The father of two children, a daughter, 3, and a son, 7, Pine Bluff Police Officer Ryan Moheb said, “my son likes to tell people 'my dad's a cop.'”
Editor’s Note: This story is part of an ongoing series featuring emergency service personnel, who often get little recognition for their efforts.
In the little over eight years that he has been a member of the Pine Bluff Police Department, Ryan Moheb has done a little bit of everything. He has been a patrolman, a field training officer, a traffic officer and is currently assigned to the Detective Division on the three-to-11 shift.
“After I got out of the Army I decided to try nursing, but that wasn’t for me,” Moheb said.
After graduating White Hall High School in 2003, he joined the Army, where he was a cable systems installer; he later served in the National Guard before joining the police department.
“I figured that Pine Bluff was the best place to learn what police work was all about,” Moheb said.
He learned the job well enough that after a few years, he was assigned as a training officer for new recruits.
“I never stop talking, but one of the things I told them was that if you do your job right, you’re going to go home to your family at the end of the day,” Moheb said.
Asked about his time in patrol and if there was an incident or two that really stood out, Moheb didn’t hesitate.
“I remember pursuing a homicide suspect from Howard Drive all the way to Little Rock,” he said. “We were the lead car 90 percent of the time, and it felt good to apprehend the suspects and, more importantly, nobody got hurt.”
Moheb was later transferred to the Traffic Division and said that while he didn’t answer as many calls as he did when he was in patrol, he was responsible for writing a lot more reports. Moheb said that while working as a traffic officer, he always made sure that he presented a positive image by looking as sharp as he possibly could, with freshly shined shoes, a neatly pressed uniform and the like.
“I wanted people to see a professional officer who was there to help them,” he said.
After spending time in patrol, Moheb was reassigned to detectives, where he said he had a lot more tools to work with, but the emphasis was still the same: do the job the right way. His first big case was the Feb. 28 murder of Stephanie Turntine and the arrest of her husband, Molton Oglesby, 62, who has been charged with capital murder.
“I wanted to get it solved, and I wanted to make a good case,” Moheb said. “When I picked up the case I really worked hard and got a lot of help and a lot of direction from my supervisors and my peers. The supervisors were very knowledgeable because they’ve been there before, and they showed me the things I needed to do to make the case.”
As for the future, Moheb said, “The only way for me to go now is up. I like what I do, and the next phase is to test for sergeant.”
“I enjoy leadership and enjoyed being an FTO (Field Training Officer) and teaching new officers,” he said.
The father of two children, a daughter, 3, and a son, 7, Moheb said, “my son likes to tell people ‘my dad’s a cop.’”