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story.lead_photo.caption A Washington County Sheriff’s Office vehicle sits outside the Tontitown substation. Mayor Tommy Granata is working to create a budget for a new police department in the city of 2,516 residents. - Photo by Jason Ivester

Tontitown first appointed a “conservator of the peace” 102 years ago.

At A Glance

Tontitown

Tontitown was founded in 1898 by a group of Italian Catholic immigrants led by their priest, Father Pietro Bandini. The town is named after Henri de Tonti, the Italian who helped Rene-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, explore the Mississippi River and later founded Arkansas Post in 1686.

Source: Encyclopedia of Arkansas History

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Print Headline: Tontitown Works Toward Own Police Force

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