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DPD Summer Cookout

Police officers and their families share a special bond with one another, and getting the chance to spend time with each other outside of work helps build that camaraderie. That's one reason the Dalton Police Department put together a cookout for patrol officers, support staff, and their families on Saturday.  The cookout was for first and second shift officers while third shift officers and detectives will have a separate cookout later this summer.

Captain Cliff Cason manned the grill with fellow officers to cook hot dogs and hamburgers.  Officers got the chance to eat and relax and play some friendly games of bean bag toss in the parking lot while their kids played on an inflatable bounce house.  The weather cooperated, with hot sunny skies holding out long enough for the event to wrap up at 2 pm before dumping more rain on Dalton.

Below: Images from Saturday's cookout (click here to see more pictures on the DPD Facebook page)

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Volunteers To Visit Homes, Solicit Survey Responses

Volunteers working with the Dalton Police Department will begin visiting residences in Dalton this weekend to solicit responses to the agency’s 2014 Citizen Survey.  Responses from Dalton residents on the survey will help shape the police department’s strategic plans for the next several years.  Survey questions cover topics such as residents’ perception on crime in Dalton, the performance of the police department, and other issues.  Survey forms were mailed out in late May but so far, enough forms have not been returned to achieve a representative sample.

Beginning this weekend running into next week, volunteers will be visiting homes of people who have not yet returned their survey forms.  To assure residents that the volunteers are working for the police department survey, they will have plastic ID cards like the one below.  They will be civilian volunteers and not police officers (the sample ID card pictures a DPD officer, but he will not be performing the survey).

If you've received a survey in the mail, we ask that you please take the time to fill it out and return it with the included envelope. Even if a survey from the police department has arrived at your home addressed to a previous resident, we ask that you fill it out and return it anyway.

The Citizen Survey is one of the exercises the department performs to identify issues within the community and the agency itself which need to be addressed in the upcoming strategic plan.  The department also performs an employee survey.  Upon completion of those surveys, the department conducts a review of both the citizen and employee surveys and the previous Strategic Plan by committees of agency employees and Dalton citizens.  The current three-year plan runs through 2015 and the new plan will cover 2016-2018. The survey is also part of the agency's accreditation process with CALEA (the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc).

To achieve a random and representative sample of the population, the police department has used its records management software to select a random sample of citizens who have had contact with the department proportional to the demographic makeup of Dalton.

Below: The ID card issued to survey volunteers.

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Operation Zero Tolerance Underway In Georgia

The summer heat got an early jump on the actual start of summer which was Saturday.  And with the state of summer come trips to the pool, summer vacations, and the 4th of July holiday.  While the 4th of July is traditionally one of our best-loved holidays in America, it's also one of the most deadly on Georgia's roads because many drivers mix drinking or drugs (including prescription medications) and driving.

In an effort to prevent tragic deaths and injuries, the Dalton Police Department is joining law enforcement agencies across the country in a national mobilization to target drivers driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Operation Zero Tolerance began June 20th and will run through midnight on July 6th.  The DPD will be conducting saturated patrols and road checks to stop drunk drivers during the operation. This operation is just one part of Georgia's "100 Days of Summer Heat" initiative which runs from May 19th through September 1st this year. During this time, officers all over the state are focusing on education and enforcement relating to occupant safety (seat belts) and intoxicated drivers.

So remember: as you plan for food and fun for the 4th, designate a driver or call a cab if you're planning to drink. If you can't do either one, plan to stay overnight whereever you're drinking. If you use prescription medications, be aware of all side effects. If the medications will affect your ability to operate a car, then don't drive! In 2013, there were 39 crashes involving intoxicated drivers and 12 resulting injuries in Dalton.  These numbers show an increase from 2012.  Please, plan ahead and lets bring these numbers down in 2014.

Whatever you do, don't drink and drive.  Over the Limit, Under Arrest! 

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Third Suspect Surrenders

The third and final suspect in Wednesday night's homicide surrendered to authorities at the Dalton Police Services Center a short time ago. Tywon Jay Henderson, 17, was wanted on a warrant for murder. 

Henderson was with Endy Becerra and Marquis Dequan Tanner during a drug deal Wednesday night that led to the shooting death of 20 year old Abel Carmona. Becerra and Tanner were arrested Thursday. 

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Second Arrest Made In Easterling Street Killing

UPDATE (6/20/14 8:30 PM) Tywon Jay Henderson has surrended to authorities. 

The Dalton Police Department arrested 20 year old Marquis Dequan Tanner shortly before midnight Thursday on a murder warrant for his role in a Wednesday night murder on Easterling Street.  Investigators say Tanner was part of an apparent drug deal that went bad and led to the shooting death of 20 year old Abel Carmona. 

Tanner, whose listed address is 110 Mallory Drive in Dalton, was arrested after he showed up at an apartment at the Cliffs apartments at 816 Shugart Road which he was known to frequent.  Dalton officers were conducting surveillance on the location and conducted a traffic stop on a Nissan Pathfinder that matched the description of a vehicle in which Tanner was reportedly traveling.  Tanner was in the vehicle and was taken into custody without incident.

Earlier in the day Thursday, Dalton detectives arrested 16 year old Endy Becerra and charged him with murder. Investigators determined that the victim in Wednesday’s homicide, Abel Carmona, went to an apartment complex on Easterling Street to buy a large quantity of marijuana and met with Becerra, Tanner, and also 17 year old Tywon Jay Henderson.  Something went wrong during the meeting and Carmona was shot and killed.  Investigators have not yet said which of the suspects pulled the trigger.  Tywon Henderson, of 1300 Autumn Court, is still at large and is wanted on a murder warrant. 

Anyone with information on this incident or the whereabouts of Tywon Jay Henderson is asked to contact Detective Jason Bishop at 706-278-9085 extension 214.  

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Arrest Made In Homicide

UPDATE (6/20/14 8:30 PM) Tywon Henderson has surrendered to authorities. 

UPDATE: (6/20/14 8:50 AM) Marquis Dequan Tanner has been arrested.

The Dalton Police Department has arrested 16-year old Endy Becerra on a charge of felony murder related to Wednesday night’s shooting death on at 214 Easterling Street. Two other men are wanted on murder warrants.  Investigators determined that drugs were involved in the incident.

At approximately 11:40 PM Wednesday night, Dalton officers were dispatched to a call of a shooting on Easterling Street.  When officers arrived on scene they found Mr. Carmona laying on the ground in the parking lot of the apartments at 214 Easterling Street. Witnesses at the scene told officers that the shooter fled the scene in a small dark colored sedan.  Mr. Carmona was being attended to by his friends Marcus Soto and Roberto Lopez who were trying to stop his bleeding from a gunshot wound to his chest.  Carmona was unresponsive and was later pronounced dead at Hamilton Medical Center.  Officers secured the crime scene and began interviewing witnesses. 

Dalton detectives determined that Carmona went to the apartments on Easterling Street with Soto and Lopez in order to buy a large quantity of marijuana.  Something apparently went wrong during the deal leading to the shooting. Roberto Lopez, 20, of 124 Montrose Way was later arrested after investigators determined that he lied to them during his interview.

Detectives worked throughout the night and into the day Thursday with the assistance of the GBI and investigators with the Chatsworth Police Department and the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force which includes officers from the Murray County and Whitfield County Sheriff’s Offices and the Calhoun Police Department. Information developed through the course of the investigation led detectives to Becerra.  Investigators say Marquis Dequan Tanner, 20, of 110 Mallory Drive and Tywon Jay Henderson, 17, of 1300 Autumn Court were with Becerra at the meeting on Easterling Street when the shooting happened.  Both are wanted on warrants for felony murder.  At this time, investigators have not determined which of the suspects shot Carmona. 

Anyone with information about this incident or the whereabouts of Marquis Dequan Tanner or Tywon Jay Henderson is asked to contact Detective Jason Bishop at 706-278-9085, extension 214.

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DPD Investigating Easterling Street Homicide

UPDATE (6/20/14 8:30 PM) Tywon Henderson has surrendered to authorities. 

UPDATE (6/20/14 8:50 AM) Two arrests have been made in this case and investigators have a warrant for a third suspect, Tywon Jay Henderson

UPDATE (6/19/14 5:00 AM) – The victim in last night's homicide has been identified as 20 year old Abel Carmona of 1408 Nolan Road. At this time investigators have wrapped up the processing of the crime scene and are still working on the case. Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to contact Detective Jason Bishop at 706-278-9085 extension 214.

The Dalton Police Department is investigating a homicide that happened shortly before midnight in the parking lot of 214 N. Easterling Street.

At approximately 11:40 PM Wednesday night, officers were dispatched to a report of gunshots fired in the parking lot. Responding officers found a male victim with a gunshot wound to the chest laying on the ground. The victim was transported to Hamilton Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. His identity is not being disclosed pending notification of next of kin. 

At this time there is no suspect in custody. 

The scene is still under investigation. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is assisting with processing the scene. We will have more information as it becomes available. 

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DPD Lieutenant Inducted Into Civitan Club

The Dalton Police Department is committed to serving the people of Dalton, and for many of our officers that commitment extends into their off-duty time.  Many officers take part in civic clubs or projects in addition to serving the community on duty.  Lieutenant Jamie Johnson is now one of them after being inducted into the Dalton Civitan Club at Wednesday's meeting.  Lt. Johnson was sponsored by Captain Cliff Cason, a fellow DPD officer and vice president of the club.  

The Dalton Civitan Club was founded nearly 93 years ago, making it the second-oldest in the state of Georgia. Its mission is to promote citizenship through volunteerism serving individual and community needs.

Also being inducted at Wednesday's meeting were Jennifer Johnson and Randall Griffin.

Below: Lieutenant Jamie Johnson (left) stands with fellow new Civitan members Jennifer Johnson and Randall Griffin after an induction ceremony Wednesday afternoon.

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Two New Officers Sworn In

The Dalton Police Department welcomed two new officers to the ranks with a ceremony Monday morning at the Police Services Center.  Officers Samuel Rosiles and Clinton Travis both received their badges from Chief Jason Parker before taking their oath of office in front of a gathering of family and fellow officers.

Officer Rosiles is a 2010 graduate of Gilmer County High School in Ellijay where he lived for 21 years.  He also graduated from the Universal Technical Institute in Orlando, Florida in 2012.  He recently completed his training at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center’s Regional Police Academy in Forsyth.

Officer Travis graduated from Chattanooga’s Central High School in 2001. The Tennessee native has called Ringgold home for the past five years.  He graduated from Chattanooga State in 2010 with an associate’s degree in criminal justice and from Dalton State College in 2012 with an associate’s degree in psychology. 

Officers Rosiles and Travis are taking part in the Dalton Police Department’s “Mini-Academy” this week before hitting the road with training officers to begin the Field Training Program.

Below: Chief Jason Parker (center) speaks to new officers Samuel Rosiles (left) and Clinton Travis (right) before handing them their badges; Officer Samuel Rosiles (right) has his badge pinned by his mother while Chief Jason Parker pins Officer Clinton Travis' badge; Officers Travis (left) and Rosiles (center) are sworn in by Judge Jim Wilbanks

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Waiting By The Mailbox

In late May, the Dalton Police Department mailed out a Citizen Survey to randomly selected residents of Dalton and now the agency is eagerly awaiting responses from those surveyed.  If you've received a survey in the mail, we ask that you please take the time to fill it out and return it with the included envelope. Even if a survey from the police department has arrived at your home addressed to a previous resident, we ask that you fill it out and return it anyway.

The Citizen Survey is one of the exercises the department performs to identify issues within the community and the agency itself which need to be addressed in the upcoming Strategic Plan.  The department also performs an employee survey.  Upon completion of those surveys, the department conducts a review of both the citizen and employee surveys and the previous Strategic Plan by committees of agency employees and Dalton citizens.  The current three-year Strategic Plan runs through 2015 and the new plan will cover 2016-2018. The survey is also part of the agency's accreditation process with CALEA (the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc).

To achieve a random and representative sample of the population, the police department has used its records management software to select a random sample of citizens who have had contact with the department proportional to the demographic makeup of Dalton.  However, if a survey form was mailed to your home addressed to a previous resident, we ask that you fill it out and return it anyway.

If the department does not receive enough responses to achieve a representative sample, volunteers will visit surveyed homes in mid to late June to attempt to solicit responses.  These will be volunteers who are not police officers or employed by the Dalton Police Department.  

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