At the monthly meeting of the Public Safety Commission on Tuesday, Dalton Police Chief Jason Parker reported some gains in the fight against violent crime while also acknowledging a continuing increase in property crimes in Dalton. Presenting the department's statistical report for January 2012, Chief Parker reported that among Part I Crimes reported in January, violent crimes were down compared to the same month in 2011, with reductions in both robbery and aggravated assault. Property crimes showed an increase, mostly in shoplifting cases and theft from vehicle cases
Chief Parker also reported the clearance of eleven burglaries that occurred at various locations in the city and involved two groups of individuals. The Chief noted a continued improvement in crime clearance rates over the same period last year, with a 50% increase in violent crime clearances, and an 8% increase in property crime clearances.
In January, the police department’s calls for service increased by 4.6% over the same period last year.
Chief Parker also briefed the commission on the status of the investigation of the traffic crash fatality that occurred on Sunday, February 26, telling commissioners that if not for cars traveling behind the victim, the crash might not have been discovered for a few days, due to the fact that the wrecked vehicle couldn’t be seen from the roadway. Chief Parker told commissioners that the department was waiting for an autopsy report from the crime lab as part of the investigation.
Also at Tuesday's meeting, the Public Safety Commission voted unanimously to confirm firefighter Todd Pangle’s promotion from the rank of captain to battalion chief.
Battalion Chief Pangle joined the Dalton Fire Department in July 1997.
Chief Bruce Satterfield presented the Dalton Fire Department’s monthly report for January as well as a year-end review for 2011 to the Public Safety Commission. January was another busy month for the DFD, as calls for service (250) were up slightly compared to the same month in 2011 (228). The breakdown for those service calls is as follows:
- 8 fires
- 169 emergency medical and rescue
- 11 hazardous conditions
- 13 service calls
- 18 good intent
- 30 false alarms (only 1 malicious false alarm)
- 1 “special type” incident
In January 2012, more than $41 million worth of property was exposed to loss in fires. The total value lost in January was $130,214.
Chief Satterfield also reported to the commission on the final disposition of the October 2011 arson case at the apartments at 1915 Heathcliff Drive. After a joint DFD/DPD investigation, 22 year old Cesar Fraire Carrillo plead guilty to the arson and was sentenced to one year in prison followed by seven years’ probation. Carrillo also agreed to pay court charges, serve 50 hours of community service, and pay restitution of $1,500 or apartment tenants and $13,696 to owners of the complex. Carrillo was also sentenced on 12 months prison each for two cruelty to animals charges for 2 dogs that died in the fire, to be served concurrently with the arson sentence.
The Dalton Public Safety Commission is comprised of Chairman William B. Weaver, Carlos Calderin, Terry Mathis, Keith Whitworth, and Kenneth E. Willis.
Below: Chief Bruce Satterfield presents Battalion Chief Todd Pangle for promotion, and then congratulates him after the commission's unanimous confirmation vote (click images to see a larger version)