This month we issued 50 new Glock 17 Gen 4, night sight equipped 9mm Semi Auto Pistols to our enforcement personnel at the NCSO. This is just another part of the continuing evolution at the NCSO as this marks the first time that duty handguns have been issued by the agency to our Deputies. I would like to thank the citizens who contributed private donations to this project and the commissioner’s court for approving my request in allowing us to take another professional step forward as an agency in protecting those we serve.
The NCSO led a successful search operation of a missing endangered person on NW 3175 Dawson that included NCOEM and TDCJ scent specific tracking dogs. Coordinated drone searches by the NCSO and the NCOEM as well as an aggressive social media alert including Facebook, twitter, local media and the Everbridge Alert System were immediately activated. The missing person was located in Dawson by a good samaritan who had seen the missing person post on social media and returned him safely to his family. I would like to thank all NCSO personnel involved in this operation, Eric Meyers and Darrell Cobb of the NCOEM as well as the scent specific dog team from the TDCJ Beto Unit. Numerous family members and many Navarro County citizens should be recognized for their assistance and attention as well in this happy outcome. Again, I'm very thankful to report mission accomplished and that he is safe and most importantly, safely at home, thanks to you.
The NCSO and NCOEM have partnered together and acquired the tools necessary to keep the public abreast of breaking news and situations in Navarro County. An example of this new technology was demonstrated during the recent severe weather event in Navarro County and the office of Emergency Management continuously livestreamed weather updates from the Navarro County OEM Facebook page until the severe threat had diminished. We thank Navarro County Emergency Management Coordinator Eric Meyers for his dedication to emergency management and making this resource available.
It is with great pride that I announce the Corsicana – Navarro County 100 Club Brent Thompson Officer of the Year for 2016 has been awarded to Navarro County Sheriff’s Office Detective Sergeant Jason Earles. Detective Sergeant Earles was nominated for his tireless efforts in conducting an investigation that began with a bomb threat called into the Justice Center during the record breaking floods in October 2015. The investigation later led to two suspects being arrested on multiple counts of possession of child pornography in Navarro County and an arrest in Detroit, Michigan for false alarm or report.
The board of the 100 Club selected Detective Sergeant Earles as this year’s recipient after reviewing numerous nominations from various law enforcement agencies throughout Navarro County. I am very proud of Detective Sergeant Earles and I believe that he is a true example of leadership, character, commitment, integrity and professionalism and that his dedication and work ethic was demonstrated especially during this lengthy investigation.
Congratulations to Deputy Eric Wilson on successfully completing Advance SWAT school this month in Leon County and to Deputy Caleb Loftis on his successful completion of Basic Hostage Negotiator school in Denton County.
We were proud to assist Sheriff Kevin Ellis and our brothers at the Leon County Sheriff's Office with the loan of our Lenco Bearcat for a training operation used at an advanced SWAT school held in Leon County this month.
This month the NCSO accepted a $1,500 dollar donation on behalf of the Junior Membership Council of the Texas Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, in honor of the Morgan Family. Thank you to all parties involved in this generous donation including Dr. Morgan and Allie Dunklin of Morgan Creek Ranch.
We assisted TDCJ with a stranded bus on S Hwy 287. The bus was loaded with inmates and we provided a perimeter around the location until the inmates are transferred to another transport unit and safely out of our county.
We would like to congratulate the following Deputies on their promotions or transfers: William Grigsby on being promoted to the rank of Corporal in patrol, Debra Kelley who transferred from detention to administrative assistance and Deputy Rosa Ella Ward who transferred from administration to Courthouse Security.
Congratulations to Deputies Randy Clay, Danny Book and Navarro County EMC Eric Ryan Meyers on being named Cotton Patch-Corsicana Daily Sun First Responder Of the Week award winners this month.
The Sheriff's Office had 3,123 calls for service in March and our Dispatch received 2,057 calls for assistance to 9-1-1. There were approximately 370 persons arrested and booked into the Navarro County Justice Center and the average daily jail population was 253 inmates. The Narcotics Unit arrested seventeen suspects, filed sixteen criminal cases and served twelve outstanding arrest warrants. Nine inmates were transferred to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and twelve other inmates were transferred to State Jail and SAFP units to serve their sentences. This month we estrayed two horses and transported it to the county farm at Angus. We also estrayed one goat and transported it our county farm at Petty’s Chapel.
We currently have one vacancy in courthouse security. As in the past, applications will continue to be taken for any vacancy until the position is filled.
Your reputation is more important than your paycheck, and your integrity is worth more than your career. - Ryan Freitas
As always, God bless and be safe.
Sheriff Elmer Tanner