The Marshall Police Department established the Marshall Criminal Apprehension Team (MCAT) on Saturday September 13, 2014. Since its inception, Officers assigned to MCAT have been making a difference by being proactive in communities where the department has seen high levels of burglaries, drug activity and traffic offenses. After 30 days of operation, MCAT has been responsible for a total of 82 arrests, of which 63 were for misdemeanor violations and 19 were for felony violations. MCAT made 862 traffic stops and 52 pedestrian stops, during which 247 citations were issued. Also during this time, 3 stolen handguns and $1,258 in stolen merchandise were recovered. MCAT assisted the Marshall Patrol Bureau, Criminal Investigations Bureau and the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force during a Sex Offender Compliance Check within the city limits of Marshall, Harrison County, Texas. A total of 46 sex offender homes were targeted in the operation within Marshall. Of that total, 44 were in compliance and 2 subjects were out of compliance. The Officers of MCAT along with other Officers of the Marshall Police Department, Marshall Municipal Court and City Marshal’s Office, conducted a warrant recall, where a total of 380 warrants were cleared either by arrest and/or fine, 47 individuals were arrested for outstanding warrants and a total of $93,000 in unpaid fines were collected.
Marshall Police Chief Jesus “Eddie” Campa is proud of the work being done by MCAT, as well as the work of all Officers of the Marshall Police Department. Chief Campa stated, “MCAT is still in its infancy stage, but the unit is producing impressive results. We have shown success with our warrant arrests and our sex offender checks, along with greater police presence in our neighborhoods. The Marshall Police Department is transitioning towards being proactive when it comes to crime and the safety of our citizens, instead of relying on reactive patrol.”
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