Editor’s Note: This story is part of an ongoing series profiling dedicated emergency workers and police officers for their hard work, which often goes unnoticed.
In the 21 years that he has been with the Pine Bluff Police Department, officer Danny Brock has seen a lot of changes.
“I’ve seen better equipment and relations with the public have gotten better,” said Brock, who was hired by former Chief Nathaniel Clark in March 1997. “I had a guy walk up to me and say ‘I appreciate you.’”
Before joining the department, Brock worked for Moon Monument County and was a volunteer firefighter.
He has worked in the patrol division for most of his career, with the exception of a short stint in Internal Affairs.
“I worked nights for a long time but after my son complained that I had never seen one of his baseball games, I knew it was time to make a change,” Brock said.
He said the son now works for United Parcel Service and a daughter works at a hospital in Benton. He has two grandchildren and a third on the way.
Brock said one of his fondest memories is the day a prisoner in the back seat of his car and on the way to jail “confessed his sins to Jesus Christ and asked for forgiveness.”
One he would just as soon forget was the day a man committed suicide in front of him and other officers.
“He was begging us to shoot him, and when we wouldn’t, he shot himself in the temple with a .22 (caliber),” Brock said.
As far as the future is concerned, Brock said he wants to stay with the department “as long as I can. I like helping people.”
When talking to younger officers, Brock had some words of advice.
“Stay humble but be ready for anything,” he said.
His philosophy for doing his job is summed up in a few words.
“I want to treat people better than the way I expect them to treat me.”