On Saturday, February 3, 2018, the Junior Police Academy held an Advanced Academy session at Dallas Police Headquarters. Over 50 Dallas kids attended the event and were put through a day of Police Training. As they walked into the room the kids were each assigned to different teams. As they reported to their team leader, they were given an itinerary of what their day would consist of.
Each team went through physical training, squad car diving course, force continuum, crime scene investigation, gangs and drugs prevention and the 9-1-1 communications center. As the kids had a day of learning they were given a lunch break in which they were taught dinning etiquette. At the end of their academy training the kids attended a graduation ceremony and received their completion awards.
If you are interested in attending our Junior Police Academy, please visit our website at http://www.dallasjpa.org/ to learn more about the program.
Updated April 13, 2016 at 1:00 a.m.:
Ms. Victoria Flores has been located safe. She has been transported to a local hospital for evaluation.
The Dallas Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating Ms. Victoria Flores. On April 12, 2016, at around 5:36 p.m., Ms. Flores was last seen at the Seagoville Middle School and made a threat to harm herself. Ms. Flores is described as a 14-year-old Latin female and is 4’10” tall, weighs 110 pounds with red hair and brown eyes.
If anyone locates Ms. Victoria Flores or knows of her whereabouts, please call 9-1-1 or contact the Dallas Police Department’s Missing Persons Unit at (214) 671-4268.
PAL is a recreational oriented youth crime prevention program that emphasizes athletics, arts, academic and other recreational activities with the intention to encourage youth to stay away from negative lifestyle choices such as gangs, drugs, and criminal activities by offering positive, healthy experiences with law enforcement. We are building relationships.
For more information, go to www.dpdpal.com
Dallas PAL has partnered with The Judge Barefoot Sanders Magnet Center for Public Service, Government, Law and Law Enforcement at the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Magnet Center. Dallas PAL initiated a Law Enforcement Mentoring program in which police officers interact weekly with students who are interested in pursuing careers in Criminal Justice.
On February 19th and 20th, students participated in the Skills USA District 6 Competition. More than 100 students attended and over 75 students competed in events such as Crime Scene, Felony Traffic Stops, Building Search, Individual Traffic Stop, Penal Code Quiz Bowl, and Law Enforcement Presentation Board.
The training and competitions these student go through help promote self-discipline, public speaking skills, teamwork, and how to be a good leader. Dallas PAL has over 45 students who will be moving on to compete in the Skills USA State Competition which will be held in late March in Corpus Christi.
The 2014 fall session of Blue in the School concluded January 22, 2015, with a closing celebration at William Brown Miller Elementary School, where Verizon presented the Dallas Police Youth Foundation with a $60,000 grant. The grant will support the foundation’s outreach efforts to engage and mentor Dallas-area youth.
“Today’s youth face many challenges as they grow up,” said foundation president Crista Walker. “The Dallas Police Youth Foundation supports the efforts of the Dallas Police Department’s youth outreach programs to provide positive interaction between police officers and kids. The officers, while teaching the Six Pillars of Character, are also being positive role models.”
Blue in the School is a four-week curriculum taught by Dallas Police Officers. The subject matter focuses on six pillars of character: respect, trustworthiness, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.
Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown said the program aims to “prevent negative behaviors among students by developing and implementing specifically tailored, age-appropriate curriculum to instill life-long skills for healthy decision-making, problem-solving, negative peer pressure reversal, conflict management and character development.”
Blue in the School launched on October 7, 2013, across 14 Dallas ISD elementary schools. That number increased to 30 by the conclusion of the 2014 fall semester. The program provides life skills to 4th-grade students to help them navigate through life’s difficult choices and become the leaders of tomorrow.
Each of the schools also participated in a HopeLine drive, a national program at Verizon, which collects used cell phones from any wireless carrier to be recycled or donated to domestic violence agencies. William Brown Miller Elementary School collected the most devices for HopeLine and won a class party and celebration from Verizon.
The Dallas Police Youth Foundation is very grateful to be the recipient of Verizon’s grant.
The 2014 Explorer Awards Ceremony was held on January 20, 2015. Each division is able to nominates an Explorer from their post, an Advisor from their post, and also a Rookie from their post. The winners are then announced at the Explorer Awards Ceremony. Guest speaker at this year’s ceremony was First Assistant Chief Charles Cato.
The nominees for Explorer and Advisor of the year were as follows:
Explorer of the Year
Adryelle Fites Central Division
Camilo Gutierrez Northeast Division
Robert Alarcon Southeast Division
Gabriel Orosco Southwest Division
Caleb Wilson Northwest Division
Christian Rodriguez North Central Division
Yannet Salazar South Central Division
Advisor of the Year
Andre Cloyd Central Division
Lorenzo Carranza Northeast Division
Angelica Martinez Southeast Division
Titania Richard Southwest Division
Alex Garcia Northwest Division
Erica King North Central Division
Paul Logan South Central Division
The winner’s of the 2014 Explorer Awards are:
Rookie of they Year: Mark Hernandez
Explorer of the Year: Robert Alarcon
Advisor of the Year: Lorenzo Carranza
Post of the Year: Southeast Division
Congratulations to all the winners! Thank you to all the sponsors who have helped make the Dallas Police Department Explorer Program a success!
Be sure to follow the Dallas Police Explorers on:
Twitter: @ExplorersDallas and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DallasPDExplorers
See the Dallas Police Explorer 2014 Video Highlights:
PAL’s Pick! is a quarterly series that highlights participants in the Dallas Police Athletic/Activities League who show great improvement and progress in the program. Jordan McDonnell, a 17 year-old junior at H. Grady Spruce High School, is this quarter’s PAL’s Pick!
Jordan started attending the PAL program with his friend in August 2013, and he didn’t exactly roll with the punches when he got there. “When I first joined, I just wasn’t that into it,” Jordan said. “I was just going because it was something to do.”
However, Jordan quickly changed his perspective after participating in the program several days a week and learning the mechanics of boxing. With only a few months of training, Jordan came out swinging and began fighting in local tournaments.
“That’s when I started loving it more and more,” Jordan explained, as he smiled from ear to ear. “I grew up rough and this was structure I wasn’t used to.”
Jordan comes from a single-parent home and is the youngest of five children. He took on adult-like responsibilities at a young age, but never once thought to throw in the towel.
“I know he comes from very humble beginnings and he sets the example for the other kids watching him, both younger and older,” said Dallas Police Sergeant Victor Renteria, #8558, one of the supervisors assigned to the PAL program. “I see the passion he fights with and it amazes me because he fights like it’s his last fight, every single time.”
Police Officer Daniel Espinosa, #9542, trains Jordan at the Janie C. Turner Recreation Center, five days a week, and six if there’s a tournament approaching.
“Hard work and dedication; that’s all you get from Jordan, and that’s all you need,” said Espinosa. “He’s teachable. He listens and strives to be the best boxer he can be.”
The PAL program gives boys and girls a non-confrontational interaction with police officers and creates relationships that better both the officer and the child.
“PAL boxing makes me want to go further in life. I know I can’t get in trouble because it’ll come back to the PAL program,” said Jordan. “And I want to do well in school; I’m trying to get scholarships to college and I want boxing to take me there.”
Jordan aspires to attend Georgetown University and with the PAL program in his corner, coupled with his hard work and dedication, he has a fighting chance.
Written by Officer Tramese Andrews