By Sheriff Elmer Tanner
Navarro County Sheriff
The Sheriff's Office answered 1,397 calls for service in October that included 118 loose livestock calls. The N.C.S.O. Dispatch received 1,956 calls for assistance to 911 during the month. There were 127 persons arrested and booked into the Navarro County Justice Center.
In January 2013 we changed our departmental policy to a mandatory wear policy of bulletproof vests which enabled us to apply for a Federal Grant to purchase bulletproof vests.
The Navarro County Sheriff’s Office has been approved for a grant up to $11,960 by the Department of Justice Bulletproof Vest Program. These funds will be used to offset the replacement costs of out of date Tactical Unit and Criminal Investigation Division vests. We will also be using a portion of these funds to replace Patrol officer vests. These are currently replaced every five years.
We applied to the North Central Texas Council of Governments for reimbursement of travel and training for our communication division. We have received a reimbursement of $2,751 for this year’s communication training.
Congratulations to the N.C.S.O. teams of Sgt. Jeff Harbuck and Deputy Brandon Bates for winning 1st place and Captain Hank Bailey and Reserve Deputy Jimmie Johnson for winning 2nd place in the Peace Officer’s Shootout competition at the Third Annual Habitat for Humanity Eat & Skeet held Oct. 5, 2013.
There were two separate motor vehicle accidents involving deputies this month. A deputy hit a group of hogs in the roadway on FM 2452 causing approximately $2,000 in vehicle damage, and another deputy hit a dog in the roadway causing approximately $1,000 damage to the vehicle. Both accidents occurred late at night in rural areas of the county.
One Detention officer, one courthouse security officer and two reserve deputies resigned this month. One new Detention officer was hired.
The Criminal Investigation Division assisted the Tarrant County Fugitive Task Force with a felony warrant service for a man wanted out of Tarrant County for Assault on a Public Servant on SECR 3144. The subject arrested without incident.
Patrol deputies performed a traffic stop on a passenger vehicle traveling northbound on South U.S. Highway 287. As a result of the stop the deputies arrested two of the occupants who had outstanding warrants and also charged one of the suspects with Possession of Controlled Substance P.G. 2A (synthetic marijuana). The officers also filed an asset seizure on $6,154 in cash located inside the vehicle.
A deputy and four board members recently attended the 25th annual Texas Crime Stoppers Conference in Corpus Christi. The Navarro County Crime Stoppers program has been in existence over 30 years. We have the second most tenured program in Texas with the most tenured program existing for 35 years.
Four deputies recently completed Basic S.W.A.T. School in Cedar Hill, and will immediately begin training with the departmental tactical unit.
Four dispatchers went to active shooter training that is specifically designed for telecommunicators held recently in Arlington.
Two courthouse security officers attended the Advanced Law Enforcement Readiness Training comprehensive Court Security Training Seminar in Austin.
The N.C.S.O. participated in the Navarro College/Chamber of Commerce Career Expo, where high school students get to review information about a variety of potential careers. The Sheriff’s Office had personnel and equipment from the Tactical, Patrol, Detention and Dispatch divisions at the Expo. We are trying to recruit these young men and women for a future law enforcement career.
The N.C.S.O. estrayed 13 horses and three head of cattle and also hauled 17 estray donkeys to an animal rescue facility near San Angelo.
Nine 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 N.C.S.O. sold approximately $2,219 in scrap metal at R&S Salvage and $5,766.82 in cattle and horses at Corsicana Livestock Auction in October. These funds are deposited into the Navarro County general operating fund.
The jail population averaged about 216 persons per day for October 2013.
Narcotics Task Force arrested 11 suspects, filed 15 criminal cases, and also served three outstanding arrest warrants.
The men and women of the N.C.S.O. have recently completed the annual state mandated tuberculosis testing.
We at the N.C.S.O. would like to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving holiday. Remember to be thankful for your blessings every day.
The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say “I.” And that’s not because they have trained themselves not to say “I.” They think “we,” they think “team.” They understand their job to be to make the team function. They accept responsibility and don’t sidestep it, but “we” gets the credit. This is what creates trust, what enables you to get the task done. — Peter Drucker
As always, God Bless and be safe.
Sheriff Elmer Tanner