National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week 2019

Did you know telecommunicators service well over a million calls a year!This is one of the main reasons that in April we recognize National Public Safety telecommunicators Week.  During this week, public safety telecommunicators from across the country are honored for their service to the communities and public safety departments in which they work.

The Dallas Police Department is very proud of our call takers, dispatchers and support staff who are often the lifeline between the community and officers. These heroes stay calm in the most chaotic situations and bring comfort to those in need of help. In the words of Assistant Chief Shaw “you are truly the first responder for our first responders and our citizens, thank you”. We truly appreciate your hard work and dedication.

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TEXAS LEGISLATURE- state’s rape kit backlog

TEXAS LEGISLATURE

Texas House unanimously endorses Dallas Rep. Victoria Neave’s bill to end state’s rape kit backlog

The House on Tuesday gave initial approval to a bill by Dallas lawmaker Victoria Neave that would tackle the state’s rape kit backlog by creating a timeline for testing new kits and mandating an audit to determine the number, status and location of all rape kits in the state.

The bill was approved 145-0. It must be voted on by the House one more time before heading to the Senate.

“This bill is for all the women who have waited for years for justice, for all the women who pursued justice and were not believed, for all the women whose rape kits sat untested,” Neave said. “Sexual violence pays no mind to party, to wealth, to age or to color. Today we have an opportunity to say: No more. Not one more rape kit untested, lost or destroyed. Not one more shot at justice left untested.”

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Upcoming Dallas Police Department Community Engagement Events

Hello all, including flyers & event information for many of our upcoming Community Engagement events and meetings. Please help us spread the word.

Please let me know if you have any questions or need additional information on any of the following events.

DEA National Prescription Drug Takeback Day
Saturday, April 27th (10am – 2pm)
Multiple Locations

Dallas Police Department Health & Wellness Expo
Saturday, April 27th (9am – 1pm)
8am start w/ Fun Run & 3-mile race
Location: Kiest Park & Recreation Center – 3081 S. Hampton Rd.

DPD Listening Tour
Tuesday, May 7th (6:30pm – 8pm)
Location: Campbell Green Recreation Center – 16600 Park Hill Dr.

DPD’s LGBTQ+ Town Hall Meeting
Thursday, May 23rd (6:30pm – 8pm)
Location: The Resource Center – 5750 Cedar Springs Rd.

Joli Angel Robinson
Manager III
City of Dallas | dallaspolice.net
Dallas Police Department
Office of Community Affairs
Youth Outreach Unit
1400 S. Lamar Street
Dallas, TX 75215
O:  214-671-4048
joli.robinson@dallascityhall.com

 

 

 

 

 

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Bait and smuggle: Mexican cartels divert border cops with migrant surges and ferry drugs where the coast is clear

washingtonexaminer.com

by Anna Giaritelli  | April 10, 2019 12:06 AM

A northern Texas sheriff says his county has seen a big uptick in methamphetamine and heroin seizures since October, saying Mexican drug smugglers are using large groups of migrants to divert Border Patrol’s attention while they run narcotics over the border in nearby areas.

Interesting article–read more here.

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Dallas DA reveals plan for ‘ending mass incarceration’ for petty crimes, slashing probation and bail

dallasnews.com

Dallas County will move away from “criminalizing poverty,” District Attorney John Creuzot announced Thursday, outlining a reform plan to decriminalize low-level crimes and decrease the use of excessive probation and bail.

In an open letter to the public, Creuzot detailed his plan to curb overly high bail amounts and stop prosecuting most first-time marijuana offenses and some misdemeanors he believes often stem from poverty.

Read entire story here

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Police need public’s trust before adopting new technologies, officials say | StateScoop

statescoop.com

Benjamin Freed

Mar 8, 2019 | STATESCOOP

Police departments should gauge the sentiment of the communities they serve before adopting new law enforcement technologies like unmanned aerial vehicles or artificial intelligence, speakers said at a session on 21st-century policing Friday at the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas.

The Boston Police Department, for instance, does not use drones because the technology has not yet earned the public’s trust, said Paul Fitzgerald, the department’s former intelligence and analysis chief.

More information here.

Sheriff’s Department in Texas County Uses Drone to Nab Suspect – Rotor & Wing International

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Sheriff’s Department in Texas County Uses Drone to Nab Suspect – Rotor & Wing International

rotorandwing.com

A Seeker thermal imaging law enforcement drone by the Texas-based company, MAXSUR

The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office in central Texas said that it used a thermal imaging drone to help capture a suspect that sheriff’s deputies said was carrying narcotics and had fired on another law enforcement officer earlier this month.

In the early morning of Jan. 5, police from Georgetown were chasing 22-year-old Malik Anthony Rashan Jackovich when Jackovich ditched his car near the San Gabriel River and ran under a bridge, law enforcement officials said. Jackovich fired at police, who called for aid from Williamson County Sheriff’s Department.

DPD needs drones too!

Dallas police hope to be flying drones by 2019 — and here’s why they say you shouldn’t be afraid of that

Law enforcement agencies turning to drones to fight crime

Taking to the air: Drones and law enforcement

Proposed Dallas Police Department “DRONE” Program

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