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New Cherokee Village Police Chief eager to serve residents

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Sergeant Rickey Crook has assumed the duties of Cherokee Village police chief. Crook is replacing Chief Jason French who resigned last week. French will be going to work for the Arkansas State Attorney General's Office next week. Photo by Tammy Curtis
Sergeant Rickey Crook has replaced Cherokee Village Police Chief Jason French as chief following French's resignation last week. French will be taking a job with Arkansas State Attorney General Dustin McDaniels' office.

Crook is a Sharp County native and a graduate of Highland High School. After serving in the United States Air Force, Crook began his law enforcement career in 1988 as a jailer and dispatcher for the Sharp County Sheriff's Department.

In 1991, Crook became the Ash Flat Chief of Police and served in that capacity for 12 years. Crook helped expand the then one-man department into a three officer full-time law enforcement agency.

Crook also worked as a chief deputy from July 2005 to May 2006 under Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver.

In 2006, Sgt. Crook went to work for the Civilian Police International and traveled to Serbia where he worked under the direction of the United Nations Interim Administration in Kosovo. While in Kosovo Crook supervised a 9-1-1 type command center, managed schedules, wrote evocations and mentored international police officers from UN countries, 25 Kosovo officers and 19 language assistants. "This was, by far, the most challenging and rewarding part of my law enforcement career," Crook said.

Crook returned to the United States in 2007 and became the director of the re-established Third Judicial Drug Task Force. He worked with the DTF until his second trip to Kosovo in July 2008, where he worked as an investigator with the Organized Crime Unit until the UN control of the Kosovo administration was put in control of the European Union.

Crook came back to the United States and became a patrol sergeant with the Cherokee Village Police Department, where he remained until his promotion to Cherokee Village Police Chief last week.

Crook said that although he has enjoyed working with police officers in other countries and his experiences there, he is ready to stay in the United States and serve the citizens of Cherokee Village.

He said he hopes his experience will be an asset to the people of the city of Cherokee Village.

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-- Posted by CVInternetForum on Thu, May 21, 2009, at 7:53 PM

Your experience is very impressive! I believe you have a lot to offer to the people of Cherokee Village,and I welcome you as our new Chief of Police. Though I was born, raised & lived in two of the biggest cities in the U.S.compared to that the crime rate is extremely low. And the fact that this is a retirement community,though I know all ages live here, all those factors go into this community being a very safe place to live. At first I was against this being corporated into a City that needs a police force, Judge etc. I was a little apprehensive about wasting my hard earned tax money to pay for all this. But having a police force & judge just made this place a safer place to live. One of the safest places I have ever lived. Congrats on your promotion! Make the people of Cherokee proud of your force & you will have all the respect you all deserve. Good Luck! Sincerely,Elizabeth

-- Posted by Kennna on Wed, May 27, 2009, at 10:47 PM

Glad to see this. Maybe he will clean things up. Thank you Ricky for the respect you showed me the other day. I was very greatful for your loving comments. I'm sorry to say that you were only one of two out of almost a hundred that acted as a true friend. I have the upmost respect for you.

-- Posted by Lawyerman1 on Mon, Jun 1, 2009, at 1:47 PM

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