West Memphis Police Department


West Memphis Announces New Police Chief


After a highly competitive and rigorous selection and recruitment process, West Memphis Mayor Marco McClendon announces the appointment of the new Police Chief, Michael D. Pope.

Chief Pope has served with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office for over 30 years in Memphis, Tennessee. Most recently, he served as the Commander for the Special Victims and Domestic Violence Units. In addition, his field experience includes Street Crime Unit, Gang Task Force, General Investigation Bureau, Levy Squad, and Jail Division. “Chief Pope has a proven track record of protecting citizens and increasing public safety by serving as a committed officer with a high level of integrity and positive influence in the community,”said Mayor McClendon.I am confident his leadership will be a valuable asset at the West Memphis Police Department.”

Michael Pope Press Conference Pope is dedicated to increasing accountability and transparency for the West Memphis Police Department and intentionally engaging the community to ensure every citizen of West Memphis lives, works and thrives in a safe environment. Chief Michael Pope began his service in law enforcement in 1987 and has established a legacy of excellence in Shelby County and plans to continue his service to the people of West Memphis.

Pope received his Master’s of Science in Criminal Justice from Northwestern University Center for Public Safety and Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice from Bethel University. Additionally, he holds a certification on Field Training, Crime Scene Management, Crisis Intervention and Crisis Intervention.

He is a devoted husband of 35 years, father of two children and grandfather.

I look forward to serving the citizens of West Memphis and leading with integrity and intentionality; working together to enhance the mission of the department and deliver unbiased and compassionate service to improve the quality of life in our community,” said Pope.

West Memphis Police Department Headquarters

Message From the Chief

On behalf of all the members of the West Memphis Police Department, I would like to thank you for taking the time to visit our web site.

The number one priority of the men and women who make up your police department is service to the citizens and visitors of our community. Our service is our greatest product offered and we strive every day to make that product the best available anywhere. Each officer and civilian employee is committed to making our community the best place to live, work, and enjoy. We will accomplish this by partnering with our community to provide that service, aid, and protection while aggressively investigating and curtailing crime.

As the Chief of Police, I personally strive to present the West Memphis Police Department as a model of professionalism, transparency and accountability to the citizens and guests of West Memphis.


Michael D. Pope
Chief of Police

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Mission Statement

The West Memphis Police Department is committed to serving the community through the delivery of a professional law enforcement service in an unbiased and compassionate manner in order to protect the lives and property of the citizens and improve the quality of life in our community.


Service with Integrity

  • We are proud to provide professional service in a manner that is fair, courteous, responsive, efficient, and effective.
  • We are committed to uphold our position of trust by maintaining the highest ethical standards and adhering to the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics.
  • We value all members or our organization and create an environment that encourages teamwork, innovation, and excellence.


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