TEXARKANA ARKANSAS POLICE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MONTHLY REPORT

FEBRUARY 2006

Robert H. Harrison

 

CHIEF OF POLICE

 

The monthly management report is designed to provide you with an overview of the monthly activities of the police department.  Should you need additional information or have a question on its content, please contact me or one of the Division Commanders for additional information.

 

PERSONNEL ISSUES

 

We continue this reporting period with three (3) police officer positions frozen and one (1) Docket Coordinator’s position frozen.  The agency had 1 vacancy and we were under an emergency hiring permit granted by the Civil Service Commission.  Our next test for police officer is on April 22, 2006.

 

The following personnel actions occurred during this month:

 


IN-SERVICE TRAINING

 

Courses Taken

 

Hours

K-9 Training

TAPD

24

SWAT Training

TAPD

96

SWAT Command

NTOA

40

Computer Crime

CJI

24

School of Law Enforcement Supervision

CJI

40

Bullet Proof Mind

CJI

16

Police Field Training Program

 

320

Low Light Firearms

TAPD

78

Tactical Officer Survival School

TAPD

192

Leadership Values In Law Enforcement

TAPD

16

Law Enforcement Response to Mentally Ill

 

16

Standardized Field Sobriety Testing

CJI

200

February Training Hours

 

1062

Year To Date Total

 

1838

 

November 2005

884

December 2005

894

January 2006

776


INDEX CRIME

 


LAW ENFORCEMENT OPERATIONS

 

 



CALLS FOR SERVICE

 

Call Priority

Monthly Number of Calls

YTD Number of Calls

1

10

25

2

107

216

3

859

1800

4

195

432

5

1708

3726

6

334

733

Totals

3213

6932

Average Response Times

6:40

5:56

 

Examples of calls associated with each priority level:

 

Priority 1 – Urgent Requests for assistance from Fire, EMS, or Police

Priority 2 – Accident with Injuries, Bank Robbery, Burglary in progress, Homicide, Suicide, House Fire

Priority 3 – Accident without Injuries, Intrusion Alarms, DOA, Disturbance in progress, DWI, Prowler

Priority 4 – Funeral Escorts, Curfew Violation, Animal Running Loose, Loud Party, Prostitution

Priority 5 – Burglary already occurred, Disturbance already occurred, Forgery already occurred

Priority 6 – Parking complaint, Fireworks complaint, Gas Theft, Loose Animal

 

NARCOTICS TASK FORCE ACTIVITY

 

Drugs Seized

Quantity

Unit of Measure

Street Value

Marijuana

1.4

Kg

$5,760.00

Cocaine

10.4

Grams

$2,080.00

Crack

39.7

Grams

$7,920.00

Meth

45.4

Grams

$9,220.00

Ecstasy

6

DU

$225.00

Xanax

17

DU

$51.00

Vicodin

5

DU

$15.00

Drug Arrests

21

Warrants

1

 


 

POLICE BUDGET INFORMATION YTD

 



FEDERAL & STATE

GRANT STATUS

 

2005 Texarkana/Miller County DOJ/Justice Administration Grant (JAG)  Expires 01/01/08

The police department proposes to use the DOJ JAG funds to pay for the salary and fringe benefits to continue the employment of our full-time civilian complaint & warrant officer.  This position allows for the redeployment of a commissioned police officer to field patrol duties instead of being continually called to headquarters to take walk-in complaints, handle warrants, and subpoenas.  In his/her capacity of warrant service officer, calls are made to individuals that have outstanding warrants and making arrangements for these individuals to come in and turn themselves in.

 

Funding from the JAG will be used to continue funding the salary of this position starting on our about January 1, 2006.  The City of Texarkana Arkansas has had an extremely difficult time with revenue and is currently operating with three unfilled police officer positions and a docket clerk position with one officer on active duty in Iraq.

Having a civilian handle walk-in reports and warrant duties in addition to serving in District Court frees up a police officer to handle these functions.  The funds used will amount to $34,438.00 over a two year period. 

 

Miller County Sheriff Department Program Narrative

 

The Miller County Judge has requested their portion of funds be used to hire a part-time Deputy Sheriff or pay over-time costs for Deputy Sheriffs working for the Miller County Sheriff Department.  They request their funds start on January 1, 2006.  Miller County proposes to use the funds over the grant period.  Their portion was negotiated in the amount of $15,000.00 over a two year period.

 

Note:   The City of Texarkana Arkansas administers the DOJ/JAG grant for the City & County.  The funds are to be drawn down by finance and deposited in an interest bearing account from DOJ.

 

2005 DOJ Bulletproof Vest Grant:  Expires 12/31/2006

This grant pays one half of purchase cost of bullet proof body armor for police officers.  National Institute of Justice Standards (BJA/NIJ) recommends that body armor be replaced every five years and the agency provides body armor for every officer and replaces according to NIJ replacement recommendations.  We anticipate these funds will carry over into the FY 2006 budget year and will keep you posted.

 

2005 DWI Traffic Enforcement Grant:  Expires 09/30/06

This grant pays overtime for DWI, speed, and occupant protection enforcement and the purchase of a mobile breath testing vehicle to be used at DWI Alcohol Safety Check Points.  The Federal amount is $227,655.  The State amount is $4,000.  We have an in-kind local match of $80,325 from the regular police budget.  The FY 2005 DWI Grant ended on 09/30/2005.  Local match (in-kind) uses a salary off-set from one of the patrol officers assigned to the Special Operations Traffic Section as match.  This program started in 1991 and has been funded for approximately 14 years.  This grant was a substantial increase over prior years.  This grant overlaps our budget year due to the State of Arkansas being on a different physical year.

 

 

 

 

 

2004 BJA-LLEBG Block Grant:  10/28/07

This grant pays the partial salary of our civilian warrant/complaint officer.  This is the last of the BJA/LLEBG grants from the Department of Justice.  Our federal amount is approximately $17,500 and the local match will be about $1,800.  This was a significant reduction from the 2003 LLEBG Block Grant last year.  The LLEBG block grant has been phased out and becomes part of the new Justice Administration Grants (JAG) for FY 2005.

2004 COPS In Schools Grant:  Expires 03/31/2007

This three year grant funds two (2) police officers for assignment to TASD as School Resource Officers.  One SRO will be assigned to Arkansas High School and one at North Heights Junior High School.  The Texarkana Arkansas School District has agreed in principal to continue to fund the positions for an additional two budget cycles after the federal portion expires, which will in reality fund the two officers through 03/31/09.

 

 

2004 COPS Secure Our Schools GrantExpires 08/01/2006

This is a one year grant that is funded by the COPS Office to provide security upgrades to the new Arkansas Senior High School under construction in the amount of $89,206.00 dollars.  The grant was applied for by the Texarkana Police Department on behalf of Texarkana Arkansas School District Number # 7.  This grant is different from other COPS grants we have applied for with a 50%-50% match being provided by the Texarkana Arkansas School District and the DOJ COPS Office.  The grant was applied for in July of 2004 and was to run for 12 months.  We have been notified by the COPS office that we are eligible for an extension on behalf of the school for an additional 12 months due to a delay in the award (March 21, 2005).  Depending on how the construction of the new High School goes, we may have to ask for an extension.  The City should be able to draw down the funds during May of 2005.  We will keep you posted on our progress with TASD #7.  We received a 12 month extension on this grant during our FY 2005 budget year.

 

2005 Bi-State Narcotics Task Force Grant:  Expires 06/30/06

This grant pays the salaries for TAPD personnel in the Bi-State Narcotics Task Force.  This is a multil-jurisdicitional task force consisting of TAPD, TTPD & MSCO personnel.  This is our longest running grant project. It funds the salaries of five police officers.  The federal amount is $181,113, state amount is $36,223, and local match is $169,713.  Miller County will contribute $25,490 to the project in match. Our task force has been one of the more successful in the State of Arkansas.  We have heard some rumors from the Office of Intergovernmental Services there will be a reduction in funding of all Narcotic Task Forces in Arkansas for next year.  The grant total of $387,059 for this fiscal year is a revised figure.

 

2006 Texarkana Housing Authority General Fund Officer Positions:  Expires 11/31/06

The THA’s share is $85,000.00 and the city picks up the balance needed for salary and fringe for two officers.  THA officers are primarily responsible for Texarkana Housing Authority property.  The approximate match is 75% federal and 25% local match.  The funds received from THA have been deposited into the regular salary line item to simplify our budget tracking.


2006 STOP Violence Against Women Act Grant:  Expires 12/31/06

This grant pays the full salary of a police investigator to investigate all cases involving violent crimes committed against women.  This year a police liaison position (case coordinator) was added.  The state amount is $81,695, and the local in-kind match is $27,419 for a total of $109,114.

 

2004 AWINS Communications Upgrade Grant:  Project Completion Date is TBA (Estimated 12/2006)

The City of Texarkana Arkansas and County of Miller have received a $3.9 million dollar radio/communications grant to upgrade City/County radio communications equipment and infrastructure as part of the Arkansas Wireless Information Network over the next two years.  This will allow radio communication interoperability between police, fire, emergency medical, sheriff, public works, water department, and other first responders.  This is by far one of the most important grants the city/county has ever received.  The major benefit of this project is it will allow the police department and fire department to purchase some new radio equipment and upgrade our infrastructure saving money that can be used for other capital projects.  Police radios have a service life of about 15 years.  The AWINS radio system infrastructure used by the State of Arkansas will require that we start migrating from analog to digital equipment for interoperability with other state agencies in Arkansas.  Upon completion of the project we do not anticipate needing to upgrade the radio infrastructure until FY 2015.  This project has been an especially difficult to manage as Miller County & the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) are making most of the decisions on infrastructure needs. 

 

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