Texarkana, AR: On Tuesday, December 7, the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department will be conducting the 2021 “Shop with a Cop” with the children from our community at the Arkansas side Walmart. According to Texarkana Arkansas Police “On that special day, around 8:45 am, we will be coming down North Stateline Avenue with our lights and sirens on! We want to get the kids excited and hear us coming! We have over one-hundred kids this year. It will be a wonderful but busy morning.” Continue Reading →
The ArkLaTex 100 Club recently presented the immediate families of two local men who died in the line of duty $15,000 to help the families pick up the pieces in the aftermath of tragedy. Lt. Clay McClure with the Texarkana Texas Police Department died in July at age 54 from COVID-19 complications. McClure began his career with the TTPD more than 25 years ago and has also served with the Bowie County Sheriff’s Department, where he was in the criminal investigation division. Lucas Stephenson, assistant fire chief with the Mandeville Volunteer Fire Department, was killed in the line of duty while responding to a call on October 26. Stephenson was 25 years old and had been a firefighter since 2013. Continue Reading →
Texarkana, AR: On the 9th day of November 2021, members of the Bi-State 8th South District Drug Task Force in partnership with the FBI and Homeland Security conducted a narcotics search warrant in the 2200 block of Pecan Street. The search warrant was in reference to an ongoing investigation which led to the seizure of 1.49 lbs of suspected Methamphetamine, 7.5 grams of suspected cocaine, two assault style rifles and one handgun, approximately $14,000.00 is cash, three vehicles and drug paraphernalia related to the sales and distribution of illicit narcotics. Ajene Rashodd Cornelius (age 26) was arrested on state warrants, trafficking a controlled substance (Schedule II Methamphetamine) and transported to the Miller County Jail. Federal charges are expected to follow. Latrace Shenay Cornelius (age 35) was arrested and charged with two counts of possession and use of weapons by a certain person and transported to the Miller County Jail. Continue Reading →
Representatives from area police and fire departments gathered on Oct. 6, 20201, for ArkLaTex 100 Club 2021 grant presentations. The Arklatex 100 Club awarded more than $27,000 in grants for life-saving equipment and expenses to eight police and fire agencies in Bowie and Miller Counties at their October meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021. The mission of the ArkLaTex 100 Club is to raise funds for the dependents of local first responders who are lost in the line of duty. Continue Reading →
Texarkana, AR: On Wednesday, October 13, 2021, around 7:30 pm, there was an officer-involved shooting inside Zapata’s Restaurant, located at 217 Walnut Street in Texarkana, Arkansas. As a result of the shooting, one adult male was taken to a local hospital by ambulance. The Arkansas State Police were notified and are currently investigating the incident. Continue Reading →
The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department is pleased to announce the upcoming promotion of one of our officers. On Sunday, August 22, 2021, Lieutenant Jeffery Gladden will be promoted to the rank of Captain. Lieutenant Gladden joined the TAPD family in January of 2006, prior to being a member of the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department, he served as a Lieutenant at the Texarkana Texas Police Department where he retired from.
During his career, Lieutenant Gladden has served as an officer in the Patrol Division, and a Detective in the Criminal Investigation Division. For sixteen years he was a team leader on SWAT. Continue Reading →
As summer comes to and end and school gets ready to begin, the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department wants to remind motorist School Zones will be in effect. Texarkana Arkansas Schools start on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 and the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department will be working random school zones to help keep you and your family safe as they head to school. Traffic fines are doubled in school zones and officers will be conducting traffic enforcement within these school zones with zero tolerance. Special emphasis will be placed on speeding violations, use of cell phones as well as careless driving and improper passing. These are a few reminders regarding school safety:
It is illegal to pass a school bus from any direction while the busses’ red lights are flashing.Put your cell phone down!!! Continue Reading →
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Recently, Texarkana Arkansas Police K-9 Officer Tanner Freeman with K-9 ‘Kashko’ attended the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) Region 20 Canine certification and competition in Sherman, Texas. This certification tests all aspects of K-9 handling, including patrol functions and narcotics detection, which the handler and dog have to pass to continue working together at their law enforcement agency. In addition to certification, the handlers and their dogs compete against other teams within the region for placement in several categories, including the prestigious Overall Top Dog Award. While attending the annual certification from April 18 – April 21, Officer Freeman and K-9 “Kashko,” a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois, performed well above the recognized standard. The certification process is a weeklong testing and evaluation procedure that includes several areas of assessment. Continue Reading →
On Wednesday, April 7, 2021, members of the Ark-Tex Council of Governments (ATCOG) awarded the Dispatcher of the Year award for our area, to Meagan McBain, one of our Dispatchers at the Bi-State Criminal Justice Center/Central Records and Communications. This award is given by ATCOG to one Dispatcher who works in one of the Dispatch Centers in their region and the award is always given around the week designated as Public Safety Telecommunicators Week which this year is April 11-17, 2021. Meagan began her career as a Dispatcher on July 14, 2014 and has flourished during her tenure, always leading by example. On February 5, 2018, she was promoted to the position of Dispatch Supervisor and as such, is responsible to make sure the Dispatchers assigned to her are accurately performing their duties in a professional manner. She currently holds an Advanced Telecommunicators License through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE). She is the Training Coordinator for the Communications Section which requires her to review all trainees progress during the training program, in addition to her regular duties of supervising and performing the duties of a Dispatcher herself.
Often times, Dispatchers are left in the background and are not given the accolades they so much deserve. Many states across the nation are now officially recognizing Dispatchers as first responders. We are very proud of Meagan and congratulate her on this honor of being named Dispatcher of the Year.
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The ArkLaTex 100 Club’s fourth annual Pull for Heroes Sporting Clay Tournament is coming up Saturday, Mar 13, 2021 at Rocky Creek Outdoor in Texarkana, Ark. Registration is open for teams and individuals who wish to participate in the shoot. The 100 Club is also seeking sponsors for the event. “Part of the money we raised last year was used to purchase safety and tactical equipment. We’re hoping to raise even more this year,” said Club Founder Gail Eichler. Continue Reading →