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Accreditation Team Invites Public Comments on DPD

As part of the Dalton Police
Department’s bid for accreditation from CALEA (the Commission on Accreditation
for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc.) a public forum will be held at Dalton City
Hall on April 8th at 6:00 pm.  The
purpose of the forum will be for agency members and also members of the public
to have an opportunity to comment on the operations of the Dalton Police
Department. 

The public forum is part of an on-site
inspection of the Dalton Police Department by a team of CALEA assessors who
will be working to verify that the DPD meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art
standards.  The CALEA assessors will be
conducting their review April 7-10. 
Comments from the public will be considered by the CALEA team as they
review the agency’s operations. 

If any individual is unable to attend this meeting but would still like
to offer comments to the assessment team, comments can also be made by
telephone.  The public can call (706)
278-9085 extension 503 on April 8th between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. Written
comments may also be made by mail to: Commission on Accreditation for Law
Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320,
Gainesville, VA 20155.

CALEA is an internationally recognized benchmark for professionalism in
modern law enforcement agencies.  The organization’s goals are to
strengthen an agency’s crime prevention abilities, formalize management
procedures, improve service delivery, solidify interagency cooperation, and
increase community confidence in the agency.  Currently, 6% of law
enforcement agencies in the United States are CALEA accredited.  

The Dalton Police Department has been
working towards CALEA accreditation since August 2010 when the agency enrolled
in the program and started a self-assessment process.  In the two and a half years since, the
agency’s standards and policies have been rigorously reviewed and adapted for
compliance with more than 480 professional standards mandated by CALEA.  The on-site review is the DPD’s final step
towards accreditation.  Assessors will
review written materials, interview individuals, and also ride along with
officers and visit offices and other areas where compliance can be witnessed. 

The Dalton Police Department’s CALEA
Program Manager is Officer Brian Shirley. 
The assessors visiting Dalton will be Chief Phillip Potter from the
Huntersville (NC) Police Department and Frances Moore from the Greenville (SC)
Police Department.

Accreditation is for three years,
during which the agency will submit annual reports attesting continued
compliance with CALEA standards.

For more information on CALEA, email calea@calea.org or call 703-352-4225.  

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Five Officer Promotions Approved by Public Safety Commission

The Dalton Public Safety Commission
approved the promotions of five Dalton Police Department officers on Tuesday
morning. 

Jamie Johnson and Barry Batchelor
were all promoted from the rank of Sergeant to Lieutenant, and each will serve
as a District Commander in the Patrol Division. 

Joseph Corso, James Goines, and James
Zahn were each promoted to the rank of Sergeant.  All three of the Sergeants will serve as
Patrol Sergeants in the Patrol Division.

Name

                Experience

                    Education

Barry K. Batchelor

  • 25 Years at Dalton PD
  • Patrol Officer
  • Traffic Enforcement Unit
  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Patrol Shift Supervisor
  • Support Services Division Supervisor
  • Patrol District Commander (Acting)

 

  • Associate of Science in
    Technology-Dalton State College
  • Bachelor of Science in
    Management-Covenant College
  • Masters of Public
    Administration-Columbus State University

Jamie A. Johnson

  • 13 Years at Dalton PD
  • Patrol Officer
  • Bike Patrol
  • Patrol Shift Supervisor
  • Coordinates the Field Training Program
  • Associate of Science in Criminal Justice- Walters State Community College-Tenn.
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminology-East Tennessee State University
  • Masters of Public Administration-Columbus State University

Joseph A. Corso

  • 14 Years Police Experience: (6 Years
    at Polk Co. Sheriff’s Office-FLA; 8 Years at Dalton PD
  • Patrol Officer
  • Investigator
  • Motorcycle Unit
  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Associate of Arts –Dutchess Community College
  • Bachelor of Arts in History-University of South Florida (Tampa)

James H. Goines

  • 7 Years at Dalton PD
  • Patrol Officer
  • Investigator
  • Associate of Arts in Psychology-Dalton State College

James S. Zahn

  • 12 Years at DPD
  • Patrol Officer
  • Traffic Unit
  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Several Awards from Georgia Governors
    Office of Highway Safety
  • 2011 IACP Highway Safety Award
  • Associate of Science in Law Enforcement-Thomas University

Below:  (from front to back) Chief Jason Parker; Lieutenant Barry Batchelor; Lieutenant Jamie Johnson; Sergeant Steve Zahn; Sergeant Joseph Corso; and Sergeant James Goines

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Citizens’ Academy Meets the Investigation Unit

Tuesday night marked the 4th week of the
Citizens’ Police Academy.  This week, the
participants were introduced to the very active Criminal Investigation
Division.  The class started off with CID
Lieutenant Chip Whitfield and CID Sergeant Matthew Locke introducing CID and
its purpose within the agency. 

After the introduction to CID, participants were briefed on
the different units within CID. 
Detectives Chris Tucker and Detective Jason Bishop gave an overview of
the Safe Streets Task Force.  The
Conasauga Safe Streets Task Force was formed in 2005 to deal with violent
crimes and gangs. It is comprised of officers from the Dalton Police
Department, the Calhoun Police Department, the Whitfield County Sheriff’s
Office and the FBI. This was followed by Sergeant Barry Woods’ introduction of
the Drug Unit and the many tasks and responsibilities of this unit. 

Closing up the evening was Detective Greg Bates covering the
use of the Polygraph in the investigation process.  Detective Bates is the Polygraph Examiner for
the DPD.  

Week 5 will be quite exciting for our participants.  They will be heading to the Firing
Range.  Don’t miss out reading about this
next week!

 

Below:  Detective Chris Tucker talks about the Safe Streets Task Force; Detective Greg Bates sets up a polygraph machine; Participants enjoying a break; Participants listening to Sergeant Barry Woods as he introduces the Drug Unit.

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DPD Explorers Cards Have Arrived!

New Dalton Police Explorers Discount Cards are on sale now at the Dalton Police Services Center at 301 Jones Street.  The cards cost $5 each and are good until April 1, 2014.  The cards can also be purchased at Los Reyes or through any Dalton Police Explorer. 

This year, the cards can be redeemed for discounts at In Heaven's Name, Iron Gate Pizza, Attic Door /Peacock Candles, The Perfect Cup, Outback Steakhouse, Subway, Zaxby's, Fashion Cleaners, Panda Express, Las Palmas, Powell Country Kitchen, Taylor's Tire & Service, Stroll-N-Shine, Chelsea's on Thornton, The Dalton Depot, Fuji Japanese, Los Reyes, John's Barbeque, The Sweet Spot, Retro Bowl, Schlotzsky's, Body Art Ink, and Antonio's Mexican Restaurant. 

Proceeds from the sales of the Explorers cards will go to fund the Dalton Police Explorers program, which allows young men and women to gain training and experience in the law enforcement field.  The program also provides opportunities for community involvement and development.  Program activities center around law enforcement training, organized recreational activities and competitive events.  Officers David Saylors currently oversees the program.  Explorers must be between 14 to 20 years old, maintain a C average while remaining in school until graduation or obtain a GED, and must a

ttend regularly scheduled meetings, including physical training. 

The Dalton Police Department thanks all of the sponsors of this year's Police Explorers Card for their generous support of the Explorers program.

 

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Update: DPD Seeks Identity of Individuals

The witnesses in the previous post that the DPD were seeking to identify, have been located.  Thank you for your assistance in locating these individuals and future individuals by viewing our blog.  

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21st Citizens Police Academy Is In Full Swing

The 21st Citizens Police Academy began classes on Tuesday, February 26 at the Dalton Police Services Center.  The first class was opened with a Presentation of the Colors by the DPD Honor Guard and a welcome from DPD Chief Jason Parker.  The session concluded with a guided tour of the Police Services Center, led by Chief Parker.  

The second meeting was held on March 5, at the Police Services Center.  Captain Tom Phillips, commander of the department's Patrol Division, started off the session with an introduction to the functions of the Patrol Division.  This overview detailed the different units that the Patrol division has and their duties.  Captain Phillips also gave detailed information of the Neighborhood Policing program, that involves having officers assigned to different beats to become more involved in the area they are patrolling.  The class was concluded by the DPD's Chaplains explaining their role in the agency.  

The third class was held this past Tuesday, March 12, at the Police Services Center.  This class had several different speakers that discussed many aspects of the agency.  Chief Jason Parker began the class with an intro to Intelligent led policing, what it is and how it works.  Assistant Chief Truman Whitfield followed up with information on tracking criminal trends and how these trends are tracked.  GIS Craig Engleman was up next with an in depth look at technology in Law enforcement trends and the current uses of technology in the DPD.  This session covered technology such as computers, Rapid Identification scanners, & the Pawn Shop database.  The participants of the Police Academy had a lot of information to process Tuesday night. 

The next class will meet on March 19, at the Police Services Center.  Catch up with us next week for a look at that meeting!

Below: The DPD Honor Guard's Presentation of the Colors; Captain Tom Phillips discusses the Patrol Division operations; The Academy participants as they listen to the Chaplains discuss their roles; Chief Jason Parker explains Intelligent led policing. (Click images for larger version)

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DPD Looking for Assistance in Sexual Assault Case

UPDATE (August 8, 2013): An arrest has been made in this case.

On 03/07/2013 about 10:30 A.M., a
male suspect forced his way into an elderly female’s apartment and sexually
assaulted her.  The incident occurred at
an address on Vann Circle in Dalton. 

The
suspect is described as a white male about 30 years old.  He is about 5’8” tall and slender. He was
wearing a ball cap with some type of emblem on the front, what appeared to be a
leather type jacket and jeans.  The
suspect was seen leaving in an older model white Jeep Cherokee, driving east on
Vann Circle.   The elderly female was not injured but was
transported to Hamilton Medical Center for evaluation. 

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DPD Explorers Cards will be on sale March 25th!

New Dalton Police Explorers Discount Cards will be available on March 25, 2013 at the Dalton Police Services Center at 301 Jones Street.  The cards cost $5 each and are good until April 1, 2014.  The cards can also be purchased at Los Reyes or through any Dalton Police Explorer. 

This year, the cards can be redeemed for discounts at In Heaven's Name, Iron Gate Pizza, Attic Door /Peacock Candles, The Perfect Cup, Outback Steakhouse, Subway, Zaxby's, Fashion Cleaners, Panda Express, Las Palmas, Powell Country Kitchen, Taylor's Tire & Service, Stroll-N-Shine, Chelsea's on Thornton, The Dalton Depot, Fuji Japanese, Los Reyes, John's Barbeque, The Sweet Spot, Retro Bowl, Schlotzsky's, Body Art Ink, and Antonio's Mexican Restaurant. 

Proceeds from the sales of the Explorers cards will go to fund the Dalton Police Explorers program, which allows young men and women to gain training and experience in the law enforcement field.  The program also provides opportunities for community involvement and development.  Program activities center around law enforcement training, organized recreational activities and competitive events.  Officers David Saylors currently oversees the program.  Explorers must be between 14 to 20 years old, maintain a C average while remaining in school until graduation or obtain a GED, and must attend regularly scheduled meetings, including physical training. 

The Dalton Police Department thanks all of the sponsors of this year's Police Explorers Card for their generous support of the Explorers program.

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Update: DPD Seeks Owner

The DPD detectives have identified the owner of the recovered property.  Due to tips from citizens on our Facebook and Twitter pages, the detectives were able to identify this individual so that their items could be returned to them.  Thank you for your assistance!

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