Dallas Officers “Adopt” Family In Need


On August 27, 2015, at about 4:30 p.m., Senior Corporal Berry, #10207, responded to a health and welfare check in the 300 block of Upton Street. Senior Corporal Berry met with a single mother at the location who is deaf, unemployed and raising two children. The children had missed the first week of school because they were unable to afford school uniforms. Senior Corporal Berry contacted the South Central Division Neighborhood Police Office seeking assistance for the mother and her children.

The South Central Neighborhood Police Office sent Senior Corporals Jernigan #7979, Noel #8464, and Dickens #7958, to meet with the family and discovered that they were living in substandard conditions. The officers were pleasantly surprised by the family’s cheerful spirit and warm attitude despite their situation. The officers then took it upon themselves to purchase school supplies, school uniforms, and shoes for both of the children so they could go to school.


The officers felt compelled to do more to help the family so they asked family, friends, and other officers to donate living room furniture, a mattress, tables, gift cards, and a television. Senior Corporal Jernigan said they feel like they have “adopted the family as a unit.” They regularly keep in contact with the family and they recently received a donation of a washer and dryer that will be delivered soon.

The Dallas Police Department is incredibly proud of these officers for their caring attitude and their outstanding service to the community. Thank you for your hard work!  

Several officers helped the family by donating goods and moving furniture. We would like to thank and recognize the following officers for their involvement:

Senior Corporal Berry #10207

Senior Corporal Bronner #10298

Senior Corporal Cross #8652

Senior Corporal Dickens #7958

Senior Corporal Green #8644

Senior Corporal Jernigan #7979

Senior Corporal Noel #8464

Senior Corporal Wickens #7533

Sergeant Thomas #6804