The Administrative Division is usually the first point of contact at the Union County Sheriff's Office. The clerks of the administrative division greet visitors to the office, answer telephones, collect fines as ordered by the circuit and district courts, process civil papers, maintain records, assist in jail operations, process departmental mail, and other clerical duties as directed.
The Administrative Division is comprised of four clerks, a criminal investigations secretary / civil process clerk, and a bookkeeper. These employees fall under the direction of Chief Deputy Phillips.
The Criminal Investigations Division of the Union County Sheriff's Office takes custody of most criminal cases after first reported to field deputies. After a deputy is dispatched to a call for service for an incident, the responding deputy will generate a report and send it to the Criminal Investigations Division. The reports are reviewed and prioritized, and then assigned to an investigator in the division. An investigator assigned to a case may follow a case from the crime scene, through witness interviews, and eventually to an arrest and through the court system.
All investigators in the division investigate crimes such as assault, robbery, burglary, breaking or entering, forgery, and homicide. Narcotics investigators are tasked with the responsibility of pursuing crimes involving controlled substances. Most investigators are tasked with multiple cases.
The division is currently comprised of four criminal investigators, two narcotics investigators, and an investigative captain. All deputies in the division are highly trained in the field of criminal investigations, including crime scene analysis, evidence gathering, and criminal investigation procedures. All deputies assigned to CID work normal office hours, in addition to working a 24 hour on-call rotation for emergency call outs.
Chief Investigator – Jeff Stinson
Lt. Neal Greer
Sgt. Randall Gilbert
Sgt. Jim Sanders
Inv. Jamie Morrow
The Narcotics Section is a subsection of the Criminal Investigations Division. This section is comprised of two full time narcotics detectives with specialized training and experience with illegal drugs in Union County. The detectives collect and organize tips, coordinate individual cases and "buys," and process paperwork and case files related to drug arrests and seizures. Duties may include working cases from simple possession of illegal drugs, to breaking down dangerous methamphetamine labs, to high trafficking cases involving the transportation of controlled substances in or through Union County. These detectives work closely with the El Dorado Police Department's Special Investigations Division and the 13th Judicial District's Drug Task Force, as well as EPD and UCSO SWAT teams, in their daily efforts to help combat the sale, transportation, distribution, and use of illegal and dangerous substances in our communities.
Drug distribution and use is a proven link to many crimes committed in our area. In our battle against illegal drugs, we are also fighting many other property, identity, and violent offenses committed against our citizens. By emphasizing our goals to minimize the dangerous addictions that illegal drug use creates, we help improve the safety and the quality of life for Union County residents.
If you have any information that can assist us in our endeavors to rid our communities of dangerous drugs, please contact the Sheriff's Office at 870-864-1970. You may also contact the El Dorado Police Department's Special Investigations Division at 870-881-4126. All calls will be kept confidential.
Easily the most recognizable element of the Union County Sheriff's Office, the patrol division provides twenty-four hour a day protection and services for all unincorporated and some incorporated areas of Union County. Deputies conduct preliminary investigations of criminal activity and traffic accidents, proactive patrols of the county, traffic enforcement, incident reporting, warrant service, civil process service, disaster relief, security checks of churches and businesses after hours, and providing assistance to other municipal agencies in the county when requested.
The patrol division consists of four lieutenants and twelve uniformed deputies split up into four shifts, with each shift working a 12-hour shift. Each deputy has his patrol vehicle assigned to him and takes it home with him at the end of his shift. This take-home car policy helps reduce overall vehicle maintenance costs, as well as deterring criminal activity in the neighborhoods where our deputies reside
Lt. Walter Basss
Lt. Darryl Easter
Lt. Bruce Patterso
Civil ProcessnLt. Walter Basss
Aaron Boykin K-9
Aaron Galbraith K-9
Mike Taylor K-9
Sgt. Andre Lovett
Sgt. Todd Surber
Sgt. Jonathan Bailey
The Union County Search and Rescue unit supplements the Union County Sheriff's Deputies and Emergency Services during times of need in Union County. The Search and Rescue Division regularly adds valuable manpower, equipment, and experience in a variety of emergency incidents such as lost people, body recovery, vehicle accidents, and other events.
The Search and Rescue Division was revamped in May of 2003 and is led by Captain Richard Mitcham, who provides law enforcement assistance to the group. The Search and Rescue unit is made up of select volunteers from Union County.
The Union County Sheriff's Reserve has been assisting the Union County Sheriff's Office with service since 1985. The organization consists of 24 members who have received a certificate in law enforcement after attending a 173 hour course. The reserves' duties include patrolling the county, serving legal papers, assisting in investigations, working vehicle accidents as well as providing law enforcement for local football and basketball games. Reserves may be called at any hour of the day or night.
In 1998, Sheriff's Reserve provided many hours of volunteer service, which saved the county about $80,000 in salaries.
Meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month for the reserve unit to conduct business, hold training sessions and to discuss current items
The Union County SWAT team is a distinguished group of Deputies appointed by the Sheriff of Union County to handle high risk situations. The Union County SWAT team consists of six members to include a Team Leader and 5 officers selected from within the department.
The Deputies are trained to handle a variety of situations including barricaded suspects, building entry, jail cell entry and extraction, search warrant execution, hostage rescue, water operations, and high-risk warrant execution. The SWAT team is outfitted with a variety of weapons and each Deputy that serves on the SWAT team brings with him various strengths and is trained in the use of all weapons and approved defensive techniques available.
The Union County Detention Center is charged with safely and humanely detaining persons accused or convicted of crimes against the dignity of the State of Arkansas and the citizens of Union County. The Detention Center abides by state law and Arkansas Jail Standards in housing, feeding, and maintaining approximately 213 male and female detainees, year-round.
With only a few exceptions that are approved by the jail administrators, no items are permitted to be brought in to the detention center for detainees. All detainees are furnished with basic personal hygiene items weekly. Any other items that a detainee wishes to have must be purchased through the commissary. Commissary items are ordered and distributed once a week.
An account is maintained by detention center personnel for each detainee. Deposits to a detainee's account may be made either by a USPS money order (accepted through the mail only), by using the kiosk in the forward lobby of the Criminal Justice Facility. We no longer accept deposits for detainee accounts at the front window. Please note that there is a small processing fee, charged by the commissary provider, for using the electronic deposit services.
The jail administrator for the Union County Sheriff's Office is Captain Richard Mitcham. You can contact Capt. Mitcham by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Assistant Jail Administrator is Lt. Paul Kugler and may be contacted at
email@example.com. The Jail Administrators oversee the day to day operations of the jail and ensure personnel quality control.
Additional staff include two shift lieutenants, four shift sergeants, two transportation sergeants, one booking sergeant, a maintenance officer, kitchen supervisor, nurse, and 16 officers. Detention personnel work a rotating 12-hour shift.
The Union County Detention Center is a smoke free, tobacco free facility. Any person entering the secure areas of the building may be subject to search at any time.
Visitation is a privilege offered to all inmates. Visitation rules are available at the front window of the Sheriff’s Office and are also posted here. Visitation is available every day 8:00a.m. through 8:00p.m. and must be set up by the inmate. Visitation is conducted through a video-chat style interface using kiosk in the lobby of the Sheriff’s Office. The Union County Sheriff’s Office is NOT responsible for any technical difficulties with the kiosk system and visits will not be refunded due to technical errors. Visits may also be conducted remotely by laptop or smart-phone by visiting
Schedule for lock-down pods (B,D,F pods) and booking:
Cell 1 8am – 9am
Cell 2 9am – 10am
Cell 3 10am – 11am
Cell 4 12pm – 1pm
Cell 5 1pm – 2pm
Cell 6 2pm – 3pm
Cell 6 8am – 9am
Cell 5 9am – 10am
Cell 4 10am – 11am
Cell 3 12pm-1pm
Cell 3 1pm – 2pm
Cell 1 2pm – 3pm
Schedule for nurses station:
Cell 1 1pm – 2pm
Cell 2 2pm – 3pm
Cell 3 3pm – 4pm
Cell 3 1pm – 2pm
Cell 3 2pm – 3pm
Cell 1 3pm – 4pm
Department of Correction inmates participating in the Act 309 Program will observe all pertinent rules and regulations from the DOC regarding visitation. All visitors for 309's must be approved by DOC staff according to policy before visiting. Visitation for Act 309 inmates are conducted on Sundays.
Attorneys and Clergy
Attorneys may visit detainees at any reasonable time, but are encouraged to make prior arrangements for security reasons. Identification may be requested in the form of an Arkansas Bar Card and driver’s license or other state identification. All attorney's will be required to sign in at the front lobby before visiting a detainee.
Clergy may visit detainees during business hours only. Pre-approved religious services may be held after hours at the discretion of the jail administrator. All ministers will be required to sign in at the front window and present official credentials. All ministers must also sign a liability waiver form prior to entering the secure area of the building.
In the interest of security, ministers that are also family members of a detainee will not be allowed to see that detainee.
Any person posing as an attorney or clergy in order to gain access to an inmate will be prosecuted.
Detainees at the Union County Detention Center may only receive 3x5 or 4x6 postcards as incoming mail. All postcards must be properly addressed and have a full return address on it as well. Restrictions for the postcards include: sexually explicit photographs, security threat group affiliations, and inciting literature. Letters made out to inmates will not be opened and will be returned to sender. Postcards should be addressed as follows:
250 American Rd
El Dorado, AR 71730
A full return address must also be included or it will not be delivered to the inmate:
First and Last Name
Your City, State, Zip Code
If you wish to mail a money order to be placed on a detainee's commissary account, the money order should be made out to the inmate. However, the envelope should not have the inmate's name on it, or it may be interpreted as inmate mail and returned to sender without being opened. The envelopes should be addressed:
Union County Sheriff’s Office
ATTN: Commissary Accounts
250 American Rd
El Dorado, AR 71730
The mail policy only affects incoming mail. Outgoing mail and legal mail will remain unaffected.
Union County dispatchers are highly trained professionals in the field of emergency communications. Dispatchers answer all incoming emergency and after hour calls, dispatch law enforcement, fire, and EMS personnel to all calls in incorporated and unincorporated areas of the county, maintain security of the facility by video surveillance and controlled door and gate access, and maintain records using in-house, state, and national systems.
Criminal Investigation Division
Search and Rescue
Union County Detention Center