Startling and shocking information about the Little Rock Police Department was reported by the Arkansas Democrat Gazette and the Arkansas Times. Only 174 or 34% of the 527 LRPD officers actually reside in Little Rock; Of the 160 black officers, 99 or 62% live in the city; Of the 354 white officers, only 75 or 21% live in the city.
LRPD Chief Kenton Bucker has made public statements that his officers choose not to live in Little Rock because of the school systems and crime.
The city board of directors has tried twice to pass an ordinance to require police officers to reside in the city.
Pulaski County Circuit Judge Reverend Wendell Griffen speaking at the Little Rock Board of Directors meeting on June 16th referred to LRPD Officers that were not residents of Little Rock as "mercenaries".
WATCH VIDEO OF JUDGE GRIFFEN'S ADDRESSING THE LRBOD