The Dalton Police Department is simplifying our method for putting citizens like you in contact with our officers about issues that affect you and your neighborhood. While calling 911 is still the best method for getting emergency help from police, fire, or EMS personnel, we've streamlined the process for communicating with us on other issues.
In 2009, the DPD instituted a Neighborhood Policing Program which assigned each officer in the agency to a small neighborhood "beat". Each officer was assigned to spend part of his or her shift working in that area to make contacts with residents or workers about ongoing problems in the area, whether related to crimes or other issues such as traffic. The neighborhood officer served as the point of contact for that community as well.
However, the process of locating your neighborhood officer and making contact could be a bit difficult at times. Also, with officers rotating to third shift hours or changing assignments between patrol and other duties, sometimes the beat assignments changed.
So now, we're making getting in touch with an officer much more simple. Instead of giving you a map of Dalton with 90 individual "beats", we're giving you Dalton divided into three separate districts: East, West, and South. Simply determine which district your neighborhood is in by visiting the map located at the bottom of this link. The contact information for the lieutenant and sergeants assigned to manage the department's strategy for each district is located there as well. Simply call or email the district commander about the issue of concern, whether it's suspicious activity in the area or other problems. Then the commanders will assign an officer to follow up with you and begin to work on the issue.
Officers will still be assigned to pay special attention to neighborhoods and business beats, this change is simply to streamline the communication between the public and our personnel. The hope is to increase the amount of feedback we're getting from the community.
The Dalton Police Department has also set up a separate website at www.safedalton.com devoted solely to municipal code violations. Any Dalton residents with concerns about potential code violations in their neighborhoods (such as overgrown lawns, properties in a state of disrepair, or other issues) can visit the site to submit a request to the DPD's code enforcement officers to check it out.