The Bridge Initiative

During the week of January 16th-25th, DPD officers came together to warm up the lives of those that are less fortunate. Our Community Affairs Division has kicked off the New Year with the Bridge Initiative to gather donations for winter-wear items.  Dallas officers led the way with their donations and encouraged others to also donate new or gently used items. We asked for hats, scarves, gloves, and blankets. We received those items and so much more. Windbreakers, sweatshirts, coats, socks, t-shirts, pants and even teddy bears came pouring in, totaling well over 1,200 items collected. What’s even more impressive, these items were collected in just one week. Donations were received from all seven patrol divisions, Jack Evans Police Headquarters, Oak Cliff Municipal Center, Lake West and Jubilee Storefronts and Dallas City Hall. Much of the generous donations came from our officers and civilian staff.

 Citizens in the community received word of the Winter Wear Initiative and began showing their support. One anonymous donor left 90 hand-knitted scarves.

 We could not have done it alone without our kind donors such as ONCOR, who came to us early in the process with their eagerness to help. They donated nearly 300 long sleeve jersey sweater tops.

 We would like to thank everyone who came together for this initiative, and I know we will continue to work together in the future.

 

 

Arrest Made in Homicide @ 8400 South Westmoreland Road

On January 26, 2015, at approximately 6:10 a.m., the victim Justice Hull, a 2 month old Black female, was intentionally drowned by a 14 year old Black female, who also resides in the same home. The suspect’s mother was caring for the infant and had just left for work when the offense occurred. Initial reports indicated that the suspect and the victim were related. Our investigation has found that the infant was not related to the suspect and had been placed in the home by Child Protective Services at the request of the biological mother. The biological mother of the infant victim is currently in jail and the infant has been in the home since shortly after her birth. 

The suspect has been charged with Capital Murder of a Person Under the Age of Ten, a First Degree Felony. She has been transported to and placed in the Henry Wade Juvenile Justice Center.

Critical Missing – Sara Olesky

UPDATE 12:40 pm January 24, 2015: Sara Olesky has been found safe.

imageThe Dallas Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating the above individual. Persons with information are asked to call the Police Department at 911 or (214) 671-4268.

On Sunday, January  24, 2015, at approximately 8:00 am, Sara Olesky was last seen walking in the area of 9200 Canter Drive wearing a long white dress, blue cost, and a red purse. She is described as a 21 year old 5’6″/160 lb White female with brown hair and brown/hazel eyes.

Ms. Olesky is diagnosed with Autism/Asberger’s and has a mental capacity of a 2nd grader.

The Dallas Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating this person. If you have any information of Sara Olesky’s whereabouts, please call 214-671-4268 or 911.

Officers Save Life

On November 26, 2014, an individual called 911 and stated that he was going to jump off the Martin Luther King overpass onto the traffic passing below on the S.M. Wright Freeway. Upon hearing the broadcasted call, Officer D. Mulvihill #9720, immediately notified the dispatcher that he was in the proximity.

When Officer Mulvihill arrived on scene, he observed the individual standing on the outer ledge of the overpass, beyond the guardrail and holding onto the highway sign attached to the overpass. After broadcasting his location and the description of the individual, cover officers and Sergeant McCoy #7739, arrived on scene and began communicating with the individual.

In doing so, Sgt. McCoy was able to distract the individuals focus away from Officer Mulvihill. That allowed Officer Mulvihill to approach him from behind without being noticed.  As the individual carried on his conversation with Sgt. McCoy, Officer Mulvihill moved in and grabbed him from behind, pulling him back over the guardrail and out of immediate danger. Because of these well-coordinated tactics, a life was saved and in the process prevented numerous passing motorists below on the S.M. Wright Freeway from being harmed. The individual was subsequently transported for evaluation.

For their actions, Officer Mulvihill and Sergeant McCoy have been nominated for a Life Saving Bar. 

 

Great Team Work does it Again!!!

Charlie Perez

Charlie Perez

Dallas Police Northwest Deployment and Crime Response Team officers had been following Burglary of a Motor Vehicle suspect, Charlie Perez, White male 31 years old, for several days.  After Suspect Perez failed to report to his parole officer on January 21, 2015, the officers started checking addresses that he was known to frequent.  Officers located his vehicle at his girlfriend’s apartment which was located in the 5000 block of Preston Oaks.

When officers attempted to make contact with Suspect Perez, he fled out the back door and attempted to evade the officers.  Suspect Perez was subsequently apprehended and transported to the Northwest Investigative Unit, where he was interviewed by Detectives G. Waller and D. Allen.  Suspect Perez gave  detectives little information regarding the offenses he had actually committed, but he did take the detectives to several locations that he uses to fence his stolen property.

On January 20, 2015, Detectives G. Waller and D. Allen served a search warrant on the vehicle that Perez was in when he evaded the officers.  Suspect Perez abandoned the car in McKinney, TX.   McKinney officers towed the vehicle and notified the detectives that a large amount of property was found in the trunk. 

As a result of the search warrant and the arrest of suspect Charlie Perez, detectives were able to clear nine (9) offenses and were able to return property on six (6) of the offenses to their owners.  Detectives are still searching through cases to determine if Charlie Perez is responsible.  Great Team Work!!!

Dallas Police Youth Foundation Receives $60,000 Grant from Verizon

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Pictured from left to right: Dallas Police Youth Foundation President Crista Walker, Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown and Verizon Wireless Public Relations Representative Audrey Lundy

The 2014 fall session of Blue in the School concluded January 22, 2015, with a closing celebration at William Brown Miller Elementary School, where Verizon presented the Dallas Police Youth Foundation with a $60,000 grant. The grant will support the foundation’s outreach efforts to engage and mentor Dallas-area youth.

“Today’s youth face many challenges as they grow up,” said foundation president Crista Walker. “The Dallas Police Youth Foundation supports the efforts of the Dallas Police Department’s youth outreach programs to provide positive interaction between police officers and kids. The officers, while teaching the Six Pillars of Character, are also being positive role models.”

BITS Grant1Blue in the School is a four-week curriculum taught by Dallas Police Officers. The subject matter focuses on six pillars of character: respect, trustworthiness, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.

Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown said the program aims to “prevent negative behaviors among students by developing and implementing specifically tailored, age-appropriate curriculum to instill life-long skills for healthy decision-making, problem-solving, negative peer pressure reversal, conflict management and character development.”

Blue in the School launched on October 7, 2013, across 14 Dallas ISD elementary schools. That number increased to 30 by the conclusion of the 2014 fall semester. The program provides life skills to 4th-grade students to help them navigate through life’s difficult choices and become the leaders of tomorrow.

Each of the schools also participated in a HopeLine drive, a national program at Verizon, which collects used cell phones from any wireless carrier to be recycled or donated to domestic violence agencies. William Brown Miller Elementary School collected the most devices for HopeLine and won a class party and celebration from Verizon.

The Dallas Police Youth Foundation is very grateful to be the recipient of Verizon’s grant.

 

Critical Missing – Maliha Shahzad

UPDATE January 21, 2015 at 10:25 pm : Maliha Shahzad has been located and is safe.

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Name: Maliha Shahzad

Race/Sex/Age: White/Female/37

Height: 5’05”  Weight: 125lbs

Hair: Black      Eyes: Brown

The Dallas Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating the above individual.  Persons with information are asked to call the Police Department at 911 or (214) 671-4268.

On Wednesday, Jauanry 21, 2015, at approximately 4:10 pm, Maliha Shahzad was last see in the 10400 block of Lennox Lane. Ms. Shahzad was driving a 2014 black Mercedes S-550 with Texas license plate CML-4853. It is believed Maliha is in danger and has made threats to harm herself.

The Dallas Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating this  person.

If you have any information of Maliha Shahzad’s whereabouts, please call 214-671-4268 or 911.

2014 Explorer Awards Ceremony

Explorers

The 2014 Explorer Awards Ceremony was held on January 20, 2015. Each division is able to nominates an Explorer from their post, an Advisor from their post, and also a Rookie from their post. The winners are then announced at the Explorer Awards Ceremony. Guest speaker at this year’s ceremony was First Assistant Chief Charles Cato.

The nominees for Explorer and Advisor of the year were as follows:

Explorer of the Year

Adryelle Fites                Central Division
Camilo Gutierrez            Northeast Division
Robert Alarcon              Southeast Division
Gabriel Orosco              Southwest Division
Caleb Wilson                 Northwest Division
Christian Rodriguez        North Central Division
Yannet Salazar              South Central Division

Advisor of the Year

Andre Cloyd                   Central Division
Lorenzo Carranza            Northeast Division
Angelica Martinez           Southeast Division
Titania Richard               Southwest Division
Alex Garcia                    Northwest Division
Erica King                      North Central Division
Paul Logan                    South Central Division

The winner’s of the 2014 Explorer Awards are:

Rookie of they Year: Mark Hernandez
Explorer of the Year: Robert Alarcon
Advisor of the Year: Lorenzo Carranza
Post of the Year: Southeast Division

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Congratulations to all the winners! Thank you to all the sponsors who have helped make the Dallas Police Department Explorer Program a success!

Be sure to follow the Dallas Police Explorers on:

Twitter: @ExplorersDallas and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DallasPDExplorers

See the Dallas Police Explorer 2014 Video Highlights:

 

DPD Loses a Longtime Volunteer and Supporter

A great friend and longtime volunteer for the Dallas Police Department, Mr. Doug Woodham passed away at home on Saturday, January 17, 2015; he was 79.

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Doug was actively involved in several DPD volunteer programs throughout his many years of service including  Crime Watch groups, Citizens Helping in Parking Solutions (CHIPS), Volunteers in Patrol (VIP), Crime Watch Executive Board (CWEB) and his latest program, the Dallas Junior Police Academy (JPA).

While no one can remember the exact day when Doug started volunteering for the Dallas Police Department, he has been working with DPD longer than anyone can remember.  Doug was a long time resident of Old Lake Highlands in the Northeast Patrol Division where he devoted countless hours to his community through his volunteer efforts with the Dallas Police Department.

He will be greatly missed. 

Written by: Sgt. Cheryl Cornish

Critical Missing – Cloise Morgan

UPDATE 3:40 pm: Cloise Morgan has been located and is safe.

Cloise Morgan

Cloise Morgan

The Dallas Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Critical Missing Person Cloise Morgan.  Cloise was last seen on Sunday, January 18, 2015, in the 1900 block of Myrtlewood Drive. 

Cloise Morgan is described as a 15 year old Black male, 5’9″ weighing approximately 130 lbs.  He has sandy red hair with hazel eyes.  He was last seen wearing a grey jacket and grey vest.

If anyone knows the whereabouts or have information on Cloise, they are ask to call the Dallas Police Department’s Missing Persons Unit at (214) 671-4268 or 911.