Deputy Chief Jamie Fields / Courtesy photo
Fayetteville officials last week announced that Jamie Fields is the police department’s new deputy chief.
She fills the vacancy left by Mike Reynolds, who was recently appointed as police chief after Greg Tabor retired.
Fields began her career with the department in 1990 as a police and fire dispatcher. She was hired as a police officer about four years later. During her 25 years of service, she served as a patrol officer, a bike patrol officer, a detective, and a member of the crisis negotiation team.
Fields is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Criminal Justice Institute’s School of Law Enforcement Supervision, Police Executive Research Form’s Senior Management Institute for Police and the International Association of Chiefs of Police Women’s Leadership Institute. She holds a Senior Law Enforcement Certificate, an Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice from the Northwest Arkansas Community College, and a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Arkansas. She is currently working towards a Master’s Degree in Operations Management.
Fields was promoted to her first supervisory rank of sergeant in September 2002, where she supervised morning shift patrol and the Special Events Division, which included motorcycle patrol and bicycle patrol. In 2004, she was promoted to the rank of lieutenant, where she supervised a patrol shift and the Criminal Investigation Division. In 2012, she was transferred to police administration, where she supervised the Office of Professional Standards, the Training Division, the Community-Oriented Policing Division, the Warrant Division, and the department’s national accreditation process through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). In late 2013, Fields was promoted to the rank of captain where she managed the administrative duties of the department. She was instrumental in testing and implementing a new records management system for the organization. On July 7, 2017, she was assigned to the Patrol Division, where she was responsible for coordinating the activities of the patrol personnel.