TEXARKANA POLICE DEPARTMENT

TEXARKANA, ARKANSAS

new badge Officer Kristi Mitchell
Public Information Officer

903-798-3187 (office)
903-824-4199 (cell)
903-798-3023 (fax)

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 
 

04-27-2018

 
     

Re: Crime Decrease in Texarkana Arkansas

 

Concerning the crime rate in Texarkana, Arkansas, I would like to briefly update you on some significant accomplishments achieved within the past six months.

In comparing the crime statistics for the period of November 1, 2017 through April 15, 2018 against November 1, 2016 through April 15, 2017, the number of criminal offenses has decreased, significantly.

The crime reductions are as follows;

11/1/2016 4/15/17 11/1/2017 4/15/18 Overall Offenses 1,112 946 Assault 361 308 Burglary 137 91 Theft 546 479 Auto Theft 39 30

The percentage of the crime reductions are as follows;

Overall Offenses 15% reduction Assault 15% reduction Burglary 34% reduction Theft 12% reduction Auto Theft 23% reduction

Total calls for service during the same time period have remained comparable.

The vast majority of thefts, robberies and burglaries occur at night. The cover of darkness makes it too easy for criminals to watch for headlights and simply step back and hide in the shadows waiting for the police to pass.

TAPD strives to continuously develop and utilize the most effective approach to crime suppression. One of the valuable tools we use is crime analysis. This involves systematic analysis for identifying and analyzing patterns and trends in crime and disorder. This information helps law enforcement officers deploy resources in a more effective manner and assists detectives in identifying and apprehending suspects.

In conjunction with newly developed techniques, traditional styles of policing continue to be highly effective. Knowing this, I have Officers patrol on bicycle, on foot or in under cover vehicles, so they can better blend in with the targeted environment where most offenses occur. This has resulted in identifying individuals who are casing a neighborhood or catching criminals in the act of a crime.

Regardless of all tools and techniques available, this would not have been possible without the dedication and determination of our highly professional police officers.

The reduction in crime we have worked hard for in the last 6 months may possibly erode away due to a personnel shortage. At present we are ten (10) positions short due to six (6) on injury leave, two (2) frozen positions, and two (2) vacant positions.

The only time we can deploy extra crime fighting techniques is when positions are filled. Our first and primary responsibility is to ensure there are enough officers to cover each patrol beat to answer 911 calls.

Our major concern from the public, at present, is the possibility of an active shooter situation in our city. As you are aware, we have created a position to specifically investigate any intelligence information or threats that come to our attention, as well as training schools, businesses, churches, etc., in how to prepare and handle an Active Shooter. This Officer has been overwhelmed with requests and has already worked five (5) cases with seven (7) suspects related to this new position.

The Threat Assessment and Intelligence Officer will be providing training soon to City Hall, other City departments and employees.

Thank you and you can visit the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department online at http://www.txkusa.org/arkpolice.

Contact Information
Officer Kristi Bennett
Public Information Officer

903-798-3187 (office) 903-824-4199 (cell)
903-798-3023 (fax)
kbennett@txkusa.org

 

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