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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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Arkansas High School Threat Results in Arrest

On Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at 2:00 pm, Texarkana Arkansas Police responded to Arkansas High School in reference to threats made by a student over social media.  Upon arrival, the alleged student was detained by school administration after another student reported seeing threatening statements over social media page Instagram. TAPD Investigators arrived at the school and conducted an interview with the suspect.  After gathering statements, the student, a 15yr. old juvenile male, was arrested on scene and charged with Terroristic threating 1st degree. The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department will continue to aggressively pursue any reported threatening activity to determine if a serious crime has taken place.  If a serious threat has been made the parties responsible will be arrested….without exception. TAPD would like to encourage anyone who has any information to call 903-798-3154 or the Texarkana area CrimeStoppers at 903-793-STOP. Continue Reading →

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Special Olympic Law Enforcement Torch Run

Each year, the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department participates in the annual Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR). The Summer Games Torch Run is an event that takes place across the state to honor the Special Olympics Arkansas athletes as they prepare to take part in our largest event, the Special Olympics Arkansas State Summer Games. Law Enforcement officers from various agencies will run the Flame of Hope across the state of Arkansas until it reaches the arena at Harding University in Searcy, AR for Opening Ceremonies on Thursday, May 24, 2018. The LETR movement is essential to the success of Special Olympics Arkansas as they not only volunteer their time to help our athletes, they also organize fundraisers in their local communities for Special Olympics and raised over $500,000 this past year for the Special Olympics Arkansas program. The Summer Games Torch Run Southwest Leg will begin Monday May 21st, 2018, at 9:00 am, starting in the Arkansas Wal-Mart parking lot, 133 Arkansas Blvd.  Texarkana Arkansas Officers will run over 18 miles before handing over the torch to the Hope Police Department. 

The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department is proud to participate in such an outstanding event for such a worthy cause. Continue Reading →

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Click It or Ticket Campaign Starts May 21

As the unofficial start of summer, the Memorial Day holiday weekend is a busy time for Americans. Each year, the highways fill with families in vehicles, on their way to start their summer vacations. To help keep drivers and passengers stay safe, the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department is reminding motorists to “Click It or Ticket.” This campaign is aimed at enforcing seat belt use in order to help keep families safe. This national seat belt campaign will take place May 21st through June 3rd, concurrent with the busy travel season. The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department will officers during these dated throughout the city looking for drivers violating the State’s Seat Belt laws. Continue Reading →

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