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, 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!
The Dallas Police Department Running Team will participate in the 33rd Annual Baker to Vegas Cup Challenge. This is a 120 mile relay race involving law enforcement organizations from all over the world. The Dallas Police Department Running Team has been involved in this event for the past 25 years!
The race begins in Baker, California and treks through the Mojave Desert, through two mountain passes, and ends in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Dallas Police Department Running Team has improved its race time every year and this year’s race is special. The officers will be running in memory of our five fallen officers who were murdered on July 7, 2016. We will also be honoring the founder of the Dallas Police Run Team, Sergeant Ronnie Bardin, who lost his battle with cancer this past year.
The Dallas Police Department wants to thank all of our wonderful sponsors who have provided donations and resources. We are especially thankful to Sewell Cadillac, who has generously provided a wrapped vehicle that follows our runners along their journey to the finish line.
Be sure to follow the Dallas Police Running Team on Facebook and Twitter!
The Dallas Police Hockey team took the ice on Saturday, February 11th in a friendly rivalry game against the Fort Worth Police Hockey team. The Fort Worth Police Hockey team hosted the event and proceeds from admission went to the Fort Worth Assist the Officer Foundation and Brotherhood of the Fallen.
The game started with a ceremonial puck drop by the children of fallen Little Elm Detective Jerry Walker. There was also a surprise appearance by Fort Worth Officer Matt Pearce, who was shot and injured in the line of duty in March of 2016. Both teams played to a packed house at the Dr. Pepper StarCenter in Euless. The teams were evenly matched and battled in a close game until Fort Worth PD scored two goals in the third period to win the match 8-6.
If you missed out this weekend, don’t worry, rumor has it there will be a rematch later this year. For more information about the Dallas PD Hockey team, be sure to like their Facebook page “Dallas PD Hockey” and follow them on Twitter @DPDhockey. Go DPD!!!
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 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.
On June 30, 2016, the Dallas Police Department’s Crime Response Team (CRT) and Deployment officers answered a Burglary in Progress call at 6213 Melody Lane. As officers were approaching the offense location, the dispatcher broadcasted the suspect description over the police radio. Responding officers observed and individual matching the suspect’s description walking on Melody Lane and subsequently took him into custody.
The suspect was identified as Matthew Paul Rounsaville (W/M/29). Rounsaville admitted to the offense and was charged with Burglary of a Habitation, which is documented on case number 158246-2016. As a result of the arrest and upon further investigation, it was discovered that suspect Rounsaville was also responsible for a burglary at a Forth Worth fire station. Surveillance video from the offense in Fort Worth was featured on Fox 4 News.
Suspect Rounsaville had stolen a fireman’s wallet and used his credit/debit cards at local businesses. With this arrest, Rounsaville will also be facing charges filed by Fort Worth PD.
Thanks to the quick response and conspicuous initiative displayed by the Northeast CRT and Deployment Unit a habitual burglar was taken off the street…Job Well Done!!!
On Saturday, June 4, 2016, members of the Dallas Police Department spent their morning volunteering with Habitat for Humanity down in south Dallas. Volunteers worked on the early stages of the house, which is located in the historic Joppa neighborhood. Together, with Habitat for Humanity, these volunteers worked to help create a stronger neighborhood and provide safe housing for a deserving family.
Studies have shown this program assists with lowering violent crime in the areas they serve and has increased economic diversity. Additionally, a study by SMU found that every dollar spent by Dallas Area Habitat generates $3.18 of economic activity. The department is already working on planning the next project with Habitat for Humanity. For more information regarding Habitat for Humanity and the studies mentioned please go to www.dallasareahabitat.org.
On May 5, 2016 at approximately 1:40 a.m., officers in the Southeast Crime Response Team responded to a call about two stolen tractor-trailers in the 5400 block of South Lamar Street. Officers met with the victim who stated that both of her tractor-trailers were fully loaded and had been parked in a lot in Grand Prairie. The victim was notified by security at the lot that the tractor-trailers had been stolen. The victim was able to locate the vehicles in the 5400 block of South Lamar, however, the loaded trailers were still missing.
Officers received information that the 2 stolen trailers may be in the 2800 block of Childs. Officers went to the location where they were able to see through a fence and identified the two stolen trailers. The officers got a search warrant for the property and recovered the stolen trailers along with the cargo that was inside. The victim stated that the value of the property in each trailer was approximately $250,000.
Due to the quick response and teamwork of the Southeast Crime Response Team, the victim was able to recover $500,000 in stolen property and locate a commercial lot being used to house stolen trailers and cargo. Thank you for your hard work!
On May 2, 2016 at about 11:15 p.m., officers in the Central Patrol division responded to a call about a robbery in the 5500 block of Junius. The victim was exiting her vehicle when she was approached by an unknown Black male suspect. The suspect grabbed the victim’s cell phone and wallet, which she was holding in her hands. The victim struggled with the suspect and during the struggle the suspect pushed the victim to the ground and punched her in the head. The suspect then fled the location on foot. A witness called for police and gave a description of the suspect and his direction of travel. Central Patrol officers responded quickly to the location and located the suspect, Davion Chumbley an 18-year-old Black male, hiding under a wooden patio deck in the back yard of a residence nearby. The officers found the victim’s property on the suspect and were able to return it to the victim. Davion Chumbley was arrested for robbery and transported to the county jail. Thanks to the hard work of the Central Patrol officers and a vigilant citizen, another violent criminal is off the street. Great work!