Walraven announces bid for re-election

Updated: January 12, 2018

Little River County Sheriff Bobby Walraven

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Little River County Sheriff Bobby Walraven officially announced this week that he will be running for re-election.

“As a first-term sheriff, I have implemented new policies and increased mandatory training in order to provide a more proactive service of law enforcement. Through grants and donations, ballistic vests have been updated, patrol rifles have been provided for every deputy and body cameras issued to the night shift officers. Also, the police software has been updated and JPX pepper guns added for officer safety,” Walraven said. “As promised, I have brought certified and experienced deputies to the sheriff’s office and have brought back respect and better working relationships, not only with local law enforcement but state and federal agencies as well.

“It has been a pleasure to work with our County Judge Mike Cranford and the Quorum court,” Walraven continued. “They have worked with the sheriff’s office every way possible to make sure the citizens of this county receive the best services possible. I consider myself very blessed to have the support of my family and coworkers.”

Walraven was born and raised in Ashdown. He is the third generation of Walravens to raise his family in Little River County. He is the son of Jimmy Walraven and the late Betty Walraven. He is married to T.J.; the daughter of Tommy and Jean Cornelius, and together they have four children: Kayli and husband, Brad Robison, of Diana, Texas, Caitlin and husband, Trevor Hunt, of Cale, Ark., Robby Walraven, of Ashdown, Ark., and the late J.T. Redfearn of Ashdown along with four grandchildren: Ava and Eli Robison and Gracie and Annabeth Hunt.

Walraven holds various specialty instructor certificates in the following topics: firearms, chemical weapons, radar and supervision and management certificates. He also holds the level of Advanced Certificate with Law Enforcement Standards.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, the people of Little River County for allowing me to serve as your sheriff,” Walraven said. “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the citizens here in our county. I am very dedicated to my job as sheriff. I sincerely, ask for your continued support. If re-elected I will continue serving the people by providing the best possible service of law enforcement and will make it my highest priority.”

The Primary will be held May 22 and the General Election will be Nov. 6.