Update on Review of Dallas Police Training Standards

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Today Chief Brown received questions from officers and others regarding concerns about the Department’s standardized field sobriety testing (SFST) training standards.  The Department had previously conducted a review for the reasons outlined below.

In February, concerns were expressed by officers that only African American recruits were failing the police vehicle operation course (PVOC) and the standardized field sobriety testing (SFST) portions of the police academy. At the direction of Chief Brown, the Personnel and Development Division reviewed the last 5 years’ records and found that only minority recruits (African American and Hispanic) had failed the PVOC course (5 recruits in 5 years) and a higher percentage of minority recruits had failed SFST courses than white recruits (1 W/M to 8 minority recruits in 5 years).  As this review of recruits’ performance was in progress, the recruit who was addressed in the letter sent by the Dallas Police Association and who is African American, was progressing through PVOC training.

When questions were later raised by the Dallas Police Association regarding this recruit failing PVOC and an alleged reduction in training standards, the Department found:

  • The recruit in question passed the written exam for PVOC
  • Police academy testing policy establishes that a recruit has two opportunities to take the cumulative PVOC skills test before remedial training is to be given
  • Following remedial training on deficiencies, by policy a recruit has two additional opportunities to pass the cumulative skills test before being recommended for termination.
  • The recruit in question received no remedial training and was scheduled for the retest 5 weeks later, which he failed.
  • His chain of command discussed a recommendation for termination.
  • Upon hearing that the recruit had not received remedial training as called for by policy, Assistant Chief Patricia Paulhill directed that the recruit be given the remedial training and tested. 
  • The recruit received remedial training and passed the subsequent cumulative skills test with a 95%

An email was distributed from academy staff on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, stating that recruits were not to be failed on the practical application portion of the SFST test.  Chief Brown has directed that the academy staff temporarily suspend the SFST training class and conduct a review of the testing process to ensure that our process is consistent with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration guidelines.

In a statement, Chief Brown said, “We will continue to review all of our training to ensure our high standards are not compromised in any way and that we make necessary adjustments to continually improve.”

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Sexual Assault Arrest made by Dallas Police Metro Officers

Anthony Jackson rape

On April 17, 2014, Anthony Sennette Jackson, Black male 08-24-1972, was arrested by Dallas Police Metro Officers for outstanding warrants.  Subsequent to this arrest, Jackson was charged with committing a Sexual Assault of a female patient at his place of employment (Homeward Bound, Inc./Trinity Center Behavioral Healthcare Services) located at 233 W. Tenth Street, Dallas, Texas. This offense occurred on March 9, 2014.  Jackson remains in the Dallas County Jail with a $100,000.00 bond for this offense. He is not currently under investigation for any additional offenses, nor has any additional offenses been reported at the facility.  

 

Dallas Police Sergeant Byron Fassett Receives Award

Fassett

On April 11, 2014, the New Friends New Life (NFNL) awarded Dallas Police Department Sergeant Byron Fassett their 2014 ProtectHer Local Award at the WINGS Luncheon.  Sergeant Fassett is currently the supervisor of the Child Exploitation Squad, a special investigator for the Attorney General’s Office of the State of Texas, and a special deputy for the United States Marshals Service. New Friends New Life recognized Sergeant Fassett for his work fighting trafficking and Internet crimes against children.

Also awarded at the luncheon were civic leader Nancy Ann Hunt and U.S. Attorney Sarah Saldaña. Sally Field, winner of two Academy Awards, two Emmy awards, and two Golden Globe awards, was the keynote speaker.

The Department would like to congratulate the winners on their awards and thank them for their dedication.

For more information on NFNL please visit their website at http://www.newfriendsnewlife.org.

Smoke Shop Hit Three Times Since April 6th

On April 6, 2014, the One Stop Smoke Shop, located at 8235 Scyene Road, was robbed by multiple armed suspects who entered the business and ordered everyone to lie down while their property was taken. This is the first of three separate offenses to occur at this location. During this particular incident, one of the suspects ordered an employee to empty his pockets and took his property. Two additional suspects entered the business and helped gather property. This incident was captured on surveillance video. Below are still shots from that video. One of the suspects is described as a Black male, 5’8”, 150 lbs. This suspect had possible paint on his face and wore a black baseball cap and black work coveralls. A second suspect is described as a Black male, 5’8”, 200lbs, wearing a large brown hooded jacket, blue basketball shorts, and a mask. There are believed to be two additional suspects, but no descriptions available for them. This Aggravated Robbery offense is reported on service number 81050-B. string 1

On April 14, 2014, a second Aggravated Robbery occurred at the same One Stop Smoke Shop. During the commission of this robbery, the suspects, pictured below, entered at approximately 6:00 am. One of the suspects was armed with a handgun. A second suspect gathered the cash and several packs of cigarettes. The suspects theb fled in a blue or purple, 4-door 1999 model Mercury with a third suspect as the driver. This Aggravated Robbery offense is documented on service number 88107-B.

The first suspect is described as a Latin male in his 30s, 5’8’, 200 lbs. The second suspect is a Latin male, about 27 years old, 6’00”, 200 lbs, with a goatee and wearing prescription glasses. The third suspect is described as a Latin male, 25 years old, 5’8”, 200 lbs, with a goatee. The suspects had been in the business earlier in the day and attempted to get a phone number from the witness, who is an employee. Surveillance photos seen below are from when the suspects were in the business earlier.  String2

On April 15, 2014, at about 6:15 am, the suspects pictured below forced entry into the One Stop Smoke Shop by displaying a handgun and ordering employees to lie on the floor. The second suspect began gathering cash and property. The suspects then exited the location and fled. A witness looked outside and observed a tan 4-door Buick with possible 22” silver rims sped away from the location. However, the witness did not observe the suspects entering the vehicle.  One of the suspects in this incident is described as a Black male, 20s, 5’10”, weighing about 240 lbs. The second suspect is a Black male in his 20s, 6’0”, and weighing about 200 lbs. This is the third offense at the location since April 6, 2014, and has not been connected to the previous two offenses at this time.

String 3This Aggravated Robbery is document on Service Number 89020-B.    The suspects in all three cases are considered armed and dangerous. If anyone has information regarding either of these robbery offenses should call 911 or call the Dallas Police Department’s Crimes Against Persons Robbery Unit at (214) 671-3622.

Hoax Bomb Suspect Runs out of Gas in Georgia

Bank RobberyDallas police were notified today that bank robbery suspect Steven Plunkett (W/M 39yrs old) was arrested early this morning in Cummings, Georgia.  He was found on the side of the road after his pickup truck had run out of gas. An officer stopped to check on him and recognized him as a wanted person.  Plunkett was wanted on a local charge and an additional hoax device was found in his possession.

Dallas police, working with the FBI, filed one bank robbery charge on Plunkett stemming from his actions on March 28, 2014 where he robbed the Wells Fargo Bank in the 2600 block of Cedar Springs Drive.  Police additionally believe that he is responsible for 3 additional bank robberies committed in a similar manner. During the March 28 offense, Plunkett presented a hoax bomb and a note in the drive-through and escaped with cash from the bank (Dallas police case # 73301-B)

Additional offenses:

March 24, 2014 - Chase Bank at 10729 Preston Rd. 69651-B March 25, 2014 - Wells Fargo Bank at 14999 Preston Rd. 70561-B April 10, 2014 - Wells Fargo Bank at 18190 Dallas Pkwy 84920-B The investigation led Dallas Detectives and FBI Agents of the Violent Crime Task Force to Mr. Plunkett.  Lineups were shown to witnesses on these cases with positive result.  Detectives obtained a federal warrant for Bank Robbery yesterday morning.

FOUND! Critical Missing Juvenile

UPDATE: April 16, 2014 @ 09:05am

Both Adriana and Ali have been located in good condition.  The girls will be brought to police headquarters and we will have more details as soon as possible.


The Dallas Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a critical missing juvenile and her runaway sister. On April 15, 2014, at about 4:00 pm, Adriana Castillo and her sister, Ali Abrego were last seen near the apartment complex located at 1531 Duncanville Road, Dallas, Texas, 75211. The sisters were seen near the wooded area and have not been seen since.

Adriana Castillo, who is considered a critical missing person, is described as a Latin female 9 years old 4’00” in height, weighing 50lbs with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing green shorts, purple shirt, and black and pink backpack. Ali Abrego, who is listed as a runaway, is described as a Latin female 11 years old, 4’11” in height and weighing 70lbs with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a pink Hello Kitty shirt, pink tights, and white shoes. If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of these two individuals, please call 911 or contact the Dallas Police Department’s Missing Persons Unit at 214-671-4268. The critical missing person’s report is documented on case number 89700-B.

Delivering

fedexOn April 14, 2014, at about 2:45 p.m., Dallas officers responded to an Aggravated Robbery call in the 800 block of South Windomere Avenue. The officers met up with a FedEx driver who had been assaulted and robbed of his deliver truck and the undelivered items inside.  The suspect also took the driver’s personal .40 caliber semi-auto pistol.   

The officer put out a distinctive description of the suspects and the vehicle over the police radio.  Senior Corporal Jonathan McMillion observed the vehicle driving eastbound on W. Davis Street from N. Morocco.  The officer followed the vehicle until the police helicopter and cover elements arrived to perform a high risk traffic stop.  

The pistol and the packages where recovered. The packages may have been a little late, but they were delivered. The suspects were also delivered…to jail. 

The suspects for this offense are Ramos, Rodolfo L/M/04-27-94 and Ramos, Sergio L/M/09-03-93. They were charged with Aggravated Robbery. This incident is documented on case number 88486B. 

Juvenile Brothers Attacked

DPD TwittterOn Saturday April 12 at around 10pm, two brothers, a L/M/12 and L/M/15,  were walking at 7900 Antoinette Street near S. Buckner Blvd and C F Hawn Frwy when they were approached by 4 to 5 B/M juvenile suspects and one B/F  juvenile suspect. The suspects are all described as around 15 years old.

The suspects surrounded the two brothers and demanded property from them.  As the 12 year old L/M attempted to flee, two suspects assaulted him and caused the 12 year old to strike his head on the ground.

After the suspects fled,  the older brother carried the unconscious 12 year old boy to their apartment and Dallas Fire Rescue responded and transported the child to Children’s Medical Center.  The 12 year old has suffered a head injury and remains in critical condition.

Witnesses have come forward to assist the investigation and detectives are in the process of interviewing them.  The Department is optimistic that the case can be solved based on the strong leads that have been developed by detectives.

 Further information will be provided as it becomes available.

 

Join us for the 1st Canine Chief on the Beat

The Dallas Police Department K9 Unit is hosting its first ever Canine Chief on the Beat. This new event will be held Saturday, May 3rd, at the Samuell Grand Recreation Center located at 6200 East Grand Avenue. Festivities kick off at 10:00 am and will be emceed by Fox 4′s Neeha Curtis.

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There will be a Pet Costume Contest, low cost vaccinations and entertainment for the whole family. Come meet the officers and their K9 partners at this free and fun event!