Eddie Adamson became Chief of Police in October 2007 after working for almost 17 years as a law enforcement officer in Forrest City Arkansas where he received his Senior Level Certification from the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training which is the highest certification awarded to an officer in the state of Arkansas.
Chief Adamson has served in many roles in law enforcement from Patrolman and School Resource Officer to eventually becoming Special Operations Commander and Administrative Lieutenant which included all operations of the department with the exception of direct supervision of Patrol and Criminal Investigations. This position dealt with Dispatch, Court Operations, Housing Authority Patrol, School Resource Officers, Training, Budgets, Internal Affairs, and Grants. During his career in Arkansas he commanded a SWAT team for over 10 years and worked closely with numerous agencies including the DEA, ATF, FBI, and State Police to assist in situations that occurred in Eastern Arkansas including providing close personal protection to President Bill Clinton.
Chief Adamson has been very active in education during his career and has taught college courses in Criminal Justice as well as serving as an instructor teaching numerous courses to officers throughout the United States at local departments as well as at State Academies and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center Annex in South Carolina while working for Sabre Tactical Training and Research based in Tennessee. He has also taught gang awareness courses for police and school administrators and has presented programs with noted gang researcher Steve Nawjoczk.
Additionally, Chief Adamson has served as a homeland security consultant evaluating departments and jurisdictions under the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Protocol through Tec Solutions LLC and is an approved instructor for the federal government’s Academy on Counterterrorism Education through Louisiana State University.
Chief Adamson is a graduate of East Arkansas Community College as well as Charter Oak State College in Connecticut where he received his Bachelors of Science degree with an emphasis in Public Safety Administration and Homeland Security. He is currently pursuing his Masters Degree from Fort Hays State University in Kansas with a concentration in Criminal Justice.