Meet the Chief of the FSPS Police Department

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Chief Bill Hollenbeck

A Local Leader with Extensive Experience
Chief Bill Hollenbeck's journey in law enforcement spans over four decades, marked by dedication, expertise, and a deep commitment to community safety. A native of Fort Smith, Arkansas, and an alumnus of Northside High School, Chief Hollenbeck's roots in the community run deep. His academic journey led him from the University of Arkansas Fort Smith to John Brown University, where he earned a degree in Organizational Management.

Distinguished Career in Law Enforcement
Chief Hollenbeck's law enforcement career began with the Dallas Police Department, where he honed his skills in the Patrol Division before joining the elite Dallas SWAT team for eight years. His journey continued at the Sebastian County Sheriff's Department, where he served in various roles, including patrol officer, detective, and Captain overseeing the Criminal Investigative Division and SWAT team. His leadership and commitment to justice culminated in his election as Sheriff in 2010, a position he held with distinction until 2018.

A Legacy of Collaboration and Education
Beyond his duties in law enforcement, Chief Hollenbeck has contributed to the field of criminal justice education as an adjunct instructor at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith. His expertise in Criminal Justice and Introduction to Criminology has influenced many aspiring law enforcement professionals. His experience extends to working with the U.S. Secret Service, DEA, and FBI.

Community Involvement and Recognition
Chief Hollenbeck's dedication to his community is evident in his involvement in civic groups and nonprofit boards. His leadership skills were recognized as he served as the Legislative Chair and President of the Arkansas Sheriff’s Association and as a member of the Executive Board. His exemplary service was honored when he was named the Northwest Arkansas Officer of the Year by Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. He is also a proud member of the Arkansas Chiefs of Police Association.

Pioneering School Safety at FSPS
In his role as the first Director of Security for the Fort Smith Public Schools, Chief Hollenbeck has been instrumental in transitioning the security team into a fully certified law enforcement agency, one of the first of its kind in the state. Established in July 2019, the Fort Smith Public Schools Police Department under his leadership signifies a significant step forward in enhancing student and staff safety, aligning perfectly with the district's Vision 2023 plan.

At the helm of the Fort Smith Public Schools Police Department, Chief Hollenbeck continues to embody the values of integrity, leadership, and unwavering commitment to the safety and well-being of the students and staff of Fort Smith Public Schools.