Posts on Jan 1970

New Officer Receives Badge

Officer Tim Williams, the newest member of the Dalton Police Department, got his badge on Friday afternoon in a ceremony at the Police Services Center.  Chief Jason Parker spoke to a group of officers assembled in the department's Training Room before pinning the badge onto Williams' uniform. 

Williams is wrapping up his first week of duty at the Dalton Police Department and is currently in the Field Training Officer program.  He was confirmed by unanimous vote of the Dalton Public Safety Commission on Friday.

Below: Pictures from Friday's badge pinning ceremony at the Dalton Police Services Center (click images for a larger version)

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Join the Dalton Police Department!

Do you think you have what it takes to join one of the Georgia's leading law enforcement agencies?  The Dalton Police Department is currently taking applications from candidates to become new DPD officers. 

To qualify as an applicant, candidates must meet the standards set by the Georgia Peace Officer Training Standards Council (POST), be at least 21 years old, be a citizen of the United States, and have at least a high school diploma or the equivalent, with at least some college education preferred.  Starting pay for new officers is approximately $14.99 per hour.  Further pay adjustments are made during the first year of service as training and probation requirements are met.  Additional education incentives are available for recruits with Baccalaureate Degrees.

Applications can be obtained at the Human Resources Office in City Hall, 300 West Waugh Street, Dalton, GA 30721.  A City of Dalton application must be filled out and received by the job closing date of February 25, 2011 at 5:00 pm E.S.T.  

Want more information about becoming a Dalton Police Officer?  Click here!

To watch the Dalton Police Department's recruiting video, click "Play" in the window below (to watch in higher video quality, select "480p")

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Reminder: Move Over!

Officers from the Dalton Police Department are reporting that they're still having trouble with motorists violating Georgia's "Move Over Law". 

Georgia Code 40-6-16 requires motorists approaching emergency vehicles (such as police cars or ambulances) pulled over on the shoulder of the road must 1) male a lane change into a lane not next to the emergency vehicle when more than one lane is present and it's safe to do so, OR, 2) slow down and pass the emergency vehicle at a speed below the posted speed limit. 

This law was enacted to protect the lives of police officers, firefighters, paramedics, tow truck operators, road maintenance workers and also other motorists.  The annual Law Enforcement Officer Fatality Research Bulletin released in December reported that the number of officers killed when struck by vehicles went up 16 percent in 2010.

Under Georgia law, the fine for violating the "Move Over Law" is a fine of up to $500.  For your safety and ours, please remember to move over when you approach emergency vehicles on the side of the road. 

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DPD Arrests Getaway Driver in Armed Robbery

On January 25th, the Dalton Police Department arrested Benjamin Hurtado Fraire, 19, and charged him with being party to the crime of armed robbery.  Fraire, of 505 Anderson Avenue, was charged for driving a getaway car during an armed robbery at the Carneceria Loa II on November 27th, 2010. 

The November 27th incident happened when Raul Rangel-Alvarez entered the Carneceria Loa II store, produced a gun and demanded money.  He was seen getting out of a white car, and witnesses reported seeing another man driving the car.  During the course of the investigation, detectives determined that Fraire was the driver.

Rangel-Alvarez was arrested on January 1st and charged in connection with the November 27th incident and also a string of five other armed robberies that happened in November and New Year’s Day at Hispanic businesses in Dalton.

These incidents are still under investigation, and further charges are possible. 

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DPD Welcomes New Officer

The Dalton Police Department welcomed a new officer to the ranks on Tuesday morning, as the hiring of Officer Tim Williams was confirmed by unanimous vote of the Dalton Public Safety Commission.

Officer Williams is a 2004 graduate of Northwest Whitfield High School.  Williams is new to the department, but he's not new to the law enforcement community in the Dalton area.  Before joining the Dalton Police Department, Williams was a deputy with the Whitfield County Sheriff's Office.  He joined the Sheriff's Office in August of 2006, and spent the last two and a half years in the patrol division. 

Officer Williams has already started his duties with the DPD Patrol Division, beginning in the department's Field Training program.

“We’re pleased to have Officer Williams on board,” said Assistant Chief Truman Whitfield.  “He built a reputation with the Sheriff’s Office as a good officer, and we expect that he’ll provide great service to the citizens of Dalton.”

Below: Assistant Chief Truman Whitfield (left) welcomes Officer Tim Williams to the Dalton Police Department

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DPD Seeks Suspect in Purse, Credit Card Theft

The Dalton Police Department is asking for the public’s help with identifying a suspect who stole a woman’s car keys and used them to enter her car and steal her purse and credit cards.  The suspect then used the stolen cards to make fraudulent purchases in Whitfield County and Cleveland, Tennessee. 

The incident happened on January 15th when an employee of Ryan’s Steakhouse at Walnut Square noticed that her jacket was missing from an employee area.  When she gave up on finding the jacket, which contained her car keys, she called her husband to come with her spare car key so she could drive home.  Once he arrived, he noticed that her car door was open in the parking lot.  Her purse containing $170 cash and credit cards was missing from the car.  A surveillance video from the restaurant shows the suspect picking up the victim’s jacket and taking her keys before walking out of the restaurant.  He then used the card at multiple locations, including the Wal-Mart in Cleveland, Tennessee where the card was declined.  He was recorded on surveillance at the Wal-Mart, and two pictures from that video are included below.

The suspect is a white male with short, clean cut dark brown hair wearing light-colored blue jeans and a tan pullover windbreaker. Investigators believe he may be driving a black or dark colored Jeep Cherokee. If you have any information on this crime or the identity of the suspect, please contact Detective Ricky Long with the Dalton Police Department at 706-278-9085, extension 168. 

Below: The suspect is pictured leaving the Wal-Mart in Cleveland, TN (click image for a larger version)

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DPD Charges Five In Connection With String of Burglaries

The Dalton Police Department has charged five men in connection with a string of at least five burglaries within Dalton.  The five are also believed to be connected to at least six burglaries being investigated by the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office, including a burglary that received media attention after a family’s Christmas presents and puppy were taken from their home on Bear Den Court.

The Dalton Police Department has charged Randall Shropshire, 17, address unknown and Nichalous Payton, 18, of 1915 Heathcliff Drive with one count each of burglary.  Jimmy Betancourt, 22, of 408 Cotton Mill Road in Tunnel Hill was charged by the Dalton Police with three counts of burglary and six counts of theft by receiving stolen property.  Eric Hunter, 17, of 410 Cattleman Drive was charged with one count of burglary.  The Dalton Police Department also has two active warrants for the arrest of Michael Austin, 23, of 1014 Dozier Street on charges of theft by receiving and making false statements to a law enforcement officer.

Investigators initially began to suspect the group after a patrol officer saw them in the area near Virginia Avenue shortly after a burglary occurred there on January 4th.  After speaking to them a patrol officer took down their contact information. Over the course of the following weeks, detectives interviewed the men and determined that they were involved with the burglary and others in the area.  Some of the property stolen in the burglaries has been recovered and returned to the owners.  Shropshire and Payton were charged on January 7th.  Betancourt was charged on January 12th, and Hunter was charged on January 15th. 

These incidents are still being investigated by detectives from the Dalton Police Department and Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office, and more charges are possible.  Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Michael Austin is asked to please contact Detective Brandon Carter at 706-278-9085, extension 183. 

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Lottery Scams: Too Good To Be True

From time to time, the Dalton Police Department receives complaints about citizens being taken in by scammers.  

One type of scam seen most frequently by investigators is the lottery scam.  The way it works is that a scammer picks out a name and phone number or address of someone they think could be vulnerable to the scam. Often, they select an elderly person. The scammer then contacts the victim either by phone or mail and tells them they've won a foreign lottery (in a recent case investigated by the Dalton Police Department, the scammers were apparently in Jamaica). They stand to win millions of dollars if they just wire a smaller sum of money, perhaps $500, to cover administrative fees for the lottery.  Once the victim sends the money, the scammers are never heard from again.  This type of scam has recently been reported this month by at least one victim in the Dalton area.

One of the easiest ways to avoid being scammed is to simply realize that if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.  It's impossible to win a lottery that you didn't enter.  Any organization in the business of awarding money prizes does not need money from you to handle their costs, they would be able to do it themselves.  If someone makes contact with you asking for money and you don't have business with them, don't send them money without checking with either a Better Business Bureau or other agency to make sure they're legitimate.  A good rule of thumb is to be overly cautious when it comes to sending people your money.

If you think you may have been a victim of this type of scam, or any type of scam, contact your local law enforcement agency and report it.

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DPD Seeks Runaway Juvenile

UPDATE: Ashley Raywell is no longer missing.  She returned home.

The Dalton Police Department is asking for the public’s help with locating a runaway teenager who has been missing since December 12, 2010.  Ashley Desamea Raywell left her residence at the Cliffs Apartments in Dalton saying that she was going to visit a neighbor to use the phone on that afternoon and has not been heard from since.

Ashley Raywell is a 15 year old mixed race girl.  She is about 4’10” tall and weighs approximately 105 pounds.  She has black hair and brown eyes and wears black frame glasses.  Both of her ears are pierced, and she also has three additional piercings along the top of her right ear.  She also has a pierced tongue.  She apparently took most of her clothes with her when she left, so there is no clothing description.  A picture of Raywell is included below.

Investigators believe that Raywell might be with 15 year old Charlsey Bellas, a juvenile female who was reported as a runaway by the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office.

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Driving Conditions Update

Light snow began to fall in Dalton again on Wednesday morning, with some minor accumulation on streets and sidewalks which is likely to melt off in the sunshine.  Most major area roads are clear, but patches of ice have developed overnight, even on major city thoroughfares.  Many residential streets may still be icy. City and county Public Works employees will be working throughout the day to clear more roads and streets.

The Dalton Police Department continues to urge motorists to use caution on city streets and roads.  Please limit your trips to essential travel only.  Watch out for ice on the roads, and please drive slowly. 

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