It is always quite the honor to feature those individuals who are quietly serving and making huge impacts in their community. This month, we are featuring someone who certainly fits that bill. Hackett Police Chief Darrell Spells is a passionate public servant. His community and school are at the heart
Spells, 45, is married to wife, Tish and is the father of Brenna, Paula, and the late Hayden Spells. In addition to serving as Hackett’s Police Chief, he’s
He began his career as a police officer in 2002 as a part-time officer
In 2013, Spells became Chief of Police for Hackett. “On August 10, 2016, I
Spells is a 1997 graduate of South Arkansas Community College and attended Southern Arkansas University. He is also a graduate of the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy. He holds an Advanced Certificate as well as Instructor Development certification and Firearms Instructor in addition to other certifications.
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One accomplishment Spells is most noted for is his impact in mental health
Spells is a proud member of the Arkansas Association of Chiefs of Police, Harbor House board, as well as the Arkansas Narcotics Officers Association. Throughout his time at Hackett, he pioneered a program called Hackett Helping Hands, which provides assistance to children and families during Christmas. In four years, the program has raised over $15,000 and helped nearly 300 kids and over 100 families with toys and food for the holidays. A strong proponent of community policing, Spells has incorporated the local school to assist with the program encouraging student involvement in making banners and sacking toys and food. The Hackett Police Department also partnered with Mid-South Make a Wish Foundation along with radio station KTCS in Fort Smith to raise $3,000 in two hours during their fundraising drive.
A resident of Lavaca, Spells enjoys spending his free time in the outdoors, with family and travelling. He and his wife attend First Southern Baptist Church in nearby Central City,
The years and dedication to the field have certainly taken a toll on Spells. He explained, “law enforcement in itself is simple. People want their lives and property protected. In most instances if you can provide that then you are deemed successful. What many don’t realize is the toll mentally the job takes on you. I’m not sure who come up with a 28-year retirement plan for Police officers in the state of Arkansas but they certainly didn’t factor in the wear and tear it has on you. As I’ve gotten older the cases stick with me more. As a young patrolman you may not grasp the full weight of a call you’re on. After you’re married and your kids grow up, you see parts of a call in your own life.
In May, Spells will graduate from Williams Baptist University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. “I’m not really sure what the future holds for me beyond that. Going back and getting my degree has been a rewarding challenge. I’m always looking for new challenges so we’ll see what God has in store.”
Congratulations to Spells on being nominated for our Hometown Highlight. If you know of an ordinary citizen who is doing extraordinary things, we want to honor them!