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Monthly Report April 2024

Dear Citizens,
This month we celebrated National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. "Telecommunicators" is the professional title for those we affectionately call Dispatchers or 911 Operators. They are the true First Responder. The lifeline for not only the community, but for the Officers, Deputies, Firefighters, and Paramedics on the street. They are the hero most will never meet. These folks are a very special group of individuals. I am proud of our telecommunications officers, the job they do for our officers, fireman, first responders and our community each day.
The stress, patience and multiple hats they must wear in a day is not known by most. Even when faced with a troubling or emotional call, those that can stick with you or even gets under their skin, the dispatcher remains calm and carries on. They take a breath, put their emotions aside and keep going because that's what it takes. Please take time to thank and honor these heroes in your community. Let them know you appreciate the job they do. We send them all our thanks and tip our hats in their honor.
A sincere thank you to everyone who brought gifts by to our dispatchers and for letting them know they are appreciated during the celebration of National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. Your time, kindness and support of our staff is always greatly appreciated.
I was proud to recognize a great group of ladies this month on Administrative Professional's Day. I am grateful for each of them. So thank you to Kristin Bates, Breanna Parks, Alysia Brown, Debra Kelley and Mikayla Hippard. I sincerely appreciate each of you ladies and all your hard work, dedication and loyalty to me and to the N.C.S.O. Thank you for all you do.
After a little over a year of being in the works, we proudly took possession of our new Lenco Bearcat G3 armored vehicle. I want to thank Jim Massery of Lenco Armored Vehicles for helping us to get this unit designed, built and delivered. We were honored Lenco wanted our unit to be one on display at the 2024 TTPOA conference in Round Rock.
This piece of potentially lifesaving equipment will be immediately assigned to our NCSO Tactical Team to support our tactical operations. It not will only be benefiting our officers' safety, while protecting in dangerous scenarios, including active shooter, barricaded persons, response and rescue and much more, this unit will be an asset to our community and beyond as well. I am very proud to let the citizens know that this new state of the art equipment, was funded at no cost to them.
I was honored to have Mr. Ronnie Erwin come by and visit me and for his very generous gift of "Stars Over Texas". These books are obviously a huge labor of love, many years of hard work and dedication to make this publication, which spotlights our great state and the history behind each county sheriff elected in Texas over the past 150 years.
Mr. Erwin spent many, many hours and traveled many miles contacting and speaking to each elected sheriff if possible. I learned that Mr. Erwin will commit all proceeds from the sales of "Stars Over Texas" to the newly established "Lynn M. Erwin Memorial Award." Lynn is Ronnie's late wife who diligently worked alongside him for years until her untimely death. "The perpetual award's purpose is to publicly recognize a Texas Sheriff who has displayed remarkable ingenuity and inventiveness in carrying out their duties.
It also spotlights their exceptional and extraordinary contributions to their community and state."
Again, I was very touched and honored to receive his call and especially to be personally given this amazing gift by Mr. Erwin himself. Knowing the hard work and dedication that so obviously went into the compilation of the history of the sheriffs of Texas, and much more, made it even that more special.
On April 2nd our patrol division was dispatched to a reported assault in progress with two males beating and kicking a female in the 9600 block of NW 1260 near Emhouse.
Captain Phillips was in the area within three minutes of the call being dispatched and as a result of the NCSO investigation, four persons were taken into custody.
•One male suspect was taken into custody for assault family violence, evading arrest, possession of controlled substance under 1 gram, possession of marijuana under 2 ounces and felon in possession of firearm.
•One female was taken into custody for possession of controlled substance under 1 gram, possession of marijuana under 2 ounces and felon in possession of firearm.
•One female was taken into custody for fail to identify fugitive, fraud possession of identifying information, fraud use possession of financial instrument, manufacture delivery over 4 under 200 grams, possession of marijuana under 2 ounces and felon in possession firearm.
•One male was taken into custody manufacture delivery over 4 under 200 grams, possession of marijuana under 2 ounces and possession of dangerous drug.
Great job by our patrol division in their response, investigation and resolution to this incident.
On April 5th we said goodbye to our Criminal Investigation Division Captain Stan Farmer who retired after 26 years of dedicated law enforcement service.
Captain Farmer worked in corrections, patrol, narcotics and criminal investigation during his tenure at the NCSO. He was also previously assigned to the NCSO Tactical Team and was over the NCSO Drone Program.
We want to wish Stan all the absolute best in his deserved retirement and thank him for his years of service to this agency and to our citizens.
This month we also congratulate Lieutenant Clint Andrews on his promotion to Captain of the NCSO Criminal Investigation Division.
Captain Andrews has previously worked in corrections, patrol, narcotics and criminal investigations. Captain Andrews also serves as Assistant Commander of the NCSO Tactical Team. If you see Captain Andrews, I hope you will join us in wishing him all the best in his new position as CID Captain.
On April 12th we held a retirement celebration at the NCSO for Deputy Traci Cardwell. Traci retired with over 14 after years of service in our corrections division.We wish Traci all the very best in her retirement and we thank her for her years of service to this agency and to our citizens.
This month I am proud to introduce our newest employees to our Navarro County citizens:
•Tayler Hancock begins her new career at the NCSO as a telecommunicator.
•Kathi Richardson is our newest correctional officer. Mrs. Richardson is a state certified correctional officer with previous correctional experience at the Fannin County Jail. We congratulate and wish both these ladies all the best in their new positions at the NCSO.
On April 17th the NCSO was proud to participate in the Corsicana High School Work Force Job Fair. We had representatives present from communications, corrections, patrol, criminal investigations and SWAT at the event.
As always, we are proud to speak and interact with our local youth about a future career in law enforcement. Thank you Kateley Smith, Sgt. Wade Hall, Deputy Ismael Esparza, Sgt. Eric Wilson, and Captain Clint Andrews for participating in this event.
The Sheriff's Office had approximately 2,850 calls for service in April and our dispatch received 1551 calls for assistance to 9-1-1. There were approximately 208 persons arrested and booked into the Navarro County Justice Center and the average daily jail population was 245 inmates. Twelve inmates were transferred to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and three inmates were transferred to State Jail and SAFP Units to serve their sentences.
In April, we estrayed one bull and one steer and hauled them to our county farms. We also collected $135 in estray fees.
We are accepting applications for all divisions and currently have vacancies in detention, dispatch, patrol, courthouse security, and the criminal investigation division. Remember the hiring age for dispatch and detention has been lowered to 18 but with all other enforcement positions, you must be 21 or older to apply. As in the past, applications will continue to be taken for any vacancy until the position is filled.
"Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved." - Martin Luther
As always, God Bless and be safe,
Sheriff Elmer Tanner