Sowing the Good Seed

The Dallas Police Department’s Community Engagement Operations Bureau had a busy weekend. Three different events were held throughout the city. Working with the Office of Community Affairs were the Central, Northeast, and South Central Neighborhood Police Officers.

The Central NPO Unit along with the Mt. Auburn Community held their Annual Fall Fest. The event was held at the Winter Willis Park. Fun was indeed had by all from face painting, a magic show, and lots of other fun activities. One of which was a friendly kickball game between community members and officers. The winner of kickball holds the trophy until next year’s competition. This year, the winner of the game was the blue team! The MVP award went to Crystal Morganfield, who was said to have some incredible catches and hustle throughout the game. The blue team won, with a score of 8-3. Congratulations blue on your win! Be ready for next year as Mt. Auburn will be ready for you! 

Over at the Northeast Patrol Division, the NPO Unit held their Annual Kids Health & Safety Fair. This year was a little different with it being a drive-thru event that was held at Lake Highlands High School.  Cars were lined up before the event started and goodies were passed out. The Dallas County Health Department was there to offer free Covid vaccines for children ages 5-11. This partnership with the Northeast community has been had for 28 years and continues to grow. It would not be a success without the volunteers and donations. Thank you to everyone who came and the Northeast NPO officers look forward to seeing you all next year!

The third event was the Joppa-Joppee Community BBQ Event. Food and fun were had by all those who attended! This event was held at Joppa Park. Chief Garcia, along with members of the Command Staff enjoyed some BBQ and fun with the community. Games were played and the Joppa community even got some of the officers to do a little line dancing! A huge thank you to the Dallas Rotary Club and to all those who made this event possible!

Fighting crime doesn’t always have to be arrests and traffic tickets, it starts with getting out in the community, being a part of it before crimes occur. Building community trust is where it has to start and Chief Garcia along with the rest of the Dallas Police Department is committed to being a part of all Dallas communities. 

None of these events would have been possible without the outstanding community support, volunteers, vendors, and donations! The Community Engagement Operations Bureau will continue to work hard at “sowing the good seed.”