By Sheriff Elmer Tanner
Navarro County Sheriff
Corsicana — A monthly report of news and activities of the Navarro County Sheriff's Office by Sheriff Elmer Tanner.
We started the month with mandatory training for all departmental officers. The Texas Association of Counties driving simulator was delivered to the county per my request, to offer our officers three hours of free training. The program consists of two hours of classroom instruction and one hour inside a driving simulator. The training is used to evaluate and improve driving skills in everyday driving conditions, adverse weather conditions, defensive driving and pursuit driving. After the departmental training was completed, we offered the training to constables and other smaller police agencies in the county.
We assisted the Texas Department of Public Safety with a tragic fatality accident on Interstate 45 with a person being killed after a vehicle struck a loose bull.
We continue to respond to numerous animal complaints of loose livestock throughout the county, as well as several reported cases of rabid animals in the county.
We opened sealed bids and sold a building on East Ninth Avenue in Corsicana that had previously been seized by the narcotics division. The money will be placed into the seizure account to fund future narcotics operations.
Chief Deputy Steward attended the annual Chief Deputies Conference in Kerrville. This was an opportunity for Chief Deputies from across Texas to meet and attend training that directly affects the duties they perform daily at their respective agencies.
Deputies, detectives and a Texas Ranger responded to a report of human remains being found at the end of SECR 0165. The investigation was originally handled as a homicide, but after further investigation it was believed that a possible Native American burial ground had been located.
We transferred, at no cost to the county, a total of 16 estray donkeys to an animal rescue organization in the State of Maryland.
We declared numerous items as surplus or salvage within the agency. These items range from wrecked vehicles, non-utilized vehicles, and non-utilized farm equipment to water pumps, portable generators and other items seized in numerous marijuana fields.
We transferred, at no cost to the county, a total of nine more estray donkeys to an animal rescue organization in San Antonio. This was the first time since I can remember that the county did not have an estray donkey or horse on county property. That lasted two days, until another abandoned and estray donkey was picked up.
We assisted the Texas Department of Public Safety with a major accident and chemical spill at the northbound 238 milepost of Interstate 45. This accident caused major traffic backups, and numerous law enforcement, fire department and medical personnel responded.
Two officers resigned from the agency during the month, and two new officers were hired.
Six inmates were transported to the Texas Department of Corrections, and 16 other inmates were transferred to state jail and SAFP units to serve their sentences.
The jail population averaged about 202 persons per day for June.
The Narcotics Task Force arrested eight suspects and filed 13 criminal cases. The Task Force also served three outstanding arrest warrants.
Thanks to the men and women who volunteer their time for the local Crimestopper organization. Crimestopper tips are a valuable tool for law enforcement.
I want to thank the commissioners who have assisted us with the needed improvements to the county farms.
I would like to remind the citizens that Navarro County is now under a burn ban.
Hope everyone had an enjoyable and safe 4th of July, and that you continue to remember and take pride in our country, our freedoms and the blessings of those before us who fought so bravely for, as well as those who continue to fight for our freedoms today.
This month, I’d like to leave you with this: “Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results, not attributes.” - Peter Drucker
As always, God Bless and be safe.
Navarro County Sheriff