Over the weekend, September 16, 2017, Chief Renee Hall was a guest panelist on a forum moderated by Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson. The event was called Blue on the Block which was held at the Potters House Church on Kiest Boulevard. Blue on the Block is a community-based forum which brought together three of the Dallas area top law enforcement officials as well as notable Dallas stakeholders, all on a stage together to discuss law enforcement and community relations. The panel consisted of Chief Hall, Bishop T.D. Jakes (pastor of the Potters House Church), Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, and defense attorney Toby Shook.
The panelist discussed various topics including community relations, fairness in the legal system, drug use in the city, and police accountability. One highlight of the event came during the discussion of community relations. Chief Hall talked about bringing the community to the table by creating advisory boards to advise on any necessary adjustments protocol to ensure we are going in the right direction as a whole. Chief Hall backed that up by stating, “Talk is cheap until you put some work behind it.” The audience applauded.
The panelist all agreed on continuing their efforts to ensure relationship building and a safer Dallas. At the events conclusion, one thing was certain, both the panelists and the community appeared ready to work in partnership to make Dallas a better place to live, work and visit.
Early this morning, officers, volunteers, parents and their children, ages 10-15 years old, entered the AT&T Performing Arts Center with great anticipation. The day began with the morning sunshine, a continental breakfast and the Mavs Man greeting everyone as they arrived. After weeks of planning and preparation, the 3rd Annual Let’s Talk Police & Youth Forum brought in a record breaking 1,400 individuals in attendance! Once all the kiddos got through the registration process everyone entered the theater for the general session. The general session was hosted by Mack T., who entertained everyone and introduced the speakers during the event. The speakers included Interim Dallas Police Chief David Pughes, Olympic Gold Medalist Michelle Carter, Super Bowl MVP Larry Brown, and NBA Player Terrell Harris.
The focus for this year’s event was community first. The speakers shared tips on how to become successful, and the importance of putting your community first. Interim Chief Pughes said, “It gives us an opportunity to come out and talk to kids and have an open conversation with kids from throughout the city.” The Let’s Talk event also included breakout sessions, separating the children into different groups, and having them engage with officers in honest and open dialogue.
Those in attendance had a chance to win some great prizes like blue tooth speakers, bicycles, gaming systems and much more. Judging from all the smiles, this years event was one of the best yet!
The Dallas Police Cycling Team will once again participate in the Annual Police Unity Tour Chapter IV- Virginia Bicycle Run in honor of Dallas PD Fallen Officers in Washington D.C. The Dallas Police Cycling Team is a non-profit organization created in June 2014 to raise awareness of Law Enforcement Officers who have died in the line of duty.
This year’s event will be a special honor for our Dallas PD Cycling Team. Our very own Major Max Geron of the Southeast Patrol Division has the honor of delivering remarks for the opening ceremony of the Police Unity Tour Chapter IV Bicycle ride.
The 3-day ride begins On May 10, 2017, in Richmond, Virginia and ends at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C. At the end of the 3-day unity ride, each rider will have ridden 226 miles and have climbed over 9,700 feet. On the last day, all nine Police Unity Tour Chapters meet and ride into the National Police Memorial as one large group, which is well over 1,500 cyclists.
We want to take this time to acknowledge our officers who will be participating in this enduring and challenging bike run. Most importantly, the cycling team members will ride in honor of our Fallen Dallas Police & DART officers from the July 7, 2016 tragedy. Officers participating include, Major Max Geron, Lieutenant Ernest Sherman, Sergeants Amy Mills and Robert Munoz, Senior Corporals Raymond Dominguez, Humberto Avila, Al Solis, Saul Monsisvais, Monica Almeida, and Police Officers Michael Mayorga and Ashley Parmley.
May is “Older Americans Month” and the Dallas Police Department Office of Community Affairs and City of Dallas Senior Services Department is hosting a free Senior Safety Summit on Thursday, May 18, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The theme of this year’s nationally recognized Older Americans Month is “Age Out Loud”.
The “Age Out Loud” Senior Safety Summit is being held at the Dallas County Schools Technology and Training Center at 5151 Samuell Boulevard. It is a free event for area senior citizens where they will be able receive information about staying safe. Presenters will include the Dallas Police Department, AARP, Senior Source, and many other organizations serving our senior community will be onsite to provide information.
There will also be free entertainment, lunch and a raffle drawing for prizes. There are only 200 seats available, so please be sure to RSVP as soon as possible. To reserve your spot or for additional information, call the Dallas Police Department Office of Community Affairs at (214) 671-4045.
The Dallas Police Department’s Northeast Patrol Division is recognized city-wide as the Crime Watch Capital of the World. On April 18, 2017, this proud patrol division hosted its Fourth Annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony for it’s great community.
The Annual Volunteer Recognition event has grown so much over the years that it was moved to a larger venue for 2017. In 2016, “The Taste of Northeast” was added to the recognition ceremony. The Taste of Northeast is a group of restaurants in the northeast area that come together to offer a taste of their food to the public for FREE. It is anticipated that 20 restaurants will take part in the event. The ceremony averages about 200 citizens each year, which includes over 40 neighborhoods and apartment communities within the Northeast Patrol Division. We all come together to support safer communities and promote productive relationships between the Dallas Police Department and the communities we serve. During the event, the “Volunteer of the Year, VIP (Volunteer of the Year) of the Year, VIP Group of the Year, Multi-Family Person of the Year, and HOA/ Crime Watch Group of the Year” were recognized and each were presented with an award. All recipients were nominated by their peers, and the winners were decided by a committee of citizens and police officers.
Ten companies and individuals from the area were also recognized with a Certificate of Appreciation for their support. According to Police Officer Bervin Smith, “The night is dedicated to honoring and recognizing those citizens from The Northeast Division who volunteer in the community and make us who we are…… THE CRIME WATCH CAPITAL of the WORLD.”
On Saturday, January 30, 2017, the Dallas Police Department’s Office of Community Affairs along with Central Business District Senior Corporal Songer partnered up with the Leadership Dallas Alumni group for a “Day of Service” in Downtown Dallas. The day started early with an official kick-off at the Dallas Public Library main location at 7:30 a.m.
This Leadership Dallas “Day of Service” included service projects at the following locations:
- The Bridge Homeless Shelter
- Crossroads Community Center
- Dallas Life Foundation
- The Stewpot
- Family Gateway
The day included painting murals, sorting clothes and shoes, as well as engaging with residents who utilize many of the services offered. We would like to thank Leadership Dallas Alumni for including us in their Day of Service and we look forward to our continued partnership serving the Dallas community. Check out #LDACommunityDay on Twitter for more pictures and posts.
Eunsup Kim has been with the Dallas Police Department for over 20 years. For all of his 20 years he has been an integral part of the Dallas Police Department efforts serving as a liaison with the Korean community.
Over his span of 20 years he has made a continuous and consistent relationship with several Asian media outlets and has been featured in several Korean news productions. In the first couple of months of 2016, Outreach Rep Eunsup Kim made contact with over 150 members of the Asian community.
Mr. Kim has completed several translations for the Office of Community Affairs and does a phenomenal job creating presentations and presenting safety information and crime prevention tips to the Korean community.
Eunsup Kim is always a ready, willing, active, and engaged participant in all of our community outreach efforts and can be depended on to help us all with planning and execution of our community events. He is a dependable and positive asset to have for the Office of Community Affairs.
Eunsup Kim has connected with several individuals within the Dallas Police Department over the years who would agree that he’s very deserving of the recognition of Employee of the Month.
The Dallas Police Department participated in this year’s “DART Older Americans Month Information and Health Fair” out at Fair Park. DART has been hosting the event for the past 22 years and asked Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown to be this year’s special guest. Chief Brown addressed the crowd and thanked everyone for their support and involvement in the community.
The Centennial Hall at Fair Park was packed with vendors who were providing health care information to the participants, while the Dallas Tap Dazzlers performed for the boisterous crowd. Everyone had a great time dancing and mingling with Chief Brown as he made his rounds through the crowd. Thank you to everyone who participated in today’s event! We can’t wait to be a part of it again next year!