SHERIFF ELMER TANNER`S MONTHLY REPORT FOR NOVEMBER 2019
It is hard to believe we only have two months left in 2019. October was a
full and busy month for the NCSO. We were proud to participate in this
year’s annual National Night Out held in front of Corsicana City Hall.
We always enjoy getting to meet and visit with people in our community.
Thank you to all who came out and visited or participated in making this
year’s event another great success.
Each Friday in October we recognized Breast Cancer Awareness month by
wearing Pink at the NCSO. We honor those in the fight, the survivors and
those who were taken by this dreaded disease. This cause is near and
dear to my heart as my wife Mandy was diagnosed with breast cancer in
October 2004. I am proud to say she is a 14-year survivor.
We celebrated National First Responders Day last month. “It is important
to remember all the good our nation’s first responders do every day and
support them in every way possible. They truly are the line between a
civilized society and chaos,” said Andrew Collier of Hendrick
Motorsports’ and brother of Sean Collier - the MIT officer who was
gunned down by the Boston Marathon bombers on April 18, 2013 and
tragically lost his life in the line of duty. National First Responders
Day on October 28 recognizes the heroic men and women who make it their
business to take immediate action when disaster strikes. What does a
first responder do? Just think about 9/11 for a moment. Firefighters,
police, paramedics, and more, rushing into Lower Manhattan. Whether
you’ve had your own emergency or not, it’s not hard to understand and
appreciate the dangerous and difficult work they do. Countless selfless
men and women willing to lay down their lives every day to keep us safe.
Displaying daily hard work, dedication, sacrifice and honor.
In 2017, Congress designated October 28th as National First Responders
Day. The resolution was passed to honor the firefighters, police
officers, EMTs, and all those who are first on the scene in stressful
situations. The family of Sean Collier, a police officer ambushed and
murdered during events related to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing,
supported the resolution. Few normally give much thought to those who
dedicate their lives to being on the front lines in the scene of an
emergency. Many go about their daily activities secure in the knowledge
that, if needed, they will be there ready to help, even at the risk of
their own lives.
During a crisis, all these brave people become the most important people
in the world to those in desperate need. What if they weren’t
available, no longer cared to sacrifice and decided they no longer
wanted to serve and protect? I am proud to say that in Navarro County
our first responders stand at the ready when a crisis may arise. I want
to thank all those who answer the call as well as saying thank you to
our citizens who support our first responders daily.
We enjoyed not only a beautiful day this year at the Kerens Cotton
Festival but a great turnout as well. I appreciate all my deputies for
their help with not only the NCSO booth but being there for additional
security if needed for the festival and celebration. My wife and I
enjoyed visiting with old and new friends, stopping by the many booths
and enjoying some of the great food. I do hope if you were in
attendance, you were able to stop by the Navarro County Sheriff’s Office
tent, visit with our Deputies and pick up some of our information and
goodies for the kids.
We are continually training to provide better prepared and qualified
officers at the NCSO. A summary of this month’s training include:
Members of the NCSO crisis negotiation team attending the Texas
Association of Hostage Negotiators training conference in Arlington. Our
crisis negotiators must attend a minimum of 40 hours of continuing
education annually to maintain their certification. This year with over
350 in attendance, the TAHN conference provided an opportunity to meet
and network with other officers and teams within our region and across
the state of Texas. As part of this year’s training, we were also able
to attend a block of training conducted by Captain Matthias Proehl of
Mannheim Germany Police Department. “Negotiation and Terrorism - A
European Perspective” was certainly an eye opening experience. We
appreciate the opportunity to attend this invaluable training so that we
may be better prepared to handle crisis situations.
We hosted recertification training for our officers and other law
enforcement agencies on the RACC - Remotely Activated Custody Control
system. Our JPX instructors were also recertified on the Centurion Law
Enforcement (CLE) Deployment System.
Captain Melanie Cagle and I were honored with an invite to speak to the
students of the Frost ISD for the beginning of Red Ribbon Week. These
are the future leaders of tomorrow and we appreciated this opportunity
to have a chance to visit and interact with some of the youth in our
After a long dry spell, the commissioners’ court lifted The Burn Ban for Navarro County.
October 1st the inmate population in the Navarro County Justice Center
went below 200 for the first time since January 17, 2017. This is good
news for our taxpaying citizens.
On Thursday, October 3rd, the NCSO Tactical Unit and Crisis Negotiations
Team were activated to respond to an armed barricaded person call on NW
0190C Rice. The incident began as a domestic disturbance with
weapons. The suspect was taken into custody by the NCSO tactical team
and charged with aggravated assault family violence. We thank everyone
who offered assistance and prayers as we worked to resolve this
On Sunday, October 13th at approximately 9 pm, Navarro County Sheriff`s
Office Deputies were dispatched to an Aggravated Robbery that had
occurred at the Mike Dickens Park in Rice.
The victim advised that he was robbed by two unknown assailants who took
his cell phone, credit card, 13 dollars’ cash and struck him in the
head with a pistol causing an injury requiring medical treatment. The
victim advised that when the suspects stood him up and attempted to get
him into his vehicle he was able to flee the area on foot and run to a
neighboring residence and request assistance. The victim gave a partial
description of one suspect being a tall, slender built, male suspect
wearing a grey hoodie and no other physical description of the second
suspect. After diligently exploring any and all leads in the case the
detectives were able to identify two persons of interest.
On Thursday, October 17th about 2 pm, Detective Sergeants Randy Clay and
Robbie Jock observed both suspects at a location in the 100 Block of SW
McKinney in Rice. The detectives arrested both suspects at the scene on
unrelated arrest warrants out of the Corsicana Police Department and
transported them to the Navarro County Justice Center. The detectives
then obtained and served felony arrest warrants on both suspects for
Aggravated Robbery. This case is cleared by arrest. I commend our
officers on a great job in solving this violent crime quickly without
any initial leads or evidence in the case.
I am very proud of our agencies response to the reported kidnapping from
the Mildred school. This was an example of a dedicated team effort
beginning with our NCSO dispatchers who took the call to our patrol and
CID divisions who worked swiftly to locate the child and arrest the
suspect. Good job to everyone involved.
Last month we received a very special donation of approximately 75
"Comfort Quilts" that were donated by Quilting Gone Amuck and Texas
Quilting Group. These ladies who lovingly made these quilts come from
all over Texas as well as many other states. The closest being from
Hubbard and some as far away as Minnesota. A huge thank you to Becky
Thill and to all the ladies who worked on this project and ultimately
decided to donate them to the NCSO.
These quilts will be used to comfort the victims we encounter and have
suffered a traumatic experience. Again, thank you ladies for your
caring, compassion and this very generous donation that will help bring
comfort to others.
We also received a beautiful picture inscribed "Love and Compassion
Matters" that was hand painted and delivered anonymously to the NCSO. We
sincerely appreciate the thought, kindness and meaning behind such a
The Sheriff`s Office had approximately 3,142 calls for service in
October and our Dispatch received 1,839 calls for assistance to 9-1-1.
There were approximately 211 persons arrested and booked into the
Navarro County Justice Center and the average daily jail population was
210 inmates. The Narcotics Unit arrested twelve suspects, filed nine
criminal cases and served nine outstanding arrest warrants. Ten inmates
were transferred to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and sixteen
other inmates were transferred to State Jail and SAFP Units to serve
their sentences. This month we estrayed one cow and one horse and hauled
them to our county farms at Angus and Petty’s Chapel.
Please join us in welcoming our newest employees to the NCSO Detention Division.
Joey Palos began his law enforcement career this month with the NCSO
after recently completing five years of military service in the U.S.
Navy and Taitum Palos is returning to the NCSO as a Detention Officer
after a brief hiatus. Brittany Miller also transferred from Dispatch to
Detention. Congratulations to you all and the best of luck in your new
and returning position.
We had one resignation this month and we are currently accepting
applications for vacancies in communications and the detention
division. As in the past, applications will continue to be taken for
any vacancy until the position is filled.
“Leadership is not about being the best. Leadership is about making everyone else better”.