Police and Fire Departments
The Fayetteville Police are on the job 24 hours a day, responding to calls for service, enforcing traffic laws, investigating auto accidents, conducting preliminary criminal investigations, and apprehending criminals inside the City of Fayetteville.
The Arkansas Highway Patrol, a division of the Arkansas State Police, patrol the state highways.
In an Emergency: Call 911
If you have an emergency, call 911. This will connect you to a City Dispatcher, who can help you with whatever emergency you may have, be it a police, fire, or medical emergency.
Smart 911 is a free service for Arkansas citizens, allowing them to create a Safety Profile for their household that can provide information to 911 and emergency-management officials during an emergency. Smart911 offers first responders additional information during a 911 call that enhances their emergency response and provides key information to emergency management to better plan for and respond to disasters. Click here to sign up for Smart 911.
For Non-Emergency Incidents
To report a non-emergency incident, you can call the non-emergency report line: 479-587-3555.
You may also report a n on-emergency incident using our Online Police Reporting System.
Traffic: What to do if you get pulled over
There are a number of reasons you might be pulled over when you are driving your car. Police pull over drivers who exceed the speed limit, fail to follow the rules of the road, are driving erratically, have an expired tag on their car, or other violations. You must also drive with a seatbelt on, and it is against the law in Arkansas to text on a cell phone while driving, or to use a handheld cell phone for drivers age 20 and under.
If a police car flashes its lights behind you, you should pull over to a safe location on the side of the road and wait for the officer to get out of his or her car and come to your window.
- Turn off your engine and roll down your window all the way as the officer approaches your car. Do not get out of your car unless the officer asks you to.
- Keep your hands visible and don’t make sudden moves. Police officers are wary of the possibility of sudden attack and may think you are reaching for a weapon.
- The officer will ask you for your driver’s license, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance. Retrieve these from your bag, glove compartment, or wallet slowly and deliberately.
- Be polite and courteous. Don’t argue or get upset.
- You don’t have to consent to a search. Unless the officer has "probable cause," meaning that they can see (or smell) that you have something illegal in the car, they need your permission to search your car, but you do not have to give it. You may simply say politely, "I do not consent to a search."
- If you receive a traffic citation (a "ticket"), you will be asked to sign it. This is not an admission of guilt.
- Be careful merging with traffic afterward, especially on the highway.
The Fayetteville Fire Department has eight fire stations around the city, with firefighters on call 24 hours a day to respond to fires, medical emergencies, or rescue needs. The Fire Department also conducts fire safety education programs, offers firehouse tours, conducts fire inspections, and more.
In case of a fire emergency, call 911.
This will connect you to a City Dispatcher, who can help you with whatever emergency you may have, be it a fire, police, or medical emergency.
It is illegal to burn leaves or other materials without a City Burn Permit. Rubber, tires, roofing, or any petroleum-based substance shall not be burned. There is to be no burning when the wind is strong (as determined by the fire department). No burning when smoke drifts or blows onto highways or streets, to the extent that it creates a traffic hazard. There is to be no burning unless attended by a responsible adult. Please only burn during the daytime hours. Click here to apply for a burn permit using our online form.
Smoke Detector Program
A smoke detector is the first warning sign of a possible fire in the home. The Fayetteville Fire Department applies for grants to receive smoke detectors to ensure that every residence in the City of Fayetteville has an operating smoke detector. If your household is in need of a working smoke detector, please email the Fayetteville Fire Prevention Bureau and a representative of the Fire Department will contact you to schedule a time and date for installation. This easy-to-follow video shows how to replace a smoke detector on your your own.
Home Safety Evaluation Program
The Fayetteville Fire Prevention Bureau provides free Home Safety Evaluations for Fayetteville residents. Protecting family from fire requires advance planning. The Home Safety Evaluation visit helps provide the information to create a fire-safe environment. Benefits include checking/replacing smoke detector(s), making and reviewing a fire escape plan, identifying kitchen hazards, learning proper use of electrical wiring, and proper storage of flammable liquids. Some resources: