Police and Fire Departments
Cross County has a Sheriffs Department and Police Department's in Wynne, Parkin, and Cherry Valley. The Cross County Sheriff's Department includes a staff of 18 road deputies with 11 of those full-time. The Department also includes two officers in their Criminal Investigation Division, a patrol captain, a chief deputy, and Cross County Sheriff David West.
In addition, the Wynne Police Department has 17 officers including two Criminal Investigators and the Arkansas State Police has three officers dedicated to Cross County and Wynne. The department's Troop D is headquartered in Forest City, 12 miles away.
Cross County has fire departments in Wynne, Parkin, Vanndale, Cherry Valley, Hickory Ridge, and Fair Oaks. The Parkin, Vanndale, Cherry Valley, Hickory Ridge and Fair Oaks Fire Department's are volunteer units. The Wynne Fire Department has seven full-time employees and 17 paid volunteers. “We run all rescues, all fires..no matter how minor,” says Wynne Fire Chief Lynn Blake, “If you detect a smell in your house, we'll come running.”
The Wynne Fire Department is a Class 4 fire department, which is one of the highest ratings possible. The department has four pumper trucks and one ladder truck.