Getting Active in Crime Watch

The best way to take an active part in crime prevention is to participate in a crime watch in which each person becomes more alert and aware of what is going on within the area. Participation in a crime watch is not an activity that requires a lot of time. It means only that each person adopts a more observant attitude on a daily basis. Neighbors will get to know each other better, and as a result, will become more aware of strange cars, persons or circumstances which might be a danger and require calling the police. The following guidelines have proven to be successful:

  • Get to know your neighbors. Know their names and be able to identify them and their vehicles by sight.
  • Maintain a map or block directory of the immediate neighborhood with names, addresses, emails and phone numbers.

  • Make the home as burglar proof as possible.

  • Mark all property for identification by using the Operation ID Program.

  • Be observant and watch over neighbors’ homes, especially when they are not home or are out of town.

  • Write down license plate numbers and descriptions of suspicious looking vehicles and/or good descriptions of any suspicious persons. Immediately report them to the police at 911.

  • Report information that may be helpful to your Crime Watch Chairperson.

  • Call the neighborhood voicemail (if you have one) on a regular basis to keep informed.

  • Check your Nextdoor internet communications regularly.

  • Educate children in crime prevention and teach respect for law enforcement officers.

  • Volunteer to help your crime watch organization in any way that you can, whether it involves your time or financial support.

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Dallas DA’s Office Hosts Mock Trial Camp



The Dallas County District Attorney’s Mock Trial Camp provides a dynamic environment for students to learn what prosecutors do in the courtroom and how it relates to law enforcement. Participants also learn trial skills and the basics of how to work up a mock criminal case.

High School (9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th Grades)
June 30—July 2

For more information or application, Email:

[email protected] OR [email protected]



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Spotting a Drug House

There are a variety of illegal activities that can operate in your neighborhood. Spotting these and reporting them to police is crucial to keep crime from proliferating in your neighborhood. Here are a few to look out for:

Trap House

This term is used to define a crack house, or the surroundings in which a drug dealer (trap star) would use to make their profit. Also referred to as “up tha way”. Trap houses have very little to no furniture, very little to no food or kitchen items but lots of take out containers, and very little to no clothing. The dealers Continue reading

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Availability of Online Police Reports

The Dallas Police Department has released the following press release regarding the online availability of police reports for the month of June as they transition to a new computer system.

News Release
Dallas Police Department
Police Media Relations Unit
Phone: 214-671-4065
May 28, 2014

Regarding Availability of “Public Access to Police Reports”
(Post-Go-Live of new Records Management System)

On Sunday June 1, 2014 the Dallas Police Department will implement a new Records Management System (RMS).  The new RMS will completely replace the old main-frame based report system.

Once fully implemented, the new RMS will give the Dallas Police Department improved intelligence gathering capabilities, Continue reading

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Dallas Community Outreach Conference

The Community Outreach Code Conference is an annual conference which works to educate Code Enforcement Professionals and Neighborhood Stakeholders on different strategies to keep neighborhoods clean.  The Community Outreach Code Conference will host mini-sessions where attendees are taught to use vital code information to help develop sustainable communities.

WHO:  The Conference is Free and Open to all Dallas Residents, Neighborhood Associations, & Code Enforcement Professionals

WHAT: Conference Registration is Free:  Register at Continue reading

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Volunteers in Patrol Training – June 14th

Please be informed that VIP (Volunteer in Patrol) training will be held at the North Central Division on June 14th.  VIP applicants and trainees from the Southeast Division will be transported by the SE Division to the North Central Station for training. For additional information you may contact your respective DPD Division and ask to speak to the Neighborhood Police Officer (NPO).

Chief on the Beat for the Central Division will be held on June 21, 2014, at the Samuell Grand Recreation Center at 6200 E. Grand Ave. The Dallas Police Department, Code Enforcement, Fire Department, and many other city services will be present to answer any  questions that citizens may have.  Come and meet your neighbors, meet your Neighborhood Police Officers, get information on the crime watch program, get informed, and have some fun.

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What is Suspicious Activity?

All too often citizens are confused about what they should report and why, so it is important to train citizens through a variety of reporting activities. After reviewing this section, participants will be able to appropriately use the who, what, when, where, and how of reporting. Often citizens ask officers “Why should I get involved?” or “How am I going to benefit by reporting suspicious activity?” Although the answers may seem obvious, it must be clearly communicated to the public that they are an essential component in protecting our communities. Sometimes our citizens receive mixed signals regarding what to report and when to report it. Other times they simply do not Continue reading

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