Posts on Jan 1970

American Legion Honors DPD Officer Of The Year

Officer 1st Class John Edwards was honored by the American Legion as Dalton’s Police Officer of the Year on Thursday night. Edwards was honored in part for his work mentoring younger officers in the DPD’s ranks.

Assistant Chief Cliff Cason introduced Edwards for the honor on Thursday night, noting that Edwards oversees the field training program for new officer trainees. That program takes new officers fresh from the academy through a multi-phase program in which they ride with more experienced officers who mentor them and evaluate their progress.  In addition to mentoring officers and overseeing the training program, Officer Edwards also serves as a liaison between the training program and the department’s command staff, keeping the officers in charge apprised of each new officer’s progress.

“Officer Edwards mentors and introduces all of the new officers to our department and has given his time selflessly to guide officers through the process,” Chief Cason said in his opening remarks. “Edwards often develops new and innovative ways to get the most out of each officer.”

“It takes a great team to be an effective organization, and I’m proud that Officer Edwards is on my team,” Cason concluded.

Below: DPD Officer 1st Class John Edwards

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DPD Explorers Take Top Honors At National Competition

The Dalton Police Department is looking for more space in the trophy case after another outstanding performance by members of the agency’s Police Explorers post. Three of the DPD’s Explorers took part in the National Law Enforcement Exploring Competition in Flagstaff, Arizona earlier this month and brought home first place honors in one of the events.  Corey Greene, Cristian Peinado, and Trey Williams represented Dalton at the competition.

The competition was held July 11th through the 15th and featured teams from across the United States and Puerto Rico. Teams were assigned to compete in several different law enforcement scenarios and were judged on their performance by law enforcement officers. Teams were told in which scenarios they’d take part moments before each scenario began, and then were put into the scenarios with role players acting the parts of suspects and victims. The Explorers then had to control the scene and decide how each situation would be resolved. The DPD Explorers took competed in Traffic Stops, Domestic Crisis Intervention, Crime Scene Processing, and Burglary in Progress. Out of 120 teams competing in each scenario, Dalton took 1st Place in Domestic Crisis Intervention and 4th Place in Crime Scene Processing.

While making their return trip, the Explorers also represented the Dalton Police Department at a memorial service for fallen officers in Dallas, Texas.

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 competitive events. Officers David Saylors and Matias Castillo 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. Applications to join the program are taken in the late fall every year.

Below: DPD Explorers Post members pose with their trophies after the awards ceremony in Arizona. (from L to R) PFC David Saylors (Advisor), Trey Williams (Explorer Sgt.), Cristian Peinado (Explorer LT.), Corey Greene (Explorer LT.), Ofc. Matias Castillo (Associate Advisor)

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DPD Seeks ID Of Woman Using Stolen Credit Card

The Dalton Police Department is asking for the public’s help with identifying a woman who used a stolen credit card to make more than $1,700 in fraudulent purchases earlier this month. The suspect was recorded on store surveillance in both locations.

On July 1st, a customer at Panera Bread on Walnut Avenue reported that her wallet was taken from her purse while she was eating in the restaurant. The victim had her large purse hanging on the back of her chair with the purse hanging open. At one point, the purse fell onto the floor. The victim told police she realized that her wallet was missing when she walked out of the restaurant and realized that her purse felt lighter. The orange, blue, and yellow Haiqu brand wallet had a floral print on the front and a solid orange back. The victim told police that the wallet contained approximately $300 in cash as well as the victim’s driver’s license, a pharmacy license, and credit cards.

One of the stolen credit cards was used the same day at the Walnut Avenue Kroger and Walgreen’s locations to purchase more than $1,700 in merchandise including prepaid VISA cards and Hallmark gift cards. At Kroger, the suspect purchased three VISA gift cards with $400 each and also three Hallmark gift cards. The suspect is an African-American woman with long black hair wearing what appear to be blue scrubs. She carried a black purse.

If you know who this suspect is or have any information to this incident, please contact Detective Aaron Simpson at 706-278-9085, dial 9 and enter extension 253.

Below: The suspect pictured on store surveillance

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Local Veteran Donates Artwork To Police Services Center

Our thanks to local artist and veteran Jack Tucker for his gift to the department of a wooden American flag, complete with a blue line painted across one of the stripes. Mr. Tucker is making similar flags to be given to VFW posts across the country. It’s a beautiful piece and it’s currently on display in the front hall lobby of the Police Services Center while we work to find a permanent location to display the work.

We have gotten a lot of words of support and gifts of snacks and food and drawings from kids lately. We lack the words to express how much the support of this wonderful community that we serve means to us.

Below: DPD Chief Jason Parker (left) stands with artwork donated by Jack Tucker

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DPD Chief Participates In White House Briefing On 21st Century Policing

Chief Jason Parker visited the White House on Friday to meet with law enforcement executives from across the country to discuss the future of policing. The White House Advancing 21st Century Police Briefing on July 15th was the third in a series of meetings bringing police leaders together to implement recommendations in the Final Report of the President’s Task Force On 21st Century Policing. 75 police chiefs from across the country attended. Parker was one of four police chiefs from Georgia to participate in the briefing.

“It was a great honor, and humbling experience to be included in the discussion,” said Chief Parker. “Since local control has always been an important factor in American policing, it was good to be able to represent Dalton and have our voice heard on the subject. It was also a good opportunity to stress how important it is to provide safety and support to our police officers.”

“Our officers and department take professionalism very seriously. It has become the expectation,” Parker continued. “Our involvement in projects intended to raise the bar in the profession puts us in position to be ready when new concepts come to light. It keeps us prepared, but also gives our officers the ability to try new things before a crisis comes.”

Friday’s briefing opened with remarks from the director of the Domestic Policy Council and continued with updates on innovations in policing by the director of the US Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services and the chief of the Bloomington (IN) Police Department. Chief Parker then participated in breakout sessions covering the police data initiative, officer safety and wellness, social media, and implicit bias training led by Dr. Bryant Marks, Director of Morehouse College’s Program for Research on Black Male Achievement.

“The discussion about implicit bias has been going on in criminal justice for about five years,” Parker explained. “The idea is that humans develop general biases over time based on individual, total life experiences, but implicit biases are more instinctive and unconsciously applied in a situation. Our officers receive training annually and in roll call sessions on our agency’s policy which prohibits biased-based profiling, or taking action based solely on the traits and characteristics of a person.”

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Above: The four chiefs from Georgia law enforcement agencies to participate in Friday’s briefing pose together in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in the West Wing of the White House. (L-R: Chief Jason Parker, Dalton Police Department; Chief Wanda Dunham, MARTA Police Department; Chief Gary Yandurra, Brookhaven Police Department; Chief Kenneth Morgan, Fort Valley State University Department of Public Safety)

The recommendations of the President’s Task Force On 21st Century Policing were submitted in May 2015 and are organized around six guiding “pillars”: Building trust and legitimacy, policy and oversight, technology and social media, community policing and crime reduction, training and education, and officer wellness and safety. Thanks in part to the department’s efforts to gain state certification and international accreditation, Chief Parker reports that many of the task force’s recommendations have already been implemented at the Dalton Police Department.

“It was good to see that most of the recommendations in the report are already in place at Dalton PD, but I am interested in the Police Data Initiative, which seeks to proactively post data online about police operations as a way to let citizens know the full range and scope of what we do as a profession,” said Parker. “I think it could be a good way to tell the full story of how complex policing can be.”

“One of the first task force recommendations is to emphasize the importance of building community trust continuously through day-to-day actions of officers,” Parker said. “Building that kind of trust doesn’t come from a program or philosophy, it comes from the individual efforts of every officer day in and day out to treat people fairly, and be accountable for our own actions.”

Friday’s visit to the White House was not the first time that Chief Parker has been summoned to Washington, DC to discuss the future of law enforcement. Parker previously traveled to DC to participate in projects with the Police Executive Research Forum to revise recommended guidelines on the use of electronic control weapons such as tasers in 2011 and the implementation of police-worn body cameras in 2013. Parker believes his involvement with those projects as well as the department’s efforts in social media and community policing led to his selection to participate in the White House briefing.

The Final Report of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing is available online at http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/pdf/taskforce/taskforce_finalreport.pdf.

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Thornton Avenue Near Downtown Will Be Affected Friday By March

A demonstration march and rally has been planned for Friday afternoon in downtown Dalton and officers from the Dalton Police Department have been in contact with organizers as they planned the event. Dalton officers will be present to escort the march from its planned starting point at Harmon Field to the Whitfield County Courthouse and the Dalton Green.

The march is being scheduled to begin at approximately 4:00 pm Friday afternoon at Dalton’s Harmon Field football stadium. From there, marchers will be escorted east on Crawford Street and across Thornton Avenue to the Courthouse. The demonstration and rally will then move to the pavilion area at the Dalton Green and is expected to last into the evening hours. Traffic in the Thornton Avenue area is only expected to be affected briefly by the march.

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Join The Dalton Police Department

Do you think you’ve got what it takes to join one of Georgia’s leading law enforcement agencies?  If so, the Dalton Police Department is looking for you.  The DPD is currently accepting applications for new officers.

To qualify as an applicant, candidates must meet the standards set by the Georgia Peace Officer Training Standards Council (POST), be at least 21 years old, be a citizen of the United States, and have at least a high school diploma or the equivalent, with at least some college education preferred.  Candidates must possess good people skills, a professional work ethic, and be able to work as a team player.  Candidates must be able to to work a flexible schedule, including night shift and weekends.  Candidates must have the ability to perform the essential functions of the job.  Candidates must be United States citizens.  Successful candidates will be responsible for the enforcement of city ordinances and state laws in a fair and impartial manner.  Starting pay for new officers is approximately $15.14 per hour during the training phase. Once training is completed, officers receive $17.39. After one year of service, officers without a college degree make $18.72 while officers with a degree can earn $20.13.

Applications can be obtained at the Human Resources Office in City Hall, 300 West Waugh Street, Dalton, GA 30721. You can also download one online.

Want to learn more? Click here to visit our recruiting page to learn more about the selection process and the duties of a Dalton officer. The City of Dalton is an equal opportunity employer.

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