Posts on Jan 1970

DPD Donates Bikes To Boys And Girls Club

The Dalton Police Department donated 15 bicycles to the Dalton Boys and Girls Club on Friday. The bikes were recovered as stolen or lost property during various investigations but officers were unable to reunite the bikes with their owners.  After a certain amount of time has passed and investigators are unable to find an owner for the property, court orders are received to either donate or destroy the property. The happy ending for the story is that kids at the Boys and Girls Club will have some more bikes to ride just in time for a sunny Friday afternoon in northwest Georgia.

Below: Jamie Coulter, Russ Barker, and Robbie Slocumb from the Boys and Girls Club of Dalton pause with Lt. Jamie Johnson of the Dalton Police Department Friday morning before loading up the donated bikes

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Woman Steals Employee’s Wallet From Subway

The Dalton Police Department is asking for the public’s help identifying a woman who stole an employee’s wallet from the Glenwood Avenue Subway restaurant.  The wallet measured less than a foot long, but contained the employee’s cash, driver’s license, and bank cards.

The incident happened on January 16th shortly after 2:15 pm.  A white woman standing approximately 5’3 tall and weighing approximately 120 pounds asked to use the store phone.  An employee let the suspect use the phone, and while talking the suspect leaned over the counter and took a wallet out of the employee’s purse.  The suspect then left the store. The incident was recorded on the store’s surveillance system and a picture of the suspect is included with this release.

Anyone with information on the identity of this suspect is asked to please contact Detective Forrest Jones at 706-278-9085, dial 9 and enter extension 184. 

Below: The suspect recorded by the store's surveillance

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DPD Seeks Suspect In Card Theft

The Dalton Police Department is asking for the public’s help identifying a man who used a stolen credit card to rack up more than $450 in fraudulent charges.  The card was stolen from a man’s bag left unlocked in a gym locker room.

The theft happened sometime between 4:30 and 6:45 pm on January 15th.  The male victim left his belongings unlocked in a gym locker room while he worked out.  After he left, he discovered that his brown leather wallet with a large Georgia Tech “GT” logo on it had been taken from his bag. 

The victim contacted his bank and discovered that his bank card had already been used three times at the outlet stores in Calhoun, Georgia.  The card was used for purchases totaling $320 and $69 at the Polo Ralph Lauren outlet and at the Oshkosh store for $96.  A Dalton detective was able to retrieve surveillance images of the man who used the stolen card from the Polo store.  He is an African American male who was dressed from hat to shoes in Nike workout attire and had white ear bud headphones in while shopping in the store.  He also had what appears to be the Nike logo shaved into the back of his hair or a birthmark.  Images of the suspect from the surveillance cameras are included below.

Anyone with information on this theft or the identity of the suspect is asked to please contact Detective Brain Shirley at 706-278-9085, dial 9 and enter extension 189. 

Below: The suspect in the Polo Ralph Lauren store in Calhoun

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Super Bowl Sunday: Don’t Drink And Drive

Enough debate over whether the football has enough air in it or whether the star tailback should have to show up to answer questions from the media! It's time to play the game! It's Super Week, and that means Super Bowl Sunday is just days away. Hot wings, good friends, and commercials are on tap… and often, so are alcoholic beverages. That means it's time to plan NOW for your safety and the safety of your guests at your Super Bowl party or your business.

The Dalton Police Department wants everyone to enjoy the game and make it home safely afterwards.  Here are a few suggestions to help improve your safety and the safety of your guests or patrons if you are hosting a Super Bowl party.

If you are the host or a business owner:

  • Serve plenty of food……include soft drinks and water.
  • If you fire up the grill, please keep it a safe distance from your residence and flammable items in your yard.
  • Please be courteous to your neighbors and keep the noise down.  A good game can be very exciting but try to keep the shouting to a minimum.
  • As a host or a proprietor, keep the numbers for taxi companies on hand for impaired guests or arrange alternative transportation if you serve alcohol at your party.

If you are attending a party during the Super Bowl, plan your arrangements for the night in advance if you intend to consume alcohol.  The time to plan is before you are intoxicated, not after.  A recent study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) showed that on Super Bowl Sunday alone, 40 percent of fatalities from motor vehicle crashes were connected to drunk driving. 

As always, the Dalton Police Department will be out and about looking for impaired drivers and other unsafe behaviors on our roadways, 24 hours a day.  You can improve the safety of everyone on the road and minimize your interaction with the police by remembering to wear your safety belt, cut out the distractions, watch your speed and drive sober on your way home.

Please, keep this information in mind as you the game and related festivities. The Dalton Police Department reminds you to stay safe and alert as you travel to and from your event. Enjoy the game (and the commercials)! 

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DPD Accepting Applications For Police Explorers

The Dalton Police Department is now accepting applications for the department's 2015-2016 Law Enforcement Explorers program.

The Law Enforcement Explorer Program 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. Officer David Saylors currently oversees the program.

To be eligible for the program, an applicant:

  • Must be between 14 (in 9th grade) and 20 years old. 
  • Must maintain at least a "C" average in every class, and must remain enrolled in school until graduation or earn a GED
  • Must attend regularly scheduled meetings, including physical training

To apply to become a Dalton Police Explorer, click here to download a .pdf copy of the application. Fill out the application and send it to:

Officer David Saylors
Dalton Police Department
301 Jones Street
Dalton, GA 30720

You can also email a completed copy of the application to dsaylors@cityofdalton-ga.gov or FAX a copy of the application to the attention of Officer Saylors at 706-217-2075. Applications will be accepted until February 20th, 2015. The 2015 Dalton Police Explorers will begin meeting in March.

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PSC Meeting Notes: Medals, Promotions, And A New Officer

New DPD Officer Confirmed

The Dalton Police Department opened Tuesday morning’s meeting of the Dalton Public Safety Commission with the introduction of a new officer. Dexter Kapur was introduced to the commission and he was confirmed by a unanimous 4-0 vote (commission member Keith Whitworth was not in attendance).

Officer Kapur graduated from the Georgia Public Safety Training Center Police Academy in December 2014. He has been taking part in the department’s field training program this month and was confirmed as an officer this morning.

Officer Kapur is a May 2014 graduate of Dalton State College with a degree in criminal justice. He graduated from Gordon Lee High School in Chickamauga in May 2009.

Below: Officer Kapur (left) poses with Assistant Chief Truman Whitfield

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DPD Promotes New Sergeant, Lieutenant

Also at Tuesday morning’s meeting, DPD Assistant Chief Truman Whitfield presented two candidates to the commission for promotion. Lieutenant Matthew Locke and Sergeant Jason Bishop both had their promotions confirmed by unanimous 4-0 votes of the commission.

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Dalton Officers Helps Scouts Earn Merit Badges

Boy Scouts from various dens in the Whitfield and Murray County areas assembled at Dalton Middle School on Saturday and the DPD was on hand to help scouts earn some merit badges. The "Merit Badge College" for the Conasauga District was a day long assembly where scouts attended various classes including one taught by officers from the police department.

Dalton officers Colten Parker and Brandon Daugherty taught the group a class on traffic safety and later put them through the department's "Fatal Vision" drunk driving awareness course. "Fatal Vision" gives participants a chance to navigate a golf cart through a cone course while wearing goggles that simulate alcohol impairment. The purpose of the course is to give participants, particularly younger students, a real world demonstration of the dangers of drinking and driving.

Below: DPD officer Brandon Daugherty teaches a unit on traffic safety to a group of scouts and later rides with one through the "Fatal Vision" course at Dalton Middle School

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DPD Set To Host Four More Defensive Driving Classes In 2015

The Dalton Police Department is announcing four more sessions of the Collision Avoidance Training (CAT) defensive driving program for teens. The courses are being offered quarterly and there are ten seats available for each class. The class costs $25 per participant. The DPD hosted the course for the first time in December 2014 and it was met with positive reviews.

The CAT program is an advanced defensive driving and vehicle control program designed for teenage drivers. The program is open to all teens at least 16 years old with a valid Class D driver's license. Parents are encouraged to enroll their teens several months prior to their 16th birthday This program does not fulfill the Joshua Law requirements.

The 10-hour course is taught by trained and certified Dalton Police Officers over a two-day period including 2 hours of classroom instruction and 8 hours of one-on-one behind-the-wheel training. Classroom instruction will be held on Friday evenings and behind-the-wheel training will be held on Saturdays. Registration fee for the two-day course is $25.00 per student. The class will be limited to ten (10) drivers per class. Additional classes can be scheduled for groups.

The first session will be offered April 3-4. The second will be June 26-27. The final two sessions this year will be September 25-26 and December 11-12.

Students must use their own (or parent/guardian’s) vehicle for behind-the-wheel training. The idea is for the students to learn to handle the vehicle they will typically be driving. Behind-the-wheel training is conducted on a closed course, at speeds of 35 mph and below. Students may use cars, trucks, minivans or SUV’s, but vehicles with modified suspension, oversized tires or other unsafe components will not be permitted on the driving range.

At the end of the class, students who have successfully completed all driving range skills will receive a Certificate of Completion. Certificates can be presented to most auto insurance companies for discounted insurance premiums, or proudly displayed.

The curriculum was developed around the fact that most crashes involving teenage drivers are classified as “avoidable” and are due to a lack of experience or training.

This course is designed to give the student a better understanding of the responsibilities and liabilities of the driver, vehicle dynamics, friction and the effects of intoxicating substances on their ability to operate a vehicle.

Students will work with law enforcement on the following life-saving skills during the behind the wheel section of the course:

  • Evasive maneuvers
  • Threshold/emergency braking
  • Forward and reverse serpentine
  • Cornering and backing

For more information on this program or to enroll your teen, please contact PFC David Saylors at 706-278-9085 Ext. 124, dsaylors@cityofdalton-ga.gov

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Car Seat Check Scheduled For January 30th

A traffic crash is possible every time you hit the road. That's why the time to make sure your child's car seat is installed properly and is in good working order. To help, the Dalton Fire Department will be hosting a Car Seat Check event on January 30th from 12:00 pm until 2:00 pm at Station #5 at 1290 Cross Plains Trail.

The purpose of the event is to educate the public about the proper use of car seats.  Inspections and re-installations of car seats will be conducted at the event.

Georgia law requires children use a child restraint system or booster seat until they’re at least six years old (nine years old in Tennessee), but Safe Kids Dalton recommends that children use child restraint systems until they weigh at least 80 pounds regardless of age.  Children are also found using car seats that have expired, have missing parts, or are not being used according to the manufacturers’ recommendations.  Any of these elements of misuse can put children at risk of serious injury or death in a car crash.

If you want to have your car seat professionally installed or inspected by certified car seat technicians, make plans to attend the event January 30th.  You can also learn about your child’s current or future car seat needs.  

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DPD Officer Completes Field Training Program

After months of training, Clinton Travis is now a full-fledged Dalton Police officer. Travis joined in the department in June 2014 after graduating from the police academy. Since that time, Officer Travis has been serving the agency's patrol division in the PTO (Police Training Officer) program.

During the four phases of the PTO program, new officers ride with veteran officers who serve as mentors and evaluators. The process takes many months before the department's supervisors and field training officers sign off on a recruit's completion of the process. Officer Travis was in the PTO program for five months.

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. He was sworn in as a Dalton officer and confirmed by unanimous vote of the Public Safety Commission on July 22, 2014.

Below: Officer Clinton Travis poses with a certificate of completion of the DPD's PTO program

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