by Ted L Glines
Bowie County is about as far east as you can go and still be in Texas. As of the census of 2000, there were 89,306 people, 33,058 households, and 23,438 families residing in the county. Most of these people (some 67,000) live in the City of Texarkana. The population density was 101.00 per square mile.
There were 33,058 households out of which 33.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.00% were married couples living together, 15.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.10% were non-families. 26.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.00.
In the county, the population was spread out with 24.80% under the age of 18, 9.40% from 18 to 24, 29.60% from 25 to 44, 22.40% from 45 to 64, and 13.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 101.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.00 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $33,001, and the median income for a family was $41,108. Males had a median income of $31,883 versus $21,439 for females (oops!).
The following crime data, provided by the Bowie County Sheriff's Office, was reported in the Bowie County Citizen's Tribune, 18 April 2007. It covers arrest book-ins at the Bi-State Justice Center during the week of 8 April - 14 April 2007. Seven days.
Assault with Bodily Injury - 3 arrests.
Bond Forfeiture Forgery - 1 arrest.
Bond Surrender - 3 arrests.
Bond Surrender Forgery - 1 arrest.
Bond Surrender Possession of a Controlled Substance - 1 arrest.
Bond Revocation - 1 arrest.
Burglary of a Habitation - 1 arrest.
Capias warrant - 2 arrests. (*)
Child Support warrant - 1 arrest.
Credit Card Fraud - 2 arrests.
Driving While License Invalid - 1 arrest.
Driving While License Suspended - 1 arrest.
DWI - 3 arrests.
Interference with Railroad Property warrant - 1 arrest.
Miller County (Arkansas) warrant - 1 arrest.
Possession of a Controlled Substance - 1 arrest.
Possession of a Controlled Substance warrant - 1 arrest.
Probation Sanction - 4 arrests.
Probation Violation - 6 arrests.
Probation Violation warrant - 2 arrests.
Theft - 1 arrest.
Theft by Check - 1 arrest.
Theft by Check warrant - 1 arrest.
Traffic warrant - 1 arrest.
(*) A Capias warrant is when the subject has a guilty judgment either through court appearance, plea, or arraignment in jail, then fails to pay the fine within the required time period.
A grand total of 39 arrests recorded for a whole week in Bowie County, Texas. What a crime wave! And only three of those arrests resulted from violent acts (fights). Probation Violations/Sanctions were the crimes of choice, closely followed by Bond Surrender/Revocations. Theft/Fraud only accounted for five arrests during this seven-day period.
In Anaheim, California, we would have had 39 arrests booked in before 7 PM (any day)! And most of them were related to violence and drugs. Grady Morrison can tell you about police life in Baltimore City (if you have not read his book, shame on you). Friends in the LAPD have said that they lost the war on crime years ago, and all they are trying to do today is simply complete their assigned shifts (hoping to go home safely).
If you know someone who wants to be a cop, be sure to tell them about Bowie County, Texas. It is so nice to live in an area where cops can be friendly with citizens.
Life is good!