Hope everyone had a happy and safe Fourth of July holiday. I was honored to send the departmental color and honor guards to our Independence Day celebration at IOOF Park, as well as it was nice to see many friends and hometown folks during the annual Fourth of July parade and festivities in Blooming Grove.
I want to say a special thank you to the volunteer firefighters who tirelessly gave of their time and efforts to fight numerous fires across our county during this month.
Remember that we are currently under a burn ban even though we have been blessed by beneficial rains that any fire can cause a catastrophe with the current drought conditions and added winds.
Deputies were dispatched to assist Dawson P.D. in reference to an active shooting taking place at a residence inside its city limits. One person was injured by gunfire at the scene and the suspect was arrested for aggravated assault and transported to the Justice Center.
We have tragically lost two of our Texas Peace Officers in the line of duty this month. A Hood County Deputy and a Killeen Police officer were both shot by assailants and killed. Please remember these heroic officers, their families and their agencies during this difficult time.
We sold numerous items of surplus and seized property by auction at I-45 sales in Rice. The items sold for approximately $11,612 and the money will be placed into the general fund.
We have submitted the Sheriff’s Office financial budget for initial review. We ask that you please keep our commissioners court in your thoughts as they work through the task of adopting the county’s budget for the next fiscal year.
An inmate in the facility was charged with arson after he inserted a pencil lead into an electrical outlet and created a small fire inside his cellblock. The fire was quickly extinguished by Detention Officers. The event was observed and recorded by surveillance cameras inside the cell block. Arson is a second degree felony with a penalty range of 2-20 years in Texas Department of Corrections.
I have received the testing results from the Texas Association of Counties Driving Simulator training that was recently hosted by the Navarro County Sheriff’s Office. The driving was scored by using an overall comparison to goal ratio. The target goal of 90 percent safe was used by T.A.C. and I am pleased to report that the Navarro County S.O. scored 99 percent safe.
We sponsored, as well as taught in conjunction with Navarro College Police Academy, a course on Response to an Active Shooter for our agency this month. All patrol, criminal investigative division and tactical personnel were required to attend.
I attended the annual Sheriff’s Conference in Corpus Christi. This event allows Sheriffs, Deputies, Federal, State and City Law Enforcement Officers to network and discuss pertinent issues that affect law enforcement across the state and nation. Participants had the opportunity to attend valuable training and also familiarize themselves with the latest in crime fighting tools and technology at more than two hundred vendor booths.
Deputies responded to a report of an artillery shell being located on SE 1081 near the Corsicana Airport. An immediate safe zone and perimeter was established. The Dallas Field Division of the A.T.F. was initially contacted and briefed about the situation. It was determined that a request for assistance would be made to Ft Hood Army Base in Killeen Texas. Three members of the Explosive Ordnance Division responded and identified the shell as a live 155 howitzer round from WWII. The shell was later rendered safe for transport back to Ft Hood for destruction. We were very fortunate not to have had a major injury or property destruction at the scene. If you find a suspicious item such as a grenade, or any other type of shell do not handle the item. Stay clear of the area and contact your local law enforcement agency immediately.
Six officers resigned from the agency during the month and one new officer was hired.
There are 17 positions now open in various departments throughout the agency. We are looking forward to hiring both men and women who desire to have a law enforcement career. To apply for any of these open positions you may pick up an application at the Justice Center. Come see us!
Seven inmates were transported to the Texas Department of Corrections and 11 other inmates were transferred to State Jail and SAFP units to serve their sentences.
The jail population averaged about 196 persons per day for July.
Narcotics Task Force arrested 10 suspects, filed 11 criminal cases, and also served 11 outstanding arrest warrants.
I continue to ask that you keep our law enforcement officers, as well as there families, in your thoughts and prayers as we serve you the citizens of Navarro County.
“Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things.” — Peter Drucker
As always, God Bless and be safe,
Sheriff Elmer Tanner
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