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.
The Dallas Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating Ms. Sharonda Jennings. She was last seen on foot on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at approximately 2:30 p.m., in the 3100 block of Guadalupe Avenue in Dallas, Texas. She is a 31-year-old Black female, standing 5’02” and weighing 240 lbs. She has black hair, brown eyes, and was last seen wearing faded blue jeans with cuffs, an orange paisley top, and an unknown type of shoes. Ms. Jennings has a mental disability.
If you have any information regarding Ms. Jennings’ whereabouts, please contact the Dallas Police Department at 911 or (214) 671-4268.
Updated post: Kayden Freeman has been located.
The Dallas Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Kayden Freeman
On May 17, 2017, Mr. Freeman was last seen in the 9500 block of Forest Ln. Kayden is described as a Black male, 9 years old, 4’09” tall, weighing 65 lbs, with black hair and brown eyes. Kayden was last seen on foot wearing a blue button down shirt, Khaki cargo shorts, and black Nike boots.
Persons with information are asked to call the Police Department at 911 or (214) 671-4268.
The Dallas Police Memorial wall is a tribute to honor the fallen officers of the Dallas Police Department who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. Unveiled in May of 2001, this magnificent landmark was commissioned by the Dallas Police Foundation and maintained through an endowment. The memorial occupies a prominent site on park land adjacent to City Hall in downtown Dallas. The upper portion of the structure was designed to allow sunlight to stream through the steel plates on the underside, which bear the badge numbers of the fallen officers. This allows the sun to shine through and project the the badge numbers onto the asphalt paving below.
Sadly, four more Dallas Police Officers’ names have been added to the memorial since our last ceremony in 2016. Today’s ceremony marks the 16th Anniversary at the Dallas Police Memorial site. This ceremony is to preserve the memories of the 84 officers who have selflessly laid down their lives for the citizens of Dallas. It is also to pay respect to the families who also gave so much. Their memories will live on in the heart of the department and their sacrifices will never be forgotten.
In recognizing our fallen comrades, we also honor the past and present men and women of the department who have worked tirelessly to provide a safe environment for the citizens of Dallas.
Update May 17, 2017, 8: 12 a.m. Critical Missing Person – Maurice Henderson has been located.
The Dallas Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a critical missing 73-year-old male.
On May 16, 2017, Mr. Maurice Henderson was last seen walking in the 4000 block of Aransas Street. Mr. Henderson is a Black male, 73 years old, six feet tall, weighs 140 pounds, with black and gray hair and brown eyes. Mr. Henderson was last seen wearing red sweat pants, a gray T-shirt with red dots. He was also wearing a tan hoodie, and black tennis shoes. Mr. Henderson may be disoriented.
Anyone with information regarding Maurice Henderson is asked to contact the Dallas Police Department at 911 or 214-671-4268.
On Monday, May 15, 2017, the Dallas Skyline turned Blue in honor of National Police Day. The Department’s own Air 1 was able to capture the beautiful image from up above and shared it with everyone via Twitter. The tweet received over 200 retweets and was liked 594 time. The Dallas Police Department appreciates the continued support from the community.
The lighting of the Dallas Skyline blue was organized through the Honor our Heroes Partners. The department is proud to partner with these organizations who came together to honor police on National Police Day.
On Wednesday, May 17, 2017, the Dallas Police Department will hold services honoring the 2017 Police Memorial Day. This event recognizes the sacrifices made by Dallas police officers as well as other officers who have given their lives in the performance of their duties. Listed below are the order of events and a brief description of the service.
- 11:50 a.m. – March to the Memorial – Griffin St. at Young St. to Griffin St. and Akard St.
All former or current police officers, family, friends, and citizens are invited to join the Dallas Police Command Staff, honor guard, salute team, and other dignitaries in marching from Griffin and Young Street to the Police Memorial site at Akard and Young Street. Free parking will be available in Lot-C located at 600 S. Lamar Avenue (Lamar and Ceremonial across from the Convention Center) and in Lot E (Memorial / Hotel on the far west side of the Convention Center).
- 12:00 Noon – Dallas Police Memorial Service – Young St. and Marilla St.
Service includes a performance by the Dallas Police Choir, the reading of the “Roll Call of Honor,” 21-gun salute, Taps, and a fly over by the Dallas Police Helicopter. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved to the Convention Center in Hall C, which is located at Lamar Street and Ceremonial.
If you plan on participating in the March to the Memorial, we ask that you be there no later than 11:30 a.m.
The Texas Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation was formed in 1987 by the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, also known as CLEAT. CLEAT was founded in the mid-1970s and was designed to enhance the law enforcement profession by providing financial assistance and support to families of fallen officers. In 1998, members of the association convinced the Texas Legislature to authorize the building of a physical memorial in honor of Texas peace officers who paid the ultimate price and died in the line of duty. On May 10, 1999, the first law enforcement officers and the families of fallen officers traveled from all over the state of Texas to participate in the memorial dedication.
The memorial stands tall on the grounds of the Texas Capital in Austin, and the names of each fallen officer who died in the line of duty in the state of Texas are listed on the memorial.
On Saturday May 20, 2017 the Dallas Police Department will host our “Chief on the Beat” Crime Prevention Safety & Health Fair in the North Central Division. This “Chief on the Beat” will be held at the Timberglen Recreation Center located at 3810 Timberglen Rd. from 10:00 a.m., to 2:00 p.m.
The Dallas Police Department’s Office of Community Affairs along with the North Central Patrol Division, the Timberglen Rec Center, and the Vet Center have worked together planning, what we anticipate to be, a wonderful and memorable event. This “Chief on the Beat” is particularly special as it is set to honor police officers and the service men and women in the armed forces.
Showcasing their talents will be Navy Veteran Onika Moat singing the National Anthem and Hebron High School Navy JROTC doing the presentation of colors. As an added bonus, the Air Force will have a special swearing in ceremony on site.
As always, there will be health screenings and vendors on site with lots of free resources for the public to utilize.Bring your entire family out for everyone to enjoy food, prizes, raffles, and community fun.
On Tuesday, May 16, 2017, David Pittman, chair of the White Rock Partnership, presented Interim Chief of Police David Pughes and the Dallas Police Department with the first Honor Our Heroes banner. This campaign is a partnership designed to honor American heroes within police, fire/rescue, and military. The presentation was held at the Jack Evans Headquarters Building and the organization will host a myriad of activities in a Dallas Flag Day Ceremony at White Rock Flagpole Hill on June 14th.
Monday, May 15 – Friday, May 19, 2017, is National Police Week and the Dallas Police Department’s memorial will be held Wednesday, May 17, 2017.