Missy Ishmael opened the Wednesday, May 16, 2018 Helena-West Helena Kiwanis Club meeting and told the membership, “Each month we do the law enforcement appreciation for officers and deputies. We decided that the Chief of Police and the Sheriffs deserve to be recognized also. We are always recognizing other people. So you, speaking to today’s guest Chief Bell, deserve your day too. So we have Chief Vincent Bell the Police Chief of Marvell today as our special honored guest.”

“My name is Vincent Bell I am the Police Chief at Marvell,” said Bell. “I was born and raised in the Helena-West Helena community. I attended the Helena-West Helena School District, and graduated in 1978. After graduation I enlisted into the United States Marine Corps.”

“In July 1980 I was selected to attend the Elite Marine Security Guard School at Quantico, Virginia,” said  Bell. “After graduation I received a top secret clearance and was assigned to the American Embassy in La Paz Bolivia and Bogota, Colombia, South America and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, East Africa. My assignments were to protect the American Ambassador, American property, personnel and all classified materials.”

“After being honorably discharged in 1982 I began my career in law enforcement for the City of West Helena. I worked my way up from a patrol officer position to the position of Chief of Police,” said Bell. “After the consolidation of the two cities West Helena and Helena I was selected to be the first Chief of Police. After twenty-five years of dedicated service I retired in 2007.”

“In 2008, I came out of retirement to accept a position as the Police Chief for the City of Marianna for two and a half years,” said Bell.  “Following that, I accept a position with the City of Marvell as its’ Police Chief, where I am presently serving.”

“A few of my accomplishments as Chief of Police are: shutting down what was known as the “INFAMOUS LINE”,” said Bell. “The Line was one the most violent areas in our community. It was infested with drugs, prostitution and violent crimes. But, through hard work and sacrifices that were made by the police officers and I, we were able to STOP THE VIOLENCE.”

“After consolidation we continued to work hard and make sacrifices, we shut down South Walnut Street and we made North Helena Park safe for family outings and other family activities,” said Bell. “Here in the City of Marvell, our officer and support staff has worked diligently to be conservators of the peace. By doing so, Marvell has been rank among the top safest cities in this country to live. In 2016, through the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office, I was selected as Phillips County Officer of The Year.”

“During my law enforcement career I have attended and graduated from the top law enforcement schools and courses that the University of Arkansas System Criminal Justice Institute has to offer, such as: Rural Executive Management Institute, Columbia, South Carolina, School of Law Enforcement Supervision, Arkansas Leader and Police Chief Executive Development Course. I have attended Phillips County Community College of the University of Arkansas,” said Bell.

“I am married to Sandra Morris-Bell for over thirty years and we have four adult sons,” said Bell. “Through it all, the most important calling in my life is when God called me to be one of His ambassadors to preach the Gospel. I am the Pastor of the Mt. Omah Missionary Baptist Church of Wynne, Arkansas.”