Police: Department ‘Failed To Follow Established Protocol’ After Kidnapping Call

Fort Smith Police Department

FORT SMITH (KFSM) – The Fort Smith Police Department completed an internal investigation into its response to a kidnapping case and has released the results, authorities say.

On June 24, police received a call about a kidnapping from the Staples parking lot located in the 5700 block of Rogers Avenue. A Fort Smith sex offender was arrested in connection with the case after authorities said he kidnapped a 54-year-old Van Buren woman at gunpoint, drove her out of the county and sexually assaulted her.

The internal investigation resulted in the department finding a “failure to follow established protocol” in responding to the kidnapping call. As a result, Fort Smith Police Chief Kevin Lindsey “initiated appropriate discipline,” authorities said.

Lindsey also “mandated additional training” in communications, according to authorities.

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