Criminal Investigation Division

CAPTAIN JAMES ATCHLEY
Captain – Criminal Investigations Division
100 N. Stateline Avenue
Texarkana, Arkansas 71854
Phone: (903) 798-3130

Supervisors and Detectives assigned to this division investigate crimes committed against persons and property such as:

• Aggravated assault / battery
• Burglary
• Financial crimes
• Forgery
• Murder
• Rape
• Robbery
• Thefts

Detectives solve crimes via the process of questioning victims, witnesses and suspects, collecting physical evidence at the scene of a crime, and by tracing stolen property or vehicles associated with a crime.  If you would like to help solve a crime, send a tip to: TAPD-TIPS.

Domestic Violence
Domestic violence is more than just a “family problem”; it is a crime. The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department (TAPD) recognizes that domestic violence is a major problem in Miller County and throughout the United States. Each year, more than two million women are victims of domestic violence, and one million children are physically abused.

In Arkansas, it is a crime for any person to threaten, beat, sexually assault or otherwise harm another person, even if they are married. Battering is not exclusively a crime against women, but they are the majority affected.

One of every two families in the United States is involved in domestic violence at some time. Domestic violence is a repetitive pattern in people’s lives. Victims or witnesses of domestic violence in childhood are mostly likely to repeat such acts as adults.

The current incidence of domestic violence cannot be tolerated. Too many women are beaten. Too many children are abused. Too many homes are battlegrounds. There is a way out! Victims do not need to submit and lead a life of tension between calm and storm.

If you are a victim of domestic violence, now is the time to start thinking about protecting yourself. The fact that you are seeking assistance is a very good sign. It means you are seriously considering your situation. Calling the police, telling a friend, or contacting a shelter is the first step. Please don’t wait until it is too late. Many studies show that an uninterrupted cycle of violence only worsens over time. Hotlines and shelters are there to be used and counseling is available. It’s as close as a phone call and it’s free. Let us help you.
Please contact Detective Holly Smith at 903-798-3388 or Domestic Violence Coordinator, Jan Lishman at 903-798-3224.

Crime Scene Technician

The crime scene investigators work under the supervision and in conjunction with detectives of the Criminal Investigation Division. The Crime Scene investigators are primarily responsible for the thorough documentation of crime scenes and the identification, processing and collection of physical evidence.

Task Force Officers

Investigators from the Criminal Investigation Division are assigned to task forces. These task force officers are highly trained and responsible for joint investigations of drug trafficking.

For more information or if you have questions please call 903-798-3130.

MISSING PERSONS

Investigations regarding missing persons present a genuine challenge to law enforcement professionals. Fortunately, public awareness and concern about missing persons continues to grow, especially as it relates to missing children, persons who are mentally and physically impaired, and suspected victims of foul play.  The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department will investigate all persons reported missing until the person is found or determined to be a voluntarily missing adult.  For more information about Missing Persons investigations in the City of Texarkana, browse through the sections below.

What Is A Missing Person?

A missing person includes, but is not limited to, any of the following:
A minor (person less than 18 years of age) who is missing voluntarily or involuntarily
An adult who:
-may be in need of assistance
-may be the victim of a crime or foul play
-may be in need of medical attention
-has no pattern of running away or disappearing
-may be the victim of parental abduction
-is mentally or physically impaired

NOTE:  The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department does not have the authority nor the resources to find uprooted friends or relatives who have lost contact with each other. Concerned individuals who are interested in such matters are requested to employ other public and private resources.

How To Report A Missing Person

You may initiate a Missing Persons Report by contacting your local law enforcement agency. Contrary to popular belief, law enforcement agencies in Arkansas do not require a person to wait a specific period of time before reporting a missing person.

If available, a photograph of the missing person should accompany the report.

Missing Juveniles
The juvenile detective investigates missing juveniles.

Missing Adults
The Crimes Against Persons Unit investigates all missing adults.

Questions
If you have any questions concerning a missing person, please contact the Texarkana, Arkansas Police Department.

Please Note: According to Arkansas Department of Justice guidelines, the investigating agency is normally the agency in which the missing person lives. If the missing person does not reside within the City of Texarkana, a courtesy Missing Persons Report will be completed and then distributed to the concerned law enforcement agencies where the missing person lives and was last seen. If you have any questions please contact the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department.

Missing Persons of Texarkana

Jeremy Wayne Goodwin

W/M D.O.B 09/08/72
Hair: Brown Height: 6’0″
Eyes: Hazel Weight: 225

Jeremy Wayne Goodwin was last seen being dropped off at the Ritz
motel on US highway 67 east in Texarkana, AR on 12-23-98.