Marfa City Council (Carlos Morales / KRTS)
The Marfa Police Department presented its first “Police Department” report at the Marfa City Council meeting Tuesday night. The report outlined department activities since the municipal force was launched on October 23rd of this year.
According to the report, police have made 50 traffic stops, which resulted in 22 tickets and 28 warnings. They’ve made 4 criminal arrests, and assisted other law enforcement agencies with 5 arrests. The force has also been engaging in community outreach through events and workshops involving local schools, churches and businesses.
Back in May, Marfa City Council members voted to reinstate a municipal police department rather than renew their contract with the Presidio County Sheriff’s Office. At the time, the council named accountability and transparency as some of the reasons for parting ways.
Marfa Police Chief Estevan Marquez will continue to report on police activities at the first council meeting of each month.