The Arvest Foundation has made Mena Police Officers not only more comfortable, but safer through a donation of new uniforms and vests to the department. Theresa Young and Chris Thrailkill of the local Arvest Bank reached out to Mena Police Chief Tommy Stueart regarding new bulletproof vests for the officers. “When we looked at the cost of new vests we decided to go ahead and do the complete uniforms as well”, said Thrailkill. “We want these officers to have everything they need because every day they are putting their lives on the line for us.”
Mena Police Chief Stueart is very pleased with the new uniforms. He described the uniforms as “More modern, with proper pants, polo style shirts and outer vests”, which hold the plates making them bulletproof. The new uniforms are much more comfortable for officers who sometimes carry up to 25 pounds of additional equipment. The Chief noted that having a more comfortable uniform helps make carrying some of that weight more manageable.
Mena Mayor Seth Smith was on hand when the new uniforms were displayed Friday. He thanked The Arvest Foundation for their generosity in helping support the Mena Police Department. According to their website, “The primary purpose of the Arvest Foundation is to support local organizations doing outstanding work to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve.” The new uniforms are worn by all 13 full time officers of The Mena Police Department.
Cutlines: Officer Allen Walker in the new modern uniform.
Pictured at the Polk County Courthouse, the officers of the Mena Police Department, Mayor Seth Smith and Arvest Representatives. Submitted photo.