TAPD Honored Several Officers for Their Accomplishments

The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department host a ceremony for “Officers of the 1 &2 Quarter, Life-Saving, Promotions and a Retirement.


*Retirement of Captain Doug Avery

Capt. Doug Avery’s career in Law Enforcement began in June of 1990 when he was hired with the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department. Capt. Avery began working his way up the ranks. In April of 2013 he was promoted to the rank of Captain.
Captain Doug Avery has served in all divisions of TAPD throughout his career, including many years as the agencies DARE officer. In his most recent years as the CID Commander, Patrol Commander, Services Commander and is currently the Commander of Central Records and Communications.
In June of 2010 he graduated from the 241st Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. He later achieved the position as president of the Arkansas Chapter of the FBI National associate association. During his career with the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department Captain Doug Avery has received many letters of Commendation and Appreciation. Capt. Avery has also been awarded the Officer of the Quarter, Educational award, and Advanced Police Certification.
We wish him well as he transitions to the next phase in his career, but his contribution to the department will be profoundly missed.

*Promotion of Lieutenant Ed Chattaway

Sergeant Ed Chattaway began his career with Texarkana Arkansas Police Department in March of 1995. During his time with the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department Sergeant Chattaway has served in the Criminal Investigation Division’s Gang Unit and as a Persons Detective in the Criminal Investigation Division. Sergeant Chattaway is currently assigned to the Patrol Division as a Supervisor as well as the Awards Committee supervisor.
Sergeant Chattaway has been a member of the Honor Guard, SWAT Team, the Field Training Program Supervisor and was a Field Training Officer.
He holds a Senior Certificate has been nominated as Officer of the Year and Officer of the Quarter on two different occasions. He has been awarded the Police Commendation Bar and has received numerous letters of commendation and appreciation.

*Promotion of Sergeant John VanMeter.

Corporal John VanMeter began his career with Texarkana Arkansas Police Department in October of 1999.
During his time with the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department Corporal Van Meter has served in the; Narcotics section of the Criminal Investigation Division, Special Operations Housing Division, Crime Suppression and is currently assigned to the Patrol Division.
Corporal VanMeter has been a member of the Honor Guard and is currently a Field Training Officer.
He holds a Senior Certificate and has been nominated Officer of the Year and Officer of the Quarter. Corporal VanMeter has received numerous letters of commendation and appreciation.
*Officer of the 1st Quarter 2020- Sgt. Paul Nall and Detective Jason Haak.
*Officer of the 2nd Quarter 2020 and Life Saving award – Corporal Randy McAdams.
*Officer Peyton Harris – Life Saving Award
* Office Daniel Thomas – Life Saving Award
*Officer Stephanie Nessling- Life Saving Award