DPD Delivers Meals on Wheels

On Thursday, September 27, 2018, the Office of Community Affairs and the Neighborhood Patrol officers paired up in two’s and made several Meals on Wheels deliveries this morning. Throughout the year officers make meal deliveries to VNA Meals on Wheels clients. For every route delivered by volunteers, VNA Meals on Wheels saves enough money to feed another hungry senior for a week. Dallas PD is proud to volunteer to makes these deliveries and helping stop hunger.

Below you will see a short video clip of officers loading up the delivery bags before heading out. There will be one more delivery this year, which is known as our big holiday delivery in which we partner up with Dallas Fire Rescue to cover all the Dallas area. 

Police Professionalization Exchange Program – Community Policing

Today, Dallas PD and the World Affairs Council of Dallas Fort Worth hosted a group of 15 law enforcement officials from Mexico for a Police Professionalization Exchange Program exploring Community Policing.  The group was accompanied by 2 interpreters, 2 representatives of The Police Foundation, and 1 representative of Global Ties U.S., the coordinating organization.  

During the presentation, Deputy Chief Rick Watson and Sergeant Robert Muñoz informed the Mexican officials of how Dallas PD implements community policing, specific initiatives, and how our philosophy affects all aspects of policing.

Sergeant Muñoz, who oversees the Office of Community Affairs, reached out to the Neighborhood Police Officers (NPOs) and invited them to speak during the presentation. Each speaker shared their perspective of what each unit does in efforts to bridge the gap between the community and police. The keyword during the presentation was “trust”, police agencies have to gain the communities trust in order to maintain a healthy and growing relationship. Dallas PD continues to actively listen to what the community wants and strives to provide them with excellent customer service. 

Dallas PD was beyond grateful to have been given the opportunity to share what we do within our department with other agencies that are willing to positively grow with their own communities. 

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Below you will find an in depth explanation of the Exchange Program: 

U.S.-Mexico Police Professionalization Exchange Program Background

Law enforcement in Mexico has the significant challenge of continuing to combat large criminal organizations that are ever evolving and constantly adapting with new technologies and seemingly unlimited resources.  Within this context, law enforcement officers are being asked to take on many responsibilities including tracking these organized criminal enterprises; building strong cases against them; serving as witnesses in court cases; engaging with the communities to root out criminal organizations and keep the public safe.  However, low salaries, poor working conditions, and limited opportunities for career advancement may hinder law enforcement agencies’ abilities to recruit and/or retain high quality, professional police forces and officers.

With these challenges in mind, Global Ties U.S. has developed the Police Professionalization Exchange Program (PPEP) to provide substantive and concrete opportunities for Mexican law enforcement professionals to begin to obtain some of the training they need to increase their leadership and tactical skills.  Our program is designed to do this through hands-on training, academic learning, and direct engagement with law enforcement personnel and agencies in the United States, which will provide practical skills and examples, as well as needed training and academic hours. 

Funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) through the U.S. Embassy in Mexico, the Police Professionalization Exchange Program is designed to provide training and professional development to 3,900 Mexican police officials from 2017-2019. The program will provide participants with direct exposure and access to U.S. police professionals and experts.  Participants will receive training and professional development via online lectures, training academies, professional study tours in the U.S. and participation in a Mexico-based training institute facilitated by U.S. law enforcement experts and professionals. 

 

Got Expired Medication

On Saturday, October 28, 2017, the Dallas Police Community Affairs Unit will be hosting a drug take back event. If you have any expired or unused medication, please bring them to one of the listed locations on the flyer below for proper disposal. 

 

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Blue on the Block

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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. 

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Let’s Talk Dallas Police & Youth Forum 2017 Event

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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!

Riding To Honor Our Fallen

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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.

 

 

 

“Age Out Loud” Senior Safety Summit – Thursday, May 18, 2017

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 Crime Watch Captial of the World

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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.”