Big Hat Law

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From the force’s origins as the “Arkansas Rangers” to Governor Cherry’s plan for “a trooper in every county” and on to today’s sophisticated, diversified force, this new history of Arkansas’s statewide policing authority—from its earliest days to dramatic manhunts and modernization—tells an important part of the state’s development.


Lindsey’s text and archival photos show how the saga of Arkansas’s police has reflected the state’s growth, development of crime-solving methods, and innovation in technologies used by troopers to bring criminals to justice. Attention is given to the remarkable men and women who have served and the changing needs of a growing state.

About the author

Michael Lindsey researched Arkansas State Police while completing advanced studies at the University of Arkansas. He resides in Fayetteville, Arkansas.


Distributed for the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies