Arkansas State Police Department • Line of Duty Death: July 17, 2022

On July 17th, 2022 Patrolman Vincent Anthony Parks collapsed while partaking in exercises at the Central Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy located within Camp Robinson. Parks was just 38 years old, and only one month into serving as a patrolman.

Parks was born and raised in Jonesboro, Arkansas and spent a portion of his upbringing in Memphis, Tennessee. Parks was raised by a single mother alongside his sister. He enjoyed playing video games, while also taking an interest in art and music. Parks graduated from Kirby High School in Memphis Tennessee, and attended Arkansas State University for a short time. On a night out, Parks met his wife, Christina, and they later brought into the world their beautiful daughter, Vivianna “Vivi.”  Family was a central component to Parks’ life. He was a caring and attentive father to his daughter, and a loving son to his mother, Jacquelyn.

During his life, Parks had a desire to give back to the community that meant so much to him. To fulfill this passion, Parks decided to join the Jonesboro Police Department as a police officer to make a difference within his community. Parks was rewarded with a Medal of Honor for his service as a patrolman.

Parks is remembered as an amazing father and husband who could make anyone smile at any time.

Patrolman Vincent Anthony Parks is survived by his wife, Christina, and daughter, Vivianna.