1st Annual 2017 City Wide Apartment Owners and Managers Meeting

The Dallas Police Department was proud to host the first annual City Wide Apartment Owners and Managers Meeting on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at Fair Park. The meeting allowed the city’s apartment owners and managers to speak with representatives from the Dallas Police Department, Dallas Fire Department, Dallas Code Enforcement, City attorneys, and the City of Dallas RISK program. 

The Nuisance RISK Property Team works with apartment owners and managers to combat public nuisances. The program is designed to eliminate criminal nuisances by compelling uncooperative property owners to assist in the abatement of these nuisances. Forging a vested partnership with property owners is critical in making every community safe. The ultimate goal of the Nuisance RISK Property Team is to eliminate criminal nuisances and to revitalize neighborhoods that are safer and cleaner places to live, work, and visit. 

We would like to thank all of the apartment owners and managers who took the time to attend today’s event. Keeping our community safe is a shared responsibility and we couldn’t do it without you! 

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. 

D.B.

Community Meetings Held in South Dallas

The Dallas Police Department’s Homicide Unit will be hosting community meetings at various locations to discuss the unsolved murders in that specific geographical area.  The purpose of these meetings is to build relationships and foster trust within these communities, and to provide an educational component that explains the process of a murder investigation.  In addition, detectives will emphasize the importance of community involvement by residents and explain why it is crucial for citizens to have an active role and interest in the incidents that occur in their neighborhoods.   Subsequently, opening the communication lines will assist Homicide Detectives in solving cases, therefore creating safer neighborhoods.  There will be a time set aside for questions and answers; the dates, times, and locations are as follows:

Southeast Dallas Area – 2525 Pine Street at the Recreation Center – August 24, 2017 6:00 p.m.

The cases to be discussed are below:

December 11, 2016 – Andrew Smith B/M/61

January 3, 2017 – Tiera La Charles Kinnard B/M/31 – 3303 Pine Street

March 16, 2017 – Debra Ann Williams B/F/56 – 2428 Birmingham Avenue 

April 7, 2017 – Daniel Green B/M/36 – 2906 Holmes Street

May 14, 2017 – Darieon Merchant B/M/26 – Elsie Faye Higgins and Malcolm X

South Central Dallas Area – 4014 South Lancaster – August 29, 2017 6:00 p.m.

The cases to be discussed are below:

April 28, 2017 – Antoine Demond White B/M/38 – 1800 Kingsley Drive

April 28, 2017 – Brandon Freeman B/M/36 – 3722 Golden Hills

July 15, 2017 – Traytonio King B/M/39 – 706 Emberwood

July 31, 2017 – Dyandre Bowen B/M/36 – 5000 Veterans Drive

August 3, 2017 – Thomas Earl Dabney B/M/59 and Jared Dylamarc McKnight B/M/30 – 3215 Morgan Drive

Click It or Ticket: May 22 – June 4

Upated Post: May 10, 2017

The Dallas Police Department has concluded its Memorial Day Click It or Ticket Grant Wave which ran during the enforcement period of Monday, May 22nd -Sunday, June 4th .   The results were  1864 seat belt citations, 185 child safety seat citations and, 302 other citations.

The Dallas Police Department will continue working hard to enforce the seat belt laws to reduce the number of serious injuries & fatalities.  Regardless of your age, gender, time of day, it takes about two seconds to buckle up.

Click It or Ticket

Original Post: May 03, 2017 @ 12:03 p.m.

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.

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The Torch of Hope

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On Friday, May 26, 2017, at 9:30 a.m., Chief Pughes, Chief Stokes and Chief Tittle joined members of the Dallas Police Department and other law enforcement agencies for the final leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. They observed a moment of silence before the run in honor of fallen officers. The run began at the University of Texas at Arlington’s KC Dorm and ended at the Maverick Stadium. They were cheered on by students, Special Olympics Athletes and their families. 

After the run, a presentation was given to thank the sponsors and volunteers that make the Special Olympics games possible. Deborah Joseph, a Dallas Police Department employee, has been volunteering for the Special Olympics for 20 years and was recently awarded the Unsung Hero award from the Special Olympics.

D.H.

 

 

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On Thursday, May 18, 2017, at 8:00 a.m., members of the Dallas Police Department set out on a mission. This was not one of enforcement, but awareness. Several department members ran on behalf of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, while carrying The Torch of Hope.  The run began at Dallas Police Headquarters and ended in the middle of Southern Methodist University campus. “The run was to bring awareness to the Special Olympics and what it stands for,” said Sergeant Thomas Sible. During the run, participants ran passed several elementary schools to give high fives to students along the route.  The schools the runners passed along the way were holding penny drives to collect money for Special Olympics and the participants made sure to thank them for their support.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics was started in 1981 by Wichita, Kansas Police Chief Richard LaMunyon, and is the largest grassroots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle in the world.  Law enforcement officers throughout the world carry the “Flame of Hope” through the streets of their communities and deliver it to their local, state, national, or world Special Olympics Games.

D.B.

“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.

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Auto Theft and Burglary Prevention Tips

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. 

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 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.”