Department of Public Safety
Department of Public Safety
A Message from Secretary Cook
It is an honor and privilege to serve as the Secretary for the Arkansas Department of Public Safety. Before being appointed to the position as Secretary, I served as the Director of the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training. Looking back since my first job as a local law enforcement officer, I have always been passionate about serving the citizens and will always be committed to pursuing excellence in service across the entire state and within the Department of Public Safety.
The Department of Public Safety consists of divisions of law enforcement, law enforcement support, and emergency management, including the Arkansas Division of Emergency Management, Arkansas State Police, Arkansas State Crime Lab, Arkansas Crime Information Center, Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training, Law Enforcement Support Office, Crime Victim’s Reparations Board, Fire Protection Services Board, Homeland Security Advisory Group, Arkansas 911 Board, State Emergency Response Commission, and the Fire Prevention Commission. Collectively, these boards and divisions work to serve the citizens of the State of Arkansas through law enforcement services, guarding against hazardous materials, providing financial support for victims of crime, and emergency preparedness and response, as well as homeland security.
As the Secretary for the Department of Public Safety, I share Governor Hutchinson’s vision of fostering a culture that strives for continuous improvement, identifies opportunities for greater efficiencies, and implements innovative approaches. The DPS mission is to enhance the safety and security of all Arkansans through ethical, character-driven behavior that promotes professionalism, clear communication, and accountability while serving as the state’s premier public safety agency.
The Department of Public Safety is committed to the following core set of values:
1) Respect for everyone
2) Integrity in everything we do
3) Providing excellence in customer service
4) Performance through teamwork
5) Commitment to servant leadership
6) Pursuit of continuous improvement
I, along with the dedicated members of the Arkansas Department of Public Safety strive for a standard of excellence to provide the highest level of service to our citizens. If I can ever be of service to you please do not hesitate to reach out.
Jami Cook was appointed as the Director of the Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training on January 14, 2015, by Governor Asa Hutchinson. Prior to her appointment, she served as the Arkansas State Police Program Director, responsible for policies, procedures, training, strategic planning, research and development, and special projects. In 2009, she was appointed as a Commissioner to the Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training. She started her law enforcement career as a Newport Police officer in 1994.
Cook earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology at Arkansas State University and a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of Arkansas, Little Rock. She and her husband, Nathan, have two children, Jake and Anna.