Keeping Dallas Safe: Northeast Patrol Officers Arrest Multiple Suspects for Residential Burglary

The quick response of Northeast Patrol officers and a vigilant neighbor led to the arrest of multiple suspects in a residential burglary on Tuesday.

On March 15, 2016 at about 2:30 p.m., officers responded to the 1500 block of San Saba Drive for a call from a witness stating that her neighbor’s house was being burglarized by three Latin males. The witness was able to give the officers detailed physical descriptions of the suspects and their get away vehicle. The responding officers were then able to stop the suspect vehicle down the road and recover the victim’s stolen property. 

One adult suspect was arrested for Burglary of a Habitation and transported to Lew Sterrett Jail. The other two juvenile suspects were arrested and transported to the Henry Wade Juvenile Detention Center.   

Thank you to the Northeast Patrol officers for working hard and keeping Dallas safe!


Connecting With The Chief On The Beat

Have you ever seen the show “Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee?” The concept is very simple. A popular comedian drives around in a car with a celebrity to get coffee and have an interesting conversation that is all being recorded along the way.

Well, Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown decided to take the comedic concept, but transform it into a way to have productive, one-on-one time with community leaders to discuss neighborhood issues. 

Chief Brown wanted to ride around with the most outspoken community leaders, so he could hear about problem areas directly from the people who live there. Chief Brown explains, “The purpose is connecting with their concerns and making them ours.” 

Below is the first episode of “Connecting with the Chief on the Beat” featuring Downtown Community Leader, Tanya Ragan:

Public Safety Meeting: Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Below are the topics of discussion for the Public Safety Committee meeting for Tuesday, December 8, 2015. 

Index Crime Report

The following crime statistics represent data from January 1 to December 3, 2015:


FBI’s Uniform Crime Report for 2014

The Dallas Police Department ranks fifth among major cities according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report for 2014. In 2013, Dallas ranked sixth for safest city. The city’s rank has continued to drop in this last decade. However, Dallas has the most significant decline in crime among major Texas cities and cities across the nation. This is a reflection of the involvement of our citizens and the hard work of our officers.

Call Types and Priorities

Emergency calls are dispatched on a priority system. The following chart provides a better understanding of the types of calls, their priority in the system, and the department’s goal for response time. 


Cite & Release Pilot

The Dallas Police Department is proposing a Cite & Release pilot program.  Cite & Release is a new law that authorizes officers to issue a citation requiring the person to appear before a magistrate at a later date in lieu of an immediate appearance. The law applies only to certain Class A or Class B misdemeanors and the person must reside in the county where the offense occurred. Some of the offenses included in Cite and Release are: 

Possession of Marijuana (Class A and B), Criminal Mischief (Class B), Theft (Class B)

Criminal Nuisance Abatement Process (S.A.F.E.)

The Nuisance Abatement Unit is comprised of Dallas Police officers who work in partnership with Dallas Fire-Rescue, Code Compliance, and the City Attorney’s Office. The purpose of the unit is to combat the use of property as a base for criminal operations. The Nuisance Abatement Team will seek property owner compliance, however, non-compliance can result in civil penalties and other legal action. 



Sexual Assault Suspect Arrested


On October 17, 2015, Michael Chapa, Jr. (L/M 6-20-1980) met the female victim outside of a nightclub in the 10300 block of Technology Boulevard as she was walking to her vehicle. He introduced himself using an alias name. He told the victim he would walk her to her vehicle. They talked and they agreed to go to breakfast together at a nearby restaurant, so the victim got into Chapa’s vehicle.

Chapa drove past the restaurant, causing the victim alarm, and took her to his residence where he sexually assaulted her.  The victim was later able to flee on foot. Once Chapa’s true identity became known, detectives with the Dallas Police Department’s Sexual Assault squad executed a search and arrest warrant at Chapa’s residence and took him into custody.  He was then booked into the Dallas County Jail and his bond was set at $25,000. Chapa has since been released on bond.

If you have any additional information related to this offense or have been approached in this way by Michael Chapa Jr. previously, you are asked to contact Detective Kramer of the Dallas Police Department at 214-671-3584.

Community Awareness

Detectives are seeking information on a person of interest regarding an Aggravated Sexual Assault that occurred October 24, 2015, in the 9800 block of Summerwood Circle. 01 map

On October 24, 2015, at approximately 9:30 p.m., a female was inside her residence when an unknown Black male wearing a white t-shirt and jeans entered her apartment and sexually assaulted her at knifepoint.

The unknown Black male is described as 28-32 years old, 5’11, medium build with short black hair and brown eyes. During the commission of this offense, the suspect ordered the victim to do specific things that would minimize the evidence to be collected by police.  This indicates that he may have done this before.  However, we are unaware of any additional offenses at this time.

Citizens are asked to be alert for any persons within the vicinity of this reported offense. If you see a person that match this description and appear to be suspicious contact the Dallas Police Department.

Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5000.00 for information called into Crime Stoppers which leads to the arrest and indictment for this or other felony crime. If you have information about this crime, please call 214-373-TIPS.Suspect Sketch

Burglary Suspect Caught On Video Makes Television Debut

The Dallas Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a burglary suspect.

On September 11, 2015, an unknown Black male suspect kicked in the front door to an apartment located in the 3500 block of Ross Avenue. The suspect entered and took the owner’s property without permission.The suspect was captured on a home surveillance system committing this offense. This offense is documented on case number 211465-2015.

If you have any information regarding this offense or can identify this suspect, please contact Detective. E. Keller at 214-670-5053.

Dallas PAL Full Court Press: Prep for Success

The Dallas Police Athletic League in partnership with National Basketball Legends, National PAL, NBA Cares, Leadership Foundations, and Jobsy Wobsy present Full Court Press: Prep for Success. This is a FREE youth basketball and mentoring clinic for under-served boys and girls, ages 8-17, in cities across the United States. The program is designed to introduce participating youth to positive role models in both basketball and life, with equal time spent on the basketball court, in the classroom, and at the mentoring round table as a part of robust curriculum. See the flyer below for more information. and the waiver and registration forms.

Full Court Press



On Friday, October 9, 2015, at approximately 8:00 a.m., a 14-year-old female was walking to school in the 3000 block of Clydedale Drive when the suspect drove up and asked her for directions.  The suspect asked her to write down the directions and provided her with a pen and a notepad.  As the female was writing down the directions, the suspect exposed himself to her. 

The female stated that approximately 3 weeks ago, she was approached by the same suspect while she was playing in her front yard with friends. On that occasion, the suspect asked them for directions to a restaurant.  Both conversations occurred in Spanish.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, in his 30’s, wearing a blue bandanna and red t-shirt.  The suspect does not have any facial hair or tattoos.

The suspect’s vehicle is described as a newer model gray, Chevy Cobalt with black leather interior.  

This offense is documented on case number 234544-2015.

Anyone with additional information on this offense should contact Detective David Clark with the Child Exploitation Squad at (214) 671-4301.

Dallas Officers “Adopt” Family In Need


On August 27, 2015, at about 4:30 p.m., Senior Corporal Berry, #10207, responded to a health and welfare check in the 300 block of Upton Street. Senior Corporal Berry met with a single mother at the location who is deaf, unemployed and raising two children. The children had missed the first week of school because they were unable to afford school uniforms. Senior Corporal Berry contacted the South Central Division Neighborhood Police Office seeking assistance for the mother and her children.

The South Central Neighborhood Police Office sent Senior Corporals Jernigan #7979, Noel #8464, and Dickens #7958, to meet with the family and discovered that they were living in substandard conditions. The officers were pleasantly surprised by the family’s cheerful spirit and warm attitude despite their situation. The officers then took it upon themselves to purchase school supplies, school uniforms, and shoes for both of the children so they could go to school.


The officers felt compelled to do more to help the family so they asked family, friends, and other officers to donate living room furniture, a mattress, tables, gift cards, and a television. Senior Corporal Jernigan said they feel like they have “adopted the family as a unit.” They regularly keep in contact with the family and they recently received a donation of a washer and dryer that will be delivered soon.

The Dallas Police Department is incredibly proud of these officers for their caring attitude and their outstanding service to the community. Thank you for your hard work!  

Several officers helped the family by donating goods and moving furniture. We would like to thank and recognize the following officers for their involvement:

Senior Corporal Berry #10207

Senior Corporal Bronner #10298

Senior Corporal Cross #8652

Senior Corporal Dickens #7958

Senior Corporal Green #8644

Senior Corporal Jernigan #7979

Senior Corporal Noel #8464

Senior Corporal Wickens #7533

Sergeant Thomas #6804

Students at Fowler Middle School Write Letters to Dallas Police Officers


The Dallas Police Department would like to give a huge thank you to the seventh and eighth grade students of Fowler Middle School in Coach Rutland’s class for writing thank you letters to police officers and firefighters in Dallas, Frisco, and Plano. Coach Rutland said she wanted her students to be “appreciative of law enforcement officers and firefighters.”

She said, “my students and I both admire the work and service your profession carries out. Words can only express a portion; however, I hope these letters show the impact and difference you all make. It does not go unnoticed.”

One student, Eric, stated in his letter, “I”m writing to thank you for putting yourself in the way of my family and the not-so-great people of the world. By doing so, it really shows that you care for your community, your people, and your country.”

Another student, Milith, said “It’s hard to imagine what it would be like without you. Everyone would be living in fear and terror while bad people roamed the street. But people like you are brave enough to get out there and put a halt to criminals. You are one of the main reasons we are leading happy lives. I think I can speak for the whole world when I say THANK YOU!”

Thank you again to Coach Rutland and her students for taking the time to write letters for our officers. We truly appreciate your kind words and the show of support.