Operation Thunderstruck Arrests 40

Operation Thunderstruck Hot Springs Police


Hot Springs, Arkansas, City Manager David Frasher spent time as a police officer, detective, and attorney before turning to city administration. He is also credentialed with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). Recently, David Frasher appointed Jason Stachey as the new Hot Springs Police Chief. Stachey immediately began an arrest initiative called Operation Thunderstruck.

The initiative involved several local agencies, including the police department, the sheriff’s department for Garland County, and the prosecuting attorney’s office for the 18th Judicial District East. Arkansas Community Correction was also involved, as was the US Department of State/Diplomatic Security Service and the US Marshals Service.

Operation Thunderstruck focused on individuals with outstanding warrants for possible felonies committed, and arrested 40 people within approximately one week. Most of the arrests were for theft-related felonies, but a few were for violent crimes ranging from sexual assault to battery.

The Hot Springs Police Department is currently focused on crime reduction, and some figures suggested that crime has indeed dropped by 10 percent for the month of February from 2016 to 2017.

Functions of GFOA’s Offices

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Government Finance Officers Association
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Starting his public service as a police officer in the City of Independence, Missouri, David Frasher has garnered over three decades of experience serving in roles ranging from law clerk to city administrator. David Frasher works as the city manager of Hot Springs, Arkansas, which received the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the 23rd consecutive year.

GFOA promotes financial management in state and local governments by providing guidance on best practices, networking opportunities, research, training, recognition programs, and publications on public finance. These services are offered through GFOA’s six offices in Chicago and Washington, DC.

1) The association’s Federal Liaison Center in Washington, DC, keeps GFOA members apprised of policies related to public finance while advocating for the association’s interests through regular contact with public officials. The office also develops best practices for the public finance sector and conducts a weeklong program on leadership for GFOA members.

2) The Research and Consulting Center in Chicago conducts research on financial management and provides consultations on long-term financial planning, contract negotiations, and administrative systems to state and local governments, among other functions.

3) GFOA’s Operations and Marketing Center is responsible for the logistics and advertising of various training programs and events that the association holds throughout the year.

4) The Financial Administration Center supports the administrative and IT capacities of the organization.

5) The Technical Services Center is primarily responsible for administering the association’s recognition programs and offers technical information on accounting, financial reporting, and budgets.

6) GFOA established the Office of the Executive Director to manage the organization overall.