This past Friday evening, June 25, 2010, approximately 200 citizens and many of his fellow law enforcement officers gathered in the Bradley Elementary School Cafeteria to honor Bradley’s own Arkansas State Police Sgt. John Bishop. John is retiring from the A. S. P. effective today (June 30, 2010).
John is a 1969 graduate of Bradley High School. John joined the Arkansas State Police on May 2, 1974. Before being stationed with Troop G and thus able to live in the Bradley area, John was stationed at Little Rock, Hot Springs and Camden. He has worked in the Criminal Investigations Unit since 2000.
At the dinner, John and his wife, Patsy, were provided rocking chairs (below). Patsy used hers; John didn’t (below).
Among the speakers were A. S. P. Major Cleve Barfield, A. S. P. Lt. Glenn Sligh, Raymond Robertson and outgoing State Senator Barbara Horn.
One of the more interesting parts of the evening was the presentation to John of a plaque by Officer Jay Perry of the Louisiana State Police, who has worked with John on interstate investigations (below).
John was also presented with a plaque by outgoing State Representative (of this district) Bruce Maloch, and current State Representative (from another district) and State Senator-elect Steve Harrelson (from this district) (below).
Two local friends of John who spoke were Kelly Kelner (below) and Vickie Paige (below, with Emcee Richard Estes).
At the conclusion of the evening, John briefly addressed those present (below).
Finally, no report of the evening would be complete without mentioning the presence of John’s parents, Mr. Dick and Mrs. Marjorie Bishop (below).