Posts on Jan 1970

DPD To Host Women’s Self Defense Class in January 2013

NOTE: This class is now full and registration for the class has closed.  Please stay tuned to the Dalton Police Blog and also the DPD's Facebook and Twitter accounts for updates on future classes.

The Dalton Police Department will
host another session of the popular RAD Systems Women's Self Defense Class in
January.  Previous sessions of the class, which is taught by Dalton Police
Training Officer Brian Pack, have been well-received by women who have

The course will take place over four nights in January
(January 15, 17, 29, and 31st) from 6 pm until 9 pm. The January 15th
class will meet at the Dalton Police Services Center, and the others will be
held at the new Mack Gaston Community Center on Fredrick Street.  The
course is being offered free of charge.  The class is limited to 20
participants, and the course is designed for women ages 13 and up.  However,
women younger than age 18 may participate, but must have a parent or
guardian sign a waiver to enroll. 

The program is for women only – wives, mothers,
daughters, sisters, girlfriends – and all who successfully complete the course
will have a lifetime return policy allowing them to participate in any R.A.D
System program to refresh their skills at any time.  The 12-hour course
educates women on safety strategies to minimize their chances of becoming a
victim, and physical tactics aimed at disabling an attacker long enough to
escape.  Officer Pack, certified in the R.A.D System of Self Defense, will
wear a padded “Red Man” suit for some of the exercises which allow the women to
practice defensive maneuvers they have learned in the class without the fear of
injuring the instructor.

“Our ultimate goal is to promote safety and build
confidence,” said Officer Pack. “Our hope is that no one will ever have to use
the skills they’ll learn in this class, but we want them to feel safe wherever
they go. We’re not teaching people how to fight, but to have some skills they
can use to create enough of a diversion to create distance and get away if they
ever find themselves in a dangerous situation."

Women interested in the class may also email
Officer Brian Pack at
for more information.

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Public Safety Commission Meeting Notes


The Dalton Fire Department opened Tuesday’s monthly meeting
of the Dalton Public Safety Commission with the promotion of five firefighters
to the rank of Firefighter II.  Matt
Vess, Brent Newton, Josh Peek, Robbie Townsend and Chris Tallent all had their promotions
approved by unanimous 5-0 vote of the commission.

Firefighter Vess has served the department since February
2006, while Firefighters Newton, Peek, Townsend, and Tallent all joined in
March 2008.

DPD Report

Chief Jason Parker continued Tuesday morning’s meeting with
his agency’s monthly statistical report. 
Overall, crime reports for the year to date (through the end of November)
were up about 6%.  Part I Crimes, the
most serious crimes, are being reported at nearly the same rate (1,289 reports
this year compared to 1,290 reports in 2011). 
Traffic crashes in Dalton, meanwhile, have gone up 14% in 2012 compared
to the first 11 months of 2011. 

DPD Hires

Also at Tuesday morning’s meeting, three new Dalton Police
officers had their hiring confirmed by unanimous 5-0 vote of the
commission.  Officers Michael Purcell and
Colton Parker joined the agency after recently graduating from the Georgia
Public Safety Training Center’s Regional Police Academy in Dalton. 

Officer Grant Mantooth is signing on for his
second tour of duty with the Dalton Police Department, previously serving the
agency from March 2002 to October 2003 before leaving to work for a family business.
He maintained his police certification during that time as a volunteer reserve
officer with the Cohutta Police Department until October 2012.

Budget Notes

Both Chief Parker and Chief Satterfield had happy news for
the Public Safety Commission on Tuesday morning as they reported that both
agencies will finish the year under budget.  

Below: (first photo L to R) Officers Michael Purcell, Colton Parker, and Grant Mantooth stand to be presented for confirmation as DPD officers by the Public Safety Commission; (second photo, L to R) Deputy Chief Gary
Baggett, Firefighters Chris Tallent, Robbie Townsend, Josh Peek, Brent Newton,
Matt Vess, and Chief Bruce Satterfield pose for a photo during Tuesday
morning’s meeting.


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New Officers Join DPD Force

The Dalton Police Department’s three
newest officers received their badges in a ceremony Friday afternoon at the
Police Services Center, officially marking the start of their duties with the
agency.  Officers Michael Purcell and
Colton Parker both graduated from the police academy in Dalton earlier this

Officer Purcell is a native of
Toccoa, Georgia and graduated from Stephens Count High School and North Georgia
College and State University with a degree in criminal justice.  He is a sergeant in the Army National

Officer Parker is a 2009 graduate of
Murray County High School and is currently pursuing a criminal justice degree
from Dalton State College.

Both officers will begin their duties
as DPD officers by taking part in the agency’s field training program.

Below: Officers Michael Purcell and Colton Parker pose with Chief Jason Parker after having their badges pinned on during a ceremony Friday at the Police Services Center


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DPD Busts Large Marijuana Growing Operation

A drug bust at a Dalton apartment complex
early Wednesday morning led to the seizure of 19 marijuana plants totaling 176
pounds and estimated to be worth at least $100,000 on the streets.  Dewayne Edward Caldwell, 24, of 1 Brothers
Lane Apartment #324 was arrested and charged in the case.

The incident happened shortly before
5:00 am when officers were dispatched to the Huntington Place apartments at 1
Brothers Lane (also known as Huntington Place) to check the welfare of a neighboring
resident.  As they prepared to leave,
officers Jason Robinson and Tommy Ensley smelled an extremely strong odor of
marijuana coming from apartment #324. 
They knocked on the door and Dewayne Caldwell answered the door.  When the door opened, the officers reported the
smell of marijuana coming from the apartment was overpowering.  They secured the scene and obtained a search
warrant to search the apartment.

When the search warrant was executed
later in the morning, investigators found a large-scale growing operation
inside.  The bedroom of the apartment was
filled with 19 plants and a variety of heat and UV lamps with foil lining the
walls to incubate the plants and reflect light. 
Officers also found marijuana being dried and prepared for distribution
or consumption.   Officers also found
scales, water pipes, and a variety of light and heat sources and

Caldwell was charged with felony
marijuana trafficking, felony possession of marijuana with intent to
distribute, felony possession of marijuana, misdemeanor obstruction of a law
officer, and misdemeanor possession of tools for the commission of a crime
(violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act).  

Below: Officers Ensley (left) and Robinson (right) discovered the marijuana operation this morning; Dewayne Caldwell is pictured in a booking photo


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Remember: Buzzed Driving IS Drunk Driving

The holidays are a wonderful
time of year filled with celebration, time with loved ones, and good cheer.
But for the 775 families whose loved ones were killed during December 2010 in
alcohol-impaired-driving crashes, the joyous celebration ended in disaster. 

That’s why the Dalton Police Department is
joining with highway safety partners and law enforcement organizations across
the country this December to remind you that during the holidays and
throughout the year drinking alcohol and driving do not mix and that Buzzed
Driving is Drunk Driving

Drinking and
driving are never a good combination and just aren't worth the risk. Driving a vehicle or riding a motorcycle while
intoxicated jeopardizes your safety and the safety of others on our roads.  If you are going to drink, plan another way
home before the celebration begins, and encourage your friends and family to do
the same.

to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 32,885 people were
killed in motor vehicle crashes during 2010 and 31 percent (10,228) of those
fatalities involved alcohol-impaired drivers.  The holiday season is
particularly dangerous. During December 2010, 2,597 people lost their lives in
motor vehicle crashes, and 775 of those were killed in crashes involving
alcohol-impaired drivers.

This tragic loss
of life can be reduced if we get impaired drivers off our roadways. That’s why the Dalton Police Department is working hard to
remind everyone to never drink and drive.

This holiday season, the Dalton
Police Department is encouraging you to take three simple steps to ensure
your holiday celebrations don’t end in tragedy. 

  • Plan ahead: Be
    sure to designate a sober driver before the party begins.
  • If you will be
    drinking, do not plan on driving.
    one drink too many increases the risk of a crash while driving a motor vehicle.
    If you are impaired, find another way home. 
    Use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, use public
    transportation or
  • Be
    If someone you know is
    drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel.  If you see an impaired driver on the road,
    contact law enforcement.  Your actions
    may save someone’s life, and inaction could cost a life. 

The holidays should be a time
for celebration, not tragedy.  Please
help make Dalton’s
roadways safe by never driving after drinking. Remember, Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving, so NEVER drink and drive.

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DPD Seeks Grinch Who Stole Charity Jar

The Dalton Police Department is
asking for the public’s help with identifying a man who did his best Grinch
impression recently when he stole a jar of money intended for charity from a
Dalton gas station.  The jar contained
between $80 and $100 that had been donated by customers.  The theft was caught on the store’s
surveillance system.

The incident happened on Thanksgiving at approximately 2:00 pm at the BP
Station at 2214 East Walnut Avenue, but was not discovered until days later
when a store employee returned to work and noticed that the jar was
missing.  When she checked the store’s
surveillance system, the employee found video of the incident and called
police.  On the video a white male can be
seen taking the jar, which was kept on the counter near the cash register, and
putting it underneath what appears to be a shirt slung over his shoulder.  The suspect then left the store with the jar
still covered by the shirt. 

The suspect is approximately six feet
tall with dark hair shaved on the side. 
He appears to have facial hair.  He wore a dark t-shirt and faded jeans. A
picture of the suspect is included with this release. Store employees told
investigators that the suspect’s name might be Justin, and that he has been
seen at the Wal-Mart on East Walnut Avenue panhandling. 

If you have any information on the
identity of this suspect, please contact Officer Ray Figg at 706-278-9085,
extension 139.

Below: The suspect is pictured on surveillance.


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Operation Blue Christmas Ends With Donation To “Sharing Is Caring”

For more than a month, the Dalton Police Department has partnered with area businesses to collect toys to donate to kids in need during the holiday season.  The toy drive, nicknamed "Operation Blue Christmas" wrapped up on Wednesday and this morning DPD Chief Jason Parker made a donation of toys and money to the Salvation Army as part of its "Sharing Is Caring" drive.  

Toys were collected at the Police Services Center at 301 Jones Street and also at six businesses around Dalton: Dollar General, Mountain Creek Harley Davidson, The Filling Station Restaurant, The Engine Room Restaurant, The Dalton Depot Restaurant, and the Mack Gaston Community Center.  The DPD thanks these businesses and all who donated toys or money in support of Operation Blue Christmas and Sharing Is Caring.

Below: Major Art Fultz from the Salvation Army (left) accepts a donation of toys and money from DPD Chief Jason Parker after the completion of the department's Operation Blue Christmas toy drive


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DPD Seeks Suspect In Bank Robbery

The Dalton Police Department is
asking for the public’s help with identifying a suspect who entered the Regions
Bank on Thornton Avenue in downtown Dalton and told a teller he was armed and
demanded money. 

The incident happened shortly before
1:30 pm on Monday afternoon.  A single
suspect described as a black male standing between 5’5” and 5’7” tall and
wearing a long dark wig with a white and black hat and gray jacket and large
sunglasses with red Georgia Bulldog sweatpants or pajama pants and carrying a
black bag or purse entered the bank and gave a teller a note demanding
money.  The suspect indicated that he was
armed.  The suspect left the bank with an
undetermined amount of money, at least some of which was recovered at the scene
after apparently being dropped as the suspect fled on foot.  Surveillance pictures of the suspect are
included below.

A witness told a responding DPD
officer that a person matching the suspect’s description ran into a room at the
nearby Downtown Motor Inn.  Officers set
up a perimeter and obtained a warrant to search the room but found nobody

This incident is still under
investigation.  Anyone with information
on this incident or the identity of the suspect is asked to please contact
Detective Jason Bishop at 706-278-9085, extension 214.

Below: The suspect is pictured in surveillance images from the bank.

Suspect 1
Suspect 2
Suspect 3

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