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

*** WANTED WEDNESDAY *** TAPD has two active Felony Warrants for Amanda Buffington, 27 year old W/F from the Texarkana area. The warrants stem from reports that Buffington has stolen multiple valuables and firearms from relatives' homes recently. Buffington is aware of the warrants and had originally agreed to surrender herself; however, she has failed to do so. TAPD is seeking information which will aid in the capture of Buffington. If you have informaiton regarding Buffington, her crimes, or any other crimes, please contact TAPD. We can be contacted by phone at 903-798-3130, email at TAPD-Tips@txksua.org or via Crime Stoppers, 903-793-STOP.

CPA graduation tonight! It’s been a fantastic class and we thank you for spending the last few months with us. Welcome to the TAPD family!

Read Across America is today! Cpl Shawna Yonts spent time at College Hill Elementary reading Wacky Wednesday to kiddos this morning. Wacky Wednesday is authored by Dr. Seuss, we highly recommend adding it to your reading list!

Read across is America today! Cpl Shawna Yonts spent time at College Hill Elementary reading Wacky Wednesday to kiddos this morning. Wacky Wednesday is authored by Dr. Seuss, we highly recommend adding it to your reading list!

Recently the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department Criminal Investigation Division have been investigating reports of armed robberies committed by an unknown black male with a knife. The reported incidents began when the victims responded to an ad posted on Craig’s List for personal services. Once meetings were set up and a location was agreed upon, the suspect would approach the victim in the parking lot, robbing them at knifepoint. In one of the incidents the suspect forced the victim to drive to an ATM for money. Detectives developed information that led to the identification of Kevin Smith, 28yoa. Smith was arrested on February 28th, 2018 at 5:00pm, during the execution of a search warrant at his residence in the 2100 block of Preston Street. Smith was found hiding from officers in the attic of the apartment. Smith has been charged with 5 counts of Aggravated Robbery. TAPD would like to encourage anyone who has recently been the victim of a similar robbery to come forward and report the incident to 903-798-3154 or the Texarkana area CrimeStoppers at 903-793-STOP.

The weather forecast for Saturday has a potential for strong storms, with high winds, and heavy rain continuing through the day and into the late evening. With all the rain recently, the ground is very wet and trees do not have a strong foundation to hold them up right. Use caution through the day and be aware of what the weather is doing. As always, we encourage you not to drive and stay home during bad threatening weather. There is no reason to put yourself in danger and those around you as well. Thursday's heavy rains brought our car crashes to eleven with more than half of those due to people losing control in the rain and winds. Also dont drive in high water, please turn around, stay away from down trees and power lines. If the weather causes loss of power, again please stay home and dont drive around site seeing the damage. More vehicles on the road increases danger for all emergency worker that have to get out in the weather. Becareful and watch your local weather sites for updates.

In response to concerns and requests from parents, students, teachers, citizens, and news media outlets concerning their safety after the recent shooting in Lakeland, Florida last week, I respond as follows: Law enforcement officials must do a better job of gathering, assessing, investigating, and disseminating information that could possibly eliminate the threat of an active shooter. In our efforts to better serve and protect our citizens, we will be redirecting an officer into an investigative position that will be solely assigned to act as a clearing house for vetting all intelligence in reference to these types of incidents. This will minimize the chance of a threat going without investigation. We feel that school administrators, teachers, security officers, business leaders, members of the clergy, and citizens need a trained police officer to immediately report suspicious circumstances to, so that the information does not fall into the mix of all other daily reporting. Upon receiving a complaint or finding a post or comment on social media this officer will immediately assess the credibility of the threat and the individual(s) responsible. Any necessary investigation or follow up will be the responsibility of this officer. As everyone is now aware, a person who was in contact on social media with the Florida shooting suspect contacted authorities who failed to follow up on information that was given to them. Although it is impossible to say with certainty, had they acted on the information it may have prevented the school shooting in Lakeland, Florida. We are also now learning that a law enforcement officer apparently failed to even respond to the threat as he was positioned outside of the school while shots were being fired. This is completely unacceptable and as police chief, I feel we must make every effort to ensure that none of these failures happen in our City as we are not immune to this type of threat. Almost three weeks ago, an employee who had been terminated from a local manufacturing facility gained covert access into the building. The suspect then appeared armed inside the business attempting to locate a supervisor. Due to this threat, an off-duty police officer was hired to provide security during the next working shift until the suspect could be located and arrested. Just this past weekend, an Arkansas High School student made non-specific threats of gun violence via Instagram. Due to a quick response and due diligence, the student is now in custody and the possibility of an incident in our City did not become a reality. Creating this position required one of our two (2) frozen positions to be unfrozen with the approval of our City Manager, Dr. Kenny Haskins. Dr. Haskins realized the importance of this position and gave approval to proceed with the hiring process. I feel confident this new position will help our school district, churches, businesses, and citizens by putting us one step closer to providing a safer environment in our community. Robert H. Harrison Chief of Police

The rain has damaged some of the controls for the traffic lights at Arkansas Blvd and Jefferson Ave. The lights are currently flashing red all four directions which mean this intersection should be treated as a four way stop. Each direction will have to take turns with east and west bound(Arkansas Blvd) going at the same time and then north and soundthound(Jefferson Avenue). There is no time table on the lights being repaired, so best advice is to avoid this intersection if possible, especially at peak traffic times such as 7am til 9 am and 3pm until 7 pm. Use caution and please try to have some patience.

TAPD is proud of Ali and her accomplishments. Ali represents TAPD in the Youth To Leadership program as a youth mentor. She is an outstanding young lady with community at heart.

The rain has settled in for what looks to be several days here in Texarkana, Arkansas. Please pay attention on the roadways, slow down, and watch out for high water. https://youtu.be/eI6mIlHKrVY

Due to the horrific events that have occurred recently involving school shootings the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department, in conjunction with the Texarkana Arkansas School District, is launching “See Something, Say Something” campaign to heighten awareness of potential threats against our children and in our schools. Its simple, if you see or hear something that allude to a possibly dangerous or harmful circumstance, call and report it. With the community working together both inside and outside of our school walls we can assure our childrens’ safety. To report suspicious activity, contact your TAPD at 903-798-3130. Describe specifically what you observed, including: ▪ Who or what you saw; ▪ When you saw it; ▪ What you heard; ▪ Where it occurred; and ▪ Why it's suspicious. If there is an emergency call 9–1–1. TAPD supports a strong emphasis on school safety by actively patrolling our school campuses, responding and following up on any suspicious information received, conducting annual active shooter training, and possessing a strong working relationship with TASD security. TAPD currently continues to seek out measures to heighten and strengthen security for our children to provide them a safe learning environment.

TAPD met Troy recently at Night to Shine and found out that he badly needed a wheelchair to help him and momma make things a lil easier. Today Bravo Squad, with the help of Ms. Diana Greenlee made sure Troy had a nice wheelchair. Thank you Ms. Johnson for allowing us to be blessed by Troy’s beautiful smile today!

TAPD is seeking information regading the identity of the pictured subject. This subject passed a counterfiet bill at a local business. If anyone recognizes him, or the vehicle he was a passenger in, please contact TAPD at 903-798-3154 or by email at TAPD-Tips@txkusa.org.

What a magical evening at Night to Shine! So many wonderful people and amazing volunteers made for an extravagant event at the Texarkana Arkansas Convention Center. Send us a pic of your Queen or King in the comments below and next week TAPD will be sending some love to your crowned jewel!

TAPD is gearing up for "Night to Shine" happening in just a few hours. We are truly honored to be part of such an amazing event.

TAPD is aware of a highly disturbing video circulating Facebook involving a child. Do not view the material and do not share it, even in an effort to identify or bring justice to possible perpetrators. Sharing the video or screenshots of the video is distribution of child pornography, which is a felony. Viewing the video is also a crime. Some people might think that sharing it with the ‘right person’ or with Law Enforcement could help solve the crime. In this case, that is incorrect information, it only further victimizes the child. Federal agencies are working diligently to locate the child and make arrests.

Wonderful morning at Trinity Christian School with some very special young boys and girls!

TAPD is extremely pleased with the decision of the Arkansas Supreme Court in denying Lohbauer's request for a new sentencing hearing. TAPD and the Worrell family continue to mourn the loss of Lt. Ed Worrell more than 40 years since his death.

***Update***IN CUSTODY*** Joshua Estes is currently wanted by TAPD for Felony Theft. If you know the whereabouts of Estes, please let us know. You can contact us the following ways: Phone- 911 or 903-798-3130, Email- tapd-tips@txkusa.org, Crimestoppers- 903-793-STOP.

TAPD is gearing up for the April Civil Service Test! Apply today!

TAPD is honored to have been chosen as recipient of a $25,000 grant from the AEP Foundation for our PRIDE Program. Thank you AEP for the opportunity to improve our youth in Texarkana.

The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department is proud to partner with Texarkana Emergency Center in an effort to remove unused and out of date prescription medicines from your homes. For several years the Miller County Sheriff’s Office has maintained a prescription medication drop off box in front of the Sheriff’s Department. Last year, law enforcement officials were able to return more than 230 pounds of unused and out of date prescriptions for destruction. Due to this success, Dr. Matt Young of the Texarkana Emergency Center, invested in two additional drug take back boxes for Texarkana. One box has been placed behind the Bi State Justice Center at 100 N. State Line Ave., Texarkana, Arkansas and another outside the Texarkana Emergency Center, 4646 Cowhorn Creek Rd., Texarkana, Texas. These boxes are regularly checked and the contents are immediately packaged for destruction. It is important to know that law enforcement is only interested in the removal of unused and/or outdated medications 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 needles or “sharps” without a cap. If you would like to personally drop your medications off to law enforcement, the next scheduled National Take Back Initiative is scheduled for April 28th, 2018 at the Miller County Sheriff’s Office on East Street in Texarkana. Why participate in this proactive effort to remove unused prescription medications from your home? 42% - that is the percent of teenagers who have abused or misused a prescription drug obtained them from their parent’s medicine cabinet, and 64 percent of teenagers (age 12-17) that have abused prescription pain relievers say they got them from friends or relatives. About two-thirds of all prescription drugs (which also include stimulants such as Adderall and depressants like Ativan) illegally obtained are taken from people’s homes and not pharmacies or off the street. Another reason to participate is because leftover medicine is toxic waste. It poses a danger to people, pets, and the environment if it’s not disposed of properly. If flushed or thrown away it can get into the waterways, affecting our drinking water. Just as we don’t put used motor oil or leftover paint thinner in the trash, we should not put toxic leftover medicines in the garbage. Unwanted medicines should be disposed of properly like other household hazardous waste. According to Artakeback.org, Drug overdose deaths are the leading cause of accidental deaths in the U.S., surpassing vehicle fatality accidents by nearly 18,000 deaths! With your assistance - WE are going to change this statistic! Twice a year (through partnerships with Rotary Clubs, Prevention Resource Centers, the Department of Health and U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency) law-enforcement agencies throughout Arkansas host Drug-Take-Back events (a.k.a. Operation Medicine Cabinet) at various locations in an effort to not only to get the public to dispose of unused or expired medications, but to educate as many people as possible about the dangers prescription medications can pose. With many law enforcement agencies, and other facilities, having 24-hour secure drop boxes, some collection sites are always available. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “the United States is in the midst of an opioid overdose epidemic.” More persons died from drug overdoses in the United States in 2014 than during any previous year on record. The CDC also states that since 2000, the rate of deaths from drug overdoses has increased 137%, including a 200% increase in the rate of overdose deaths involving opioids (opioid pain relievers and heroin). Opioid deaths have spiked from below 5,000 in the year 2000 to nearly 30,000 in 2014. In 2014, opioids were involved in 28,647 deaths, or 61% of all drug overdose deaths; the rate of opioid overdoses has tripled since 2000. You can learn more about this program by visiting www.artakeback.org or on Facebook by searching Arkansas Take Back or Arkansas Drug take Back. Again we thank Texarkana Emergency Center for their continuous dedicated support to our community.

Clarification on the recent Cooper Tire incident. (Rumor Control) On Monday, January 29th, 2018 at approximately 2:30 am, Texarkana Arkansas Police responded to 3500 Washington, Cooper Tire, in reference to Tacorey Pree on the property after being recently terminated and banned from the location. Several employees reported seeing Pree on the property, one alleged of Pree carrying a small handgun. At no time did anyone report Pree had threatened anyone on the property. Patrol Officers arrived on scene and attempted to locate Pree without success. Cooper Tire is working with TAPD to obtain a misdemeanor warrant for criminal trespass. Being a misdemeanor warrant, only serviceable in the state of Arkansas. TAPD SWAT did NOT respond. TTPD did speak with Pree around 2:00pm, there were no grounds for TTPD to make an arrest.