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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

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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. 

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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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TEXARKANA, TX – On 05/14/18, at 12:12 a.m., Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers responded to a single-vehicle crash on FM-1840 in Bowie County, about one mile west of New Boston, TX. The preliminary crash investigation indicated that a 2005 Nissan Altima was traveling west on FM-1840, when the Nissan Altima struck a concrete culvert after leaving the roadway on the right side. The vehicle then went airborne before striking a tree. The driver of the Nissan Altima, Myranda Diana Finley, an 18-year-old female from Naples, Texas, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash by Justice of the Peace Curtis Cole. No additional information is available at this time. Continue Reading →

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Operation Timez Up

Texarkana, USA – On November 2, 2017 members of the Bi-State (8th South Judicial) Narcotics Task Force in conjunction with Texarkana Arkansas Police Department, Miller County Sheriff’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation served arrest warrants on several individuals both in the city limits of Texarkana, Arkansas and in Miller County, Arkansas. The persons arrested were wanted in relation to an 11-month investigation being conducted by the Bi-State (8th South Judicial) Narcotics Task Force into the distribution of methamphetamine in the greater Miller County/Texarkana area. Subjects arrested during the round up were charged with offenses related to the Delivery of a Controlled Substance specifically methamphetamine. OPERATION TIMEZ UP

Arrest Warrants Served

Iva Harris
1 count delivery (enhanced)


Larry Taylor

2 counts delivery

Donald Martin

4 counts delivery (enhanced)

Darrin Phillips
3 counts delivery (enhanced)


Stacy Franklin
2 counts delivery (enhanced)


Christie Harris

3 counts delivery

Roderick Starks
3 counts delivery


Johnene Salsedo

2 counts delivery (enhanced)

Danny Lewis

1 count delivery

Lindsey Hamby

5 counts Delivery

Savanna Works

2 counts delivery

Jason Weaver

1 count delivery

Anthony Brown

1 count delivery (enhanced)

Travorious Watson
1 count delivery


Daniel Whiseant

1 count delivery (enhanced)

Jessica Cahall

TTPD Felony Warrant POCS

Joe Taylor

Hindering Apprehension

William Bradley

3 counts delivery


David Brown

1 count delivery

Qwintorius Tatum

3 counts delivery

Latoya Robinson
1 count delivery


Micheal Paul Butler
1 count delivery


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