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2016 Dalton Police Explorers Discount Cards On Sale Now!

The new 2016-17 Dalton Police Department Explorers discount cards are on sale starting today (March 30th) at the Police Services Center and at several area businesses. Proceeds from sales of the cards, which cost $5 each, go to fund the DPD’s Explorers Program.

This year’s cards can be redeemed for discounts or other services at Scholtzsky’s, The Sweet Spot, Zaxby’s, Applebee’s, Outback Steakhouse, O’Charley’s, Retro Bowl, The Battlegrounds Games and Comics, Buckin’ Burrito, Taylor’s Tire and Service, Las Palmas Mexican Restaurant, Fuji Steak and Sushi, Hamilton’s Food and Spirits and Pizzeria, Tijuana’s Mexican Restaurant, RAK Outfitters, Bruster’s Ice Cream, Fashion Cleaners, Chelsea’s On Thornton, Panda Express, Chef’s Pantry, Dalton Vacuum, Los Reyes Mexican Restaurant, Oasis Beauty Salon, Subway on West Walnut Avenue, and Town Square Café.

Explorer cards can be purchased at the Police Services Center at 301 Jones Street, Los Reyes Mexican Restaurant, the Northgate and College Drive Zaxby’s locations, and John’s BBQ. They can also be purchased from any Dalton Police Explorer.

The Dalton Police Explorers program allows young men and women to gain training and experience in the law enforcement field. The program also provides young people with opportunities for community involvement and development. Program activities include law enforcement training, organized recreational activities, and compeititve events. Officer David Saylors currently oversees the program. Explorers must be between 14 and 20 years old, maintain at least a C average while remaining in school until graduation or obtaining a GED, and must attend regular meetings which include physical training.

The Dalton Police Department thanks all of the sponsors of the Explorer cards for their generous support of the program.

Below: A look at the new DPD Explorer Cards

Dalton Police FRONT 1617

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DPD Seeks ID Of Checkout Cash Thief

The Dalton Police Department is hoping that you’ll recognize a woman who stole $40 in cash that was accidentally left behind at a self-checkout station by a woman this morning.

The incident happened after 11:00 am at the Walmart on Shugart Road. A woman using the self-checkout area to pay for her groceries. The woman got $40 in cash back after paying with a card, but accidentally left the money in the dispenser. After she left, another woman used the same checkout station and could be seen on surveillance taking the money out of the dispenser and putting it in her right pocket. The victim realized her mistake almost immediately and came back to check for her money, even asking the suspect if she had seen the money or taken it. The suspect reportedly replied that she had not seen the money and left the store. She left in what appears to be a red Ford Escape or similar style SUV.

The suspect is a black female, with chin-length black hair. She wore black pants and a white t-shirt. A picture of the suspect is included below. Anyone with information on her identity or this incident is asked to please contact Officer Blake Edwards at 706-278-9085, dial 9 and enter extension 315. He can also be reached via email at

Below: The suspect leaving the store

Walmart Suspect

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Loud Music Leads To Meth, Marijuana Bust

Testing out a new sound system led to a visit to the Whitfield County Jail for two Dalton men on Thursday. After being stopped for having loud music coming from their car Thursday afternoon, 38 year old Jeremiah Lee Thomison and 19 year old Alberto Estrada were both found to have warrants out for their arrest and also a large quantity of meth in their car.

At approximately noon on Thursday, Officer Clinton Travis was on patrol in the area of Walnut Avenue and Silver Circle when he heard excessively loud music coming from a 2002 Ford Excursion driven by Thomison. Officer Travis could clearly hear music coming from the vehicle both before Thomison’s vehicle reached him and well after it passed. It is against Georgia law for a person driving a car to play music that can be plainly heard more than 100 feet from the vehicle. Officer Travis pulled the Excursion over and Thomison explained that he had just gotten a new sound system and was trying it out. After checking Thomison’s license, Officer Travis found that he had an outstanding warrant for possession of meth with the intent to distribute. After a second officer arrived, Thomison was arrested for the warrant.

Thomison then asked officers if Alberto Estrada, his passenger, could drive his vehicle home. Officer Allexis Rittenhouse checked Estrada’s driver’s license and found that he also had an outstanding warrant for forgery. Officer Rittenhouse also smelled marijuana coming from the car. When Estrada was arrested, officers found a small amount of marijuana on his person.

A search of Thomison’s vehicle revealed 4 ounces of meth, and a half ounce of marijuana in addition to a 9 mm handgun and digital scales. The DPD’s Drug Unit responded and their ensuing investigation led to the seizure of approximately 16 more ounces of meth from another location. The total amount of meth seized in the bust was approximately 1 and ¼ pounds, worth an estimated $4,800.

Thomison and Estrada were charged with trafficking in meth, possession of meth with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and possession of drug related objects. Additionally, Thomison was charged with a noise violation for loud music coming from a vehicle. Estrada was also charged with forgery in the third degree on his warrant.

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DPD Arrests Man In Road Rage Incident

Dalton police arrested 22 year old Gabriel Campos Tuesday evening after he fired a handgun into the air during a road rage incident near downtown. Campos, of #6 Kirk Drive in Calhoun, is charged with assault, aggressive driving, driving with a suspended license, reckless conduct, and discharging a weapon on a public street.

The incident happened at approximately 5:30 pm on South Thornton Avenue near the 900 block in the area of the BB&T bank. Campos was driving northbound in his blue Nissan 350Z when another driver in a white Dodge pickup truck began to tailgate him. Campos apparently became agitated and slowed down. It’s unclear which driver “flipped the bird” first, but after both drivers flipped each other off Campos reportedly displayed a chrome and black .380 handgun to the other driver. Campos then fired a shot into the air. The other driver called 911.

Officers responding stopped Campos at Morris Innovative High School at Fort Hill and performed a felony traffic stop. Campos was taken into custody without incident.

This incident is still being investigated. Anyone who witnessed this incident today is asked to please contact Officer Jason Robinson at 706-278-9085, dial 9, and enter extension 180.

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DPD Welcomes New Officer

The newest officer in the ranks of the Dalton Police Department was confirmed on Tuesday morning by a unanimous vote of the Public Safety Commission. Officer Caleb Morang graduated from the police academy last Friday. He was confirmed by a 4-0 vote (PSC member Carlos Calderin did not attend Tuesday’s meeting).

Officer Morang is a 2011 graduate of Rome High School and attended classes at Georgia Northwestern in pursuit of a business degree. He comes to the Dalton Police Department after two year career with the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office where he served as a jailer.

Officer Morang’s training now continues with the DPD’s “mini-academy” and then he will hit the road for the department’s Field Training Officer (FTO) program where he will ride and train with and be evaluated by veteran officers. Officer Morang will receive his badge on Wednesday at a ceremony at the Police Services Center.

Below: Officer Caleb Morang


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DPD Investigates Wallet Theft From Food City Store

The Dalton Police Department is hoping a member of the public can identify a woman who stole a wallet that a customer accidently left behind at a Food City grocery store. The thief was recorded on the store’s surveillance system.

The incident happened shortly after 5:00 pm on December 8th at the Food City store on Glenwood Avenue.  The victim left her wallet on a checkout counter. The next customer behind the victim paid for her order and then took the victim’s wallet. She then left the store. The suspect is a white female with shoulder-length dark brown or black hair. She wore jeans and a long sleeved white t-shirt. She was riding one of the store’s electronic mobility carts in the store. Pictures of the suspect and the vehicle in which she left the store are included with this release.

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

Below: A picture of the suspect (riding cart) leaving the store and the vehicle in which she left


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DPD Works With Elementary Kids On Pedestrian Safety

Walking to school is a rite of passage for many American kids. After all, you can’t tell your grandkids that you used to walk to school uphill in the snow (both ways!) if you didn’t even walk to school a few times when it was sunny and 70 degrees outside. But it’s important for kids to know how to stay safe as pedestrians, whether they’re walking to school or if they’re just in their own neighborhood. That’s why the Dalton Police Department’s Traffic Unit has been working with Dalton Public Schools over the past couple of years to teach the WALKS course for pedestrian safety to area students.

Monday morning, two members of the Traffic Unit took the course to Roan Street Elementary School to give students some pointers on how to stay safe on sidewalks and near roads.  Sergeant Daniel Nicholson and Officer Matthew Dykes spoke to students in two session in the school’s auditorium. After showing a short video on pedestrian safety, the officers quizzed students on different rules for crossing the street, using crosswalks, and walking alongside roads. Kids who gave correct answers were awarded with prizes like stickers and coloring books. The Traffic Unit was able to reach 500 students today. They’ll be teaching the same course at the rest of Dalton’s elementary schools before the school year is out.

Earlier this month, Dalton officers attended “National Walk To School Day” events with area students. Officers will be back with Roan Street School students in April for that school’s “Walk To School Day” event.

Below: Sergeant Daniel Nicholson and Officer Matthew Dykes work with students at Roan Street School



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DPD To Host Public Forum April 5th

As part of the Dalton Police Department’s bid for continued accreditation from CALEA (the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc.), a public forum will be held at Dalton City Hall on April 5th 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 3-6.  Comments from the public will be considered by the CALEA team as they review the agency’s operations.

In April of 2013, assessors from CALEA conducted an on-site review of the Dalton Police Department, resulting in the department attaining CALEA Accreditation.  The assessors reviewed written materials, interviewed individuals, rode with officers, and visited offices to ensure compliance with the established standards.  Since this review, the Dalton Police Department has been reviewing its practices and policies to ensure continued compliance and put together the proper documentation to show the agency is still meeting the more than 480 professional standards mandated by CALEA.  Now, the Dalton Police Department is welcoming a new assessment team to conduct an on-site review as the department is seeking its first re-accreditation.

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.

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 9503 on April 4th 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.


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Construction Issue on Highway 41

Highway 41 at the I-75 Rocky Face exit has been cut down to just one lane due to construction today (Wednesday, March 16th). The construction crew plans to have the road opened up again by 4:00 pm, but motorists should plan to avoid the area if at all possible.

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Road Closures Saturday For 5K Race

Several downtown Dalton streets will be closed on Saturday morning to make way for the Wash Me Pink 5K road race. Affected roads will close at approximately 8:00 am and will re-open around 10:00 am. Dalton officers will be on hand to direct traffic, but drivers should make plans in advance to avoid the area if possible.

The race route is as follows:

  • Start/Finish – Hamilton/Emery
  • Race will travel north on Hamilton to the railroad tracks just past the Waugh St bridge and turn around.
  • Turn west on Morris
  • Turn north on Pentz
  • Turn west on Waugh St
  • Turn south on Selvidge St
  • Turn east on Gordon St
  • Turn south on Pentz St
  • Turn west on Emery
  • Turn south on Oxford St
  • Turn east on Franklin St
  • Turn north on Hamilton St to Emery St for the finish
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