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DPD Announces 2011 Citizens Police Academy

The Dalton Police Department’s 19th Citizens’ Police Academy starts on February 22nd, 2011, and applications are now being accepted.

The Citizens’ Academy will meet on Tuesdays from 6:00 to 9:00 for 10 weeks at the Dalton Police Services Center.  Participants get more than just classroom instruction.  The academy also provides each participant a chance to ride along with a patrol officer on his or her shift, and gives participants the chance to see and use some of the equipment used by officers on a daily basis, including firearms.

Applicants must be at least 21 years old and a U.S. citizen.  Background checks will be performed on all applicants.  Please note that completion of the course does not certify a participant as a police officer.  To apply, simply pick up an application form at the Police Services Center at 301 Jones Street.  You can also apply online at www.daltonpdblog.org, or call Sergeant Barry Batchelor at 706-278-9085, extension 113 to have an application mailed to you.

To read articles from previous Citizens' Police Academy sessions and see videos, click here.

To watch a promotional video for the Citizens' Police Academy, click "Play" in the window below.

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DPD Seeks Information On Purse Thief

The Dalton Police Department is asking for the public’s help with identifying a woman who stole a purse from a shopping cart at the Shugart Road Wal-Mart on December 22nd.  The woman was filmed on the store’s surveillance cameras and pictures of her are included with this release.

At approximately 5:00 pm on the 22nd, the victim left her shopping cart unattended briefly while looking at merchandise.  At that point, the suspect walked past and took the purse from the shopping cart and quickly left the area.  Investigators believe that the suspect was in the store looking for a purse to steal, because she was recorded spending a great deal of time wandering the store and apparently not really shopping.  The stolen purse was a large leopard-print bag, and contained approximately $10 in cash, a Georgia driver’s license, bank cards, checkbook, keys, and an iPhone.  The victim was able to call to cancel the bank cards and cell phone. 

The suspect is described as a white female, standing between 5’3” and 5’5” and weighing between 190 and 220 pounds.  She has short dark hair and wore a gray jacket over a red or burgundy shirt and carried a small white purse. 

If you have any information on the identity of the suspect or this crime, please contact Officer Will Bryan with the Dalton Police Department at 706-278-9085, extension 255.

Below: The suspect is pictured in surveillance images (click on image for a larger version).

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Snowy, Icy Conditions Exist On Some Roads

Weekend snowfall in the northwest Georgia area has left some area roads snowy and icy for Monday.  While most roads in Dalton are clear, there are still patches of ice and snow.  These are mostly in residential neighborhoods or on bridges, but with temperatures hovering around freezing, the possibility of ice exists on any area road.  That risk will become greater after sundown when temperatures are expected to dip back into the 20's with a low in the upper teens.

Please use caution when driving today, and avoid taking unnecessary trips.  For some tips for cold weather driving, click here.

Below: Snow and ice are still on the ground at the Dalton Police Services Center (click image to see a larger version)

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Theft Victim Gets Unexpected Gift

UPDATE (12/27/10): Someone claiming to be the person who took the money mailed it to the office of the Dalton DailyCitizen newspaper.  The paper turned it over to investigators and it will be returned to the victim in the case. Click here to read the story in the Dalton Daily Citizen.

If you’ve ever needed confirmation that there are still good people in the world, this is it.  After seeing media coverage of the woman who had $950 in cash stolen by an unknown suspect after she accidentally dropped it, a Chattanooga man donated the money to her this morning so that she could still have a good Christmas. 

Dr. Stephen Sims of Chattanooga Family Dentistry on Brainerd Road saw a news report on the story Thursday night.  On Thursday night, the victim Sharon Herrera told WRCB-TV that she’d just gotten a loan to buy Christmas presents and bills.  That money was stolen after she dropped an envelope filled with the money on the ground without realizing it.  On Friday morning, Dr. Sims contacted the Dalton Police Department to arrange to give her money to replace what she lost, in order to make sure she could have a good Christmas.  Officer Will Bryan gave Ms. Herrera the check on Dr. Sims' behalf at a press conference this afternoon at the Dalton Police Services Center.

This gift doesn’t mean that the Dalton Police Department isn’t still investigating this case and looking for the suspect who took the money in the first place.  The original incident happened on the afternoon of December 10th.  The victim stopped to get gas at the Walnut Express gas station at 2524 East Walnut Avenue.  As she was walking back to her car from the store, she dropped an envelope containing $950 in cash on the ground without realizing it and drove away.  A few minutes later, an unidentified man drove up to one of the pumps and was videotaped by surveillance cameras picking up the envelope on his way into the store.  He paid for his gas and then drove away.  This suspect’s picture has been circulated in area media and the Dalton Police Department is still asking for help from the public with identifying him.  The suspect wore a toboggan hat and wore a heavy dark-colored jacket with white stripes across the shoulders and blue jeans.  He was driving a light blue late 80’s or early 90’s model Toyota Camry or Corolla.

Below: Officer Will Bryan hands a check from Dr. Stephen Sims of Chattanooga to Sharon Herrera at the Dalton Police Services Center; Ms. Herrera answers questions from reporters at a press conference at the Police Services Center (click images to see larger versions).

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Click here to see WRCB-TV's story from Thursday night on this incident.

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Some Tips for Driving In Icy Weather

Another round of icy weather is in the forecast for tonight, continuing through Thursday morning.  Along with the threat of icy weather comes the threat of some treacherous driving conditions.  So, the Dalton Police Department has some tips for driving safely in winter weather conditions.  When taking to the road during winter months, remember to drive with caution to help maintain your safety as well as motorists and pedestrians around you. Here are some tips:

  • If at all possible, stay home until conditions improve.  If you must travel, leave earlier, giving yourself extra time to reach your destination.
  • Remove all snow and ice from your entire vehicle prior to starting out, checking lights and mirrors as well.
  • Drive with your headlights on low beam to make yourself more visible to other motorists.
  • When roads are wet or icy, slow down.
  • If you encounter snow removal equipment, allow plenty of room for it to operate. 
  • Remember, bridges and overpasses freeze quickly and they freeze before any other surfaces.
  • If your tires lose traction, look and steer into the direction you want to go. 
  • Look further ahead in traffic to allow for more reaction time. Actions by drivers ahead of you will alert you of problems you are about to encounter.
  • When braking, apply steady firm pressure, don’t apply the brakes quickly or accelerate suddenly.
  • Remember, four wheel drive vehicles give you extra traction to get going, BUT do not aid you in stopping any quicker.
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Operation Zero Tolerance Starts Friday

The Dalton Police Department will once again be taking part in the “Operation Zero Tolerance” mobilization that starts Friday, December 17, 2010 and continues through January 2, 2011.   Operation Zero Tolerance is a nationwide mobilization of law enforcement agencies to combat drivers driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 10,839 fatalities nationwide in crashes involving a driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher in 2009.  On average, there was one impaired-driving fatality every 48 minutes in 2009.  Drivers involved in fatality crashes that had a BAC of .08 or higher at the time of the crash were eight times more likely to have had a prior conviction for impaired driving.  In 2009, one-out-of-four fatality crashes in Georgia were at the hands of an impaired driver.

The Dalton Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Unit and Patrol Division will be stepping up their efforts towards fighting drunk driving during the campaign and upcoming holiday season.  Concentrated patrols and random road checks will be conducted throughout the city at strategic locations in an effort to crack down on motorists driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.  This is the last nationwide traffic mobilization of the year and is held annually during the Christmas Holiday. 

The Dalton Police Department asks all motorists to remember that whether you're attending a party or just getting together with friends to celebrate the holidays please do not drink and drive. It’s not worth the risk.  Have a designated driver on hand or take a cab. 

The Dalton Police Department also reminds motorists that drunk driving is not the only killer on our roadways. Watch your speed and obey Georgia’s Safety Belt laws to help prevent injuries and fatalities related to car crashes.  That way, everyone can have safe and happy holidays.

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Woman Loses Money, DPD Seeks Man Who Took It

UPDATE (12/17/10): A Chattanooga man has donated money to replace the money lost by the victim in this case.  However, the Dalton Police Department is still seeking information on the suspect.

A Dalton woman is out $950 after dropping an envelope full of cash at a gas station, and the Dalton Police Department is asking for the public’s help with identifying the man who picked it up and took it.

The incident happened December 10th at approximately 4:30 pm at the Walnut Express service station at 2524 East Walnut Avenue.  The victim stopped to get gas after cashing a check.  As she was walking back to her car from the store, she dropped the envelope on the ground without realizing it and drove away.  A few minutes later, an unidentified man drove up to one of the pumps and was videotaped by surveillance cameras picking up the envelope on his way into the store.  He paid for his gas and then drove away.  The man wore a toboggan hat and wore a heavy dark-colored jacket with white stripes across the shoulders and blue jeans.  He was driving a light blue late 80’s or early 90’s model Toyota Camry or Corolla.  Surveillance images from the station’s security camera are included with this release.  The suspect’s vehicle is pictured at the left of the first image, and pictures of the suspect bending over to pick up the envelope and then walking across the parking lot follow. 

The Dalton Police Department is asking for anyone who has any information on this incident or the identity of the man in the pictures is asked to please contact Officer Will Bryan at 706-278-9085, extension 255.

Below (from top left): The suspect's light blue car turns towards a gas pump, the suspect in a dark jacket bends over to pick up the lost envelope, and the suspect is pictured at the right side of the last image, walking towards the store, and two shots of the suspect inside the store (click images for a larger version)

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DPD to Host Information Meeting Tuesday

On Tuesday, December 14th, officers with the Dalton Police Department will hold an open community meeting. 

During this meeting, officers will be on hand to listen to any community problems that the Dalton Police Department may be able to address and listen to feedback on programs being currently conducted.  Officers will also have current crime information available for any areas of the city and be able to provide important crime prevention information dealing with recent crime trends we have been facing.

The meeting will be held in the City Council Chamber Room on the first floor of City Hall at 6:00 PM, and anyone interested is encouraged to attend.

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DPD Seeks Identity of Cell Phone Shoplifting Suspects

The Dalton Police Department is asking for help from the public with identifying two suspects who shoplifted a cell phone from the AT&T Wireless store on Walnut Avenue on December 7th.

The incident happened shortly before 5:00 pm on the afternoon of the 7th.  Two Hispanic males entered the store and walked around for several minutes, looking at different phones.  On the surveillance tape, the men appeared to be looking around at other customers and staff members to see if they were being watched.  When they were alone in the back corner of the store, the younger of the two men tore the security device off of the back of one of the display cell phones and took it.  They both then left the store.  The stolen phone is a black Motorola Bravo phone which is valued at approximately $430. 

The first suspect is a Hispanic male, believed to be in his 20’s and wore a black vest over a white short sleeved t-shirt which was over a long-sleeved black shirt and khaki cargo pants.  The second suspect is older, possibly in his 30’s.  He had a moustache and wore blue jeans and a red shirt with a black jacket.  A surveillance image of the two is included with this release.  The suspects are the two men on the left side of the picture facing the camera. 

Anyone with information on this crime or the identity of the suspects is asked to please contact Detective Ricky Long with the Dalton Police Department at 706-278-9085, extension 168.

Below: The two shoplifting suspects are pictured on the left side of this picture (click image for a larger version).

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DPD Warns Public of “Quick Change” Scam

The Dalton Police Department is investigating a report of two individuals who ripped off nearly $100 from an area Racetrac gas station using a type of “quick change” scam where they kept having a cashier make change in varying amounts before leaving with more money than they had to start with.  Investigators believe that this incident is not related to a similar scam that happened at the Market Street Cracker Barrel and was reported by area media outlets earlier this month.

On November 30, 2010, two men entered the Racetrac on Walnut Avenue and made a $3.00 purchase with a $100 bill.  As the cashier began to make change, the first suspect asked for the $100 bill back, saying he would pay with three $1 bills instead.  The suspect kept the cashier confused by asking for different amounts of change, and took the original $100 and approximately $97 in change and left before the clerk realized what had happened. 

The first suspect is a black male, standing about 5’10 and weighing approximately 240 pounds.  He wore a black leather jacket and red toboggan-type hat.  The other suspect is a black male, standing approximately 6’ tall with a slim build.  He wore a long black coat and a black toboggan-type hat.  They left in a gold mini-van heading towards I-75. 

This scam is similar to the “quick change” incident in late November at the Market Street Cracker Barrel, and also to incidents reported in the area in the past.   Business owners and also individuals should be wary when making change, especially when presented with large bills.  If a customer starts asking for different types of change, it’s best to stop and make sure not to be confused. 

Anyone with any information on this crime or the suspects involved is asked to please contact Detective Ricky Long with the Dalton Police Department at 706-278-9085, extension 168.

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