DPD SWAT Officer Helps Save Man’s Life

Over the weekend, Senior Corporal Darian Loera #7956 was attending a ceremony in which his parents were being honored.  During the event, a colleague of the Catholic Diocese went into cardiac arrest.  Senior Corporal Loera immediately began chest compressions while a Registered Nurse, Magali Reynoso obtained an Automated External Defibrillator and they were able to render medical treatment until emergency personnel could arrive. Mr. Heflin is out of ICU and is recovering. This was an outstanding effort as Senior Corporal Loera continues to recover from multiple gunshot wounds sustained during an operation last November.  He forgot about his injuries and jumped into action to save another’s life. Great job Senior Corporal Loera!

Pictured below is a tweet from Bishop Edward Burns thanking Sr. Cpl Loera and Magali for their heroic actions.

Keeping Dallas Safe: Officers Work Together to Arrest Kidnapping Suspect

On December 25,2017 at about 1:38 a.m., a call to 911 was made regarding a child abduction at the Racetrac gas station in the 8100 block of East R. L. Thornton Freeway. Information provided to officers stated that a white Chevy Malibu with two small children had been taken by a Black male and fled southbound along N. Jim Miller Road.

Officer J. Villar #11199, Officer C. Alvarado #10420, Senior Corporal G. Ceraso #9415, Officer J. Ruiz #11141, and Senior Corporal J. Debevec #9672, responded to the call for service. During the investigation of incident, Officer J. Villar located the mother of the two small children and quickly began gathering further descriptive information of the vehicle and suspect, relaying both to fellow officers and dispatch over the police radio.

Air 1 was requested to assist in locating the white Chevy Malibu containing the two small children that was driven by the suspect. Sergeant J. Scott #8765 worked with the Communications Division to get a better location of the vehicle. Air 1, being piloted by Senior Corporal L. Lespagnol #7874 and Senior Corporal L. Turano #9186, responded from the hangar to assist officers in the field with this investigation. Senior Corporal J. Debevec quickly notified Youth Operations of the child abduction and all information gathered up to that point, who in turn notified on-call Detective G. Harper #9668.

Air 1 eventually located a white vehicle in the 1300 block of East Clarendon. The pilots determined that the vehicle observed was indeed the white Chevy Malibu taken in the offense, and relayed this information to officers in the field.

Officers assigned to the South Central Patrol Division assisted the officers from the Southeast Division, and with a coordinated effort from Air 1, K-9 units, and Patrol elements from both Southeast Division and South Central Division, the suspect was apprehended and taken into custody. Both small children were located unharmed still inside the vehicle.

Once both children were determined to be unharmed and evaluated by paramedics, they were reunited with their mother by officers. The suspect, mother of the children and the children were then transported to Jack Evans Police Headquarters to be interviewed by Detective G. Harper 9668 with Youth Operations. Upon completion of the interviews of all persons, the suspect, Calvert Johnson B/M/40, was transported to Dallas County Jail and charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, two counts of Kidnapping, and Evading Arrest on case number 291604-2017.

Because of the quick response and coordinated efforts of Southeast Patrol officers, South Central Patrol officers, K-9 Units and Air 1, the suspect was quickly located and the children were safely returned to their mother. The Dallas Police Department is proud of these officers for their quick thinking and hard work to bring a frightening situation to a peaceful end. Great work!  

33 Years and Counting: Santa Cops Delivers Holiday Cheer

 

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‘Twas the night before the big delivery when all of the Dallas PD elves worked endlessly to pack up all the gifts. Come early the next morning Santa Cops was ready to spread Christmas cheer all over Dallas.

On Saturday, December 16th, Dallas Police officers, families members, and volunteers from all divisions participated in the 33rd Annual Santa Cops program. Since 1984, the Dallas Police Department has provided assistance to members of the community by providing toys and food during the Christmas season. The Santa Cops program was designed to assist members of the community who have been victims of crime and as a result of that act; they are unable to provide for their children during the holidays.

 

Back in November, Gabrielle Simmons was tragically murdered during a robbery at the Dollar General store in which she was working as the cashier. Simmons left behind six children. The Dallas Police Department and Chief Hall made a special delivery to the family with the hope of bringing them some holiday cheer as they try to cope with their tragic loss. 

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The Santa Cops program has assisted over 10,000 families throughout the years. This project typically delivers gifts on a Saturday before Christmas to the citizens of Dallas. A Santa Cops request form is completed by members of the department who have identified a family in need, mostly coming from patrol officers in the field. After all the forms have been submitted, the committee determines if the family meets the criteria of the program. Those that are selected, based on officer’s observations and comments, are prioritized by need. The next step is the best part of the process; watching the children’s faces when the officers bring the toys to their home.

We want to thank everyone who participated this year and made Santa Cops a success. Happy Holidays from the Dallas Police Department!

Right Place at the Right Time – Dallas SWAT Doc Helps Save Fallen Marathon Runner

Lieutenant Alex Eastman drove to work on Sunday in his Dallas Police Tahoe prepared to keep the runners and crowd safe at the BMW Dallas Marathon. Wearing his heavy vest, BDU uniform, and gun strapped to his thigh, he looked like a typical Dallas SWAT officer, but luckily for one man, he was not.

Lieutenant Eastman has been a reserve officer on the Dallas Police Department for nearly 14 years and also happens to be a medical doctor. 

Credit: D Magazine

During the marathon on Sunday, Lieutenant Eastman was working in a police capacity to provide security for the marathon. He heard another officer call on the police radio asking for an ambulance for one of the runners who was having a heart attack. Lieutenant Eastman was only blocks away and pulled up to the scene where several people were providing CPR to the fallen runner. 

Eastman said he knew the man was dead when he approached, but with the use of an AED the man was revived. Dr. Eastman said, “In my 16 years as a doctor, I have never seen anyone come back like that.” A short time later, the man was up and talking, “He was incredibly grateful and thankful to have a second chance at life,” Eastman said.

Dr. Eastman has made multiple visits to the hospital to check on the recovering runner. “I was going out to work that day on the SWAT team and I ended up helping save someone. I guess I was just at the right place at the right time.”

Dallas Police vs. NYPD/FDNY Softball Game

Members of the Dallas Police Department joined retired NYPD and FDNY for a friendly game of softball on Saturday, September 30, 2017. The softball club from New York has been playing together for 25 years, and after the tragedy of September 11, 2001, they decided to take their games on the road. The group travels to a different city in the country every year to meet up in fun and fellowship with the local first responders. This year’s destination was the city of Dallas.

The softball club started with a few NYPD and FDNY personnel, but every year as the group travels they pick up more members. The group is now made up of former and current New York police and fire, military, and first responders from some of the cities they have already visited. The group also makes a donation in each city in honor of fallen police and firefighters and their families.

Everyone had a great time hanging out together, enjoying the beautiful weather, and were surprised by a visit from new Dallas Police Chief U.RENEÉ HALL. We are thankful to our first responder family for traveling to Dallas to visit with us, and we cherish the lasting friendships that were made. 

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Central Patrol Arrest Burglary Suspect

The Central Patrol Division has been experiencing burglaries in the Uptown area.  The subject committing the burglaries was using a mechanical drill to drill into door locks.

Intelligence information was gathered and lead to a possible suspect.  The Central Crime Response Team and Deployment Unit conducted surveillance on the suspect and the suspect evaded officers in a stolen vehicle that was taken in a burglary offense.

The subject,  Carlos Bradford, a 32-year-old Black male, was taken into custody for:

  • Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
  • Evading Arrest
  • Abandon/Endangerment of a Child

This was a great arrest and teamwork of officers:

  • Officer Hauffe
  • Officer Offutt
  • Officer Mulvihill
  • Officer Duba
  • Officer  Hull 
  • Sergeant Hunt

Central officers care for the community they serve and it showed greatly with their actions.  The offense was documented on case number 204227-2017.

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DPD Presents Special Awards to San Antonio Police Officers

Dallas Police Assistant Chief John Lawton and Deputy Chief Lonzo Anderson traveled to San Antonio this week for a special award ceremony. Last year when tragedy struck our city on July 7, 2016, without being asked, thirty-three officers from the San Antonio Police Department came to Dallas to provide assistance. 

The San Antonio officers immediately jumped into squad cars with Dallas officers and helped answer calls, provided traffic control for the funerals of the fallen officers, and provided a shoulder to lean on for several Dallas officers who were struggling to cope with the tragedy and still show up to work every day. 

Assistant Chief Lawton and Deputy Chief Anderson awarded these 33 San Antonio Police officers with a Certificate of Merit for their service to the Dallas Police Department and the City of Dallas during what could arguably be considered one of the most difficult weeks for our city and department. 

We can never say thank you enough to our community and our brothers and sisters in blue who showed us so much love and support during such a tragic time. We would have never made it through without you. Thank you again! 

Carry the Load 2017

Despite rain and a lot of humidity, thousands gathered in Dallas’ Reverchon Park to honor fallen service members and first responders. The Carry the Load Dallas Memorial March is a two day event that helps raise money for the organization’s Continuum of Care partners. The march began at 4:30 p.m., but the two day event also features live music, patriotic speeches, and stories honoring fallen heroes.

Carry the Load was founded by two former Navy SEALs as a way to restore the true meaning of Memorial Day and raise money to fund support programs for military, first responders, and their families. Several Dallas Police officers are participating in the march this Memorial Day weekend in remembrance of fallen family, friends, and co-workers. For more information visit, CarrytheLoad.org. 

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Officer of the Month – Officer LaSharon Watson

Every month the Dallas Community Police Awards Committee recognizes and honors one Dallas Police officer for their exemplary performance and civic involvement. Officer LaSharon Watson from the Northeast Patrol Division was recognized as the Officer of the Month for May 2017. Officer Watson has been on the department for 8 years and has received several commendations and awards for her outstanding work, including a Life Saving Award when she rescued a suicidal woman from jumping off a bridge. 

Officer Watson not only works hard on duty, but she plays hard in her off time as a girls youth basketball coach. Officer Watson’s passion for basketball started when she was in high school playing on the varsity team as a freshman. She played basketball through college and even played for a semi-pro team in the Dallas Women Blue Chip Basketball League. Officer Watson has volunteered for 8 years as a coach for the DC Queens basketball organization. Currently, she is the coach of the number one fifth grade team in the country. She has become such a strong mentor to these young girls and even invited them as her guests to the award ceremony. Officer Watson also volunteers for the Police Athletic League and participates in the Guns-and-Hoses events. 

In his nomination letter for Officer Watson, Lieutenant Rickey Lewis wrote, “A police officer must be able to connect with the community we serve beyond the boundaries of enforcing the law. We may only get paid for time on the clock, but we truly operate twenty-four hours daily. I believe Officer Watson epitomizes all the above, and for that reason I proudly nominate her for Officer of the Year.” 

Congratulations Officer Watson! Thank you for your hard work and dedication to our community. 

 

While You Were Sleeping…

While you were sleeping, Dallas Police officers in the Central Patrol Division were hard at work capturing a suspect in a stolen vehicle and two other suspects who were breaking into vehicles.

Last night, at about 9:00 p.m., a victim called police to report that her vehicle was stolen from the 2800 block of Cityplace West Boulevard. A few hours later, another Dallas Police officer spotted a vehicle driving in the 2400 block of N. Haskell Avenue without any headlights illuminated. The officer stopped the vehicle and discovered that it had recently been stolen from Cityplace West Boulevard. The juvenile suspect was transported to the Youth Division at Police Headquarters and the vehicle was returned to the victim.

Later on, at about 3:00 a.m., officers working in a covert capacity spotted two suspicious individuals in the 700 block of N. Glasgow Drive. The suspects were walking down the street pulling on the door handles of parked cars. Officers watched as the suspects opened an unlocked vehicle and took property from inside the vehicle. Uniformed officers arrived and arrested the suspects for Burglary of a Motor Vehicle. The officers were also able to return the stolen property to the victim.

These are just a couple of examples of the great work our officers are doing every day and night to keep our city safe. Thank you!