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July 5, 2014

Sheriff's Corner: Give thanks for our independence, freedoms

Corsicana — Dear Citizens,

I hope everyone had a safe and happy Fourth of July. I hope you took a moment and paused to say thank you for why we celebrate our freedoms and our nation’s independence — independence that was paid for by the sacrifices of so many Americans before us.

Our dispatchers advised that we are experiencing a lot of accidental 9-1-1 calls from children who have been given an old discarded cell phone by their parents. These phones often still have the capability of making an emergency call if the battery has not been removed and the phone doesn’t possess a security code. Parents, please reiterate to your children that 9-1-1 is to be called only in true emergency situations.

The Sheriff's Office had 1,375 calls for service in June. The NCSO Dispatch Center received 2,263 calls for assistance to 9-1-1 during the month.

There were 310 persons arrested and booked into the Navarro County Justice Center. The average daily jail population was 212 inmates per day which was an increase of 28 persons per day over last month.

The NCSO narcotics unit conducted numerous investigations during the month which yielded some significant seizures. There were 1,296 marijuana plants seized in an outdoor growing operation in Rice.

Two suspects were arrested during the execution of a narcotics search warrant in a drug-free zone where a quantity of methamphetamine, morphine, valium, oxycodone and cash was seized near the Collins Catholic School and hours later, two other suspects were arrested during a traffic stop where methamphetamine was seized.

The patrol and narcotics divisions assisted DPS during a traffic stop with a seizure of approximately 100 grams of methamphetamine and a quantity of ecstasy.

The narcotics unit reported 14 suspects arrested, 21 criminal cases filed and two outstanding arrest warrants were served during the month.

A courthouse security officer arrested two suspects after they attempted to register a stolen vehicle at the Navarro County Courthouse. An observant clerk in the automobile registration office alerted the deputy that someone was trying to register a stolen vehicle. The deputy arrested that suspect inside the courthouse after he was found to have outstanding warrants, and then located the stolen car across from the courthouse. Upon approaching the vehicle, the driver of the vehicle attempted to leave. The deputy stopped the stolen vehicle on foot and seized a quantity of methamphetamine, marijuana and hydrocodone which was inside a drug-free zone and arrested the driver.

During the month, nine inmates were transported to the Texas Department of Corrections and six other inmates were transferred to State Jail where SAFP units were to serve their sentences.

We assisted with the annual Navarro County Cleanup Day by sending two deputies and seven inmates. We were able to sell $1,142.90 in scrap metal. The funds will be placed into the county general fund.

The NCSO sold by auction $4,127.35 in surplus and salvage equipment that will be placed back into the county general fund. The auction was held at I-45 sales in Rice.

The NCSO estrayed two donkeys and three head of cattle during June.

Chief Deputy Morris Steward attended the annual Chief Deputies Conference in Kerrville. The training addresses current issues, laws, trends and topics that directly impact law enforcement.

We recently had 16 officers attend our county correctional firearms course at the NCSO range facility. The training is mandatory for correctional officers who will be carrying a firearm while on duty. All officers passed the course exceeding the state minimum for qualification.   

We had two detention officers resign and two new detention officers were hired. As of June 30 we had 14 available positions in patrol, civil, detention and communications. We have lost 19 officers since Jan. 1, 2014, and a total of 45 officers since Jan. 1, 2013. We are currently advertising with Texas Jail Association, Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, social media and online in an attempt to get qualified applicants to fill these vacancies.

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” — Francis of Assisi

As always, God Bless and be safe.

Sheriff Elmer Tanner

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