The Mental Illness Challenge for the Community and Law Enforcement

Excerpts from:

Recommended citation: Major County Sheriffs of America. 2019. Sheriffs Addressing the Mental Health Crisis in the Community and in the Jails. Washington, DC: Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

Published 2019

Copyright © 2018 by Major County Sheriffs of America. The U.S. Department of Justice reserves a royalty-free, nonexclusive, and irrevocable license to reproduce, publish, or otherwise use and authorize others to use this resource for Federal Government purposes. This resource may be freely distributed and used for noncommercial and educational purposes only.

The major theme of this publication is the effective response of law enforcement agencies to mental illness in their communities. Mental illness is a complex problem that historically has been undetected, unacknowledged, or not treated in a local law enforcement context. Mental illnesses may be more difficult to detect than physical illnesses as the symptoms of mental illness may be misunderstood and may be attributed to personal choices such as substance abuse or nonclinical origins such as poor social skills. When mental illness is suspected or detected by the nonclinical professional, a lack of training and experience on effectively managing patients with mental illnesses may lead to generalization, suboptimal management, and lack of appropriate initial treatment. Continue reading

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Officer Involved Shooting – Jackson Creek Drive

Feb 6 2019

Updated on February 7, 2019 at 4:50 p.m.
Update on the Media Release posted on February 6, 2019
The suspect was identified as Austin Reed, W/M 26 years of age.
He is currently at a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
He is currently being investigated and charged with the following felony offenses.

Aggravated Assault -Family Violence- Deadly Weapon – F19-51965
Aggravated Assault -Deadly Weapon -F19-51964
Aggravated Robbery of Individual -F19-51967
Aggravated Robbery of Individual – F19-51969
Aggravated Robbery of Individual – F19-51968
Aggravated Assault -Deadly Weapon – F19-51966 Continue reading

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The partnership that led to this arrest.

The partnership that led to this arrest.

Thanks to the prompt DNA results provided by the SWIFS (Dallas County Crime Lab), DPD Public Information Office, community awareness, and rapid police response this case has led to arrest of a person who may be a serial rapist. This is partnership in action.

Dallas CWEB Members

From DPD Beat Website

We Need Your Help To Solve A Sexual Assault Offense

Updated on February 8, 2019

On February 7, 2019, the Dallas Police Department received a report from the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences which confirmed the DNA profile obtained from the victim’s forensic exam matched the DNA profile of Dralon Patterson.  Mr. Patterson has already been charged with Aggravated Sexual Assault in this offense and is in jail on $250,000 bond.

DNA has also linked Dralon Patterson to a Sexual Assault which is documented on Case #263874-2017.  On November 19, 2017, at approximately 12:30 a.m., the 26-year-old female complainant was walking to her car in the 3100 block of Lemmon Avenue after a night out at the West Village.  The complainant encountered the suspect and was sexually assaulted inside a vehicle.  The complainant was dropped off after the assault.  The complainant immediately went to a hospital for a forensic exam.  The DNA profile obtained from that exam matched the DNA profile of Dralon Patterson.  Detectives are currently preparing the arrest warrant to charge Dralon Patterson with Sexual Assault in the 2017 case.

Updated Post: February 02, 2019, @7:45 p.m.

On Friday evening, a call to Dallas Police was made regarding a man with a similar description to the one provided during a news conference about the Howell Street sexual assault.  The caller reported that the man was in the same area as the sexual assault on Howell Street, and he was exhibiting suspicious behavior. 

Dallas Police made contact with the man and after a short chase arrested Dralon Patterson, (Black male, 34) for an Evading Arrest charge.  Additional investigative work has led to an additional charge, Aggravated Sexual Assault. Patterson has been booked into the Dallas County jail and is awaiting arraignment on this charge.

We appreciate the public’s assistance to Dallas Police as it led to this arrest.

Original Post: February 01, 2019,

On February 1, 2019, at approximately 12:00 a.m., the victim was walking in the lower level of the parking garage away from her vehicle in the 2700 block of Howell Street. As she approached the elevator, the unknown suspect walked down a nearby ramp toward her.  They exchanged pleasantries.  After they passed one another, the victim heard the suspect approach from behind.  When she turned around, the suspect displayed a weapon.  The suspect forced the victim back to her vehicle and sexually assaulted her. After the assault, the suspect took some of victims property.  The suspect then fled the location on foot. Detectives are canvassing the area looking for surveillance video and potential witnesses.

The suspect is described as a black male, 30 years old, 5’9” with a medium build.  He was wearing a gray doo-rag, dark T-shirt, a light-colored jacket and gray sweat pants.  He was further described as unshaven and wearing older tennis shoes. This offense is documented on case number 021345-2019. The Dallas Police Department is asking anyone with any information regarding this crime to please contact Detective Holmes at (214) 671-3637.

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New Dallas County program aims to get guns away from offenders

Dallas County Criminal Court Judge Shequitta Kelly on Tuesday proposed what she called a “creative” approach to get people on probation to give up their guns.

Under her plan — announced during a news conference at the Frank Crowley Courts Building — all offenders who turn over their guns to law enforcement could have their fines reduced or exchanged for community service time.

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Dallas feels less safe, and it’s time for city government to acknowledge it

If you ask City Manager T.C. Broadnax or Police Chief U. Renee Hall about crime in Dallas, they’ll tell you that major crimes are down. But as we peruse the city’s own database two deadly crimes stand out: weapons and drugs.

According to the Dallas Police Department’s weekly report to City Council members, weapons violations citywide are up 69 percent so far this year. Drug and narcotics offenses are up 57 percent.

What brought these statistics onto our radar was the arrest Saturday of Rene Eduardo Montanez Jr. on a capital murder charge in the death of Joseph Anthony Pintucci, an 18-year-old former Highland Park High School student. Continue reading

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Americans more likely to die from opioid overdose than in a car accident

For the first time on record, Americans are more likely to die of an accidental opioid overdose than in a motor vehicle crash, according to a new report from the National Safety Council.

The group calculates that the chance of dying from an opioid overdose has increased to 1 in 96, surpassing the odds of dying in a car accident, at 1 in 103. It’s also greater than the odds of dying from a fall, a gun assault, pedestrian accident, or drowning.

Really interesting—read more

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A Monkey Wrench in “Chop Shop” Plans

On January 28, 2019, at about 6:15 p.m., Dallas police officers Rojas, #10928 and Romero, #11289, were patrolling the streets of Dallas when they were alerted to a stolen vehicle notification via the Lo-Jack system near the 3900 block of Stanley Smith Drive.  While continuing their investigation, the officers received additional Lo-Jack notifications that the stolen vehicle was somewhere nearby.  Tail lights were spotted concealed behind some brush in a vacant yard.  Upon entering the yard, the officers observed two male suspects exiting a vehicle and instructed them to show their hands. The suspects ignored the officers’ commands and got back into a vehicle and fled the scene at a high rate of speed.

The officers continued their investigation and subsequently uncovered a “chop shop”.  The officers uncovered multiple vehicles that were in the process of being disassembled for parts.  Auto Theft detectives responded to the location to conduct their investigation.  Detectives recovered up to 10 Flatbeds worth of evidence and placed them in the city impound lot for processing.

In their continued effort to “Keep Dallas Safe”, patrol officers and detectives are performing outstanding work around the clock to thwart criminal activity and throw a monkey wrench in a “chop shop”. Great Job!

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