By Sheriff Elmer Tanner
Navarro County Sheriff
The Sheriff’s Office answered 1,424 calls for service in September that included 126 loose livestock calls. The N.C.S.O. Dispatch received 2,090 calls for assistance to 9-1-1 during the month.
We responded to a possible night time abduction of a 9-year-old girl in the western portion of the county. Thanks to the combined efforts of the first responders and our citizens’ diligence in getting the word out about the missing girl, we were able to locate the child safe about two miles from her home.
I was very honored to be asked to speak at the 9/11 Patriot’s Day ceremony at Bunert Park and the 9/11 Never Forget Ceremony at The American Legion. The department’s color and honor guards proudly represented Navarro County and the Sheriff’s Office at both locations.
The Criminal Investigation Division, working in conjunction with the Kerens Police Department and the Navarro County Precinct 2 Constable, solved a large burglary from the Bazette community near Kerens. Four suspects have been arrested and 20 felony cases have been filed with approximately $15,000 in stolen property recovered.
The new budget took effect on Oct. 1, 2013, and I would like to report that I have remained true to my pledge in staying financially responsible to the citizens. We have saved the taxpayers money by not utilizing approximately $851,000 from the 2012 -2013 budget. This savings represented an approximate 9.68 percent savings from the entire Sheriff’s Office budget for 2012-2013. I want to say thank you and acknowledge the hardworking men and women of the N.C.S.O. who helped to make this savings possible.
The burn ban has been lifted in Navarro County, but we ask that you continue to use caution with outdoor burning, especially on windy days.
Deputies have attended a mandatory Texas Commission on Law Enforcement State and Federal Law update class held at the Navarro County Sheriff’s Office Training Center. The classes were taught by Navarro County Sheriff’s Office instructors.
Four Telecommunications (Dispatch) Officers attended Telecommunicator Emergency Response Taskforce (TERT) training in Arlington this month. The program is designed to train experienced emergency call takers for deployment to disaster locations. Telecommunicators have previously been deployed to Hurricanes Charlie, Katrina and Rita for example. Two of our telecommunication officers received additional training as team leaders. With the Sheriff’s approval these officers could be sent to assist with telecommunications anywhere in the state or other states if needed. As a member, other telecommunicators could be sent to this area if needed in the event of a man-made or natural disaster.
One Detention officer resigned this month and one new Patrol Deputy and a new dispatcher were hired.
The Sheriff’s Office may be understaffed at this time, but rest assured that the deputies are working hard for you everyday and we are doing the best we can to cover all areas and protect our community to the best of our ability.
Congratulations to Deputy Ricky Ragan who was named the Kiwanis Club Deputy of the Year for 2012-2013.
We have completed all our fencing repair at the County Farm at Angus utilizing inmate labor. We completed dirt work and repairs to our pistol and rifle ranges at the N.C.S.O. firing range as well, and we also repaired the exterior portion of the old peace officer’s building at the range. It will now be utilized for a training classroom and other meetings as needed.
If you would like to stay current with the recent developments and updates on the Navarro County Sheriff’s Office, you can check out our N.C.S.O. Facebook Page, as well as The Navarro County Office of Emergency Management Facebook page which provides information on weather updates, fire information as well as other emergency information.
Community service officers were used to supervise inmate labor during the Navarro County Tire Clean Up Day. Over 3,000 tires were collected.
Nineteen inmates were transported to the Texas Department of Corrections and 10 other inmates were transferred to State Jail and SAFP units to serve their sentences.
We sold approximately $2,300 worth of recently declared surplus and seized property at the I-45 sales auction this month in Rice.
The jail population averaged about 220 persons per day for September 2013.
The Narcotics Task Force arrested 12 suspects, filed 13 criminal cases, and also served five outstanding arrest warrants.
Detention Officers thwarted a possible escape attempt when they uncovered the plot to utilize illegal contraband introduced into the facility to obtain a way out of the jail. The officers seized the contraband and have taken administrative action against the inmates that were involved. The investigation continues in regards to possible criminal charges being filed in this case.
The Sheriff’s Office responded to a devastating crime outside Rice, where four victims died as a result of homicidal violence and one person died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. This incident has been deemed a murder/suicide case.
“The mission of law enforcement is to protect and serve; for everyone involved in that mission, there is always the potential that protecting and serving can lead to sacrifice. That potential is part of the code honored not only by every officer and agent, but also by every spouse, child, and family member. It is a special burden they bear to give the rest of us the safety and peace we sometimes take for granted.” — Honorable Michael Mukasey, U.S. Attorney General, May 13, 2008
As always, God Bless and be safe.
Sheriff Elmer Tanner