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Dallas Police Department’s Quality of Life Initiative

Updated February 8, 2016:

As mentioned below, on February 1, 2016, the Dallas Police Department put into full effect the Quality of Life Initiative.  During the first week of the initiative, officers worked around the clock to address the concerns of those citizens frustrated by persons aggressively asking for and sometimes demanding money.  Officers observed 91 violations relating to panhandling. Out of those violations, 89 individuals were taken into custody while 2 citations were issued.  The work continues…

 

Original Post:

FotorCreatedThe Dallas Police Department’s Quality of Life Initiative is in full effect.  This effort is the police department’s response to the outcry from people who live, work, and play in the City of Dallas, who have been approached in an aggressive manner from persons asking for and demanding money.

“We’ve seen an increase in aggressive panhandling in the downtown and surrounding areas over the past few weeks,” said Assistant Chief Gary Tittle, commander of the Strategic Deployment Bureau.  “The citizens are voicing their concerns and we are answering the call.”

Aggressive panhandling is the act of an individual verbally confronting another person, demanding his or her donation.  It’s also defined as impeding the sidewalk or roadway in an effort to receive money.  The initiative is running for 16 hours a day, seven days a week, and while this project solely belongs to the Dallas Police Department, the department is working with other agencies who service the downtown area.

“We are going to focus on the downtown and surrounding areas first, and expand accordingly,” Chief Tittle explained.  “One way we are addressing this issue is by educating citizens on other options regarding giving and receiving assistance.”

The initiative is not to stop citizens from giving per se, or stop those in need of assistance from getting help; it’s designed to redirect all citizens to the legal options available for giving and receiving support. Panhandling is illegal in the City of Dallas and it’s classified as a Class C misdemeanor.  There are several options for those desiring assistance.  The Dallas Police Department encourages anyone who is compelled to give to research programs and give through charities, organizations, or even churches. Not all panhandlers are homeless.  Dallas police officers often encounter individuals who are panhandling, however they are not in dire need of assistance, they merely play on the sympathy of citizens who are willing to donate. 

All violators will be detained and possibly arrested.  Citizens are encouraged to call 911 if he or she on views aggressive panhandling, as with any observed offense.

City Hall

Public Safety Meeting: Monday, February 8, 2016

Below are the topics of discussion for the Public Safety Committee meeting for Monday, February 8, 2016.

Index Crime Report

The following crime statistics represent data from January 1 to January 31, 2016:

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Dallas Police Department Traffic Contact Data Report 2015

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In 2015, the Dallas Police Department responded to 606,541 calls for service and made 106,507 documented traffic stops. Out of those 713,048 combined contacts, the Internal Affairs Division received ten (10) complaints alleging “Racial” or “Other” profiling. This is a frequency of complaints of 0.001%. Seven (7) of those complaints resulted from discretionary traffic stops, two (2) complaints resulted from a call for service, one (1) complaint resulted from a pedestrian stop. 

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Criminal Trespass Affidavit Program

The criminal trespass affidavit program allows officers, with written permission from property owners, to criminally trespass, remove, or arrest any violators found at the location without the representative’s permission. To participate in the program, the property owner must submit the affidavit to their local police substation and post “No Trespassing” signs throughout the property. 

Communications Operations Center

The Police Communications Services Sections consists of 911 operators, police dispatchers and police report representatives. The 911 operators prioritize the 911 calls based on information provided by the caller and then create a call for service. The police dispatcher then gives the calls out to the patrol officers who are working the streets.

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Officers have been trained to slow down instead of rush into critical incidents for greater officer and citizen safety. Critical incident calls require more manpower, which in turn ties up more officers to handle each call. Response times can be improved with the addition of police resources available to respond to calls. 

K2 and Drug Paraphernalia Shops

K2 is a synthetic cannabinoid, which means it is made up of chemical compounds that mimic the effects of THC. K2 has dangerous side effects such as, hallucinogenic effects, elevated blood pressure, seizures, and brain damage. 

The public safety response regarding K2 has increased significantly downtown. The operation began the first week of January as a joint effort between Narcotics, Central Patrol, El Centro College, and the District Attorney’s Office. The Dallas Police Department made four felony K2 delivery arrests from January 26th to January 28th. The Dallas Police Department is also proposing a new ordinance that would define and regulate drug paraphernalia shops. 

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Critical Missing – Agatha Martin

Update: Ms. Agatha Martin has been located.
Original Post: February 5, 2016 21:21

The Dallas Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating Ms. Agatha Martin, W/F/89 12-22-26.  On February 4, 2016, at around 6:35 a.m., in the 8700 block of Halstead Court. Ms. Martin was reported to have gone to the Walmart located at 9301 Forest Lane in her white 2002 Lexus license # KVT431 and has not returned home.  Ms. Martins is described  as an 89 year old white female and is 5’04”,and weighing 135 lbs, with gray hair and hazel eyes. 

The Dallas Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Ms. Agatha Martin.  Persons with information are asked to call the Police Department at 911 or (214) 671-4268. If you see this person, please contact 9-1-1 or the Dallas Police Department at (214) 671-4268.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rodriguez

Murder Suspect At Large

On Friday, February 5, 2016, at approximately 12:29 a.m.,  Dallas police officers responded to a shots fired call at 514 S. Willomet Ave. Shortly after their arrival, officers received a second call regarding a shooting victim at Methodist Central Hospital. The victim, Jesus Ricardo Hernandez, L/M 16, and witnesses had observed their mother being assaulted by the suspect Jesus Anthony Rodriguez L/M DOB: 7-10-1989. They pulled  Rodriguez off of her, took him outside and began assaulting him.

Rodriguez displayed  a handgun and reportedly fired into the air.  Hernandez and witnesses ran, however Rodriguez followed and shot Hernandez. He was transported to Methodist Central Hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.  Suspect Rodriguez fled from the location and is still at large.

We are asking that anyone with information about the whereabouts of Suspect Rodriguez contact the Homicide Unit at (214) 671-3661.  If you wish to remain anonymous you may call Crime Stoppers at (214) 373-TIPS (8477).

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Statement Regarding Johnny Manziel

Following yesterday’s release, today the Dallas Police Department received a complaint of a domestic violence assault that occurred in Dallas on January 30, 2016.  A criminal investigation into the incident, in which Johnathan Manziel is the listed suspect, has been initiated.  Detectives will thoroughly investigate the case to determine what criminal charges, if any, will be filed and victim services will be offered. 

As there are many emotional factors involved, it is not uncommon for a victim of domestic violence to question or delay reporting an assault.  This is an on-going investigation and updates will be made as information becomes available.

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DPD’s Pets of the Week – Dallas & Daisy

DPD’s Pet of the Week is Dallas, #A926308.  Dallas is a 2  year old tan Shiba Inu Mix. He weighs about 43 lbs, is micro-chipped, and neutered. Dallas  is a very well mannered and friendly. Currently his adoption fee is $14.00 but his fee will be waived after February 7, 2014. He has been in the care of Dallas Animal Services since January 24, 2016.

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This week’s cat is Daisy, # A927440. Daisy is a 5 month old Brown Tabby Domestic Short hair. She weighs about 5 lbs, is also micro-chipped, and neutered. He has been in the care of Dallas Animal Services since February 2, 2016. The adoption fee for Daisy is $14.00.

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Let’s help find Dallas and Daisy a Furrever home. You can meet them both at the Dallas Animal Services’ main location, 1818 N. Westmoreland, 75212, where they are available for adoption. The hours are from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday-Saturday and 12 noon until 5 p.m. on Sunday. Pictured with Dallas and Daisy is Senior Corporal  Brittani Picik who is assigned to the Northwest Patrol Division Neighborhood Policing Unit. 

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Sexual Assault Arrest

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Emanuel Ramirez DOB 03-20-1996

 

On February 4, 2016, at approximately 12:45 p.m., the victim was washing her clothes in a laundry room of the El Rancho Apartments at 9905 Bruton Rd.  The suspect entered and immediately attacked her and sexually assaulted her. The victim was able to fight off the suspect causing him injuries.  The suspect then fled the location running past witnesses at the scene and fleeing in a black Lincoln Navigator.

The victim and witnesses at the scene provided descriptive information that enabled Dallas Police detectives to find the registered owner and residence not far from the offense location.  Detectives were able to obtain and execute a search warrant at that location and found Emanuel Gerardo Vasquez Ramirez a 20 year old Latin male inside who had visible injuries which were consistent with the injuries described by the victim.

Ramirez was detained and brought to Dallas Police headquarters and interviewed.  The arrestee Ramirez has been charged with Sexual Assault, a felony of the second degree and transported to the Dallas County Jail where he is being held on a $100,000 bond.

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Assistant Chief Tammie Hughes hosts Awards Ceremony

Dallas Police Assistant Chief Tammie Hughes hosted an award ceremony Friday, February 5, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. in the Donald A. Stafford Media Conference Room at the Jack Evans Police Headquarters. The presentation included awards for Medal of Honor, Medal of Valor, Life Saving, Perfect Attendance and Tenure.

Tenure and Perfect Attendance Awards were proudly given to the following employees for their service to the Dallas Police Department and the citizens of Dallas. 20 YEARS OF SERVICE – Office Assistant Linda M. Renio (not pictured)

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Perfect Attendance Awards

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Medal of Honor and Life Saving Awards

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On December 23, 2014, Police Officer Richard Stewart was on his way to work dressed in plain clothes in his personal vehicle. He observed two store clerks fighting a suspect in a parking lot. As he drove into the parking lot, he overheard one the clerks say that the suspect had a gun. The suspect yelled, “I am going to shoot you!” as he pointed the gun at the clerks. Officer Stewart immediately identified himself as a Dallas Police Officer, grabbed the suspects hand, and pointed the gun away from the store clerks. Officer Stewart and the suspect then wrestled over the gun. The suspect pointed the gun at Officer Stewart and attempted to shoot him. Officer Stewart was able to get his finger behind the trigger and prevent the gun from firing. At that time, the clerks began to hit the suspect and aid the officer. Officer Stewart gained control of the suspect. Uniformed officers arrived and handcuffed the suspect. Officer Stewart demonstrated courage in an extraordinary heroism in this extremely dangerous situation to prevent injury or possibly even death.

 

Medal of Valor

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On October 8, 2015, Police Officer Christopher Berry, #10668 was in uniform, in his personal vehicle, on his way to an extra duty job. As he drove into a parking lot to get coffee, he observed two individuals wearing masks walk into a business and grab cash out of the registers. Officer Berry alerted 911 to send cover and waited for the suspects to exit the store. A struggle ensued between the suspects and the store owner. Officer Berry acted quickly. He gave loud verbal commands and pointed his gun at the suspects. As the suspects attempted to flee, Officer Berry grabbed and handcuffed one of the suspects. The other suspect fled but was later arrested. Officer Berry’s actions were selfless and courageous.

For more information regarding the above mentioned awards ceremony, please contact the Police Media Relations Unit at (214) 671-4065.  

 

 

 

Super Bowl

Having a Super Bowl Party? Or Going To One?

Make your GAME PLAN if you plan on drinking while watching the Super Bowl. Driving While Intoxicated is a very serious issue. We know there will be a large number of Super Bowl related parties this Sunday. We are in no way discouraging you from having fun, but please be safe while doing so. Have a designated driver or call a cab. 

If you are attending a Super Bowl Party:

  • Designate your sober driver before the party begins and give that person your car keys.
  • Avoid drinking too much alcohol too fast by pacing yourself – eat enough food, take breaks, and alternate with non-alcoholic drinks.
  • If you don’t have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home; call a cab, friend, or family member to come and get you; or just stay where you are and sleep it off until you are sober.
  • Never let a friend leave your sight if you think they are about to drive while impaired. Remember, Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.
  • Always buckle up – it’s still your best defense against other impaired drivers.

If you are hosting a Super Bowl Party:

  • Remember, you can be held liable and prosecuted if someone you served ends up in an impaired-driving crash.
  • Be sure all of your guests designate their drivers in advance, or help arrange ride-sharing with sober drivers.
  • Serve lots of food and be sure to include plenty of non-alcoholic beverages at the party.
  • Keep the numbers for local cab companies handy, and take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving while impaired

As always, have fun and be safe!

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A Message from Chief David O. Brown

Over the past two years the DWI Enforcement Unit’s manpower has dwindled to its current size. Efforts made to staff the unit proved unsuccessful; therefore, the duty fell mostly to patrol officers.

In 2007, the state mandated every officer entering the academy be trained in the Standardized Field Sobriety Testing process as part of their basic peace officer license.

The number of DWI arrests has dropped even though there are more officers qualified to perform the Standardized Field Sobriety Test.

Therefore, effective Friday, February 12, 2016, the DWI Enforcement Unit will be staffed with 18 additional officers and operational, working 8:00p.m.- 4:00am.