Administration   
   
Chief of Police ~ Kenneth Bell

Chief Bell began his law enforcement career by serving six and one half years as a Military Policeman.  In May 1985, Chief Bell was hired as a patrol officer with the Van Buren Police Department and was promoted through the ranks until he was appointed Chief of Police in 2001.  In September 2003, Chief Bell attended the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA.  Chief Bell received an Associate of General Studies from the University of Arkansas Fort Smith and then went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management from John Brown University.

 

Administrative Assistant ~ Melissa Wright

Melissa Wright has been with the Van Buren Police Department since 1999.  She was first employed as the Records/Fines Clerk.  She has served as the Administrative Assistant for the Van Buren Police Department since 2005.  She is responsible for providing administrative support to the Chief of Police and his staff. 

Captain ~ Anthony (Tony) Kaman

Capt. Kaman works under the direct supervision of the Chief of Police and is responsible for the daily administrative and operation functions of the Van Buren Police Department.  Capt. Kaman has been with the Van Buren Police Department since 1984, after serving three years in the U.S. Army as a military policeman.  Capt. Kaman is also past president of the Van Buren Police Officers' Association, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #52.

Service Lieutenant ~ Stephen Staggs

Lt. Staggs began working for the Van Buren Police Department in 1986 as a part time dispatcher and Animal Control Officer.  He was hired as a Patrol Officer the following year and was promoted through the ranks until he was appointed Lieutenant in 2001.  Lt. Staggs commands the Service Division which includes Code Enforcement, Communications, School Resource, District Court Bailiff, the Office Staff and the Property & Evidence Room.  He is also the Fleet Manager, Asset Manager and Computer System Administrator.  Lt. Staggs was awarded Officer of the Year in 1990 and holds an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Arkansas.

Criminal Investigations Lieutenant ~ Brent Grill

Lt. Grill began working for the Van Buren Police Department as a dispatcher in 1987.  He began his career as a police officer in 1988 and has served on the force of the VBPD for the last twenty-two years.  Lieutenant Grill is certified in many areas within the Van Buren Police Department.  He is a Professional Law Enforcement Instructor, Advanced Firearms Instructor, Certified Rescue Diver, and holds four of the five Law Enforcement Certificates.  He also served as a Criminal Investigator for ten years, eight of those years as supervisor of CID and is the current SWAT team commander.  Lt. Grill was awarded Officer of the Year (1991, 1999), Top Gun (1998), and Top Gun 3rd Place (2005).

Patrol Lieutenant ~ Steven Weaver

Lt. Weaver joined the Van Buren Police Department as a dispatcher in 1990 and was hired as a Patrol Officer in 1992.  He moved into CID in 1996 and was promoted to CID Lieutenant in 2008.  Lt. Weaver is a graduate of the Criminal Justice Institute School of Law Enforcement Supervision, Crime Scene Technician course and a Certified CVSA examiner.  Lt. Weaver is a member of the International Association of Crime Scene Investigators, National Citizens Police Academy Association and Fraternal Order of Police where he has held positions as local lodge president and the state vice president.