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DPD Seeks Michael Roberts On Warrants In Pharmacy Assault, Robbery

The Dalton Police Department has
obtained warrants for the arrest of 38 year old Michael Roberts in connection
with the May 29th robbery at Dalton Drug at 2709 Airport Road.  He’s wanted on warrants for armed robbery and
aggravated assault.

The incident happened shortly after
2:30 pm on Wednesday afternoon when a suspect who has been identified by
investigators as Michael Roberts entered the Dalton Drug pharmacy and demanded
pain pills. After he was refused by an employee, the suspect threw gasoline
onto the employee from a small drink bottle he was carrying. He grabbed a
bottle of hydrocodone and fled from the store on foot.  Investigators worked into the night to
develop leads and identified Roberts using surveillance video from the scene.  Investigators also received tips from the public
after an image of the suspect was made public Wednesday night.

Anyone with information about the
whereabouts of Michael Roberts is asked to please contact Detective Greg Bates
with the Dalton Police Department at 706-278-9085 extension 137.

Below: Michael Roberts

Suspect

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DPD, DFD Respond to Robbery at Pharmacy

UPDATE (5/30/13): Investigators have obtained a warrant for Michael Roberts in connection with this case.

UPDATE (9:30 PM 5/29/13): Investigators have released this surveillance image of the suspect.  Anyone with information on the identity of this suspect is asked to contact the Criminal Investigations Division at 706-278-9085, extension 120. 


Suspect

The Dalton Police Department and
Dalton Fire Department responded to a report of an armed robbery in progress at
the Dalton Drug Pharmacy at 2709 Airport Road shortly after 2:30 pm this
afternoon.  Nobody was injured in the
incident.

The incident happened when a white
male wearing a blue shirt and blue pants and a hat walked into the Dalton Drug
pharmacy and demanded pain pills. He was refused by an employee and the suspect
threw gasoline onto the empoyee from a small drink bottle he was carrying. He
grabbed a bottle of hydrocodone and fled from the store on foot.  Officers and firefighters responded and
evacuated the pharmacy and the neighboring Med Now clinic as a precaution, but
employees were allowed back inside after firefighters determined there was no
danger.  Firefighters remained on scene
while ventilating the pharmacy.

At this time, no arrests have been
made but detectives are interviewing people of interest in the case.  Anyone with information on this incident is
asked to contact the Criminal Investigations Division at 706-278-9085,
extension 120.

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DPD Is Looking For New Officers

Do you think you’ve got what it takes to join one of Georgia’s leading law enforcement agencies?  If so, the Dalton Police Department is looking for you.  The DPD is currently accepting applications for new officers.

To qualify as an applicant, candidates must meet the standards set by the Georgia Peace Officer Training Standards Council (POST), be at least 21 years old, be a citizen of the United States, and have at least a high school diploma or the equivalent, with at least some college education preferred.  Candidates must possess good people skills, a professional work ethic, and be able to work as a team player.  Candidates must be able to to work a flexible schedule, including night shift and weekends.  Candidates must have the ability to perform the essential functions of the job.  Candidates must be United States citizens.  Successful candidates will be responsible for the enforcement of city ordinances and state laws in a fair and impartial manner.  Starting pay for new officers is approximately $14.99 per hour.  Further pay adjustments are made during the first year of service as training and probation requirements are met.  Additional education incentives are available for recruits with Baccalaureate Degrees.

Applications can be obtained at the Human Resources Office in City Hall, 300 West Waugh Street, Dalton, GA 30721.  A City of Dalton application must be filled out and received to start the hiring process.

To download an application and for more information on the selection process and the duties of a Dalton police officer, click here to visit the "How to Join the Dalton Police Department" page.  The link can also be found in the "Important Pages" menu on the left hand side of this page.  The City of Dalton is an equal opportunity employer.

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DPD Seeks Information In Motorcycle Theft

The Dalton Police Department is
asking for help from the public in identifying a suspect in the April theft of
a motorcycle from the parking lot of an area credit union.  The incident was recorded by surveillance
cameras, but only the van used in the crime was captured.  The suspects could not be seen.

The incident happened shortly after
6:30 pm on April 7th at the HealthCom Credit Union at 1412
Chattanooga Avenue.  A white van can be
seen pulling up next to where the motorcycle was parked.  Unfortunately the video skipped during the
theft of the motorcycle and the next frame shows the van turning around and
leaving with the back doors slightly ajar and the front wheel of the motorcycle
sticking out.  The only occupant visible
in the van was the driver.  Surveillance
images of the van are included with this release.

Anyone with information on this
incident or the identity of suspects is asked to please contact Detective Matt
Lowery at 706-278-9085 extension 133.

Below: The suspect vehicle


Front of Van
Photo 1
Photo 2

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DPD Participates In Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run

Officers from the Dalton Police Department joined deputies from the Whitfield County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday to take part in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run fundraiser for Special Olympics Georgia. Each year, law enforcement agencies across the state take part in similar runs in their counties to make up the largest fund raising effort for SOGA each year. In Whitfield County, officers and deputies run a nine mile course which is divided into three segments finishing at the Gordon County line.

Officers and deputies started the run on Wednesday morning under bright sunny skies with a jog through a cheering crowd at City Park Elementary School, following the lead of Sheriff Scott Chitwood who carried the torch down Thornton Avenue to Bryman's Plaza. From there, the torch runners traveled to the south bypass by bus and then ran to Highway 41 and stopped at Valley Point Elementary School where they were greeted with another cheering crowd of kids.  After that mid-race pep rally, the runners tackled the final segment with a run to the Gordon County line.

Below: Scenes from the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run in Whitfield County. To see more pictures from the event, click here to see a photo gallery on the DPD Facebook page.

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DPD Observes Peace Officers’ Memorial Day and Nat’l Police Week

The Dalton Police Department observed National Police Week and Peace Officers' Memorial Day with a ceremony Tuesday morning at Dalton City Hall.  The occasion was marked with a procession of officers, the presentation of a proclamation from the mayor and council, and a special recognition for the family of a fallen Dalton officer who died in 1956.

The ceremony began with a procession of officers and staff marching down Waugh Street from the Police Services Center to Dalton City Hall.  The march was led by members of the DPD's Honor Guard and bag piper Michael Whinery from the Chattanooga Pipe Band, Inc.  Firefighter Gary Stanley from the Dalton Fire Department's Honor Guard sang the national anthem after the presentation of colors.  

Dalton Police Chief Jason Parker, Public Safety Commission Chairman Bill Weaver, and Dalton Mayor David Pennington all offered remarks praising the courage and integrity of the Dalton Police Department and of law enforcement officers everywhere.  

A special recognition was made of the family of Officer Maurice Phillips, Sr. who lost his life in an accidental shooting in December 1956 (click here to visit Officer Phillips' page on the Officer Down Memorial).  Chief Parker welcomed the family and presented them with a folded American flag.  

DPD Public Relations Specialist Bruce Frazier then read the "Spartan Oath" to the assembled crowd. The oath, which first appeared in Richard Lee's book "Gates of Fire", references an actual shield but it is also reflective of a modern police officer's attitude towards his or her own oath of service, and his or her own shield, the badge.  It reads:

"This is my Shield. I bear it before me in battle, but it is not my own.  It protects my brother on my left, it protects my city.  I will never let my brother out of its shadow, nor my city from its shelter.  I will die with my shield before me, facing the enemy."

Then, Frazier read the names of the ten law enforcement officers from Georgia or the Dalton area who died in the line of duty since last May.  Those honored were Officer Justin Durwood Maples, Cleveland, TN Police Department, May 20, 2012; Sergeant Robert Warren Crapse, Sr., Bryan County Sheriff's Office, June 15, 2012; K9 Sasha, Warwick Police Department, September 1, 2012; Officer Larry L. Stell, Georgia Department of Corrections, October 11, 2012; Officer Richard Joseph Halford, Atlanta Police Department, November 3, 2012; Officer Shawn Antonio Smiley, Atlanta Police Department, November 3, 2012; Officer Elgin Levarn Daniel, Henry County Police Department, November 12, 2012; and Officer Sean Louis Callahan, Clayton County Police Department, December 18, 2012.  

National Police Week began in 1962 when President John F. Kennedy declared May 15th to be National Peace Officers' Memorial Day, and the week in which the 15th falls to be a week honoring police officers.  This year, National Police Week is Sunday, May 12th through Saturday, May 18th. 

To see a photo gallery from the ceremony, click here.

Click "Play" in the window below to see video of the procession of police officers and staff up Waugh Street to the ceremony. 

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May 2013 Public Safety Commission Meeting Notes

Peace
Officers’ Memorial Day

The May meeting of the Public Safety
Commission was moved to May 14th from its regularly scheduled time
on the fourth Tuesday of the month in order to accommodate a ceremony marking
Peace Officers’ Memorial Day and National Police Week. 

Tuesday morning’s ceremony included a
procession of police officers up Waugh Street to City Hall escorted by the
Dalton Police Department’s Honor Guard and bag piper Michael Whinery from the
City of Chattanooga Pipe Band, Inc. 
Dalton firefighter Gary Stanley from the DFD Honor Guard sang the
national anthem at the ceremony.  Chief
Jason Parker and Public Safety Commission Chairman Bill Weaver addressed the
gathering and Mayor David Pennington read a proclamation declaring this week to
be Police Week in Dalton.

A special recognition was made in
honor of the late Officer Maurice Phillips, Sr. who was killed in an accidental
shooting in December 1956.  Chief Parker
presented a folded American flag to members of Officer Phillips’ family who
were in attendance.  Afterwards, the
names of all Georgia and regional law enforcement officers who were killed in
the line of duty since last May were read aloud.

National Police Week began in 1962 when President John F. Kennedy
declared May 15th to be National Peace Officers' Memorial Day, and the week in
which the 15th falls to be a week honoring police officers. 

New
DPD Officers Confirmed

Before Tuesday morning’s ceremony,
Dalton Police Chief Jason Parker introduced three new officers to the Public
Safety Commission. Officers Bart Chandler, Lane Bennett, and Michael Ware were
all confirmed by unanimous vote of the PSC at the April meeting but were unable
to attend that session.

Officer Chandler is returning for a
second tour of duty with the Dalton Police Department, having also worked with
the DPD from August 2001 to May 2004 before leaving to work for the Simpson
Bridge Company.  Chandler also served as
a reserve officer with the Cohutta Police Department from January 2010 to March
2013.  He also served for five years in
the Army.  Officer Bennett is a 2001
graduate of Gordon Central High School and served as a firefighter in Gordon
County.  Officer Ware is a 2008 graduate
of Fannin County High School.

Below: (from L to R) Officers Bart Chander, Lane Bennett, and Michael Ware

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DPD Statistics

Chief Parker reported that the crime rate for April 2013 was
nearly identical to the same month in 2012. 
For the year to date, Part 1 crimes have increased by 5%.  Chief Parker reported that while there were
slight increases in aggravated assault and theft in April, property crimes have
continued to show the most significant rise in Dalton.   

Good news came in the area of traffic crashes.  While crashes showed an 11% increase compared
to April 2012, they’re still down for the year to date by nearly 3%. 

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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Buckle Up For A Safe Memorial Day

Memorial Day signals the start of a summer of fun in the sun and the start of a busy travel season. Unfortunately, it
also signals a jump in the rate of roadway fatalities all across Georgia. According to the Governor’s Office of Highway
Safety, fifteen motorists lost their lives on Georgia's roads last year over the Memorial Day weekend.

In an effort to prevent serious injury crashes, the officers of the Dalton Police Department will be
participating in the nationwide Click it
or Ticket
campaign beginning May 20th and continuing thru June 2nd.
 The goal of the department’s
participation in the national mobilization is to influence motorists to buckle up
every day and not just the holiday weekend.

According to the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration, one in five Americans fail to regularly wear a
seat belt. Data from the National Safety Council credits safety belt usage with saving more than 75,000 lives in the four year period from 2004 to 2008.  The NSC reports that more than 1,000 lives could be saved across the US if safety belt usage hit even 90 percent of all vehicle occupants.

Here are a few more safety tips
from the National Safety Council to ensure a safer Memorial Day holiday
weekend.

Drivers should:

  • Refrain
    from all cell phone use behind the wheel
  • Make
    sure all passengers are buckled up and children are in age-appropriate
    safety seats
  • All
    children 12 and under should always be in the back seat
  • Allow
    plenty of travel time to avoid frustration and diminish the impulse to
    speed
  • Drive
    defensively and exercise caution, especially during inclement weather
  • Avoid
    driving while drowsy
  • Designate
    a “non-drinking” driver – even moderate consumption of alcohol impairs
    reaction time and driving judgment

For questions concerning occupant safety laws, please
contact the Dalton Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit at 706-278-9085
ext. 124.

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Brief Road Closure Coming Up Tuesday

A portion of Waugh Street near downtown will be closed briefly Tuesday morning as part of the Dalton Police Department's observance of Peace Officers' Memorial Day and National Police Week.  

On Tuesday, May 14th, the stretch of Waugh Street between Jones Street and Selvidge Street will be closed between approximately 9:00 am and 9:30 am.  The road will be closed for a procession of police officers and the DPD Honor Guard to walk from the Police Services Center to Dalton's City Hall for the ceremony.

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Peace Officers’ Memorial Day Commemoration Set For Tuesday

The Dalton Police Department will
commemorate Peace Officers' Memorial Day and National Police Week on Tuesday, May 14th at Dalton City
Hall.  The ceremony will take place at
approximately 9:15 am after the monthly meeting of the Dalton Public Safety
Commission which has been moved from its usual date to coincide with this
event.

A procession will be led by the DPD
Honor Guard up Waugh Street from the Police Services Center to the front of
Dalton City Hall.  The ceremony will take
place in front of City Hall (weather permitting) and will include the singing
of the national anthem by a member of the Dalton Fire Department’s Honor Guard
and a reading of the names of all Georgia or regional police officers who have
died in the line of duty in the past year. 
There will also be a special presentation made to the family of former
Dalton Police Officer Maurice Phillips, Sr. who died in the line of duty on
December 25, 1956. 

The observation of National Police Week began in 1962 when President John
F. Kennedy declared May 15th to be National Peace Officers' Memorial
Day, and the week in which it falls to be a week honoring police
officers.  This year, National Police Week is Sunday, May 12th
through Saturday, May 18th.  

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