Public Safety Trendsetter
Batesville’s recent acknowledgment with the 2017 Trendsetter Award for Public Safety, which it competed for among communities of up to 20,000 across Arkansas, comes after several years of increased attention for local and state-wide outreach in public safety. The relatively new Batesville Police Department formed, in addition to the county’s existing agency, to expand and improve upon what was already being done. Local organizations partnered with the police to provide vital support by fundraising and generating free programs for the public. These innovative and cooperative efforts continue to draw acclaim from outside the district as Batesville becomes a leader in law enforcement and impacts communities beyond Independence County.