Texarkana Texas Police Department

Texarkana Texas Police Department We are a police agency recognized by the Texas Police Chief's Association for Best Practices, serving our citizens with HONESTY, EQUALITY and RESPECT.

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Thank you for your interest in the Texarkana Texas Police Department and the services we provide. I invite you to browse this website to acquaint yourself with our organization and our commitment to the community. We are proud to serve you and appreciate your trust and support in our efforts to keep Texarkana safe. The opportunity to serve the Texarkana community for more than three decades has allowed me to witness the incredible growth and development throughout our city. The community has transformed into a regional hub that offers quality economic, entertainment, health care, and educational opportunities to both those that live here and those who visit. As the Police Chief, providing services to our community that reduce both crime and the fear of crime is my main priority. We work to provide service in a manner that is fair, courteous, responsive, efficient, and effective. We are also committed to maintaining awareness of our community’s needs and concerns as we work to keep all neighborhoods safe. We enjoy strong support from our community, city management, and elected officials. It is through this support and public trust that we are able to work to help maintain a high quality of life for our city. We realize that every interaction is an opportunity to build trust, maintain transparency, and ensure success in our efforts to better serve our community. I invite you to become a partner in these efforts by being a caring and considerate neighbor, staying informed, and being observant. It is my honor to serve you as your Chief of Police. Our organization is made up of highly skilled caring professionals who take great pride in serving our richly diverse community. I am proud of the men and women of the Texarkana Texas Police Department and feel fortunate to serve alongside them. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at (903) 798-3116.

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It's started getting warmer in Texarkana.  Most people know that you can't leave a pet in a hot car.  It's just not safe...
06/11/2021

It's started getting warmer in Texarkana. Most people know that you can't leave a pet in a hot car. It's just not safe for them. Temperatures can shoot up in minutes, putting your dog at risk of heat stroke. The inside of a vehicle parked in 70 degree weather can reach over 100 degree in just 20 minutes. And, contrary to popular belief, leaving the windows cracked doesn't make it safe. A parked car with the windows cracked heats up at almost exactly the same rate as a car with the windows all rolled up.

In Texarkana, it's illegal to leave your pet inside a car unattended for more than five minutes if the ambient outside temperature is 80 degrees or more.

What should you do if you see an animal inside a parked car like this on a hot day? If they appear to be in some type of distress, call 911 and we will send someone right out. While your waiting on us to get there, you might try to locate the owner (maybe have them paged inside the business). Something drastic, like breaking out the car window, should only be done in the most extreme situations where you believe the animal might die if you don't do something now. In 99.99 percent of the cases, the best thing to do is to let us get there and handle it.

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It's started getting warmer in Texarkana. Most people know that you can't leave a pet in a hot car. It's just not safe for them. Temperatures can shoot up in minutes, putting your dog at risk of heat stroke. The inside of a vehicle parked in 70 degree weather can reach over 100 degree in just 20 minutes. And, contrary to popular belief, leaving the windows cracked doesn't make it safe. A parked car with the windows cracked heats up at almost exactly the same rate as a car with the windows all rolled up.

In Texarkana, it's illegal to leave your pet inside a car unattended for more than five minutes if the ambient outside temperature is 80 degrees or more.

What should you do if you see an animal inside a parked car like this on a hot day? If they appear to be in some type of distress, call 911 and we will send someone right out. While your waiting on us to get there, you might try to locate the owner (maybe have them paged inside the business). Something drastic, like breaking out the car window, should only be done in the most extreme situations where you believe the animal might die if you don't do something now. In 99.99 percent of the cases, the best thing to do is to let us get there and handle it.

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Congratulations to Pleasant Grove High School on winning the Texas 4-A State Baseball Championship!!!  Way to represent....
06/11/2021

Congratulations to Pleasant Grove High School on winning the Texas 4-A State Baseball Championship!!! Way to represent. ⚾️🏆

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Congratulations to Pleasant Grove High School on winning the Texas 4-A State Baseball Championship!!! Way to represent. ⚾️🏆

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Thank you to Bobby and Christina Duhon, owners of Lagniappe Specialty Meats, LLC, for the boudin they sent to us this mo...
06/10/2021

Thank you to Bobby and Christina Duhon, owners of Lagniappe Specialty Meats, LLC, for the boudin they sent to us this morning. It was soooo good and disappeared pretty quickly when word got out about it here.

Insider tip: If you're looking for a tasty lunch option during the week, run by there and pick up one of their daily lunch specials. They're all really good, but the fried cabbage is to die for. 😉

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Thank you to Bobby and Christina Duhon, owners of Lagniappe Specialty Meats, LLC, for the boudin they sent to us this morning. It was soooo good and disappeared pretty quickly when word got out about it here.

Insider tip: If you're looking for a tasty lunch option during the week, run by there and pick up one of their daily lunch specials. They're all really good, but the fried cabbage is to die for. 😉

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UPDATE:  6/10/21 at 10:25a - This AMBER ALERT has been discontinued.  Zaylee and her mom are both safe.  Kristian Garcia...
06/09/2021

UPDATE: 6/10/21 at 10:25a - This AMBER ALERT has been discontinued. Zaylee and her mom are both safe. Kristian Garcia has been arrested.

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AMBER ALERT from Corpus Christi TX for one year old Zaylee Zamora.

Please call 911 immediately if you see her or the suspect, Kristian Garcia.

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UPDATE: 6/10/21 at 10:25a - This AMBER ALERT has been discontinued. Zaylee and her mom are both safe. Kristian Garcia has been arrested.

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AMBER ALERT from Corpus Christi TX for one year old Zaylee Zamora.

Please call 911 immediately if you see her or the suspect, Kristian Garcia.

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Anybody recognize Joe Cool here?  He managed to pull a fast one last week at Dillards and walk out the door with over $1...
06/08/2021

Anybody recognize Joe Cool here? He managed to pull a fast one last week at Dillards and walk out the door with over $1300 in merchandise.

Security saw him putting several pair of sunglasses into his backpack, and they immediately confronted him because it was painfully obvious what he was doing. He mustered up all his acting skills and managed to convince them that he was truly sorry and put three pairs of glasses back on the shelf. Thinking that they'd managed to prevent a theft before it actually happened, they let him leave the store. Unfortunately, when they watched the video later, they discovered that he'd actually put six more pairs in his bag than he pulled out and replaced on the shelf. Guess that no good deed goes unpunished...

If you know who this guy is, please call us at 903-798-3116.
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It's been almost 14 years since LaToya Grissom disappeared after leaving her Allen Street apartment and getting into a s...
06/08/2021
14 years later, search for LaToya Grissom continues

It's been almost 14 years since LaToya Grissom disappeared after leaving her Allen Street apartment and getting into a small dark colored car.

If you know or have heard anything about what happened to her, we want to talk to you. Please give us a call at 903-798-3116.

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TEXARKANA, Texas - Nearly six months ago, KTBS 3 News brought the story of a Texarkana, Texas mother, desperate to find out what happened to her daughter, LaToya Grissom, who

A church bus from Brazoria, Texas caught on fire yesterday afternoon near the intersection of Richmond Road and Mall Dri...
06/08/2021

A church bus from Brazoria, Texas caught on fire yesterday afternoon near the intersection of Richmond Road and Mall Drive. It caused some congestion briefly while the fire department worked put out the fire. The group was passing through Texarkana on their way to a youth church camp in Arkansas. Thankfully, everyone made it off the bus safely, but the bus itself was a total loss.

As always, people in Texarkana immediately stepped up to help. T-Line offered to give the youth group a ride over to the Southwest Center to give them time to figure out their plans, and then a local church later volunteered to get the kids on up to camp so they can have a fun week there.

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A church bus from Brazoria, Texas caught on fire yesterday afternoon near the intersection of Richmond Road and Mall Drive. It caused some congestion briefly while the fire department worked put out the fire. The group was passing through Texarkana on their way to a youth church camp in Arkansas. Thankfully, everyone made it off the bus safely, but the bus itself was a total loss.

As always, people in Texarkana immediately stepped up to help. T-Line offered to give the youth group a ride over to the Southwest Center to give them time to figure out their plans, and then a local church later volunteered to get the kids on up to camp so they can have a fun week there.

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☔️ Hope you guys like rain. ☔️According to the 5-day precipitation forecast, we’re gonna get about 3-4 inches between no...
06/05/2021

☔️ Hope you guys like rain. ☔️

According to the 5-day precipitation forecast, we’re gonna get about 3-4 inches between now and Thursday morning.

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☔️ Hope you guys like rain. ☔️

According to the 5-day precipitation forecast, we’re gonna get about 3-4 inches between now and Thursday morning.

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We're trying to locate the driver of this silver 2009-2015 Honda Pilot.  It was involved in a hit and run crash on Satur...
06/02/2021

We're trying to locate the driver of this silver 2009-2015 Honda Pilot. It was involved in a hit and run crash on Saturday that left a man and his 15-year-old daughter with serious injuries.

The man and his daughter were riding a motorcycle on New Boston Road when the Pilot made a left turn directly in front of them. The motorcycle hit the rear passenger door, causing the window to shatter and the side airbag to deploy. The driver, who witnesses described as a Hispanic man in his early 40's, stopped and got out of his vehicle to see what happened. However, he then immediately jumped back in it and sped away headed north on Milam.

The motorcycle riders were both taken to the hospital with serious injuries that included several broken bones and lacerations - with the daughter later having to be airlifted to a Dallas hospital. Fortunately, none of their injuries are thought to be life threatening at this point.

Other than the pretty serious damage to the vehicle, the only other thing that the witnesses were able to tell us about it is that it had one of the older Texas license plates (like the example in this post). However, it should be pretty obvious if anyone sees it.

If you know where this vehicle is or who the driver was, please call us at 903-798-3116 or Texarkana Area Crime Stoppers at 903-793-STOP.

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We arrested Stephen Burris, 24, of Texarkana, Texas this afternoon following a brief pursuit.  Burris was wanted for a s...
05/28/2021

We arrested Stephen Burris, 24, of Texarkana, Texas this afternoon following a brief pursuit. Burris was wanted for a shooting that happened late last week in Texarkana Arkansas that resulted in them issuing warrants for Battery-1st degree and eight counts of Aggravated Assault.

Our officers saw Burris as he drove away from his home on Juniper Street and knew he had the felony warrants. They attempted to stop him, but he immediately sped away and managed to briefly elude them before abandoning his truck a few blocks away. Upon finding the truck, we quickly set up a perimeter in the area and called for a TAPD K-9 unit to run a track from the truck into the wooded area into which we believed that he had run. A short time later, an officer watching the perimeter along Galleria Oaks saw Burris walk out of the woods and took him into custody without incident at that point.

Burris was booked into the Bi-State Jail on our charge of Evading in a Vehicle today - as well as the Arkansas felony warrants.
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We arrested Stephen Burris, 24, of Texarkana, Texas this afternoon following a brief pursuit. Burris was wanted for a shooting that happened late last week in Texarkana Arkansas that resulted in them issuing warrants for Battery-1st degree and eight counts of Aggravated Assault.

Our officers saw Burris as he drove away from his home on Juniper Street and knew he had the felony warrants. They attempted to stop him, but he immediately sped away and managed to briefly elude them before abandoning his truck a few blocks away. Upon finding the truck, we quickly set up a perimeter in the area and called for a TAPD K-9 unit to run a track from the truck into the wooded area into which we believed that he had run. A short time later, an officer watching the perimeter along Galleria Oaks saw Burris walk out of the woods and took him into custody without incident at that point.

Burris was booked into the Bi-State Jail on our charge of Evading in a Vehicle today - as well as the Arkansas felony warrants.
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Our administrative offices will be closed on Monday in observance of Memorial Day. We wish you all a safe holiday weeken...
05/28/2021

Our administrative offices will be closed on Monday in observance of Memorial Day.

We wish you all a safe holiday weekend. If you're planning on drinking alcohol, please don't get behind the wheel and drive. Over one-third of all U.S. traffic deaths during the Memorial Day holiday involve drunk drivers (37%, NHTSA, 2019).

This weekend, please drive sober!! Because, if you don't, our officers are going to be out there looking for you.

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Our administrative offices will be closed on Monday in observance of Memorial Day.

We wish you all a safe holiday weekend. If you're planning on drinking alcohol, please don't get behind the wheel and drive. Over one-third of all U.S. traffic deaths during the Memorial Day holiday involve drunk drivers (37%, NHTSA, 2019).

This weekend, please drive sober!! Because, if you don't, our officers are going to be out there looking for you.

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We recently had an award ceremony to recognize the outstanding contributions of some of our officers and to introduce ou...
05/28/2021

We recently had an award ceremony to recognize the outstanding contributions of some of our officers and to introduce our newest officers to the community.

Officer Matt Cashatt was presented a Certificate of Merit for his work as one of the primary officers assigned to do COVID contract tracing at the Bowie County Emergency Operations Center during the height of the pandemic last year. He was also selected the Officer of the Quarter for the 1st Quarter of 2021.

Investigator Aaron Lewis received a Certificate of Merit and a US Congressional Commendation for his efforts combatting the recent increase in drug overdose cases as a result of counterfeit drugs. He was instrumental in coordinating with other agencies that ultimately resulted in over fifty arrests and the seizure of a large amount of dangerous drugs.

Detective Cory Motley was named the Officer of the Quarter for the 3rd Quarter of 2020. He specializes in auto theft investigations and was assigned a reported theft of a Polaris Ranger UTV valued at $67,000. He was able to determine that the vehicle had been repainted and was now being hidden in the Little Rock area. It was later recovered at a "mud ride" in Louisiana, and the person who reported it stolen eventually confessed to falsely reporting it stolen in order to file a fraudulent insurance claim.

Detective Warren Smith was awarded a Certificate of Merit. He was assigned to investigate several cases of ATM thefts that we've had recently in the Texarkana area. Through comparison with similar cases in other cities, meticulously compiling digital evidence and several interviews, he was able to identify and arrest two of those responsible. His efforts continue to yield information about related suspects and crimes in other jurisdictions across the southern part of the country.

Detective Thomas Shaddix received a Certificate of Merit for his efforts as an instructor within the department, specializing in less lethal weapons and defensive tactics. He has also served as a Field Training Officer and is a member of the SWAT team.

Nona McCommas was presented a Certificate of Appreciation and special glass plaque to commemorate her recent retirement. She was the owner of The Tailor Shop and has worked to help keep our officers uniforms looking professional and sharp for the last decade. Chief Schutte noted that, while we congratulate Nona on her retirement and wish her the best in the coming years, she will definitely be missed and very difficult to replace.

Chief Schutte also recognized and introduced our newest officers.
They are Kevin Cornelius, Christopher Flores, Ty Ford, Seth Mahar, Avel Perez, and Daniel Searles. They have now begun the field training program where they work directly with a senior officer for six months before being released to work by themselves.

Please help us congratulate all these very deserving officers for their awards, Nona upon her retirement, and welcome these new officers.

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Update: 5/28/21 at 10:50a - Within an hour, they were identified. Thank you for all who reached out to us with their nam...
05/28/2021

Update: 5/28/21 at 10:50a - Within an hour, they were identified. Thank you for all who reached out to us with their names!!!

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We are needing a little help solving a robbery that happened early last Saturday.

The victim was standing outside a convenience store on South Lake Drive about 3:30 that morning when a man came up to him and asked to use his cell phone. He agreed and pulled it out of his pocket to hand to him. When he did that, the $60 that he also had in his pocket came out with the cell phone. After they talked for a few minutes there, another man who was with the first guy grabbed the money out of the victim's hand and both started back to their car that was parked at the gas pumps. The victim followed the two men, demanding that they give him back his money. However, the man who grabbed the money then pulled out a pistol, pointed it directly at him, and told him to get away or he'd kill him. Of course, the victim immediately backed up, and the suspects sped away in what looked like a Nissan Altima.

There was also a woman in the car with the two men, but she didn't seem to be actively involved in the robbery itself. However, it appears that she likely knew what was happening.

Luckily, we've got some pretty good pictures of the suspects from the surveillance video from inside the store. If you recognize any of them, please give us a call at 903-798-3116 or call Texarkana Area Crime Stoppers at 903-793-STOP. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1000 for information that leads to the arrest of the people responsible for this crime.
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