The Texarkana Police Department held an awards ceremony today on Tuesday, February 2nd, at 2:30 p.m. in the Texarkana Police Training Facility located on in the Bi-State Criminal Justice Center.
During this ceremony, Chief Robert Harrison will be honoring a number of department personnel, including recent and past Officers of the Quarter and the current Officer of the Year, and recent departmental retirees.
The ceremony began by recognizing three recent retirees along with a plaque presentation. The first to be recognized was Captain Ernest Keck who served as a member of the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department for 35 years of service. The second to be recognized was Corporal Randall Knotts who served as a member of the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department for 23 years of service. Lastly to be recognized was the criminal investigation division secretary, Pauletta Sims, who served as a member of the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department for 24 years of service.
Next to be recognized was the Officers of the quarters and the Officer of the Year for 2009, and are as follow;
- The award for the 1st Quarter of 2009 went to Det. James Atchley. Det. Atchley was selected for being instrumental in the seizure of over $11,000 worth of narcotics and the arrests of 15 individuals for narcotic related charges.
- The award for the 3rd Quarter of 2009 went to Corporal Ed Chattaway. Cpl. Chattaway was selected for his actions that resulted in the arrest of a suspect, who was charged with 16 felony vehicle burglaries.
- The award for the 4th Quarter of 2009 went to Officer Eric Winters. Officer Winters was selected for his actions which were instrumental in the arrest of 2 suspects who were ultimately charged with several residential burglaries committed in Texarkana, Arkansas.
- The award for the 2nd Quarter of 2009 and also chosen as the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department Officer of the year for 2009 went to Sergeant Jason Shores. Sgt Shores was chosen for his actions that resulted in numerous arrests made involving several different thefts and burglaries. From these arrests made a large amount of property was located and returned to the victims.
Thank you and you can visit the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department online at http://www.txkusa.org/arkpolice.
Officer Kristi Mitchell
Public Information Officer