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

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Citizens Police Academy

 

It’s that time again, time for you, the citizens of Dallas to engage with your Dallas Police Department, by being a part of the Citizens Police Academy. The next class starts Tuesday, February 17, 2015, with a Saturday, May 25, 2015 graduation date. The academy class will meet at the Dallas Police Academy once a week for a total of 10 weeks. The class affords the citizens to learn the functions of patrol, along with other aspects of police operations.  Please see the below posted brochure and application for additional details.

Coffee with Cops Success

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The Dallas Police Department would like to thank the North Texas McDonald’s for hosting Coffee with Cops. Our first Coffee with Cops was held on April 6, 2013 at a McDonald’s in the Southwest Patrol Division. With the success of this initial community engagement event,  Coffee with Cops events are now held simultaneously at McDonald’s locations across all seven patrol divisions. The success lies in its informal structure where officers are welcoming the citizens’ questions and comments. This program provides an opportunity for residents to get to know the officers working in their neighborhood. The primary goal of Coffee with Cops is to enhance the relationship between the Dallas Police Department and the residents of Dallas.

twt The Dallas Police Department has been fortunate  to partner with McDonald’s as our community engagement effort continues with Coffee with Cops. The social media interactions have proven the popularity of Coffee with Cops.  The event has accumulated approximately 5.0 million impressions, or clicks, from Twitter mentions by officers posting pictures using #DallasCoffeeWithCops or #DPDCoffeeWithCops. Along with that, North Texas McDonalds using the Twitter handle @McD_NorthTexas has accumulated 3.5 million impressions from Twitter mentions, with a 1.2% increase in followers. Both of these trends on social media have returned a 99% favorable rating. The Dallas Police Department’s Twitter account, @DallasPD, shows approximately 52.7 million impressions from Twitter mentions, with a 2.4% increase in followers. The Community Affairs Division, @DPDCA, reports 1.1 million impressions and Chief David Brown, @DPDChief, shows 7.3 million impressions from Twitter. This successful partnership between the Dallas Police Department and the North Texas McDonald’s, through Coffee with Cops, has opened the doors for citizen-officer interactions, strengthened community relationships, and produced positive social interactions for all the organizations involved.  twt2

 We are encouraging citizens to come out  to one of the Coffee with Cops events scheduled in 2015, grab a free cup of coffee,  speak with the officers who patrol their community, and continue to follow the event  on social media.  

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.

Join us Saturday for Coffee with Cops!

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Please join us for our latest Coffee with Cops! It will be held this Saturday, July 12th, from 8am-10am at seven different McDonald’s restaurants.

Several officers will be on hand to answer any questions you may have or listen to your concerns. Come meet the officers who patrol your neighborhood!

Dallas officers will be at the following McDonald’s restaurants:

5337 E. Grand Avenue

6950 Greenville Avenue

3310 Grand Avenue

705 W. Jefferson Boulevard

3750 Forest Lane

10720 Preston Road #1102

1415 E. Illinois Avenue

We’ll see you Saturday for coffee!

 

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Police Memorial Week

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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.

Next Coffee With Cops: May 9th

“Coffee with Cops” is a community engagement opportunity for residents to get to know the officers working in their neighborhood. The primary goal of the “Coffee with Cops” event is to enhance the relationship between the Dallas Police Department and the residents of Dallas.

On April 6, 2013, the Dallas Police Department hosted their first “Coffee with Cops” at one McDonald’s location in the Southwest Division. With the success of this initial community engagement event, the department rolled out a second “Coffee with Cops” on December 20, 2013, which was held simultaneously at McDonald’s locations across all seven Patrol Divisions.

“We thank McDonald’s for their continued support of our department’s community engagement initiatives,” said Dallas Police Chief David Brown. “Coffee with Cops further enhances the relationship between the Dallas Police Department and local residents,” said Brown. Such events provide an opportunity for informal and small scale interaction between the community and law enforcement, furthering Chief of Police David Brown’s community policing initiative.

The Dallas Police Department invites all residents to attend one of the participating McDonald’s locations for the upcoming “Coffee with Cops” to meet with officers and receive a free cup of hot/iced coffee. Residents are encouraged to join the conversation online using the #DPDCoffeewithCops.