A Message from Chief David O. Brown

Over the past two years the DWI Enforcement Unit’s manpower has dwindled to its current size. Efforts made to staff the unit proved unsuccessful; therefore, the duty fell mostly to patrol officers.

In 2007, the state mandated every officer entering the academy be trained in the Standardized Field Sobriety Testing process as part of their basic peace officer license.

The number of DWI arrests has dropped even though there are more officers qualified to perform the Standardized Field Sobriety Test.

Therefore, effective Friday, February 12, 2016, the DWI Enforcement Unit will be staffed with 18 additional officers and operational, working 8:00p.m.- 4:00am.

Veteran’s Day Road Closures

Parade Route

The annual Veteran’s Day parade will be held in downtown Dallas on November 11, 2015. There will be a ceremony that starts at 11:00 a.m. at City Hall Plaza at 1500 Marilla. The parade will start at 11:15 a.m. at Houston and Young St and will end at City Hall Plaza. It will proceed north on Houston, east on Main, south on Ervay, west on Young, south on Akard, east on Marilla and south on Ervay to Canton.

Streets will be closed in the staging area from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The staging area consist of Houston St from Wood to Young St., the Houston St. Viaduct. The Houston Street Viaduct will be utilized for the staging, line up of floats and bus drop off of all participants. Streets closed in the dispersal area consist of Canton between Ervay and Akard, Marilla between Akard and Ervay, Akard between Young and Marilla and Browder between Canton and Cadiz from 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Lamar, Griffin, and Commerce at Houston and Ervay will remain open along the parade route to facilitate incoming and outgoing Downtown Dallas traffic.

From 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., the following parade route streets will be closed: Main St. from Houston St. to Ervay, Marilla Street from Ervay to Young Street, Houston Between Elm and Young, Ervay between Main and Commerce, Young between Field and St. Paul, Akard between Wood and Canton, and Ervay Service Drive between Young and Canton.


Street Closures Downtown on November 1st

Sunday, November 1, 2015 (7:00am – 7:30pm) BROAD DAYLIGHT, LLC will film scenes for an upcoming feature film called “LBJ” and will require street closures around Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas. 

The City of Dallas has approved road closures surrounding the area: Elm (400–600 block), Main (400-600 block), South Houston (100 block) and North Houston (100-200 block) will all be impacted by a full closure.  Commerce (300-600 block) will be impacted for short periods of time.

A comprehensive traffic plan has been developed by the Dallas Police Department in conjunction with the film production company in an effort to minimize traffic interruptions. Parking garages and open businesses will not be blocked and pedestrian traffic will be allowed to flow freely.

The film set is closed to the public.  Citizens in the area are advised that live blank gunfire will be heard periodically throughout the day on Sunday, November 1.

Please note:  In case of inclement weather on Sunday, November 1 the street closures will be rescheduled for either Monday, November 2 from 9:30am – 4:00pm or Tuesday, November 3 from 9:00am-4:00pm.


DPD’s Pets of the Week – Chewy and Silvester

ChewyDPD’s Pet of the Week is Chewy A913441.  Chewy is a 4 month old brown and white Pit Bull mix. She has been in the care of Dallas Animal Services since October 21, 2015. This friendly playful girl weighs 20 pounds.  She is spayed, vaccinated, and microchipped. 

This week’s cat is Silvester! Silvester is a calm gentle 4 year old gray and white tabby. He’s been in the care of Dallas Animal Services since October 25, 2015. He is neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped. Silvester’s ID# is A913982.

SilvesterThe adoption fees for both pet’s this week is $20.00 until Sunday. On Monday, the adoption fee for Chewy goes up to $85.00 and the adoption fee for Silvester will go up to $55.00. 

Let’s help find Chewy and Silvester 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 Chewy and Silvester is Senior Corporal Timothy Cordova who is assigned to the Traffic Unit.

Street Closures surrounding Dealey Plaza

UPDATE:  Revised time for the Street Closures on Wednesday, October 7th and Thursday, October 8th to now begin at 9:00am and not to impact the morning rush hour traffic.  

Below is a list of street closures surrounding Dealey Plaza regarding the Warner Brothers filming of a mini series.

There will be additional officers to assist with traffic control during the filming of the mini series.

Street Closures (Oct 6th: 7:30am – 8:30pm) & (Oct. 7th & 8th: 7:30am – 7:30pm)

400 – 600 Elm Street WB between Riverfront and Market Street.

400 -600 Main Street E/B & WB between Riverfront and Market Street.

100 S. Houston Street N/B & S/B. 100-200 N. Houston Street N/B & S/B between Commerce Street & Pacific Ave.

Ross Avenue @ Houston Street (soft closure/tapering of traffic cones).


Street Closures (3:00pm – 7:00pm) (Oct 6th thru 8th)

600 – 800 Elm Street WB between Market Street and Lamar Street.

.600 -800 Main Street E/B & WB between Market Street and Lamar Street.

100 S. Austin Street @ Main Street.


Intermittent Traffic Control (after 9:00am) Limited to l-3 minute intervals.

Commerce Street E/B between Riverfront Blvd and Houston Street.

Interstate 35E/ Commerce Street S/B exit ramp to Commerce Street.

Interstate 35El Commerce Street N/B Exit ramp to Commerce Street.

Reunion Blvd Service Road(s) to Commerce Street (behind the Hyatt)

Don’t Get Caught In a School Zone!


The Dallas Police Department would like to remind everyone to drive safely as we approach a new school year. We urge you to adhere to traffic control signals and pay attention to pedestrians. By being vigilant and observant, we can provide a safe environment for the youth of tomorrow.

  • Speeding in School Zone: Up to $200.00
  • Use of Wireless Communication Device in School Zone: Up to $200.00
  • Disregarding a School Bus Stop Arm: Up to $300.00
  • $25 added to every other offense that occurs in a school zone

In addition, those cited will also have to pay for additional court costs. Please see the link below for additional details and other violations:


No Refusal DWI Initiative – Memorial Day Weekend


The Dallas Police Department will conduct a No-Refusal DWI Initiative during the Memorial Day Weekend. This initiative will begin at 6:00 P.M., Friday, May 22nd, 2015 and will end at 6:00 A.M., Tuesday, May 26th, 2015.

 During this initiative, officers will secure a search warrant for a blood sample from all persons arrested for DWI who refuse to voluntarily give a breath and/or blood sample.