John Classen

7000 Chad Colley Blvd.
Fort Smith, AR 72916
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John Classen served over 29 years at the Fort Smith Police Department and retired at the rank of Sergeant in May 2017. He spent much of his career as a patrolman and a supervisor in the Patrol Division. He is a 1988 graduate of the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. He retired after over 22 years in the Arkansas Army National Guard and served two deployments during the Persian Gulf War (1990-91) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003-04). He is a member of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #39 and has extensive training and experience in Law Enforcement Patrol Operations and Supervision. Officer Classen and his wife, Jane, live in Charleston, Ar. They have one adult daughter and a granddaughter.


  • Bachelor of Science, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR


  • Graduate of the School of Law Enforcement Supervision, Criminal Justice Institute, Little Rock, AR
  • Ex-Vice President Fort Smith Municipal Police Officers Association
  • Career Member of the Fraternal Order of Police, Fort Smith Lodge #39
  • Graduate Basic Non-Commissioned Officers Course, US Army
  • Graduate Advanced Non-Commissioned Officers Course, US Army
  • Graduate of the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy, Camden, AR