Public Information Officer

Corporal Melissa Fox recently volunteered to fill the role of our Public Information Officer for the Bentonville Police Department. This is currently a collateral duty in addition to her full time assignment as a School Resource Officer at Washington Jr. High. When school is out of session, she will be dedicated to community outreach and engagement programs. 

Corporal Fox and her husband moved here from Salt Lake City, UT and she has been with the Bentonville Police Department for two years. She previously worked for the Unified Police Department in Utah, where she focused on youth programs, the metro gang unit involving youth, and a juvenile rehabilitation home.  

The goal of the Public Information Officer (PIO) is to ensure our community is kept informed in a timely manner about current events, programs, and news. 

The PIO is responsible for preparing official news releases, disseminating timely announcements, safety advisories to the public, handling media requests, maintaining, and improving relationships with media outlets and the community. 

Additionally, Corporal Fox will help organize all citizen programs for the police department. Several programs are not listed on this website to include safety programs for neighborhood property owners, active shooter training for civilians, and other educational opportunities to make our community safer or to have a better understanding of your department. If you are interested in any of our programs or one that may not be listed that you would like us to add, do not hesitate to give us a call or send an email. 

Just a friendly reminder, all Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request go through our records department.