AY Magazine Hometown Hero - Jerry Flint

Hometown Hero - Jerry Flint
Posted on 03/01/2021
Hometown HeroFor this week’s Special Edition of Hometown Heroes, AY About You is sitting down with a new officer in the North Little Rock Police Department. Over the next several weeks, we will be profiling several new officers. These officers will share with us their experiences, goals, and future plans as they protect and serve the city of North Little Rock.

Jerry FlintPatrol Officer Jerry Flint is a graduate of Central High School, and is from Little Rock. Flint played football and went to the University of Arkansas at Monticello on a football scholarship. While he was there, he majored in criminal justice. In his spare time, he practices martial arts and coaches Little League Football.

“At an early age, I leaned towards law enforcement. I grew up in East End and didn’t have very many positive influences. I’ve got a little brother that looks up to me a lot, and I wanted my family to be proud of me,” Flint says. “I applied for the Little Rock Police Department, but missed one of the tests. Then I applied for the North Little Rock Police Department, and everything just fell into place.”

Flint has been on patrol since January 20, 2020, and acknowledges that all of his job experience so far has been during a very unusual time.
“I think that the crimes I’ve seen have been pretty normal crimes– they haven’t really skyrocketed because of the pandemic. It’s just pretty normal, day to day.”

Flint walks us through a normal shift for him. “I’m on the midnight shift right now. I just try to drive around and be seen. I try to interact with people, especially kids, over in the Levy area. I try to be a positive influence for people who might now have one. As you go from call to call, you realize that being a police officer is kind of like being a counselor,” Flint says. “You’re going to people and giving them advice on how to not get themselves in trouble, and generally just being a voice of reason.”

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