TAPD Reports Decrease in Some Criminal Offenses


Concerning the crime rate in Texarkana, Arkansas, I would like to briefly update you
on some significant accomplishments achieved within the past six months.

In comparing the crime statistics for the period of November 1, 2017 through April 15,
2018 against November 1, 2016 through April 15, 2017, the number of criminal
offenses has decreased, significantly.
The crime reductions are as follows;

11/1/2016 – 4/15/17 11/1/2017 – 4/15/18
Overall Offenses 1,112 946
Assault 361 308
Burglary 137 91
Theft 546 479
Auto Theft 39 30
The percentage of the crime reductions are as follows;
Overall Offenses 15% reduction
Assault 15% reduction
Burglary 34% reduction
Theft 12% reduction
Auto Theft 23% reduction
Total calls for service during the same time period have remained comparable.

The vast majority of thefts, robberies and burglaries occur at night. The cover of
darkness makes it too easy for criminals to watch for headlights and simply step back
and hide in the shadows waiting for the police to pass.

TAPD strives to continuously develop and utilize the most effective approach to crime
suppression. One of the valuable tools we use is crime analysis. This involves
systematic analysis for identifying and analyzing patterns and trends in crime and

This information helps law enforcement officers deploy resources in a more
effective manner and assists detectives in identifying and apprehending suspects.
In conjunction with newly developed techniques, traditional styles of policing continue
to be highly effective. Knowing this, I have Officers patrol on bicycle, on foot or in
under cover vehicles, so they can better blend in with the targeted environment where
most offenses occur. This has resulted in identifying individuals who are casing a
neighborhood or catching criminals in the act of a crime.

Regardless of all tools and techniques available, this would not have been possible
without the dedication and determination of our highly professional police officers.
The reduction in crime we have worked hard for in the last 6 months may possibly
erode away due to a personnel shortage. At present we are ten (10) positions short due
to six (6) on injury leave, two (2) frozen positions, and two (2) vacant positions.

The only time we can deploy extra crime fighting techniques is when positions are
filled. Our first and primary responsibility is to ensure there are enough officers to
cover each patrol beat to answer 911 calls.

Our major concern from the public, at present, is the possibility of an active shooter
situation in our city. As you are aware, we have created a position to specifically
investigate any intelligence information or threats that come to our attention, as well as
training schools, businesses, churches, etc., in how to prepare and handle an Active
Shooter. This Officer has been overwhelmed with requests and has already worked
five (5) cases with seven (7) suspects related to this new position.

The Threat Assessment and Intelligence Officer will be providing training soon to City
Hall, other City departments and employees.

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