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Texarkana police forms juvenile crime task force, announces community forum

by Lori Dunn | November 16, 2021 at 10:00 p.m.

TEXARKANA, Ark. -- In response to an increase in juvenile crime, the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department has established a juvenile crimes task force to counter this trend.

The task force is responsible for identifying and arresting anyone involved in violent crime with the priority being juvenile crime. As of Tuesday, the juvenile task force has made 49 apprehensions, issued 21 citations, and removed nine firearms from the street, according to a news release from the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department. Miller County Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Connie Mitchell has vowed that all these individuals will be prosecuted to the fullest.

Most of these incidents involved juvenile and young adult suspects who were committing a variety of crimes including, vehicle burglaries, theft of firearms, robberies, assaults, battery, and even murder.

The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department will continue to enforce the law and have a no tolerance for anyone committing a violent crime in Texarkana, Arkansas, in order to protect our citizens and the children in our schools, said Police Chief Kristi Bennett.

Youth crime is a community problem that cannot be addressed or remedied solely by law enforcement, Bennett said. Solutions need a collaborative effort between our schools, churches, non-profit organization, and parents.

A community forum to discuss recent crime issues and community-based solutions will be hosted by the Pastoral Alliance at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Church of the Living God Temple No. 4 at 928 Laurel Street. TAPD officers will be at the forum along with City Manager Jay Ellington, Mayor Allan Brown, Chief Deluty Prosecuting Attorney Connie Mitchell, and the Texarkana Arkansas School District Administrators.

Residents are invited to attend and provide insight and support for this critical issue.

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