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a briefing at a police department,
officers learn what’s happening and
what they are supposed to do while
they are on duty.
In Bella Vista, Captain Tim Cook
handles briefings all day, everyday.
He communicates information he’s
gathered and tells division heads
what needs to be done.
“The bottom line is to make sure
everyone in the police department
works cohesively,” Cook said.
“Dispatch must answer the phones and
pass calls to patrol officers. If
they find the incidents are serious,
they pass the call information and
evidence to CID detectives who will
investigate further. All the
divisions must do their job well to
create a safe place for you to
Cook insists officers be polite and
treat people with dignity. “That’s
the only way to run a business, and
a police department is in the people
handling business. From arresting
bad guys to speaking to church
groups to searching for children or
adults, to giving a traffic ticket,
the police are dealing with people.
“We are responsible to the general
public. I listen to complaints and
oversee all internal investigations.
Then I turn over the information to
the chief to make a final decision.
It’s important to hear everyone
because we learn how to be a more
effective police department.”
Most of the time Cooks sits behind
his desk except when he’s managing
the department fleet of vehicles.
But, once in a great while he finds
himself back on the street. “Even
with all the new police officers
we’ve hired, we are still a small
department. We have days when we are
short-handed because of illness or
training schedules and I end up back
in a patrol car.”