Twitter War for America’s Team

twitterwarTwo teams…two cities: Dallas and Philadelphia. Both cities are set to enjoy a decade old football rivalry on Thanksgiving afternoon. Even more so for the Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL) chapters of Dallas and Philadelphia – it is more than just bragging rights for these organizations.

Each chapter has decided to put the rivalry where it matters the most (or close to it). Both the Dallas PAL and their counterpart, Philadelphia PAL, have taken their love for their respective teams to the world of social media, i.e. Twitter. Who can out-tweet the other? Who wants their team to win the most? Cowboys…? Eagles…?

The Twitter “War” between both organizations officially commenced on November 12, 2014 and is comprised of pictures from various PAL activities holding signs or chanting in support of their teams, each post is given the hashtag #PALTurkey Bowl. From Dallas PAL youth participants to DPD officers and Command Staff…everyone wants to participate in showing their support for the Cowboys and beating the Eagles.

But no “friendly” war is good without raising the stakes. To make things a little more interesting, both PAL chapters agreed to the following: the winning team will have all the fun of gloating on Thanksgiving and for days to come; not to mention taking the lead in the NFC East Division. The losing team must go to their corner to lick their wounds but also send PAL gear, some tasty treats from their home town (either TastyKake of Philly or Pecan Lodge BBQ of Dallas) as well as wear the winning teams’ shirt the following week.

So let’s make this very clear: as friendly as this competition is, it is serious business between Dallas PAL and Philly PAL. We can’t score the winning touchdown or block a kick but we can win on Twitter! Let’s GO COWBOYS! America’s Team! How ‘Bout Them Cowboys!

Keep up with Dallas PAL on Facebook and Twitter @dallaspal with hashtag #PALTurkeyBowl.

Collaboration Between Citizens, Security, and Police Lead to A Great Arrest

 

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On November 15, 2014, at about 11:35 P.M., Dallas Police Officers Watson, #9651, Rojas, #9652,  McGruder, #10460,  Paxton, #10483, and Bailey, #10546, responded to a Robbery in Progress call at 5521 S. Hampton Road.  The victim left the post office and was walking to her car when two unknown males approached her.  One of the males pointed a silver handgun at her and demanded her purse and car keys.  At this point, she was able to run away and get help. The police were called using a good Samaritan’s cell phone. A short time later, a security guard working at the Cielo Ranch Apartments on Gannon Lane noticed a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot. A male suspect was driving the vehicle. The security guard made contact with the male and observed a gun in the vehicle. The male ran away from the security guard, leaving the handgun inside the vehicle. The security guard called the police and gave a description of the male. As the male fled, he removed his outer clothing and left them behindA covert officer observed the same suspect walking through the Harbors Apartments and noticed that the suspect was not dressed appropriately for the cold weather.  The officer confronted the suspect at which time he began to flee on foot.  After a foot pursuit, the responding officers were able to apprehend the suspect at the Park Village Apartments.  It was later determined that the vehicle that the suspect was driving belong to the victim of the robbery and the handgun left inside the vehicle was the weapon used in the robbery.  The victim’s property was recovered and the suspect was placed in jail.  Great Job!!!!

Come Celebrate the Bexar Street Redevelopment Investment Center Grand Opening

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Bexar Street Redevelopment Investment Center

On Sunday November 23, 2014, the Bexar Street Redevelopment Investment Center, located at 5411 Bexar Street, will be celebrating a grand opening event. The Bexar Street Redevelopment Investment Center was completed in October 2014. It was funded by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development and the City of Dallas. The center is considered an integral part of the Bexar Street Redevelopment Master Plan.

The festivities will begin at 1 p.m. and conclude at 4 p.m. The event includes a DJ, bounce house, face painting, train rides for kids, Dickey’s Barbecue and more. Hope you can join the fun!

The center is home to the Southeast Patrol Division’s Community Engagement Unit commanded by Lieutenant Roy Alston.

We’re excited to celebrate the new Bexar Street Redevelopment Investment Center!

Policy Changes and Initiatives RE: Officer Involved Shootings

A Message from the Chief of Police

Throughout my 32 year career as a Dallas police officer, the citizens of Dallas have shown great trust and confidence in the Dallas Police Department. I understand that this trust is hard to earn, but easy to lose. My pledge is that we will continue to work as hard to maintain and improve citizens’ trust as we did to earn it. In an effort to increase transparency, officer accountability, and improve officer safety, I have directed the implementation of numerous policy changes and initiatives. A number of these changes came after an officer involved shooting in 2012 and include:

  • Notification of the FBI Civil Rights Office at the time of all officer involved shootings
  • Development of a foot pursuit policy
  • Implementation of a response to resistance report that documents officers’ use of force to overcome resistant suspects
  • Enhanced review of digital video recordings by a specialized unit
  • Improved consensual search policy to require written or video documentation that a citizen voluntarily consented to a search
  • Created a community engagement team with the Community Affairs Unit to respond to community concerns and manage programs that create community trust and engagement
  • Mandated that all officers receive Taser training and maintain their certification
  • Conducted reviews of departments under investigation or consent decree by the Justice Department to understand past failures and determine best practices in the management of officer involved shooting incidents

These changes also include how we communicate with our community, equipment upgrades and continued “use of force” training of the more than 3500 sworn members of the Dallas Police Department. I believe that these changes have and will continue to positively impact officer safety and improve public trust and confidence.

In order to build on public awareness, we have attached information regarding Officer Involved Shootings, Use of Force Policy, and additional policy changes and initiatives that has been implemented by the Dallas Police Department.

 

Critical Missing Person: William Lawler

Update November 20, 2014: Mr. William Lawler has been located and is in good condition.

William Lawler

 

The Dallas Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a Critical Missing Person Mr. William Lawler a 90-year-old White male.

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 Mr. Lawler was last seen on November 20, 2014, at about 9:50 AM. Mr Lawler  10/27/suffers from Dementia. He was last seen in the area of Bames Bridge Road and Manorview Circle driving a white 2005 Ford F150 2 door with paper tags. Mr. Lawler was wearing a blue plaid shirt, Khaki pants and possibly wearing a Dallas Cowboy windbreaker.

If anyone has information regarding William Lawler or his location please call 911 or the Dallas Police Department Missing Persons/Youth Operations Unit  Detective G. Rodriguez, at (214) 671-4268 or 214-671-4249 or 911. This Critical missing is documented on case number 277795-2014.

 

 

Please Help ID Suspect From Multiple Offenses

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Dallas Police detectives are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the pictured theft suspect. He is described as a black male, approximaely 35 to 45 years in age. He has a mustache with a goatee. He was last seen wearing a dark colored snow hat/beanie, wine coat, apron, long pants, and white tennis shoes.

The suspect will enter restaurants wearing an apron and pretend to be a member of the staff. Once inside the suspect will then make his way to the office where he looks for cash.

This suspect is believed to have committed multiple offenses this year. If anyone can identify the suspect or have additional information they are encouraged to contact the Dallas Police Department.

If you have additional information, please contact Detective Comstra #8429 at 214-670-5045 or via email: stephen.comstra@dpd.ci.dallas.tx.us

Please see the attachment below for the full bulletin:

 

Critical Missing: Destiny Ripka

UPDATE: Destiny Ripka has been located. She is safe and in good health.

UPDATE: Destiny Ripka’s status from Critical Missing has been change to a RUNAWAY case. Please see below for more information.

The complainant, Destiny Ripka, WF 16,  was reported as a CRITICAL MISSING on 11/03/14.  Since this time, the complainant has been seen in person by a family friend and on video at a local medical facility.  The complainant attempted to fill a prescription at the facility, but her request was denied.  The complainant was seen on video walking alone, and near an UNKNOWN Black Female.  The complainant appeared healthy, and unharmed.  It is also a probability that the complainant has recently visited a past residence and left in an unknown vehicle.

The Youth Services Section will continue to investigate this case as a RUNAWAY and follow all current and future leads to locate the complainant and return her home safely.  If anyone has any information regarding the location of the complainant, Youth Services Section should be contacted at 214 671-4268.

Original Post Below was posted on November 4, 2014

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The Dallas Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Miss Destiny Ripka. Miss Ripka is a 16 year-old White female, last seen on Monday, November 3, 2014 at about 3:45 p.m. in the 2700 block of Hillside Drive. Ms. Ripka was at her school, Lakehill Preparatory, and she suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and could be a danger to herself.

There is no clothing description available at this time, however please see the photo above. If you know the whereabouts of Miss Destiny Ripka, please contact 9-1-1 or the Dallas Police Department’s Missing Persons Unit at (214) 671-4268.

This incident is documented on case number 264798-2014.

 

2014 Friends of the Dallas Police Department Banquet

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On November 18, 2014, The Hilton Anatole played host to the 32nd Annual Friends of the Dallas Police Department Banquet. Members of the department, both sworn and civilian, were honored for their dedication and commitment to the citizens of Dallas and the police department.

An Officer of the Year Award is given to one sworn and one non-sworn employee for the following bureaus: Office of the Chief of Police, Administrative Bureau, Investigations Bureau, Patrol Bureau, Strategic Deployment Bureau and Support Bureau. From these nominees, the Officer of the Year is selected, in addition to the Supervisor of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Field Training Officer of the Year, Reserve Officer of the Year and Non-Sworn Employee of the Year.

IMG_2050Officer and Detective of the Year: John Airaghi

The John T. McCarthy Officer of the Year award is in memory of John T. McCarthy, an officer who was murdered while investigating suspicious activity near White Rock Lake in 1981. The department has approximately 3500 sworn police personnel, and this award commends an officer who has shown exemplary contributions to law enforcement. Detective John Airaghi is a thirty year veteran and has been assigned to the Domestic Violence Unit since 2004. He is responsible for investigating criminal allegations that occur between family members or dating relationships. Between January 2013 and June 2014, Detective Airaghi investigated over 600 domestic violence offenses while maintaining a clearance rate of over 90%.

IMG_2066Supervisor of the Year: Sergeant Karl Guenther

Given in memory of Assistant Chief Bullard, the Marvin R. Bullard Supervisory of the Year Award is awarded to a supervisor for exemplary contributions to law enforcement. Sergeant Karl Guenther is a twenty four year veteran and is currently assigned to the Northeast Patrol Division. Since becoming a sergeant in 2003, Karl Guenther has been a well-respected supervisor, known for his thoroughness and knowledgeability. In the last 18 months, he and his officers have answered 15,258 calls for service, made 2,600 arrests, and cleared over 520 offenses bringing about a 19% drop in major crimes in his sector.

IMG_2070Rookie of the Year: Police Officer Justin Gladney

The Johnny Sides Rookie of the Year award originated with rookie officer Johnny Sides, who was murdered while attempting to arrest four transient criminals in 1951. Officer Justin Gladney graduated from the Dallas Police Academy with class 329 in June 2012. While at the academy, Justin was third in academic proficiency, third in firearms proficiency, second in motor fitness, and third overall in this class standing. Office Gladney has shown dedication and passion for his chosen career, most recently receiving a lifesaving award for preventing a citizen from jumping off a parking garage.

FrancisField Training Officer of the Year: Senior Corporal George Francis Jr.

The field training program is instrumental in developing police recruits into future police officers. This award was created to recognize the accomplishments of those who are responsible for transforming new recruits into self-sufficient police officers. Senior Corporal George Francis Jr. is a twenty three year veteran and is currently assigned to the Southwest Patrol Division. He is known for this positive attitude and willingness to help others. Corporal Francis ensures that recruits are exposed to a variety of calls for optimal training and experience. He exhibits everything required of a trainer: commitment, patience, and a willingness to hit the streets with an untrained officer he’s meeting for the first time.

IMG_2071Reserve Officer of the Year: Sergeant Dwaine Sides

The Joe C. Jones Reserve Officer of the Year award is in memory of Joe Jones, who joined the Dallas Police Department Reserve Unit in 1968. Officer Jones was passed away from injuries resulting from an automobile accident while enroute to aid another officer in 1972. This award is given to recognize reserve officers and their dedication by volunteering their time to the Dallas Police Department and the citizens of Dallas while maintaining full time jobs in other professions. Reserve Sergeant Dwaine Sides joined the battalion after serving 37 years as a full time police sergeant. He is also a response team trainer for reserve and full time officers. Sergeant Sides volunteered 260 hours in 2013 and 229 hours as of July 2014.

IMG_2049Non-Sworn Employee of the Year: Juli Bailey

The James Taylor Non-Sworn Employee of the Year award is in memory of Chief Helicopter Pilot and Reserve Officer James “Chuck” Taylor, who passed away in 1984 from a helicopter crash. This award is given to recognize one of the 550 non-sworn employees of the police department and their dedication to the police profession. Crime technician Juli Bailey has been with the department for thirty years and has been assigned to the Southwest Investigative Unit for the last twenty years. Juli Bailey has processes 26,400 cases as a crime technician. She also reviews cases to develop suspect information or criminal patterns and to recover stolen property. Juli’s hard work has resulted in the production of suspect information on an average of 36 cases per year and the recovery of approximately $6,000 in stolen property annually.

Additional award recipients were honored in the following categories: Educational Scholarship, Medal of Valor, Meritorious Conduct, Police Commendation, Life Saving and Police Shield. Congratulations to all of the award winners.

Critical Missing Person: William Smith

UPDATE:  Critical Missing Person William Smith has been located in good health.

 

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William Smith
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6’0″ 150lbs

William Smith, B/M/82, was last seen on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. around the 9200 block of Markanne Drive. Mr. Smith is approximately 6’0″ and 150 lbs, with gray hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a burgundy pullover sweatshirt, black pants, and a black baseball cap. Mr. Smith was seen leaving his residence in his personal vehicle, a 2008 silver Toyota Tacoma 2-door truck with Texas license plate 28CMB8. Mr. Smith is reported to have early stages of dementia.

This incident is documented on case number 276602-2014.

Please call 911 or the Dallas Police Department at 214-671-4268 with any information or if located.

Critical Missing bulletin attached below: