Patrick Melvin

The Port Arthur Police Department (PAPD) and law enforcement officers across Texas will increase DWI patrols to identify and stop impaired drivers as part of the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) “Plan While You Can” campaign leading up to Spring Break.

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Chief Melvin at PAPD's Blue Santa Dec. 22 | Photo: Eleanor Skelton

Port Arthur's police chief confirmed in a statement Dec. 28 that he was a candidate for St. Louis police chief.

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Port Arthur Police Chief Patrick Melvin | Examiner file photo
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Port Arthur Police Chief Patrick Melvin has issued a point-by-point response to the police union’s recent no-confidence vote.

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Chief Melvin at a first responders luncheon Jan. 30 | Photo: Eleanor Skelton
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Port Arthur Police Chief Patrick Melvin issued a response Nov. 19 to the police union's recent no-confidence vote.

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Port Arthur police are still searching for a woman who hit a Port Arthur police officer with her car, PAPD Officer Michael Hebert said in a statement on Feb. 13.

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Port Arthur police chief Patrick Melvin just selected a Deputy Chief, promoting Lt. Frank Ramirez to the position, according to a statement from PAPD PIO Risa Carpenter.

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When the new Port Arthur Police Chief Patrick Melvin addressed the Press Club of Southeast Texas on Oct. 20, he said he wants to “engage the community,” especially young people. He also referred to current tensions involving police, explaining how he hopes to help officers combat stresses and provide resources for dealing with mental health concerns like PTSD.

Speaking at Café del Rio in Beaumont, he began with his past experiences in Arizona and in traffic enforcement in Washington, D.C. He said he “learned a lot from the Salt River community.”

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Wednesday, Sept. 14, Port Arthur city officials will be hosting a Meet and Greet with four police chief finalist candidates.

This is the first time the city has held an event like this, according to city manager Brian McDougal.

Forty‐six applicants originally applied for the position.

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