By Sheriff Elmer Tanner
Navarro County Sheriff
The Sheriff's Office had 1,289 calls for service in January that included 121 loose livestock calls.
The N.C.S.O. Dispatch received 1,749 calls for assistance to 9-1-1 during the month.
There were 302 persons arrested and booked into the Navarro County Justice Center.
The average daily jail population was 235 inmates.
The Narcotics Task Force arrested 19 suspects, filed 26 criminal cases, and also served eight outstanding arrest warrants.
The N.C.S.O. estrayed five horses and one calf and hauled them to the county farm at Angus.
Ten inmates were transported to the Texas Department of Corrections and seven other inmates were transferred to State Jail and SAFP units to serve their sentences.
We sold $7,875 of seized firearms that were awarded to N.C.S.O. to GT Distributors in Austin. These firearms were shipped out of the State of Texas. We also, with the assistance of Oil City Iron Works, destroyed approximately 300 pounds of weapons that were illegal or not in working order thus ensuring they would never be used to commit crimes against our community in the future.
As of Jan. 15, 2014, we had 17 available positions throughout the agency. We continue to try and resolve these employment issues daily.
A total of five officers resigned this month. Two deputies assigned to Detention, two detention officers and one Reserve Patrol Deputy.
We would like to welcome back Stan Farmer who was hired as the Captain of the Criminal Investigation and Narcotics Division, and congratulations to officers Jeramy Phillips, who has been promoted to Jail Captain, Tyrone Martin to Jail Lieutenant, Seth Fuller to departmental tactical commander and Joey Jock as our Honor and Color guard coordinator.
We utilized the new surveillance equipment that was installed in the jail to capture the image of an inmate setting a fire in his cellblock. The inmate was charged with arson and the video was very beneficial during prosecution. The inmate was found guilty and sentenced to 20 years in the Texas Department of Corrections.
We recently passed the annual Texas Jail Commission inspection of the Navarro County Jail and received a letter of compliance.
A good friend of mine, Pastor Darin Wood, reminded me of a quote from Teddy Roosevelt this past week :
“It's not the critic who counts. It’s not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled. Credit belongs to the man who really was in the arena, his face marred by dust, sweat, and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs to come short and short again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming. It is the man who actually strives to do the deeds, who knows the great enthusiasm and knows the great devotion, who spends himself on a worthy cause, who at best, knows in the end the triumph of great achievement. And, who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and cruel souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”
As always, God Bless and be safe.
Sheriff Elmer Tanner