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Officer-Involved Shooting

Texarkana Arkansas Police

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 →

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Texarkana Arkansas Police Department Promotes Jeffery Gladden

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 →

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Texarkana Arkansas Police Provide School Safety

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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Texarkana Officer and K-9 Achieve “Top Dog”

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 →

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Dispatcher of the Year

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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ArkLaTex 100 Club to Raise Funds for Local Law Enforcement with 4th Annual Sporting Clay Tournament

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 →

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Municipal Court to offer Amnesty Program

TEXARKANA, TX- Texas Municipal Court is offering an Amnesty Program from February 8, 2021 until April 16, 2021. Citizens with an outstanding warrant with Texarkana, Texas Municipal Court may come in before April 16, 2021 and pay the warrant in full without being arrested. To inquire about a warrant (Class C misdemeanor) with Texarkana Texas Municipal Court, please call (903) 798-3551, 798-3013 or 798-3790, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Citizens can pay their warrant in full with cash or money order (NO checks or debit cards) Warrants may be paid Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at the Texas Pay Fine Window located on the 1st floor of the Bi-State Justice Building, 100 N. State Line, Texarkana, Texas, before April 16, 2021. A warrant cannot be paid on line. When paying a warrant at the Texarkana, Texas Pay Fine Window, citizens will not be arrested, and the warrant will be recalled after the payment is made. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana Arkansas Police Officers Receive Bull Dog Award

Texarkana Arkansas Police

Yesterday the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department recognized two amazing employees who work in the Criminal Investigation Division, Domestic Violence Section. They were the recipients of the prestigious Bull Dog Award! This award was created several years ago for going beyond the call of duty in the Criminal Investigation Division. The two recipients this year are Detective Shane Kirkland and Domestic Violence Coordinator Jan Lishman. Detective Kirkland and Mrs. Lishman do not only work in the same office but also team up to be advocates for the victims in this community, that find themselves in need of help. Continue Reading →

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Package Theft Suspects

Texarkana, AR – On December 8th, 2020, the Texarkana Arkansas and Texas Police Departments received several 911 calls in reference to package thefts in local neighborhoods. The Texarkana, Arkansas Police Department developed information that a black male in a White Nissan Titan truck was traveling through neighborhoods removing delivered packages from residences.

At 3:00pm, TAPD received a 911 call of a package theft in the 2800 Block of Union Road, with suspect information that matched earlier developed intelligence. TAPD Officer Jacob Montoya located the suspect vehicle and attempted a traffic stop at the intersection of Union Road and Line Ferry Road.  After failing to stop for police, a vehicle pursuit ensued and ended safely in 4800 Block of Old Blackmon Ferry Road. 

TAPD located several stolen items inside the vehicle.  Two suspects, Damien Crooks, 40 yoa, and Joy Lantrip, 34 yoa, both of Texarkana, were arrested and charged with felony fleeing, theft by receiving, and criminal mischief. If you have not received your packages and believe you have been the victim of a theft, please call 911 to report the incident. Continue Reading →

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LaSalle Corrections Terminates Contract with Bowie County

On November 9, 2020, Lasalle Corrections decided to exercise discretionary authority to terminate without cause contractual agreements regarding the management of the Bowie County Correctional Center. Termination of the agreement is effective February 12, 2021. Lasalle Corrections is an established developer and operator of correctional centers throughout the United States. Lasalle Corrections has been providing corrections industry solutions to law enforcement agencies, federal agencies, and government municipalities for decades. Lasalle Corrections has managed the Bowie County Correctional Center since 2010 and worked closely with the municipality to ensure the highest levels of service. Continue Reading →

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