Posts on Jan 1970

DPD Investigates Deadly Crash

Dalton Police Department needs your help with an investigation into a deadly crash.  The DPD Traffic Enforcement Unit is investigating a Tuesday afternoon single crash that resulted in the death of the driver. The Traffic Unit is asking anyone who may have witnessed the crash to please contact investigators with information. 

The crash happened Tuesday afternoon, January 29tth, at approximately 5:00 pm.  The vehicle involved was a 1984 Chevrolet
S-10 pickup truck, blue in color.  Evidence at the scene suggests that the truck
was headed west on Grace Street when it left the roadway for an unknown reason
and struck a concrete retaining wall near the intersection of Grace Street and
Needham Drive.  The female driver was found dead at the scene.

who may have witnessed the crash or was on Grace Street at the time of the crash is
asked to contact PFC Cantrell, of the TEU, at 706-278-9085, ext 160. 

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Braves Visit Dalton

Officers from the Dalton Police Department were on hand Monday to provide security as members of the Atlanta Braves visited town as part of the team's annual preseason Braves Caravan.  The Caravan event brings different players to towns around the southeast to build excitement for the coming baseball season.  Relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel, outfielder Jordan Schafer and minor league pitcher Gus Schlosser joined third base coach Brian Snitker and general manager Frank Wren at Academy Sports and Outdoors on Shugart Road Monday afternoon.

Two officers from the Dalton Police Department were on hand to provide security for the event, escorting the group through the store and helping manage the crowd once inside.  

Below: DPD officers Brian Pack and David Saylors escort members of the Atlanta Braves during their appearance Monday at Academy Sports and Outdoors


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January Public Safety Commission Notes

Mathis Elected To New Terms as PSC Officers

Tuesday morning’s meeting of the Dalton
Public Safety Commission was the first of 2013 and therefore started with an
election of officers for the year. 
Commission chairman Bill Weaver and Secretary Terry Mathis were both
re-elected to another term in their respective positions by a unanimous vote of
the commissioners.

DPD To Switch To New
Duty Weapon Platform

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, the PSC voted unanimously to
approve a proposal from Chief Jason Parker to change over to a new duty weapon
for Dalton Police officers.  The new standard
duty weapon will be the Glock Model 22 40-caliber pistol. Dalton officers
currently carry the Sig Sauer P229 40-caliber pistol.  The Glock 22 uses the same type of ammunition
as the department’s current weapons and is similar in size and operation.

The department’s current handguns are 15 years old and have
performed well with few malfunctions. 
While they are still in good condition, their usable lifetime as law
enforcement weapons is coming to an end. 
As the department examined options for replacing the weapons, officers
determined that switching to the Glock weapon platform would be a much cheaper
option than purchasing new Sig Sauer guns. 
The cost to purchase the new weapons (complete with holsters, spares,
training “simunition” guns, and weapon-mounted lights) will be approximately
$14,000.  To purchase new Sig Sauer
weapons, the cost would be more than $27,000, a cost that does not include a
weapon-mounted flashlight system. 

The weapon system upgrade will be paid for using drug
seizure funds.  No taxpayer funds will be
used for the switch. 

DPD Addresses School

Chief Parker also briefly updated commission members on the
department’s efforts to address school security in the wake of the deadly
school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut in December.  Chief Parker told the commission that while the
agency has had safety plans in place for Dalton schools for many years, they’re
taking the opportunity re-examine those plans. 
Parker said he is working with Dalton Public Schools superintendant Dr.
Jim Hawkins to put together a work group of police and school district
officials.  That group will review and
revise the safety plan to account for the latest tactics, security and training
for both school and police personnel, and also different technological
improvements such as school security cameras. 
Part of the workgroup’s mission will be reviewing all facilities with an
eye toward strengthening security.

DPD Statistical

Chief Parker had some good news to report in his monthly
look at Dalton’s crime statistics.  In
December 2012, the reported rate of Part 1 crimes (the most serious offenses)
was down by 21% compared to December 2011. 
For the year, Part 1 crimes went down in 2012 by 2.3%.  Total crimes were up 4% for the year, with a
2% increase in violent crimes.  Property
crime, however, was down 2.6% in 2012. 

Another bright spot in the crime statistics for 2012 is the
fact that clearance rates for both property crimes and violent crimes were at a
5-year high.  The DPD cleared 79% of all
violent crime cases in 2012 and 41% of all property crime cases. 

December was a rough month on Dalton’s roadways, as traffic
crashes were up 28% compared to December 2011. 
For the year, traffic crashes were up 4.3% in 2012.  Chief Parker noted that the Dalton Police
Department will be working to address that problem in 2013.

DFD Recruit Class

Dalton Fire Chief Bruce Satterfield opened Tuesday’s meeting
with the presentation of ten new fire department employees for the approval of
the commission.  The new employees are
Danny Arthur, Corey Baldridge, Brandon Glass, Casey Jones, William Mann,
Dewayne Pangle, Alan Parrish, Justin Salter, Ronald Strickland, and Jake
Warnix.  The fire department is currently
holding a ten week “recruit school” for the new firefighters.

Below: Chief Bruce Satterfield (left) introduces the DFD's new employees to the PSC Tuesday at City Hall.


Beer License Approval

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, the Public Safety Commission
approved a new pouring beer license for Restaurante Bar El Jarocho at 702 5th
Avenue.  The commission approved the
license application by a unanimous 5-0 vote.

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

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DPD Announces 2013 Citizens Police Academy

The Dalton
Police Department’s 21st Citizens’ Police Academy starts on February
26th, 2012, and applications are now being accepted.

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.

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 by clicking here, or call Sergeant
Barry Batchelor at 706-278-9085, extension 113 to have an application mailed to

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DPD Investigates Saturday Afternoon Shooting

The Dalton Police Department is
investigating a drive-by shooting that occurred Saturday afternoon at a house
on Dozier Street.  Nobody was hurt in the
incident and at this time no arrests have been made.

The incident happened at
approximately 2:45 pm at 1209 Dozier Street. Minutes before the shooting occurred,
police received a tip that a shooting may occur in that area.  As officers entered the area, officers heard
shots being fired.  Dalton officers
stopped two SUVs leaving the area but were unable to locate any suspects

Shell casings were recovered from the
street in front of a duplex at 1207 and 1209 Dozier Street.  One round was recovered in a tree in front of
the building and another struck the front of unit 1207.  Investigators believe the 1209 unit was the
target of the shooting.

Investigators say this incident could be related to illegal drug sales.
Investigators are currently following up leads and the investigation into this
incident continues.  Anyone with information on this incident is asked to please contact Detective Chris Tucker at 706-278-9085 extension 165.

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Two Killed In Morning Crash

The Dalton
Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Unit is investigating a two-vehicle crash that claimed two lives shortly before 7:00 Wednesday morning.  

The crash occured at approximately 6:50 am on Chattanooga Road (US Highway 41) in
front of the Guest Inn. A Chevroley Cruze sedan driven by Charles Beckett pulled out of the Guest Inn parking lot and into the path ot a Dodge Ram pickup truck driven by 68 year old Joseph Purcell of Dalton.  The truck was towing a boat and traveling north.  The truck hit the car broadside, and killed 81 year old Charles Beckett and 73 year old Donna Beckett, both of Florence, Kentucky.  Donna Beckett was a passenger in the car. 

No charges have been filed in this incident.  The Traffic Enforcement Unit is still investigating.

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