Medal of Valor & Service Pin Ceremony

Today, Chief David O. Brown presented the Medal of Valor award to Sergeant Jacqueline Moore, #7601 for her brave actions on April 4, 2014.

The following were also presented their Service Pins in today’s ceremony: 

20 Year Recipients

  • Larry Gordon
  • Gracie Johnson
  • Anthony Newsom

25 Year Recipients

  • Charles Barney
  • Clarence Lockett
  • John Puente
  • Chris Grall
  • Robert Spence

30 Year Recipients

  • John Childs
  • Richard Kresse
  • Brenita Dunn

35 Year Recipients

  • Johnnie Harris
  • Mary Heifner
  • Raul Moreno
  • Charles Young

Congratulations to all the recipients!

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 also want to receognize the following generous donors who saw a need and supported the cause:  GST Public Safety Supply, Joy Promotions, Galls Quartermaster, Uniforms Incorporated, Already Gear, VF Imagewear, Apparel Sewn Right, Regali Inc., Hines Nut Company, and Harrington Produce Company.

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



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.


We Couldn’t Have Done It Without You!

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I wish to thank the men and women of the Dallas Police Department for their superior dedication and outstanding service to the citizens of Dallas by reducing crime for the eleventh consecutive year. Preliminary numbers for 2014 show a 10.69% decrease in overall crime from 2013 and a 53.6% reduction in overall crime from 2004 to 2014. The strategies employed by the department to achieve this goal would not have been possible without the commitment and collective efforts of our sworn and civilian employees.

As society changes our department’s strategies have evolved with a renewed focus on community policing, accountability, and transparency. Patrol officers work diligently to simultaneously respond to calls for service, proactively patrol high crime areas, and make the necessary arrests to improve public safety in our city. Detectives work tirelessly, in conjunction with patrol officers and prosecutors, to thoroughly investigate cases. Sworn and civilian personnel continue to support key core operations of the department and provide assistance to officers and detectives on the main stage, starting at the first call to the final day in court.

Community Engagement programs such as Chief on the Beat, Coffee with Cops, and Neighborhood Police Officers are OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAstrengthening relationships within the community, and empowering citizens to be proactive. The expanding Youth Outreach Program has been a successful tool for crime diversion and character building in the youths of Dallas. The incorporation of social media in daily operations has started to pay dividends. Various social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and the Dallas Beat Blog, have allowed for transparency and quicker communications with the public. These sites play a key role in our efforts to provide citizens with first-hand information on current events, and create a virtual platform to share information related to critical missing persons and identifying suspects.

Technology enhancements have successfully aided police officers in deterring both violent and property crimes, locate stolen vehicles and suspects with active warrants, and catch auto thieves in the act. Specialized detectives have successfully targeted organized retail theft rings and recovered stolen property. The Narcotics Knock-and-Talk Task Force has unveiled numerous cases of drug-related property crimes. The METRO Task Force has successfully targeted and apprehended key individuals responsible for violent crimes.

VIN HEAT ETCHING 20140329The Dallas Police Department’s success also relies on the strong support of the Mayor, City Councilmembers, the City Manager’s Office, and the citizens of Dallas. The overwhelming public support has allowed for increased personnel and resources to combat crime. The results are evident in the numbers for 2014: a 49.1% reduction in murders since 2004 makes this the second lowest murder rate in Dallas history, and a 54.0% reduction in property crimes and 50.8% reduction in violent crimes since 2004. Dallas has led the country in total crime reduction from 2004 to 2014 among major cities in the United States as well as in Texas.

Although the contributing factors of the crime reduction can be relative and subjective, we can all agree that whatever they may be, they’re working well. The joint effort by everyone in this city to make public safety a priority has been the greatest contributing factor to Dallas experiencing eleven consecutive years of overall crime reduction.

Thank you again for your efforts and support in helping us make Dallas safer.

~Chief David O. Brown

11th consecutive year