Posts on Jan 1970

Police Department Hires New Cadet

Dalton’s newest police cadet has started the department’s orientation process in preparation to attend the ten-week regional police academy in Dalton.  Following the basic law enforcement training, the officer will conduct a one-week mini academy session in preparation for entering the 17-week Police Officer Training (PTO) program.

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Tyler McBrayer, 22 of Varnell

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Citizens Police Academy: Week 5

Members of the Citizens Police Academy met Tuesday night for their fifth week of classes.  Topics discussed included information about professional standards at the police department and the department’s traffic unit.  A TASER demonstration was also given for academy participants.

Cpa_009 Officer Ricky Long speaking to academy participants

Cpa_005 Officers taking part in TASER demonstration

Cpa_002 Citizens Police Academy participants

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Physical Fitness Assessment

Dalton Police officers are taking the required Physical Fitness Assessment this week.  The yearly test is comprised of push-ups, sit-ups, vertical jump, agility run, 300 meter run and 1.5 mile run.

Pfa_019_2 Detective Daniel Nichols completing the agility run

Pfa_016 Officer Tommy Ensley completing the 300 meter run

Pfa_010 Chief Jason Parker during the vertical jump

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Dalton Police Department Crime Statistics

Here is a look at the crime statistics for the February 2008.  Included in the chart are the statistics from February of last year.

Part I Offenses

2008

2007

Homicide

0

0

Rape

1

1

Robbery

6

8

Aggravated Assault

14

22

Burglary

28

25

Larceny – Theft

150

207

Motor Vehicle Theft

8

11

Arson

1

2

Part II Offenses

2008

2007

Other Assaults

82

70

Forgery/Counterfeiting

32

51

Fraud

56

52

Embezzlement

4

3

Stolen Property

0

0

Vandalism

93

117

Weapons Violations

9

7

Commercial Sex

0

0

Other Sex Offenses

8

12

Drug Sales

5

10

Drug Possession

68

67

Gambling

0

0

Offenses Against Family/Children

19

11

Liquor Violations

45

35

Drunkenness

22

24

Other Disorderly Conduct

84

102

Curfew Violations

7

8

All Other Offenses

328

391

DUI

65

62

Part I and II Total

1135

1298

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Torch Run Donation

Wal-Mart recently donated $1,200.00 for the Law Enforcement Torch Run in May.  Money raised through the torch run will benefit Special Olympics Georgia.  The organization provides year-round sports training for individuals with intellectual disabilities.  The torch run is the largest statewide grassroots fundraiser for Special Olympics Inc.  It is held across the nation in every state and in more than 45 countries around the world.  If you would like to help us raise money, you can make a monetary donation by clicking here.

100_0479 Lt. Cliff Cason, Chief Jason Parker & Sgt. Chris Crossen accept a donation from a Wal-Mart employee

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Citizens Police Academy: Week 4

Members of the Citizens Police Academy met Tuesday night for their fourth week of classes.  Topics discussed included information about our drug unit and drug issues affecting Dalton.  Academy participants also heard from our chaplains and learned about the services they provide to the department.

100_0487_2 Sergeant Larry Smedley speaks to the class

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Citizens Police Academy participants

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New Dalton Police Officer Graduates From Police Academy

Dalton’s newest police officer received his badge and graduated from Basic Law Enforcement Training Class #065 of the Northwest Georgia Police Academy on Friday, March 14th.

The academy lasts approximately 10 weeks. Instruction during the academy includes classes on Georgia law & criminal procedures, search and seizure, patrol techniques, CPR/first aid, accident investigation, emergency driving techniques and others. 

Officer Jacob Burger will now enter the field training phase, monitored by an experienced training officer. If he completes the additional sixteen (16) weeks of field training, he will be ready for solo patrol.

Jacob_burger Chief Jason Parker & Officer Jacob Burger

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Dalton’s Public Safety Commission

Dalton’s Public Safety Commission is comprised of five commissioners who are appointed by the Mayor and City Council.  The commission meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 8:30 am.  The commission’s primary responsibilities are to approve internal policies and make appointments to authorized positions.

The history of the PSC dates back to February 12, 1945 when state legislation was introduced and passed to create the Civil Service Commission, which is now known as the Public Safety Commission.  This legislation created a three person commission.  This was later expanded to five on December 4, 2000.  Much of this 1945 law is still in effect today.

At the time, the reason for this legislation was to abolish the elected City Marshal and replace the position with an appointed Police Chief by the Civil Service Commission.  It also created a pension for fire and police, both under "Civil Service".  The U.S. civil service includes the Competitive Service and the Excepted Service.  The majority of civil service appointments are made under the competitive service.  However, certain categories in the diplomatic service, the FBI and other national security positions are made under the excepted service.

State and local governments often have competitive civil service systems that are modeled on the national system.  In other words, the Civil Service Commission now known as the Public Safety Commission was created to keep the "politics" out of the fire and police departments.

Dalton’s current Public Safety commissioners are Lane Ashworth, Terry Mathis, Steve Townsend, Bill Weaver and Keith Whitworth.

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Dalton Police Honor 2007 Officer Of The Year

The Dalton Police Department honored Police Officer First Class Christopher J. Tucker as the 2007 Officer of The Year at last night’s Dalton Elk’s Lodge Public Safety Appreciation Banquet. Officer Tucker, who was nominated and selected by his peers, earned the award by his continuous attention to detail, his thorough follow up investigations, leading the department in arrests for DUI, and other factors.

Chief Jason Parker said of Tucker’s performance, " Police Officer First Class Tucker is a shift leader, and the officers and supervisors can always count on him to know proper procedures, the law, and can rely on him to use good judgment in all situations."

The Dalton Elk’s Lodge honors public safety standouts from local departments each spring, and the banquet is arranged by Mr. Phil Bailey. Dalton Mayor David Pennington delivered the keynote address for the event.

In the photo below, Officer Tucker is pictured with the award for the Dalton Police Department 2007 Officer of the Year along with Chief Jason Parker.

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Police Looking For Fraud Suspect

Dalton Police detectives are looking for 28-year old Daniel Densmore.  He is wanted for using a counterfeit $500 travelers check.  Densmore cashed the fake travelers check at Ace Hardware in Bryman’s Plaza.  After detectives attempted to contact Densmore, he fled the area.  He is probably driving a red Dodge pickup truck.  A warrant has been issued for Densmore’s arrest.  He has a lengthy criminal history in numerous north Georgia counties.  If you have any information about Daniel Densmore, please call detective Matthew Locke at 706-278-9085 extension 320.

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