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Update**Arrests Made in Child Abuse Case

Texarkana Arkansas Police

Sadly, the victim in this case was pronounced
dead at 5:10pm, yesterday evening at Arkansas children’s hospital.  Currently, TAPD Detectives are at the
Arkansas State Crime lab awaiting autopsy results. The course of this investigation led Detectives
to an overwhelming amount of abuse of not only the deceased but also of her 2-year-old
brother. At this time, McKenna Cawley has been charged
with Capital Murder and Domestic Battery in the 2nd Degree.  Everette Cawley has been charged with 2
counts of permitting the abuse of a minor. 
TAPD will continue working with the Prosecutor on any additional
charges. The Arkansas Department of Child Protective
Services have been working diligently to ensure the safety of the toddler and

The month of April is Child abuse awareness
month.  We encourage you to wear blue on
Friday, April 10th, in honor of this deceased child and all other
children who have suffered abuse. Miller County currently has only 4 foster
parent homes. Continue Reading →

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Bulldog Award 2019

Texarkana Arkansas Police

Congratulations to Sergeant Devin Warner for
receiving the Criminal Investigation Division Bulldog of the Year Award. Sgt. Warner was selected after being
nominated by peers, subordinates, and supervisors alike for the leadership role
he has taken since assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division in 2010. During his tenure, Sgt. Warner has worked on
a myriad of cases, from the simplest misdemeanor theft, to the most severe
felony offenses. Continue Reading →

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Bi-State Suspicious Package Report

Texarkana Arkansas Police

On the 18th day of March 2019, at 0840
hours, a citizen at the Bi-State Justice Center (100 North Stateline Ave.) observed
what they believed to be a suspicious package on the northeast corner of the Bi-State
Jail. They immediately reported the package at which time the Texarkana
Arkansas Police Department responded. Upon arrival, officers located a small
package with three glass cylinders inside. The cylinders had unknown writing or
symbols written on the outside and an unknown substance was inside with what
appeared to be wires extending from the base. The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department
immediately secured the area, and issued an evacuation notice for the Bi-State
Justice Building, as well as, surrounding businesses. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana Arkansas Promotes Two Officers

Texarkana Arkansas Police

The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department is pleased to announce the recent promotion of Two officers. Sergeant Scott Megason has been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.  Lieutenant Megason began his career with the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department in March of 1992. During his years in Law Enforcement Lt. Megason
has been assigned as an officer and supervisor in the Patrol Division, Services
Division, Special Operations Section, and the Criminal Investigation Division. 

Lt. Megason served as a Field Training
Officer, member of the Advisory Board, Coordinator for the Explorer Program, as
well as the Public Information Officer for the Texarkana Arkansas Police
Department.  Additionally, Lt. Megason serves
as a coordinator for the Hostage Negotiation Team for TAPD SWAT team. Lt. Megason holds a Senior Law Enforcement
Certificate and has received numerous letters of accommodation and appreciation.  Including recipient of the Life Saving Award. His promotion date is as follows; promoted
to Lieutenant (effective) 12/30/18. Continue Reading →

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Bowie County Sheriff Reports Major Tractor and ATV Theft

Between 12-13-18 and 12-14-18 there was a major theft from a ranch in the Bassett area, west of Simms, TX. The following items were stolen:

2017 Circle K 20’ gooseneck trailer, 2014 Big Tex 32’ gooseneck trailer, a 2019 Polaris HiLifter Ranger 1000 ATV, a 2016 camo Polaris Ranger 900cc ATV, a yellow 2006 Honda Foreman 4 wheeler, an orange Kubota 9960 m5-091 tractor, an orange Kubota 7060 tractor , an orange Kubota SVL 90 skid steer, a Weatherby .270 rifle with Swarovski scope, an FN .308 cal rifle with IRMK 3x 35 thermal scope, a Benelli M-2 shotgun, and multiple implements for above tractors and skid steer (2 augers, boom mower, tree sheer, pallet forks, grapple, 2 mower attachment ) .  If you have any information regarding this crime please contact Investigator David Biggar or Investigator Chad Ford at the Bowie County Sheriff’s Office. Continue Reading →

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TAPD Recruits Save a Life on the Way to Academy Graduation

Early Friday morning,
on December 14th, 2018, TAPD Officers Richard Conkleton and Dylan
McCrary were traveling from Texarkana to the Law Enforcement Training Academy
(ALETA) in Camden, Arkansas, for graduation after 13 weeks of training. 

On their journey, at
6:30am, as the Officers entered Ouachita County on HWY 278 West, they observed
a small vehicle off the roadway in a large culvert. Due to the weather conditions,
heavy downpour rains and flooding, it was extremely difficult to see the vehicle
from the roadway.  Officers approached
the vehicle and determined a female was trapped inside, unable to get out from
mud and water pushing on the doors. 
While Officer McCrary worked on getting the woman out of the vehicle,
Officer Conkleton drove down the road to search for cell phone service to call 911
for assistance.  Eventually officers were
able to get the woman out the vehicle safely, where she was transported to a
local hospital for minor injuries. 

Due to the officers attention
to detail by observing a barely visible vehicle in a ditch with rising water
off the roadway and in the pouring rain, they were able to assist a female that
without there help may have been a grave situation. 

Once Ouachita County
Sherriff arrived on scene, the officers continued their journey to ALETA, where
they were able to clean up and graduate on time. 
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Bowie County Chief Deputy Graduates Leadership Command College

Bowie County: Jeffrey K. Neal, Chief Deputy of the Bowie County Sheriff’s Office recently graduated from the Leadership Command College – Class 82 of the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas. The program, taught by a consortium of universities throughout Texas, provides law enforcement administrators and executives with the skills necessary to effectively manage police agencies and deliver a high level of service to their communities. Module I, focusing on leadership, is taught at the Center for Executive Development at Texas A&M University. Module II at Texas Woman’s University focuses on the political, legal, and social environment of law enforcement. The program concluded on September 28, 2018 with training in law enforcement administration at the third module, held at Sam Houston State University. Continue Reading →

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Bowie County Sheriff Starts Public Access Portal for Jail Records

Bowie County, TX: The Bowie County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce the launch of our new public access portal for jail records. This portal allows the public to view jail records including, charges, bonds and mug shots from any computer where they can access the internet. Links to our new portal have been added to Bowie County’s website under the Sheriff’s tab as well as the Bowie County Sheriff’s Office App. A computer has also been placed just outside of the front window of the Bowie County Sheriff’s Office on the third floor of the Bi-State Building where any citizen can access these records. We hope this upgrade in technology serves our citizens well. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana Death Investigation

On July 26, 2018 Detectives with the Texarkana, Arkansas and Texarkana, Texas Police Departments began investigating a lead concerning the remains of a missing person previously reported to Texarkana Police. Late Thursday evening, Detectives were able to locate a person of interest in the case, Chad Jernigan, 41, of Texarkana, Arkansas. While interviewing Jernigan, he admitted to detectives that he had buried a body under a storage building in his backyard. After obtaining a search warrant, detectives have located a body in a shallow grave covered in concrete and dirt. The body is being recovered and will be sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab in Little Rock for an autopsy. Continue Reading →

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Active Attack Integrated Response Training

Attention all surrounding Law Enforcement, School Security, Emergency Medical, Fire, and Telecommunication Agencies.  The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department in partnership with the Texarkana Arkansas School District and the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center will be hosting several ALERRT Integrated Response Courses in July and August in reference to Mass Casualty Response Training. Our mission is to provide advanced training to our first responders giving them the skills and knowledge they need to contain and prevent such tragedies as to better protect and serve our communities. We would like to invite all surrounding agencies to these upcoming courses in hopes to build stronger partnerships. These courses are FREE for your agencies and all needed Training, Safety, and simulation equipment will be provided. Course: Active Attack Integrated Response Course

Dates Mon Jul 23 – 24 (2018)

Aug 6 – 7 (2018)

Aug 9 – 10 (2018)

Location Texarkana, AR

Hosting Agency

Texarkana PD (AR)


Point of Contact

Rick Cockrell (903) 824-7641
Time: (16 hours/2 days)

Class Size: 42 students, 25 LE from multiple agencies, 15 Fire/EMS, and 2 Dispatch per class

Prerequisite: Participants must be state-certified law enforcement, fire, Tele-communicator or EMS providers. Continue Reading →

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