On Monday, October 8, 2012, as a result of a recent increase in violent criminal activity linked to possible gang ties, Chief of Police Robert Harrison reinstituted the Texarkana, Arkansas Police Department Gang Suppression Unit.
Following the mandate given to the newly reorganized Gang Suppression Unit, the investigators assigned, working in conjunction with both the Uniform Patrol and Criminal Investigation Divisions made the following arrests associated with the recent rash of violent incidents;
7 Arrests of Arkansas Offenders
6 Arrests of Texas Offenders
7 were Juveniles
6 were adults
**AN ADDITIONAL 6 ARRESTS ARE EXPECTED IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE (3 JUVENILES & 3 ADULTS).**
Criminal charges included Terroristic Act, and Battery 1st Degree which resulted from shooting incidents.
TAPD cooperated with the Texarkana, Texas Police Department during the ramped up investigation. Two investigators from TTPD were assigned to the unit during that time. Investigations resulted in the arrests of offenders for violent incidents that occurred in Texas.
The Gang Suppression Unit identified over 70 members of Criminal Street Gangs in the Texarkana area.
The Gang Suppression Unit established an intelligence database that has been shared with all members of the agency, and the unit works closely with other jurisdictions.
The Unit met with Texarkana businesses and apartment complexes to establish strategies to address the gang issues that were plaguing the community. Lists were established that BANNED those identified members from properties. The unit worked with management to correct deficient lighting in some areas, and amended policies regarding loitering.
The TAPD is exploring additional strategies to continue to apply pressure to the gangs by working with prosecutors and the courts.
With the recent success of the unit, TAPD has begun to transition responsibility for ongoing proactive efforts to the Street Crimes Unit that operates within the agency’s Special Operations Section. The unit will have an additional officer assigned to assist in those efforts. The unit will have the ability to have additional personnel immediately assigned from the Criminal Investigation Division and the Uniform Patrol Division when necessary.
The unit will have the capacity to conduct proactive patrols, and simultaneously conduct its own criminal investigations while generating criminal case files for submission to the Prosecuting Attorney, or the United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas.
TAPD remains committed to combating and eliminating the destructive gangs that resulted in the shootings of innocent persons in our community.
Thank you and you can visit the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department online at http://www.txkusa.org/arkpolice.
Officer Kristi Mitchell
Public Information Officer