The Santa Cops Story


It’s a common misconception that when a police officer knocks on your door, it’s not a good thing; but what if the officer comes bearing gifts?

This year marks the 30th anniversary for the Dallas Police Department’s Santa Cops, a program that affords families in the community a Holiday to remember.

Since the program’s inception in 1984, the Dallas Police Department has assisted more than 10,000 families in the City of Dallas during the Holiday season.  Patrol officers, along with other members of the police department, see the various needs in the community and the Santa Cops program allows the department to give back in a unique way.

During the week of Thanksgiving, members of the department identify families in need of food, clothing and toys.  Officers are engaging with members of the community and listening to their needs.

The gifts are delivered on the Saturday before Christmas, this year they were delivered December 20th.

Santa Cops is one of the many ways the Dallas Police Department would like to wish the citizens of Dallas a safe and Happy Holiday season.

Public Assistance Needed: 3200 Holmes Street Homicide

Victim: Amber Anderson

The Dallas Police Department is seeking any information that can help identify the person responsible for the Murder Offense at 3200 Holmes Street.

Timeline of Events:

  • November 2, 2014 at approximately 9:42 A.M., a B/F was found deceased in a vacant lot at 3200 Holmes. The body was partially nude. There were indications she had been sexually assaulted. However, there were no obvious signs of blunt force trauma.
  • November 3, 2014, Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office performed an autopsy and ruled the cause of death as strangulation.
  • The Medical Examiner identified the victim as Amber Anderson, B/F 10-28-1988, through latent print analysis.
  • Physical evidence was collected from Ms. Anderson and has been submitted for analysis. Results are pending.
  • Homicide detectives spent several days canvassing the neighborhood and identifying potential video. Hours of video collected have been scoured by detectives, yet no information has been developed related to the murder.
  • The Southeast Patrol Division increased patrols and surveillance activities. Also, a comprehensive review of Aggravated Assault and Sexual Assault offenses was conducted by Crimes Against Persons Division analysts. No trend was identified.
  • Detectives also determined this homicide is NOT related to the Aggravated Assault offense that occurred on September 3, 2014 at 3100 Pine Street, commonly referred to as the Opportunity Park offense.
  • A witness near the location where Ms. Anderson was found recalls hearing a vehicle with a loud muffler, possibly a truck or SUV, in the alley between 2-3am.
  • Ms. Anderson was known to frequent the car wash at 2800 MLK Boulevard. Ms. Anderson also has been previously arrested for prostitution. It is possible she got into a vehicle at the car wash or nearby prior to her death.
  • November 5th, 2014, homicide detectives were present when VICE conducted a Prostitution Diversion Initiative at the Southeast Patrol Division and interviewed several individuals for further information.

Anyone with information regarding the identity of this suspect is asked to contact Homicide Unit Detective Cayce Shelton #7760 at 214-671-3612. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 214-373-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the individual(s) responsible for this murder.

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Recognizing Those Who Served


This Veterans Day we will honor the incredible men and women who served in the United States Armed Services.  These brave soldiers voluntarily put themselves in harm’s way to protect all of us. 

To all who served and those continuing to serve, we thank you for your hard work, commitment and true dedication to our city and our beloved country.  Without you, we would not be able to enjoy the freedom that we have today.  My prayers are with you and your family.  God Bless the United States of America.


~Chief David O. Brown 


Police Memorial Week

memorial photo

On Wednesday May 14, 2014, the Dallas Police Department will hold services honoring the 2014 Police Memorial Day.  This event recognizes the sacrifices made by Dallas Police officers as well as other officers who have given their lives in the performance of their duties.   Listed below are the order of events and a brief description of the service.

  • 11:50 AM – March to the Memorial     Griffin St. at Young St. to Griffin St. and Akard St

All former or current police officers, family and/or friends and citizens are invited to join the Dallas Police command staff, honor guard, salute team and other dignitaries in marching from Griffin and Young Street to the Police Memorial site at Akard and Young Street. Free parking will be available in Lot-E located at 600 Memorial Street (Memorial and Hotel). 

  • 12:00 Noon – Dallas Police Memorial Service – Young St. and Marilla St.

Service includes a performance by the Dallas Police Choir, the reading of the “Roll Call of Honor”, 21-gun salute, Taps and a fly over by the Dallas Police Helicopter.

Off the Leash with K9 Chief on the Beat

policedog costumeFor a new twist on our “Chief on the Beat” events, join us for our first ever “K9 Chief on the Beat” at Samuel Grand Park and Recreation Center at 6200 E. Grand Avenue on May 3, 2014 from 10am to 2pm.

There will be hot dogs – traditional and real hot dogs because the weather is going to be sunny and dogs are always wearing their coats.  There will also be low cost vaccinations for you dogs! Over 30 vendors will be in attendance to provide you with information on topics ranging from crime prevention to health and wellness.

Bring your dog! canineWhat? Don’t have a dog? We can fix that too with pet adoptions available on-site!


Neeha Curtis

The Dallas Police Department’s Canine Squad will also be on hand (note you may not adopt any police canines). As if that weren’t enough to get you there, we’ll also have a canine costume contest and the event will be hosted by local television celebrity Neeha Curtis!  

We’ll see you there!

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.


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!


Chief on the Beat: March 29th at W.W. Samuell High School

The Dallas Police Department’s Office of Community Affairs along with the Southeast Patrol Division will host an upcoming “Chief on the Beat” Crime Prevention Safety & Health Fair. This event will take place at W.W. Samuell High School, 8928 Palisade Dr., Dallas, TX 75217 on Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

 “Chief on the Beat” is an opportunity for the Dallas Police Department and residents of Dallas to interact in a family friendly environment. Free health screenings, raffles, entertainment, and food are provided to the public free of charge. Information and activities are available for people of all ages. This first “Chief on the Beat” of 2014 will have a sports theme and attendees have the opportunity to participate in a three point basketball shootout, a free throw contest, and sports skills challenge.

 The Dallas Cowboys are also participating in this sports themed “Chief on the Beat”. Attendees will be able to meet Rowdy, the Cowboys’ official mascot, and take a look inside the Cowboys’ Luxury bus.

We encourage all residents to come and participate in this fun and informative community event. For additional information, please call the Office of Community Affairs at (214) 671-4045.

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