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 is proud to support the 15th annual Click It or Ticket campaign by urging our citizens to buckle up. Last year in the City of Dallas, 43 people were killed in traffic crashes who were not wearing seat belts and an additional 137 people were seriously injured.
The Click It or Ticket campaign is all about saving lives. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that the Click It or Ticket initiative has saved 5,068 lives and prevented 86,359 serious injuries since 2002. Just in 2016 alone, there were 2,580 crashes in Texas in which unbuckled people sustained fatal or serious injuries.
In Texas, the law requires everyone in a vehicle to wear a seat belt and children under 8 years old are required to be in a child safety seat or booster seat unless they are taller than 4 feet 9 inches.
Buckling up is a no brainer and it is the #1 way to avoid being killed or seriously injured in a crash. Police departments all over the nation will be stepping up their efforts to enforce seat belt violations from May 22 to June 4. Always buckle your seat belt. Because if you don’t, you can count on one of us to remind you.
The Dallas Police Department Auto Theft Unit would like to remind everyone of a few tips to help prevent auto theft and burglary this summer.
LOCK YOUR DOOR.
This seems like a simple tip, but many people leave their vehicles unlocked and thieves looking for an easy target will walk through parking lots and neighborhoods checking vehicle door handles. Also, don’t leave valuables or extra keys in your car – especially not in plain sight! Leaving valuables visible in your vehicle makes you more likely to become a car burglary victim!
DO NOT LEAVE YOUR VEHICLE RUNNING.
Please turn off the ignition and lock your door when you exit your vehicle. Many offenses are taking place when people leave their vehicles running as they run in the store to pay for gas, to get a drink, or to let the car warm up. Whenever you exit the vehicle always turn it off and lock your door.
LOCK THE TAILGATE ON YOUR TRUCK.
Lately, thieves have been targeting tailgates on trucks that are left unlocked. Tailgates can cost up to $7,000. Save yourself the time and money by locking your tailgate. You can purchase tailgate locks at any part accessory store. Tailgates are not outfitted with an identification number, so it is a challenge to properly identify and return it back to the victim.
Call 9-1-1 to make a police report as soon as you notice your car has been burglarized or stolen. Also, be sure to call 9-1-1 to report any suspicious activity, persons, or vehicles.
The Dallas Police Department relies on the solid partnership with our community to help keep criminals off the street. Please do your part by taking preventive action and spreading the word. You can make a difference.
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.”
Dispose of unwanted and expired medications! The Medicine Take Back event is Saturday, April 29, 2017 – see the flyers below for times and locations.
The 11th Annual Northeast Community Engagement Forum took place Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at the Highland Oaks Church of Christ located at 10805 Walnut Hill Lane. The forum kicked off with delicious barbecue for all to enjoy and some table exhibits. Community members and business owners from the North East Division also had the chance to meet their Neighborhood Police Officers serving their community and had the opportunity to ask questions about what is taking place within the community.
Major Avery Moore introduced the Narcotics, Vice, Nuisance Abatement and Auto Theft Units to the community and each unit addressed their concerns.
Councilman Adam McGough commended the Northeast Division for their overall crime reduction. District Attorney Faith Johnson addressed the crowd and was more than happy to say she ‘Backs the Blue” and the Dallas Police Department has her full support.
Thank you to everyone who came out and talked to us. We know that working together with our community members is how we keep Dallas safe!
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.
How can we increase understanding between police and young people? The Dallas Police Department along with the Texas Leadership Forum, Safer Dallas Better Dallas, and the Rotary Club of Dallas found that open and honest discussion is the first step.
On January 8, 2017, these groups came together and participated in a panel discussion at the Dallas Police Headquarters that included police, community leaders, and high school students. Several topics were discussed including, what parents should be teaching their children at a home about interactions with police, how police should conduct themselves during an interaction, and how community policing helps build relationships between police and the communities they serve.
Interim Dallas Police Chief David Pughes opened the discussion with a few remarks about trust and leadership. Chief Pughes stressed to the crowd that police officers are people too, “we are more the same than we are different,” he said. Police officers are more than just a uniform and a job, they are individuals just like you. Chief Pughes acknowledged that trust has to be earned and that it is our job as police officers to constantly strive to build a strong relationship and solid trust with the community by engaging and communicating with the people we serve.
Students in the audience were able to ask the panelists questions and give their thoughts on the topics. This will be the first of many discussions between police and students and the department expects to participate in more of these positive interactions in the future.
Prior to the tragic events that took place in our city on July 7, 2016, the Houston Police Department called us out for the Running Man Challenge. The original running men, Daryl Johnston and Emmitt Smith, are kicking off our response and Chief David O. Brown is calling everyone to action with a new, special challenge. Check it out:
DPD’s Pet of the Week is Carter, A829015. Carter is a two year old brown and white mixed breed. He weighs 54 lbs. He is very mild mannered and friend.y. He has been in the care of Dallas Animal Services since July 19, 2016. He is neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped.
This week’s cat is Dallas. He is a young 4 month old kitten. Dallas has been in the care of Dallas Animal Services since June 23, 2016. The ID number for Dallas is A944347.
Dallas Animal Services is running a Back to School Special. Donate school supplies for kids in need and they will discount you adoption fee from August 24-31st.
Let’s help find Carter and Dallas a furrever home. You can meet them both at the Dallas Animal Services’ main location, 1818 N. Westmoreland, 75212, where they are available for adoption. The hours are from 11 am to 6:30 pm, Monday-Saturday and 12 noon until 5 pm on Sunday. Pictured with Carter and Dallas is Senior Corporal Michael Friend who is currently assigned to Personnel.