The Izard County Detention Facility and Dispatch Center located at 300 Circle Drive in Melbourne is a state of the art facility built in 2003. The operations of these two entities are under the supervision of Jail and Dispatch Administrator Mindy Jones. The Izard County Sheriff's Department and the Izard County District Clerk are also located within the facility.
The Detention Center is a long-term lockup facility with a capacity of 34 inmates and four state 309 inmates. The operation has historically received excellent ratings from the State of Arkansas Criminal Detention Facilities Review Board as one of the best-managed facilities in the state. Inmates are separated by male or female and violent or non-violent offenders. Inmates that are arrested are brought to the detention center where they are held until they can post a bond or until they are sentenced. Inmates sentenced to the Arkansas Department of Correction are held at the facility until bedding space is available at the Department of Correction Intake facility.
All Detention Officers are required to complete a 40 hour Jail Standards class to be certified as a jailor. Detention Officers also receive training in dispatch procedures and on the Data master Breathalyzer Machine (BAC). Detention officers are responsible for the security of the inmates and the jail. Act "309" inmates, state inmates assigned to work in county facilities, are responsible for food preparation, laundry, and housekeeping and maintenance duties at the facility.
The Dispatch Center is operational twenty-four hours a day and handles dispatch functions for the Izard County Sheriff's Department, all county Fire Departments, and emergency medical; plus local Arkansas State Police, Arkansas Game and Fish and Arkansas Forestry Officers. Emergency 911 calls and other emergency calls are directed through the Dispatch Center for paging of appropriate personnel. Dispatchers are responsible for paging out weather spotters during severe weather and setting off Tornado Sirens when the county goes under a Tornado Warning.
A grant had been awarded to the Izard county Sheriff's Department for an enhanced wireless 911 system. This system has been operational since October of 2008 at no cost to the Izard County taxpayers.
Property and Visitation Rules
Visiting Hours----1-2 PM Females.... 2-4 PM Males
Each prisoner is allowed (1) 15 minute visit with up to 4 visitors.
Each visitor will be required to show a valid picture Identification such as (Arkansas driver license or id card).
No property will be released during visiting hours.
Inmates will be allowed to have 3 each (All White)
Inmates will be allowed to have a bible, provided it does not have a hard back cover.
For a full list of items, call the Izard County Sheriff's Department.
IZARD COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT—HORSESHOE BEND STATION
The Izard County Sheriff’s Station, Horseshoe Bend was established September 1st, 2013 where the Sheriff’s Department assumed the full public safety services for the City of Horseshoe Bend. Through this station 24 /7 coverage is provided with additional coverage during prime periods.
The five Deputies assigned to Horseshoe Bend are frequently assisted by other members of the Sheriff’s Department including Sheriff Lawrence, Chief Deputy Earnie Blackley, Chief Investigator Charlie Melton, Investigator Gabe Sanders, and others.
Inmate trustee’s are frequently utilized to perform maintenance and sanitation duties around the station just as they do around the Melbourne Station.
Anyone needing services while assigned Deputies are out the station performing assigned tasks, are invited to call 368-4203. For emergency services, call 911.