The Lonoke Police Department has a look and some vehicles, all thanks to the community and its support.
“We are proud of this new look and it’s all thanks to the Lonoke community,” Lonoke Chief of Police Randy Mauk said.
According to Mauk, if you look at the department’s license plate, which read “Public Property”, he said it is literally the public who was involved in helping bring a new level of professionalism to the department. Mauk said when he took over in January 2017, he and his department hit the ground running and asking the business community for contributions to help upgrade his department.
“Not one business that was approached turned us down,” Mauk said.
The overwhelming support for the police department helped them raise $15,000. Funds were then used to help payoff the existing Dodge Chargers, allowing the department to finance three new Dodge Chargers.
Mauk said the Police Department would also like to thank the Lonoke City Government Officials who have done an amazing job at supporting the department, along with the Prosecuting Attorney Chuck Graham, who without hesitation helped pay for outfitting the new cars. He said Lonoke County Sheriff John Staley also helped, by providing a Toyota Tundra with lights and sirens, so that the police cars could be utilized on the street instead of command staff.
“This department has hit an all time high and we are proud as peacocks to give back what the community has given to us,” Mauk said.
In addition, Mauk said the “face lift” that the police department received was very inexpensive. He said it was completed by trustees housed in the Lonoke City Jail, with the exception of the new awning.
“I wanted the building to represent law enforcement and no better way than to identify us, than following the Thin Blue Line concept,” Mauk said.
Mauk said the department would like to thank the Bank of the Ozarks, Bank of England, The Lonoke Animal Clinic, Shelter Insurance, Jordans Gas Station, Knox Realty, Lonoke Tire and Lube, Liberty Title Company, Simpsons Buy and Sell, Mr. Canopy, Pool Fisheries, Burks Eye Clinic, Anderson Fish Farm, Alps Laminating, Sonic, Southern Paramedics, Arvest Bank, First State Bank, Grand Prairie Financial, Cordell’s Dry Cleaning, Lonoke Service Company, Jaun and Criolian Rodriguez, Maya Gastelum, KNB Management, Woodmen Life Insurance, Days Inn, Holiday Inn, Ken Gangruff Bail Bonds, First Electric, Lonoke Exceptional School, Grumpy and GiGi Wiertelak as well as anonymous donors who contributed.
“This city is one of the most generous cities I have ever had the pleasure of serving and with the community involvement and continued support we will move mountains with pride,” Mauk said. ” Thank you Lonoke, our door is always open.”