City of McGehee, AR

McGehee is a town in Washington County, Arkansas, in the United States of America. During the 2020 census, the population was 3,849 people.

The community began as a railroad halt on the St. Louis–San Francisco Railway line in 1882. Due to the establishment of the nearby Fort Chaffee military base, the city flourished fast following WWII. The U.S. Army Corps Engineers initiated the construction of Lake McGehee in 1952, providing locals with a recreational space.

Today, McGehee is home to various businesses, including a hospital, a school district, a post office, and several churches. The city has an important center for manufacturing, particularly cotton gins. The community's economy also includes tourism related to its location near Lake McGehee.

Demography

The city had 2,723 residents, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. There are 50 per cent females and 50 per cent males among them. There are 1,664 households in the area. The racial makeup of McGehee city is as listed below:

  • 96.43 per cent White

  • 0.52 per cent Native American

  • 0.76 per cent Asian

  • 0.05 per cent Pacific Islander

  • 1.37 per cent other races

  • 1.22 per cent is Hispanic and Latino

One thousand six hundred fifty-eight families are residing within the city. The average family size is 2.94 members, while males make up 51.07% of the population and 48.93%. The median age in McGehee city is 36 years old—children under five account for 12.73% of the total population. The gender ratio of children aged between 5 and 17 is 10.59% compared to 39.06% for adults.

Local Government and Infrastructure

A mayor/council government system governs McGehee. The council consists of six elected officials: Mayor Tom Haney, Ward I; James "Bubba" Thomas, Ward II; Mark Lillard, Ward III; Terry Denton, Ward IV; Keith Hinson, Ward V; and George Ellington, Ward VI. Each official serves four-year terms without compensation.

McGehee is served by the McGehee Police Department, which employs five officers. The McGehee Volunteer Fire Department provides fire protection services to maintain three fire stations and approximately 20 personnel.

The East Central Health District manages emergency medical services. The McGehee Regional Water System provides the city water supply.

Transportation System

McGehee Municipal Airport is located north of the city limits of McGehee. It is owned by the city of McGehee but operated as a commercial airport by the Arkansas Aeronautics Commission (AAC). Services include daily scheduled flights to Little Rock's St. Louis County Airport (LIT) and private aircraft.

Interstate 494 passes through the city's eastern part, connecting it to Texarkana, Texas and Shreveport, Louisiana. Route 82 runs along the northern edge of town, connecting it to Helena, Arkansas, and Highway 7 connects Jonesboro, Arkansas, to the south and Blytheville, Mississippi, to the west side.

Geography of McGehee City

The geography of the McGehee region includes rolling hills, prairies, swamps, lakes and streams. Some of these features get protection due to their ecological significance.

They include Red River Lake, Red River State Park and Red River Swamp Wildlife Management Area. The land also contains many archaeological sites dating back thousands of years. These include Mound Bayou Village, an ancient village site that has been excavated since the 1930s.

Many other prehistoric settlements have also been found throughout the region.

McGehee Police Department and Jail, AR

The McGehee Police Department was established in 1891 by a people's vote and is one of the oldest police departments in Arkansas. The police department has been located at its current site since 1915. The city also operates the McGehee Detention Center, which provides secure detention services to the residents of Franklin County.

Apart from serving as the primary law enforcement agency for the community, the Department's officers get highly trained in K-9 training, crime prevention programs, drug interdiction, traffic patrol, and emergency medical services.

Department Structure

The Chief of police oversees the day-to-day operations of the department. They work with the members of the Department to ensure that each member receives adequate supervision and guidance. The Chief of Police is incharge of formulating policies and procedures regarding personnel issues, discipline, promotions, transfers, assignments, and benefits. The Chief of Police delegates authority to other supervisory officers.

The Lieutenant Commander supervises a shift of officers. Each shift consists of approximately ten officers. The Lieutenant Commander is responsible for ensuring that all work assigned during their shift gets adequately completed.

The duties include: assigning officers to specific beats, patrolling designated beats, conducting investigations, making arrests, issuing citations, processing arrest reports, handling prisoner transport and booking, directing traffic, maintaining records, and other activities required of the position.

A Sergeant is a supervisor who can assign tasks to other sergeants and lieutenants within the Department. Sergeants work on a team basis with their squad of officers and assist them in performing various functions. Their responsibilities include working directly with the officers under their command to achieve departmental goals.

They may be called upon to serve as acting commanders when necessary.

An Inspector/Investigator is an officer with specialized skills. An inspector investigates crimes committed in the city limits while an investigator investigates criminal activity occurring outside the city limits.

Both inspectors and investigators report to the Chief of Police. They conduct preliminary interviews of suspects, witnesses, and victims of crimes. They also prepare written statements about these events.

Civilian Staff

The McGehee Municipal Court Clerk assists the court system by providing information concerning the status of cases, scheduling hearings, recording all court judgments and sentences, and preparing proceedings' transcripts.

The court clerk prepares and files pleadings and motions, maintains docket sheets and exhibits, and organizes the case file. The clerk does not perform any legal research or provide advice on proceeding in a given matter.

Procedures Followed by the Police Departments.

When individuals get arrested, they are taken to jail to be booked into prison. Upon entering the jail, the person will be searched to ensure no contraband enters the facility.

A photograph will be taken of the person, taking fingerprints. If the person has a prior record, this information will be entered into the computer system. Once the person's information has been processed, it will be determined if space is available.

If there are no spaces available, the person will be held until a bed becomes available. If a person's charges cannot be resolved at the time of booking, they will be released after being charged $20.00 per hour.

If a person is found innocent of the charge(s) brought against them, they will be issued a citation for which they will pay a fine of $75.00 plus court costs. If the person fails to pay their fines, the case will be referred to the municipal court.

If a person is found guilty of the charge(s), they will receive an official conviction. It is important to note that the person will have served only one day of jail time. However, many people are forced to wait several days before receiving a hearing date due to overcrowding.

At that point, a person may choose to either appeal the judge's decision or accept the official conviction. If a person decides to appeal, the case will go back to the municipal court for another hearing. If a person agrees with the sentence, they must complete community service hours.

The hours vary depending on the offence committed and the number of times the person has been convicted.

After completing the required community service hours, the person will be eligible to apply for a job through the Employment Security Commission Office.

The McGehee Jail

The McGehee Police Department operates McGehee's jail facility. The jail houses up to eight inmates per cell and has a capacity of 80 beds. The staff consists of two full-time correctional officers and three part-time correctional officers.

Additionally, four additional corrections officers are available 24 hours, seven days a week. A Captain handles inmate intake, classification, and security matters. All inmates must first be medically cleared before being admitted into jail. Inmates are classified according to need: minimum custody (no privileges), medium custody (rights limited), and maximum custody (maximum level of privileges). There are no women housed at the jail.

Amenities Provided at McGehee Jail

Inmate housing facilities consist of individual cells which measure six feet by nine feet. Each inmate cell contains a sink, toilet, water closet, bed, desk, chair, and shelf. Cells have one window measuring five feet by seven feet.

An exercise yard offers room for 50 inmates, and it is enclosed on both sides but has no fence. Detainees are only allowed out of their cells for an hour each day. There are showers and laundry facilities located in the basement of the jail.

Inmate Search

When you doubt whether a relative or friend has been detained at the jail, you can call the jail or police department. One can also conduct an online search on the website of national crimereports.com.

You will have access to thousands of pages of information regarding individuals incarcerated, including name, dates of birth, social security number, offence (s) charged, a county where arrested, current location, and the period of incarceration.