3 Jonesboro police officers retiring

3 Jonesboro police officers retiring
Corporal Wayne McClard, Captain B.J. Smith, and Corporal John Shipman are retiring after serving the citizens of Jonesboro for a cumulative total of 83 years. (Source: Jonesboro Police Dept.)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - After serving the people of Jonesboro for a combined 83 years, three police officers are stepping down.

The department announced the retirements Thursday of Captain B.J. Smith, and Corporals Wayne McClard and John Shipman.

The three officers have 83 cumulative years serving and protecting the citizens of Jonesboro, according to Sally Smith, public information specialist.

Smith began his law enforcement career while in the U.S. Air Force in 1974. Following a four-year commitment, he moved back to Paragould where he served the Greene County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy.

He joined JPD in 1983 as a patrolman. He worked in the Criminal Investigation Division for 13 years before achieving the rank of captain. He currently serves as administrative captain.

McClard joined the force in 1991. Since then he has worked as a patrolman, warrants officer, and DARE.

Shipman, a Marine Corps veteran, began his law enforcement career in Madison County before joining JPD in 2000. He has served as a patrolman, canine handler, PROWL officer, and school resource officer.

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