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May 14, 2010 (HOT SPRINGS) – The Arkansas State Police Commission today approved the recommendation of Colonel Winford E. Phillips, Director of the Arkansas State Police, to promote two commanders to lead positions within the department’s Highway Patrol Division. Captain J.R. Hankins, 55, of Russellville, was promoted to the rank of major and will assume new duties as commander of the Highway Patrol Eastern Region which encompasses troop operations in Jonesboro, Newport, Forrest City, Little Rock, Pine Bluff and Warren. Major Hankins, a 31-year veteran of the department, most recently has been assigned to Highway Patrol Division, Troop J as troop commander and was formerly assistant commander of Troop C (Jonesboro). Lieutenant Mike Foster, 50, of Harrison, was promoted to the rank of captain and will assume official duties as commander of Highway Patrol, Troop I (Harrison). Captain Foster, a 19-year veteran of the department, most recently has served as assistant commander and acting commander of Troop I and was formerly assistant commander of Troop H (Fort Smith). Two State Police Criminal Investigation Division Special Agents and a Hot Springs Police Department detective were recognized by Colonel Phillips and commissioners today. Special Agents Dennis Morris and Scotty Dodd were presented departmental Official Commendations and Hot Springs Police Sergeant Christopher Chapmond was presented a Distinguished Service Award. The agents and local officer have been commended for their collective effort and exemplary investigative skills which are being credited for identifying suspects and effecting arrests in connection with a multiple murder case in November 2009 involving the deaths of five Garland County residents. Colonel Phillips, State Police Commissioners, and Troop K personnel officially dedicated the opening of the department’s new $2.6 million dollar Hot Springs headquarters facility. The 8,842 square foot headquarters will serve as a base of operations for State Police services across seven western Arkansas counties. - 30 -