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June Public Safety Commission Notes

DPD Promotions

Two Dalton Police officers had their promotions confirmed by a unanimous vote of the Dalton Public Safety Commission at its June meeting on Tuesday morning.  Master Police Officer Ricky Long, Jr. was promoted to the rank of sergeant and Sergeant Chip Whitfield was promoted to the rank of lieutenant.

Sergeant Long has served the Dalton Police Department since March 2000 and has an associate’s degree from Dalton State College. In addition to his years as a patrol officer, Sgt. Long also served as a School Resource Officer (SRO) and also most recently as a detective in the Criminal Investigations Division (CID).  Sergeant Long is now serving as a supervisor in the patrol division.

Lt. Whitfield is a Dalton native and has served the department since July 1988.  He has a bachelor’s degree from West Georgia College and a master’s degree in public administration from Columbus State University.  He has served in various roles including most recently as operations sergeant of CID.  He now takes over as Division Commander of CID.

Both promotions were confirmed by a 3-0 vote (commission members Carlos Calderin and Keith Whitworth were not in attendance).

DPD Report

Chief Jason Parker began the DPD’s report covering May 2012 with some positive news. The reported rate of Part I crimes for May 2012 was down 17% compared to the same month in 2011, with the largest decreases coming in the areas of larceny-theft and motor vehicle theft.  For the year to date, the overall rate of Part I crimes is virtually the same as 2011.  In the individual Part I categories, the year to date numbers are virtually identical to 2011 with the exceptions of a large decrease in motor vehicle thefts (24 in 2011 vs. 14 in 2012) and an increase in larceny-theft cases (407 in 2011 vs. 417 in 2012).

The property crime clearance rate is still higher than last year at 46%, a 7% increase over the year-to-date total in 2011.  There have been 198 arrests in property crimes to date, versus 180 in 2011. 

For the year, traffic crashes are still higher compared to 2011, but May 2012 did see an 11% decrease in crashes compared to the same month last year.  Walnut Avenue, Thornton Avenue and Shugart Road continue to be the worst trouble spots, accounting for 39% of all crashes in the city.  Distracted driving continued to be the most frequent contributing factor in crashes, as it was reported in 14% of all crashes.

DFD Report

Dalton Fire Chief Bruce Satterfield’s report to the commission noted that May 2012 was a busy month for the department, with 219 calls for service.  Of those, 12 were fire calls, with 4 more calls for service at industrial sites including the overpressure rupture incident at MFG Chemical.  The department also responded to 130 calls for rescue and medical calls.

The total estimated value to property exposed to loss to fire in May was $1,695,270 and the estimated loss to fire damange was $52,978.

Alcoholic Beverage Licenses

The Public Safety Commission voted to approve the alcoholic beverage applications of three businesses at Tuesday morning’s meeting.  The commission voted to approve a pouring beer and wine license for Ken’s Hibachi Buffet at 101 West Walnut Avenue, a pouring beer and liquor license for the Broken Spoke at 300 South Hamilton Street, and a package wine license for Raspberry Row at 205 W. Cuyler Street.

The Dalton Public Safety Commission is comprised of Chairman William B. Weaver, Carlos Calderin, Terry Mathis, Keith Whitworth, and Kenneth E. Willis.

Below (from left to right): Lt. Chip Whitfield, Chief Jason Parker, and Sergeant Ricky Long pose after the confirmation of promotions Tuesday morning at the Public Safety Commission's monthly meeting at City Hall.

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Operation Zero Tolerance: You Drink, You Drive, You Lose.

The Fourth of July is not only one of our most cherished holidays as Americans, it's also one of our most deadly holidays because of drivers who drive while under the influence of alcohol and drugs.  It’s a time of the year when Americans should be enjoying family outings, picnics, apple pie, watermelon and traditional fireworks (the legal ones, of course).  Unfortunately, the sad fact of the matter is that nationwide, almost 400 motorists lost their lives in 2010 during the July 4th travel period.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 39% of those fatalities came at the hands of a driver with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher. That's the legal limit.

In an effort to prevent more tragic and unnecessary deaths, the Dalton Police Department is joining law enforcement agencies across the country in a national mobilization to target drivers driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.  Operation Zero Tolerance is currently underway and will run through midnight July 4th.  The DPD will be using saturated patrols and road checks to combat drunk drivers during the mobilization.

So remember, as you plan for food and fun during the Fourth, designate a driver or call a cab if you're planning to drink.  If you can't do either one, plan to stay overnight whereever you're drinking or walk home.  Whatever you do, don't drink and drive.  Over the Limit, Under Arrest!

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Georgia Police and Fire Games – Day Four

Here are some results from Thursday's action at the Georiga Police and Fire Games, including a win for the home team at the "Toughest Firefighter" competition.

Toughest Firefighter

1st Place – Robbie Townsend, Dalton Fire Department – 2:30

2nd Place – Jonathon Lent, Forsyth County Fire Department – 2:35

3rd Place – Richard Ehlke, Cherokee County Fire Department – 2:41

Golf (Four Person Teams)

1st Place – Calhoun Fire Department (Neal Ruddell, Chad Greeson, Mike Young, Larry Gilbert) – 56

2nd Place – Baldwin County Fire Department (Lewis Osborne, Warren Marshall, Greg Hood, Walt Peeler) – 57*

3rd Place – Cherokee County Fire Department (Dan Neglia, Coleman Schlenke, Eric Boling, Jim Shack) – 57

Below: Dalton firefighter Robbie Townsend drags a charged hose line down the course during his winning run at the Toughest Firefighter competition; Murray County firefighter Douglas Brown weaves through a cone course during his run at the Toughest Firefighter competition. For more pictures from Thursday's action, click here to see a gallery on the Dalton Police Department's Facebook page.

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Georgia Police and Fire Games – Day Three

Here are some results from Day 3 competition at the Georgia Police and Fire Games.

Pistol Shooting

1st Place – Jonathon Golliher, Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office

2nd Place – Lucas Yates, ICE

3rd Place – James Harter, FBI

Combat Shooting

1st Place – Val Khosjtariya, Chamblee Police Department – 92.73 seconds

2nd Place – Jonathon Golliher, Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office – 93.88 seconds

3rd Place – Lucas Yates, ICE – 97.39 seconds

Golf (2-Person Teams)

1st Place – Ara Baronian and Michael Shulman  – 64

2nd Place – Chad Greeson and Neal Ruddell, 68*

3rd Place – John Clifton and Jimmy Marshall – 68

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To see pictures from the Pistol Shooting competition, click here to see a photo gallery on the Dalton Police Department Facebook page.

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Crash Damages Flag Pole at Dalton Fire Department

A brake failure led to a single car crash that damaged the flag pole in front of the Dalton Fire Department’s Station #1 on Wednesday afternoon, but fortunately nobody was hurt. 

The crash happened shortly before 1 pm Wednesday afternoon.  Driver Maria Gonzalez, 44, told Dalton police that she was traveling northbound on Valley Drive approaching the four-way stop sign at School Street when her brakes failed.  She rolled through the intersection and down the hill approaching Waugh Street where other cars were waiting at a red light.  Not wanting to hit the other cars, Gonzalez told police that she veered to the right into the parking lot of Station #1, hitting the flag pole.  The collision knocked the flag pole out of the ground and caused the air bags in the minivan to deploy.  Neither Gonzelez nor either of her two children in the vehicle were injured.

There were no charges filed in the crash.

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Georgia Police and Fire Games – Day Two

Here are some results from Day 2 of competition in the Georgia Police and Fire Games.

Toughest Cop Competition

The “Toughest Cop” competition features an obstacle course followed by a 1.5 mile run and then a course of fire with a handgun and a shotgun with time penalties assessed for each missed shot.

1st Place – Adrian Gomez (19:43) – Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office

2nd Place – Mike Beller (19:49) – Chamblee Police Department

3rd Place – John New (21:23) – Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office

Deanna Jarrett-Gramling from the Cherokee County District Attorney’s Office won Toughest Female Cop with a time of 30:36.

Cycling Competition

The Cycling Competition consists of an 18.5 mile bike race on the same course as the Georgia Cup race.

1st Place – Robert Cotrell (53:33) – Atlanta Fire Department

2nd Place – Douglas Kerns (53:34) – Dalton Fire Department

3rd Place – Jeffrey Greene (53:35) – Clayton County Fire Department

Golf (Singles)

1st Place – Chris Laird (74) – Chamblee Police Department

2nd Place – Eric Boling (76) – Cherokee County Police Department

3rd Place – Daniel Oak (76) – DeKalb Police Department

Below:Deanna Jarrett-Gramling from the Cherokee County District Attorney’s Office (center) and Adrian Gomez (right) won the Toughest Female and Toughest Male Cop competitions, respectively; Chris Laird (center) from the Chamblee Police Department won the singles championship in golf.  Daniel Oak (left) finished third and Eric Boling (right) finished second.  To see more pictures from Tuesday's competition, click here to see a photo gallery from the "Toughest Cop" competition on the Dalton Police Department's Facebook page.

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Georgia Police and Fire Games – Day One

Here are some results from various competitions at the Georgia Police and Fire Games.  The games are being hosted at various sites around Dalton and Whitfield County.

Toughest Competitor

The Toughest Competitor event is a difficult obstacle course combined with a mile and a half run. 

1st  Place – Casey Crosby, Atlanta Fire Department (21:11)

2nd Place – Adrian Gomez, Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office (22:30)

3rd Place – John New, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office (23:07)

Skeet Shooting / 5 Stand competition

1st  Place – Timmy Ponders, Whitfield Fire Department

2nd Place – Keith Dempsey, Dalton Fire Department

3rd Place – Efren Glover, MARTA Police Department 

Golf – Par 3 Competition

1st Place – Larry Gilbert, Calhoun Police Department (60)

2nd Place – Daniel Oak, DeKalb Police Department (61)

3rd Place – Mike Young, Calhoun Police Department (69)

Below: The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place finishers at the Par 3 Golf Competition (left to right) Larry Gilbert, Calhoun PD, Daniel Oak, DeKalb PD, and Mike Young, Calhoun PD; Firefighter Casey Crosby from the Atlanta Fire Department poses with his award for finishing first in the Toughest Competitor race. To see more pictures from the Toughest Competitor race, click here to see a gallery on the Dalton Police Department Facebook page.

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Georgia Police and Fire Games Coming Next Week!

More than 400 police officers and firefighters from agencies across Georgia will be coming to Dalton next week for the 2012 Georgia Police and Fire Games.  The games will take place at various sites around Dalton and Whitfield County starting Monday, June 18th and running through Saturday, June 23rd.  Admission to the various games is free and members of the public are welcome to come cheer on officers and firefighters at events. 

Police officers and firefighters will compete as individuals or in teams in various events such as softball, golf, weight lifting, cycling, a 5K race and others.  There are also “toughest cop” and “toughest firefighter” competitions which will consist of obstacle courses designed with different law enforcement or firefighting activities.

Events are being coordinated by the Dalton Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Dalton Parks and Recreation Department, and also representatives from the Dalton Police and Fire Departments.  This is the first of two years that Dalton will serve as host.  For more information on the games, including a schedule of events and their locations, visit http://www.gapoliceandfiregames.com.

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Civilian Job Opening At DPD

The Dalton Police Department is taking applications for the position of Records Technician.  The position is a civilian (non-sworn) position.   This is a full time forty hours per week position.

Applicants must possess knowledge of modern office practices, have a high school diploma or equivalent, and be able pass a keyboarding test at 50 wpm net.  Skill with office equipment including computer, computer software, calculator, copier, cash register preferred and previous experience is a plus.  The applicant must be able to complete basic math calculations.  The applicant must possess good communications skills, a professional work ethic, and be able to work as a team player.  The applicant must have the ability to perform the essential functions of the job.  A successful applicant’s responsibilities will include typing, filing, processing reports, working with and assisting various law enforcement personnel and the public.   

Starting pay for this position is approximately $12.50 per hour.   Applications may be obtained at the Human Resources Office in City Hall, 300 W. Waugh St., Dalton, GA. An Equal Opportunity Employer.  A City of Dalton application must be filled out and received by the job closing date of June 22, 2012.  For more information on the duties of a Records Technician with the DPD, click here to visit the "How To Join the Dalton Police Department" page.

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