Texarkana Police Department

  • Agency: Texarkana Police Department
  • Address: 100 N Stateline Ave., Texarkana, 75504 AR
  • Chief: Robert H Harrison (Chief of Police)
Phone: (903)798-3130
Fax: (903)798-3023
Email:

Texarkana Police Department is located at 100 N Stateline Ave., Texarkana, 75504 AR. The Chief of Police of the department is Robert H Harrison. The Texarkana Police Department phone number is (903)798-3130.

Texarkana Police Department News

The Texarkana Police Department is seeking assistance in locating this smiling young man in connection to a forgery investigation. After leaving Wal Mart, he entered the pictured 4 door gray car and drove away. If anyone knows this young man, please contact Det. Gatlin at 903-798-3154, or Crimestoppers at 903-793-STOP. You may also email us at TAPD-TIPS@TXKUSA.ORG

Texarkana Arkansas District Court cases scheduled yesterday, June 26th, 2018 that were canceled have been rescheduled for Thursday, July 5th, 2018. Contact the Court office if you have any further questions.

Texarkana Maintain Your Independence this Independence Day: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Each year on July 4th, Americans celebrate the birth and freedoms of this country. Before you head out for your celebrations, make sure you plan for a sober way home. Texarkana Arkansas Police Department is taking part in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign during the Fourth of July holiday weekend, June 29-July 5, 2018, to put an end to drunk driving. In support of law enforcement’s dedication to protecting the lives of residents in their communities, you’ll see increased enforcement on the roads with zero tolerance for those who drive impaired. During the 2016 Fourth of July holiday (6 p.m. July 2 to 5:59 a.m. July 6), 188 people were killed in crashes involving at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. This is a 28-percent increase from 2015, during which 146 people were killed during the same holiday period. That’s 188 families who will forever remember Independence Day with a heavy heart and nightmarish memories. Prepare for the Fourth This Fourth of July, the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department and NHTSA urge drivers to designate a sober driver before heading out for the evening. If you plan on drinking, plan on not driving. Remember these tips for a safe night on the roads: • Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride sharing service to get home safely. • Download NHTSA’s SaferRide mobile app, available on Google Play for Android devices:https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nhtsa.SaferRide&hl=en, and Apple’s iTunes Store for iOS devices: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/saferride/id950774008?mt=8. SaferRide allows users to call a taxi or a predetermined friend, and identifies the user’s location so he or she can be picked up. • If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department. • Have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely. The Costs of Drunk Driving Drinking and driving is dangerous, even if you’re “just buzzed.” When you drive impaired, you risk your life and safety, and the lives and safety of those riding with you and around you. Does mortality not get your attention? Maybe money will: A DUI arrest could cost you up to $10,000, not to mention the loss of your vehicle and driver’s license. You could face jail time, higher insurance rates, and hefty expenses from attorney fees, fines, car towing, repairs, and lost time at work. Imagine trying to explain that to your family, friends, or employer. This Fourth of July, commit to only driving 100-percent sober. Don’t lose your independence on Independence Day, and don’t be a deadly risk to yourself and other innocent people. Remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. For more information on impaired driving, visit www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov

With the July 4th celebration approaching this means Sparks in the Park is a few days away. We want to remind everyone that that if ou plan to attend Sparks in the Park at the Four States Fair Grounds be aware of heavy traffic around the fair grounds and those roads leading to the fair grounds. Traffic is always a huge issue and we make a lot of effort to ensure the event goes smooth as possible. With an estimated 30,000 people attending this event you should expect delays and long waits. Be prepared to sit in traffic for long periods of time both arriving and leaving the event. You are encouraged to arrive early the gates open at 4pm and there are numerous activities and music going on inside the fair grounds. If you arrive after 7pm expect traffic to be backed up. We encourage and ask for your patience with traffic officers working the event. Our goal is to move all vehicles inside quickly and safely as possible. Your cooperation will help greatly by following officers directions and stay in the traffic lane your put in. All lanes lead to the parking lot and you will end up in the same area. We will utilize the back roads known as Clay Pitt Road and Sammy Ln to better move traffic in faster. Dropping teenagers off and leaving them is not encouraged because this creates several issues with traffic getting in and out and should your child become involved in some type of incident they will most likely be asked to leave or transported to JDC. Vehicles will not be allowed to park on any of the roads leading to the fairgrounds. Vehicles left unattended will be cited and towed. Remember not to park at businesses unless your invited these are private property and you could be asked to leave or your vehicle could be towed as well. Do not block driveways in residential neighborhoods or park in yards where your not invited. If you have no interest in attending the event your encouraged to stay away from this area from 4p until after midnight due to high traffic volumes. When the event is over please watch traffic officers and follow directions. Use the traffic lane your assigned to leave the area. You may not get the roadway you want out of the complex, please be patient and drive the roadway your given, it wont take that much longer to get home and it clears the area faster for everyone. Also pay attention to the lanes going in and exiting. U of A Way will be two lanes in until the fireworks start then they will be two lanes out. The city has an ordinance against shooting fireworks in the city limits, you are caught you will be asked to cease or be cited. Let's have a fun celebration of our country's independence Day celebration.

TAPD would like to warn all citizens of fake checks circulating in the mail. In this case, the check was sent to a citizen in a priority envelope, although the check appears to be legit it absolutely is not. Our best advise to you is that if it looks to good to be true it most likely is. Always do your very best to protect your self from becoming a victim by doing as much research as possible before cashing any check you receive in the mail that you are not previously expecting. Throw it away! Shred it! Burn it (safely of course)! But don't cash it. You will end up with the bill in the long run.

Thank you Texarkana Resources for inviting us to conduct safety training at your beautiful facility! Inv. Rick Cockrell spent time with the group talking about disaster response!

We received these photos today from a citizen of Texarkana. Curious I immediately forwarded the pics to TAPD Officer Gardner with the caption “explain please” Apparently Officer Gardner had an interesting start to his patrol shift today. His story follows; “Promptly after roll call at approximately 0730 hours, just before loading my patrol car, I encountered patrons at the Amtrak station yelling for assistance. I rushed over in attempt to help when I quickly discovered they were being harrassed by an unwelcomed visitor. I made contact with the visitor, a small possum, and stopped its advances. I knew Animal Control was currently busy so I took an extended duster (floor mop) and escorted the possum away from the customers in the most humane way possible. The possum did not resist and complied with being relocated to a safer location. Both parties were separated and no one was hurt. Animal Control was notified and arrived shortly after to evaluate the possum. He was fine, just still a little sleepy as it was 730 in the morning.”

DON’T MISS OUT! Put in your chance to win TWO FREE tickets to the Rangers vs Astros game! We will announce our winner at NOON June 6th!!!! The winner will have two hours to respond to the noticifcation or a new winner will be selected!!!!

The investigation into last night's fatality accident continues. There have been alot of rumors about what happen and some people have made some outrageous comments to the neighbors and family members. Please keep your comments respectful and the family request time for grieving in their loss. The investigation does not show any signs of foul play or others being involved at this time. If you have information or you witnessed the crash contact the police department and not the family.

At 1054 pm on June 1st, officers of the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department were dispatched to a single vehicle injury accident on East 50th St at Pine Crest Circle. Once emergency personnel were on scene, the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle was pronounced deceased and identified as 21 year old Hunter Cole Suggitt of Texarkana, Arkansas. The accident is being investigated by Cpl. Les Munn and he request anyone with information or witnessed the crash please contact the department. You can contact him at 903 798 3130 or leave a message at 903 798 3703.

Thank you Tropical Smoothie Cafe for the wonderful food. Awesome food and great service.

All holidays increases the traffic on roadways, which means as drivers we need to be more cautious and focus on safety. Our traffic officers first stop this morning reflects the dangers of our roadways. We urge you to slow down, drive safe, and sober. Lets focus on a safe Memorial Day weekend. Attached is a picture of the violator’s speed.

Listen up Texarkana! Thanks to Fox Sports Radio 1400 Texarkana we have 2 tickets to the Texas Rangers /Houston Astros game coming up June 9th AND WE ARE GIVING THEM AWAY!!! We are doing a “LIKE & SHARE” contest with a twist. We want to hear about your favorite interaction with an officer! You can share a pic with us, a story, or both and you can submit as many stories as you want. All you have to do is LIKE our page, SHARE the post, and COMMENT with your description of your most memorable interaction with a police officer. Doesn’t matter if it was with you, your family, or at a special TAPD event like P.R.I.D.E. The winner will be selected at NOON on June 6th. We hope to bring awareness to our Shop with a Cop program which is held in December every year. This is a great program where officers will pair up with kiddos of the community and take them to pick out Christmas gifts. The Shop with a Cop program is a spirit of fellowship that takes place during the holiday season and reinforces the positive aspects of community and Police relationships. If you would like to make a donation to this worthy program you can do so at any Mil-Way Federal Credit Union to the Back the Blue account.

On Saturday, April 28th,2018 the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department, Miller County Sheriff Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the Miller County Prosecutor’s Office participated in the April Drug Take Back Day. We would like to share with you that over 80 pounds of prescription medication was collected from that event alone. In combination with the medications collected since the October 2017 Drug Take Back and with the new local drop off box locations, this brings our medication collection total to over 403 pounds in 6 months’ time. That is a phenomenal accomplishment when comparing this number to the previous amount of 342 pounds collected in the entire years’ time before the new local drop off box locations were available. We have collected twice the amount of medications in much less time. Keep it up Texarkana! Bring your medications for disposal to any of our three drop off box locations; Bi-State Justice building (100 North State Line Avenue), Miller County Sheriff Office (2300 East Street), Texarkana Emergency Center (4646 Cowhorn Creek) It is important to know that law enforcement is only interested in the removal of unused and/or outdated medications and over the counter drugs from the homes of our citizens. It matters not whose name is on the prescription, by whom it was prescribed, where it was prescribed, or where you reside. We stress that it makes no difference if you live in Texas or Arkansas. We take back all medications, no questions asked. You can remove the label if you desire but it’s not necessary. We ask that you do not deposit syringes or “needles”, premade injection medications, diabetic lancets, glucose meters, thermometers, empty containers, aerosols, hydrogen peroxide, and inhalers. The preferred method of disposing of medication to either leave them in their original container or remove pills and capsules from their bottles and place them in a zip lock type bag.

On Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 2:00pm, 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 Snapchat. 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. Thank you and you can visit the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department online at http://www.txkusa.org/arkpolice.

Thank you KTAL for coming out with us!

Thank you TXK Today for coming out with us today!

TAPD was honored to start the first leg of the 2018 Special Olympics Torch Run for Arkansas. Running 18 miles in this heat for a great cause! We have so many fantastic athletes here in the Texarkana area. Thank you for all the support along our way! Thank you to Champion Coaches for your support and for the great ride!

TAPD was honored to start the first leg of the 2018 Special Olympics Torch Run for Arkansas. Running 18 miles in this heat for a great cause! We have so many fantastic athletes here in the Texarkana area. Thank you for all the support along our way!

As we approach the end of National Police Week TAPD would like to again recognize Lt. Ed Worrell who gave the ultimate sacrifice ** END OF WATCH FEBRUARY 3, 1977 *** Lieutenant Worrell was shot and killed when he and Officer Butch Clark arrived on the scene of a burglary in progress at a local disount department store on North Stateline Avenue on February 3rd 1977. Both of the officers were shot in the back as they exited their patrol car. The Burglary of the store involved three teenagers from Elgin, Illinois. The officers were ambushed by one of the juveniles suspects with a high powered deer rifle, who was standing watch in a parking lot while his two juvenile accomplices went inside the store. Two of the suspects were taken into custody inside the department store and the third suspect, the shooter was arrested at a local convenience store about 15 minutes later on North Stateline Avenue. Lt. Ed Worrell and Ptl. Butch Clark were struck by gunfire. Lieutenant Ed Worrell was fatally wounded. All three juvenile suspects were apprehended by Texarkana, Arkansas Police and charged with capital felony murder. The shooter, John C. Lohbauer was sentenced to life in prison plus 40 years. The two accomplices were each sentenced to 9 years. Lt. Ed Worrell joined TAPD in October of 1970. He is survived by his wife Karen, and three children, Eddie, Jeff, Amber and a number of grandchildren. Several hundred police officers from the four states area gathered at the Fairland Holiness Church on a Saturday afternoon to pay their last respects. A funeral procession estimated to be five miles long followed Lt. Ed Worrell's' body from Fairland Holiness Church to his final resting place at Sylverino Cemetary North of Fouke, AR. In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. Texarkana, Arkansas Police Department has lost three officers in the line of duty. Our first officer, R. C. Choate in 1922, our second officer Hence C. Giles, was shot to death on a traffic stop on East Broad Street in 1926, and Lt. Ed Worrell in 1977. An officer's family never recovers from a loved one killed in the line of duty. You may have noticed our flags flying at half mast this week in honor of those officers that have paid the ultimate price to make sure you are safe and secure in our community.

As we enter the week leading up to Memorial Day, a post about traffic enforcement was on the agenda for today until the recent events of today's school shooting event in Santa Fe, Texas. As mothers and fathers, it is impossible to understand the emotions and feelings those families are feeling today. We can feel the shock and sadness, but not the loss. We want our community to know the officers of the Texarkana Arkansas Police Dept work tirelessly to prevent something like that from happening in our community. We are mothers and fathers and love the children of our community as they are our own. We understand it could happen anywhere and we train and prepare to better protect you everyday. Police week is coming to a close and this tragedy reminds us things can change in a second. All life is precious, so hug your family a little more often and know we will give it our best to protect your children. Our hearts are with those suffering.

Our dispatch is phenomenal! Not only do they spend each and every day working hard to keep us safe they also bring us treats! Thank you for always taking care of us!