The Arkansas State Police are looking for new troopers and newly assigned Lt. Randall Dias, the assistant troop commander of Troop E based in Jefferson County, is leading the effort locally.

The Arkansas State Police are looking for new troopers and newly assigned Lt. Randall Dias, the assistant troop commander of Troop E based in Jefferson County, is leading the effort locally.


Dias, a 21-year veteran of the state police, was promoted to his present rank and transferred from Ft. Smith about two months ago.


"The Arkansas State Police have a new initiative to develop a Facebook presence," Dias said.


He said Arkansas has seen the positive effect a Facebook page has had for state police organizations in other states, particularly Louisiana, Georgia and Kentucky, where Arkansas troopers and administrators have visited.


"They’ve had success reaching recruits through Facebook," Dias said.


A recruiting event is scheduled for 3-6 p.m. Tuesday at Troop E Headquarters, 6816 Princeton Pike, Dias said.


"Anybody who is interested in working for the state police or has thought about it is welcome," he said. "They can come visit with some of our young troopers who have gone through the hiring process and troop school and find out what it’s all about. They can also get information on how to apply and what the requirements are."


He said prior law enforcement experience is not a requirement and while a college degree is "helpful," it also is not a requirement.


"The job has gotten so computer-driven that basic computer literacy is almost a necessity," Dias said.


He started his career with the state police on 1994 after working as a sheriff’s deputy in Green County in Paragould for five years.


His first assignment was in Chicot County in Lake Village, then he transferred to Mountain Home before being promoted to sergeant in 2007 and being assigned as a post sergeant at Forrest City.


Dias said he transferred to Ft. Smith in 2008 as a post sergeant and remained there until he was promoted and came to Jefferson County.


"One of my primary functions, aside from administrative duties, is to assist the troop commander, Capt. (David) Sims, plan and implement an effective patrol plan for our troop, with an emphasis on reducing crashes by patrolling at peak times and strictly enforcing the laws on DWI," Dias said.


He also said he was fortunate to have Sims, who served as assistant troop commander under three former commanders, as his boss.


"He (Sims) has been there and done that and he’s teaching me," Dias said. "There are 12 troops and every troop does things a little differently."


Dias said that although he has only been with the troop a short time, he has been impressed with the troopers working under him.


"I would like to compliment the troopers who are working the four-county area (Jefferson, Lincoln, Desha and Arkansas) for the fine way that I’ve already observed them performing their duties," Dias said. "I hope that in some small way I can just further facilitate them in doing their jobs well in service to the citizens of Arkansas."