progress with main­tain­ing a wel­com­ing, safe at­mos­phere for fam­i­lies and peo­ple of all ages.

The best part of serv­ing Good­man?

Wil­son summed it up best: “The peo­ple.”

SALLY CAR­ROLL/MCDON­ALD COUNTY PRESS

Good­man Po­lice Chief Curt Drake (left) and part-time re­serve of­fi­cers Michelle Wil­son and Lorie Howard serve Good­man neigh­bors. Not pic­tured is Of­fi­cer Joe David.

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