Posts on Jan 1970

Thanks For Your Support Of Special Olympics Georgia!

The Dalton Police Department wrapped up its 2016 fundraising effort in support of Special Olympics Georgia last month with our best performance ever. In all, the agency raised more than $10,000 through various efforts as part of its Law Enforcement Torch Run fundraising.

A number of local businesses made generous donations to the fundraising effort. Businesses that supported the Law Enforcement Torch Run in Dalton include the Community Foundation of Northwest Georgia (Engineered Floors), Marketing Alliance, Julian Peeples Funeral Home, Love’s Funeral Home, All American Calendars, First Bank of Dalton, Raspberry Row, Morgan-Lee Supply, Krispy Kreme, Blanca’s, Dixon Music, The Oyster Pub, Roan Street School, Mapco (Glenwood & Legion), Mapco (Walnut & Airport), and Dug Gap Family Dentistry. Countless individuals and families also made donations both at fundraising events like our Cops On Top Of The Shop event at Krispy Kreme and also in support of the officers who ran the DPD’s Law Enforcement Torch Run. In all, the DPD raised $10,658 for Special Olympics Georgia this year.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is a statewide effort by law enforcement agencies to raise money in support of Special Olympics Georgia. This year, the Dalton Police Department has raised more than $10,000 through different fundraising events and the fundraising efforts of the torch runners. In 2015, the statewide effort raised more than $866,000 in support of Special Olympics Georgia, making the Torch Run the organization’s largest single fundraising effort.

We sincerely thank everyone who helped us support Georgia’s Special Olympians.

Below: DPD Chief Jason Parker lights the Special Olympic torch at the Dalton/Whitfield County Summer Games last month


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DPD Seeks Identity Of Pair In Theft

The Dalton Police Department is asking for the public’s help identifying two women who worked together to steal an undetermined amount of merchandise from Walmart. The pair were recorded on store surveillance. Investigators believe the suspects live in the Chattanooga area and that they have been involved in numerous thefts from stores across northwest Georgia.

The pair hit the Shugart Road Walmart in Dalton on May 1st at approximately 5:00 pm. They arrived together and stole an undetermined amount of merchandise from the store. They left together in a red Nissan Sentra with a Tennessee license plate.

The suspects are both African-American women. One had shoulder length dark hair and wore a black shirt and pants. The second suspect wore a white t-shirt and black pants with a blue or purple bandanna around her head. A picture of the two suspects is included below.

Anyone who knows these women is asked to please contact Officer Blake Edwards at 706-278-9085 extension 9315 or by email at

Below: The suspects pictured on store surveillance.


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Kindergartners Visit DPD

Kindergarten students from Eastside Elementary School took advantage of a sunny Friday by leaving their classrooms behind and visiting the Dalton Police Services Center for a lesson on what police officers do for their community.

The students began their visits to the DPD with an up-close look at a police car. Officer Dexter Kapur let the kids crawl through the backseat of the car after explaining the different tools he carries on his duty belt. Officer Brandon Daugherty then led the students on a tour of the building. The Eastsiders were quiet and polite as they made their way through the Criminal Investigations Division where they saw detectives working. They also made their way through the Patrol Division where they saw the department’s roll call room. Afterwards, they saw the department’s Training Room where they were able to ask questions of Officers Kapur and Daugherty about their jobs as police officers.

We thank the Eastside Elementary kids for their attention, their questions, and for the visit!

Below: Officers Dexter Kapur and Brandon Daugherty give a tour to students from Eastside Elementary School


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DPD Honors Employees Of The Month

On Friday, the Dalton Police Department recognized two of our staff as the Employees of the Month for April 2016. Detective Brian Shirley and Accreditation Manager Tonya Baker were honored for their efforts over the past year to prepare the agency for its inspection by the Commission on Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc. (CALEA) for re-accreditation. The department earned its initial CALEA accreditation in 2013 and recently completed its bid to maintain that accreditation with the inspection in April.

Below: Detective Brian Shirley and Accreditation Manager Tonya Baker pose together after being honored as the department’s Employees of the Month


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DPD Plans Peace Officers Memorial Day Observance For Monday

As part of our celebration of National Police Week, the Dalton Police Department will observe Peace Officers Memorial Day in a brief ceremony at the Police Services Center on Monday morning, May 16th at 10:00 am.

Monday morning’s ceremony will include remarks from Chief Jason Parker and the reading of the names of all of the Georgia law enforcement officers who have given their lives in the line of duty in the past year. A wreath will also be dedicated to their memory. If weather permits, the ceremony will take place on the lawn of the Police Services Center next to the memorial marker that stands near the intersection of Jones Street and Waugh Street.

May 15th was dedicated as National Peace Officers Memorial Day by President John F. Kennedy in 1962. President Kennedy further declared that the week in which Peace Officers Memorial Day falls to be National Police Week. This year, Police Week runs from Sunday, May 15th through Saturday, May 21st.

Below: Chief Jason Parker addresses a group at last year’s Peace Officers Memorial Day observance


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Road Closures Coming Saturday For Bill Gregory Healthcare Classic

The annual Bill Gregory Healthcare Classic road races will be run on Saturday morning.  Several Dalton streets near downtown will either be partially closed or fully closed to accommodate runners for the event.  The races will begin at approximately 8:00 AM and Dalton officers will begin closing affected streets between 7:00 and 7:30 AM.

Broadrick Drive will be closed at 7:00 AM from Waugh Street to the entrance of the Outpatient Surgery Center at Hamilton Medical Center.  The southbound lanes of Thornton Avenue will be closed from Tyler Street to Hawthorne Street.  One westbound lane of Waugh Street will be closed from Jones Street to Manly Street. Both westbound lanes on Waugh Street will beclsoed from Manly to Broadrick Drive with traffic routed around Dalton High on Manly Street.  One southbound lane on Thornton Avenue will be closed from Hawthorne to Franklin Street.  Cascade Drive will be closed during the race.  Jones Street will be closed.

Franklin Street, McBride Street, Maddox Street, South Ridge Street, and West Crawford Street will all have sections affected by the race and will be restricted to local traffic only.  Dalton officers will be directing traffic around the race course, but drivers should try to avoid the area if possible.  Most streets should begin to re-open around 10:00 AM.

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DPD Searching For Suspects In Waffle House Armed Robbery

The Dalton Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that happened in the early morning hours Friday at the Waffle House on West Walnut Avenue. The robber used a gun to hold up the restaurant cashier and escaped with a small quantity of cash.

The robbery happened at approximately 3:10 am when a black male entered the restaurant through the front door as a cashier was washing dishes in preparation for the morning breakfast rush. The suspect was wearing a light gray hooded sweatshirt with the hood up and a black hat and some type of red bandanna covering his face. He wore a black North Face jacket over the hoodie. The suspect was holding a silver handgun which he pointed at the cashier as he demanded money. The cashier gave the suspect all of the bills in the cash till. The suspect also demanded money from a locked drawer which the cashier could not unlock. The suspect then ran back out of the front door and got into the passenger seat of a white or silver four door vehicle. A witness told investigators that the driver of the vehicle was possibly a black male and that there could have been two white females in the car with them.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to please contact Detective Jacob Burger at 706-278-9085, dial 9 and enter extension 325.

Below: Pictures of the suspect from the restaurant’s surveillance cameras

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Lock Your Doors To Protect Your Valuables

In a perfect world, you could leave your car unlocked in a busy parking lot with your wallet inside and not worry about it. Sadly, this is not a perfect world. There has been a recent increase in the number of entering auto cases in Dalton in the past few weeks, and in each case, it appears that the vehicles were left unlocked. Officials with the Dalton Police Department are reminding residents to keep their cars locked even if you’re only making a quick stop. Also, never leave valuables in plain view in your car.

Between April 12th and May 3rd, there were a total of 13 reports of parked cars being entered and property being stolen around Dalton. Many of those were concentrated in the southern part of the city. Several occurred in the Kroger parking lot on West Walnut Avenue near various businesses.

Most of the victims in these cases reported either leaving their doors locked or being unable to remember if they locked their doors. There were no signs of forced entry in any of the cases. In most of the cases, valuables such as electronics or wallets were left in plain view inside of the vehicle.

Anyone with information on these cases is asked to please contact the Dalton Police Department’s tip line at 706-278-9085, dial 9 and enter extension 221.

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