A collaborative effort between local law enforcement agencies at the Caddo River yielded 29 arrests during the Memorial Day weekend.

A collaborative effort between local law enforcement agencies at the Caddo River yielded 29 arrests during the Memorial Day weekend.
Most of the arrests, which began on Saturday and included one felony, were alcohol related, with some DWI’s. Many were of minors and in one case, a juvenile.
“We had support from a lot of different agencies,” said Arkadelphia Police Department Chief Jason “Shorty” Jackson.
The Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Caddo Valley Police Department and Arkansas Game and Fish provided support.
“We weren’t out there strictly from an enforcement standpoint, trying to check everyone at the river,” said Jackson. “We were out there trying to do as much education as possible.”
A large majority of that education consisted of proper containment of trash.
According to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission website, glass containers are prohibited in canoes, kayaks, inner tubes and other vessels susceptible to swamping, tipping or rolling within navigable waterways banks. The only exception is physician-prescribed substance containers. Those who are removing these items will not be charged with a violation if they are moving it to a secure trash container.
Sealable or lockable coolers/containers must be present in vessels when foods and drinks are present so as to stop spillage. Vessels must also have an attached closable trash container if they are bringing foods and beverages. Also, beverages must be kept in a floating holder or a device of that nature if they are not securely held in a cooler or litter bag.
Jackson, Sheriff Jason Watson and Prosecutor Blake Batson are currently collaborating on how to better address the issue in the future.
“We’re going to continue to work with Game and Fish and the Sheriff’s Office to make it as fun and safe as possible.”