Arvest Bank of Fort Smith associates recently presented the Fort Smith Police Department Community Relations team with a $5,000 grant on behalf of the Arvest Foundation.

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The funds will be used to support events and initiatives organized by the FSPD Community Relations team to foster positive relationships between the police department and the citizens of Fort Smith.

Roger Holroyd, president and CEO for Arvest in Fort Smith and the River Valley, Mortgage Lender Mandy Smith and Mortgage Sales Assistant Anna Kleck recently presented FSPD Community Relations team members officers Shoptaw and Williams, along with the team’s cat mascot Pawfficer Fuzz, with a $5,000 check on behalf of the Arvest Foundation.

“The work of the FSPD Community Relations team is essential in building relationships that will help our community thrive,” said Holroyd. “We’re proud to present this check to support the department’s ongoing efforts of making a positive impact in our community.”

The FSPD Community Relations team began as a way to enhance efforts in being more proactive in addressing the root causes of crime and disorder in the Fort Smith community. The team focuses on problem-solving techniques, building lasting partnerships with stakeholders, education, accountability, and open dialogue with citizens and visitors.