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August Meeting Notes From The Public Safety Commission

CALEA Accreditation Renewed

At Tuesday morning’s monthly meeting of the Public Safety Commission, Dalton Police Chief Jason Parker officially announced that his department has officially been re-accredited by CALEA (the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc). The agency was officially informed of the re-accreditation earlier this month after a team of CALEA assessors performed an inspection of the department in April.

The department was first accredited in 2013 after an exhaustive self-assessment and later independent assessment process that began 2010. This year’s inspection was the department’s first renewal of accreditation which will run for four more years.

Accreditation from CALEA is an internationally recognized benchmark for professionalism in law enforcement. The organization’s goals are to strengthen an agency’s crime prevention operations, formalize management procedures, improve service delivery, and increase community confidence in the agency. Currently, approximately 6% of law enforcement agencies in the United States are CALEA accredited.

“Accreditation of law enforcement agencies is still fairly rare, so this renewal speaks volumes for the quality and amount of effort put forth by our officers and civilian staff,” said Chief Parker. “I’m proud of our collective effort to maintain this status and thankful for our positive relationship with the community. Even though there is quite a bit of turmoil around the country relating to the police, our community is very supportive and we hope to grow that even more through increased engagement.”

Chief Parker presented certificates of commendation to Lt. Chip Whitfield and Tonya Baker, department accreditation manager, for their efforts overseeing the agency’s re-accreditation.


Tonya Baker (left) and Lt. Chip Whitfield (right) present a certificate of the department’s CALEA re-accreditation

DPD Officer Promoted To Captain

Chief Parker presented Chris Crossen for promotion to the rank of captain during Tuesday morning’s meeting. Captain Crossen is currently serving as the division commander of the department’s Criminal Investigations Division (CID).


Chief Parker (left) and Captain Chris Crossen (right)

Captain Crossen has served the department for more than 20 years in a number of different capacities including patrol officer, public information officer, patrol shift supervisor, and operations supervisor for both CID and patrol. Captain Crossen has a bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University in business administration and a master’s degree in public administration from Columbus State University. He is a graduate of the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College at Columbus State University, the FBI National Academy, and the Senior Management Institute for Police.

The promotion was approved by a unanimous 4-0 vote of the commission (Keith Whitworth did not attend Tuesday’s meeting).

Firefighter Commended For Lifesaving Effort

Dalton Fire Chief Bruce Satterfield presented a certificate of commendation Tuesday morning to Engineer Josh Peek for his heroic action to save the life of a choking infant earlier this month.


Dalton Fire Chief Bruce Satterfield (left) and Engineer Josh Peek (right)

While off duty, Engineer Peek was eating dinner with his family at the Oakwood Café on August 5th. At another table, an infant became choked while eating. The infant was turning blue from a lack of oxygen when Engineer Peek ran up to render aid, delivering back blows and chest compressions to the infant. When firefighters and EMS responded to the scene, the infant was already breathing normally again thanks to Engineer Peek’s quick life-saving actions.

The Dalton Public Safety Commission is comprised of Chairman William B. Weaver, Carlos Calderin, Terry Mathis, Keith Whitworth, and Kenneth E. Willis.

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Wallet Stolen From Car In Gym Parking Lot

Ripping off muscle-bound weightlifters isn’t usually the best idea, but that apparently didn’t stop at least one man from breaking into a car at a local gym and stealing a patron’s wallet. The victim’s credit card was later used at an area Walmart and a suspect was recorded on video.

The break-in happened in the parking lot of the Crossfit gym at 609 South Hamilton Street on August 9th between 5 and 6 pm. A witness reported seeing two white males in the area of the car that was broken into. Those men left in a white passenger car of an unknown make or model. The victim cancelled his credit cards after calling police, but learned that his card had already been used at the Walmart on East Walnut Avenue.

A Dalton officer got the video of the transaction showing a white male using the card to make a purchase in the store’s outdoor garden center. The man wore a gray Nike hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled up. The suspect was also wearing a black baseball cap, white athletic-type shorts, and black shoes.

Pictures of the suspect are included below. Anyone who recognizes this man is asked to please call Officer Patrick Lee at 706-278-9085, dial 9 and enter extension 491. Officer Lee can also be reached by email at


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DPD Seeks Suspects In Lakeshore Park Car Break-Ins

The Dalton Police Department is asking for the public’s help with identifying three suspects who used stolen credit cards that were taken in a series of car break-ins at Lakeshore Park in June. The suspects used the stolen cards at locations in Dalton and Calhoun after the theft to rack up hundreds of dollars’ worth of fraudulent purchases.

The break-ins occurred at Lakeshore Park in Dalton on the evening of June 2nd while the victims were enjoying the park at youth sporting events or jogging. In one case, the victim’s car was left unlocked but in the other two cases the cars were entered by force. One car had a window broken out and the other had its door lock popped out. Stolen were wallets and purses containing credit and bank cards and at least $1,800 in cash.

Dalton investigators were able to recover surveillance video of stolen cards in the cases being used by a black male and two black females who were together in stores. A witness from one of the stores described the male as being in his 30’s, standing approximately 5’8” tall. One of the women was approximately 5’2” with a thin build and her hair in a ponytail. The second woman was about 5’1”, thin, with her hair in what a witness described as intricate braids. Surveillance images of the three are included with this release.

Anyone with information on these suspects is asked to please contact Detective Brian Shirley at 706-278-9085, dial 9 and enter extension 189.

Below: The suspects pictured by store surveillance

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DPD Hosting Women’s Self Defense Class

NOTE: This class is now FULL. Participants who got a seat will be notified by email soon. 

The Dalton Police Department will host another FREE session of the popular RAD Systems Women’s Self Defense Class later this month. Previous sessions of the class have been well-received by women who have participated.

The program is based on the R.A.D. Systems (Rape Aggression Defense) self defense course. It is a three-class course and will take place over three nights in August (8/23, 8/25, 8/30) from 6 pm until 9 pm. The classes will be held at a site to be announced later. The class is limited to 10 participants, and the course is designed for women ages 13 and up. However, women younger than age 18 who participate must have a parent or guardian sign a waiver to enroll.

The program is for women only – wives, mothers, daughters, sisters, girlfriends – and all who successfully complete the course will have a lifetime return policy allowing them to participate in any R.A.D Systems program to refresh their skills at any time. The 12-hour course educates women on safety strategies to minimize their chances of becoming a victim, and physical tactics aimed at disabling an attacker long enough to escape.

You can apply to participate in the class online by clicking here. Please apply for the class only if you can attend all sessions of the class.

Anyone with any questions about the course can contact Officer Christ McDonald at 706-278-9085, dial 9 and enter extension 177 or by email at

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Traffic Reminder: School’s Back In Session!

It’s still hot outside, but summer’s over for students in Dalton’s public schools. The first full week of classes starts August 8th, 2016 for students in Dalton’s city schools. That means Monday also marks the first full week of school zone speed limits. The Dalton Police Department’s Traffic Unit will be working next week and in weeks to come to ensure drivers are slowing down in school zones to keep students safe.

Dalton Public Schools are operating buses running throughout the city to pick up and return students home with some buses starting their routes as early as 5:45 am. In addition to school buses on our roads, many students will be taken to schools by parents or guardians in cars and more still will be walking to school. Drivers should be aware of more vehicle traffic near schools and also be on the lookout for pedestrians on the sidewalks and in crosswalks. Kids can be unpredictable, so slow down and be watchful.

School zones are clearly marked throughout the city and in most locations the signage includes flashing lights when school zone speed limits are in effect.  Times the school zone speed limits will be in effect are:

  • Elementary Schools: 7:45 – 8:25 am and 3:15 – 3:50 pm
  • Dalton Middle School: 7:15 – 7:45 am and 2:35 – 3:10 pm
  • High Schools: 7:50 – 8:10 am and 3:40 – 4:00 pm  

Drivers must stop for pedestrians in crosswalks as well as, you must stop for school buses with their flashing stop lights turned on. Remember, except for highways divided by a median, all lanes of a road must stop when a school bus has its flashing red lights on.

Georgia law states “once the flashing lights have turned red and the stop signs have extended from the side of the bus, it is unlawful for any vehicle to pass the stopped school bus while it is loading or unloading passengers. On a highway that is not divided by a median or concrete barrier, cars traveling in all directions are required to stop. On a highway divided by a median, cars traveling on the opposite side from the stopped school bus are not required to stop.”        

Bus Rules

As always, the Dalton Police Department reminds everyone to wear safety belts, slow down, and be prepared to stop for buses that are loading or unloading children in the city.

Good luck to all Dalton students this school year. Let’s slow down and keep them safe as they start the 2016-17 school year!

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DPD Arrests Man In Theft Of Signs And Metal

The Dalton Police Department charged 38 year old Garrett Grayson Hall with more than 100 counts of theft on Thursday for stealing more than 100 metal signs including road signs. The signs were discovered during the investigation of the theft of more than 300 pounds of aluminum from the Glenwood Avenue Kroger construction site, for which Hall has also been charged.

The metal theft at Kroger happened over the weekend and was discovered Monday, August 1st when the construction crew came back to work remodeling the store. More than 300 pounds of aluminum framing which was kept behind the store was missing. The construction foreman told police that a white Ford pickup truck with a cattle bar on the front was seen in the area. Investigating officers went to metal recycling businesses in the area and learned that Hall had recycled a large quantity of aluminum metal at two recycling centers. Witnesses said that the truck he drives matches the description of the suspect vehicle. Investigators determined that the metal Hall recycled was the missing metal stolen from Kroger. After interviewing Hall, officers obtained warrants for his arrest and a search warrant for his residence.

Officers served the search warrant at his residence at 1208 Applewood Drive on August 2nd and found 116 stolen metal road signs inside. The signs include traffic signs and highway markers. Also, there were signs belonging to Dalton Utilities, Hamilton Medical Center, the Georgia Forestry Service, and also a training center sign from the Tunnel Hill Police Department. Officers obtained warrants for 116 counts of theft by taking and Hall was charged for those thefts on Thursday. The stolen signs that were able to be matched with an owner were returned to their rightful owners. The rest are in evidence at the Police Services Center.

Below: Some of the signs recovered in the case


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DPD Seeks iPhone Thieves

The Dalton Police Department is asking for help identifying two men who stole a pair of iPhones from Walmart. The two suspects were recorded on store surveillance.

The incident happened between 10:30 and 11:00 pm on July 14th at the Shugart Road Walmart. The two men walked into the store and went to the electronics section and removed two iPhones from a display case. The men pocketed the phones and immediately left the store and got into some type of gold four-door passenger car. The stolen phones were both iPhone 6S models with serial numbers #C39QJ5KQGRWL and #F17QJ06ZGRXT.

The suspects are both white males. The first male is heavyset with short dark hair wearing a yellow t-shirt. The second wore a bright pink t-shirt and a baseball hat and has facial hair. Pictures of the suspects are included with this release.

Anyone who can identify the suspects is asked to please contact Officer Dexter Kapur at 706-278-9085, dial 9 and enter extension 162.

Below: The suspects recorded by store surveillance


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DPD Seeks ID Of Women Involved Fraud Scheme

UPDATE: This article previously contained a picture of a woman who was NOT involved in this case. She was at the bank at the same time as a suspect cashing one of the stolen checks and the bank sent the DPD the wrong image. We apologize for the mistake.

The Dalton Police Department is asking for the public’s help with identifying several women who are involved in a complicated identity and check fraud scheme affecting victims in Dalton and in multiple cities in Florida and bank locations in Chattanooga. Investigators estimate the scheme has netted the suspects at least $20,000.

On at least six occasions in June and July, vehicles were broken into in Dalton and purses were stolen with checkbooks inside. A day or two after each incident, checks stolen in the entering auto cases were cashed at different locations in Chattanooga. In each instance, the check was written to an unknowing victim in Florida. The suspect presenting the check had a fake ID with the identity of the Florida victim and the victim’s bank account information including account balances. The stolen checks were drawn on accounts for different banks than the institution being asked to cash the check but because the Florida victims had accounts with that bank with enough money to cover the check if it turned out bad, the banks cashed the checks. The transactions averaged at least $2,000 each. In most cases, the bank account holders in Florida weren’t aware that their accounts were compromised until they were contacted by the Dalton Police Department.

The suspects are three or possibly four white women. Pictures of the suspects are included with this release. Anyone with information on the identity of the suspects or this scheme is asked to please contact Detective Forrest Jones at 706-278-9085, dial 9 and enter extension 184.

Below: The suspects pictured on bank surveillance cashing the stolen checks

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DPD Seeks Man On Burglary Charge

The Dalton Police Department has a warrant for burglary for 67 year old Langston Hughley Spence of Chattanooga and needs the public’s help to determine his whereabouts. Spence is being charged in connection with a July burglary from a hotel room that occurred while Spence was out on bond for another burglary.

The burglary happened July 23rd at the Days Inn at 1518 West Walnut Avenue. While in the process of checking out of a room, the victim reported that his door had been left slightly ajar while he took luggage to his car. Upon returning, he found that his wallet containing cash, credit cards, and other identifying information was missing. A responding Dalton officer retrieved surveillance video that showed a black male later positively identified as Langston Spence walking down the breezeway of the hotel and pushing on doors to see if any were open. When Spence reached the victim’s door, it opened and he went inside. After viewing the video, DPD Detective Chris Tucker recognized Spence. Detective Tucker had recently charged Spence on July 1st in connection with an April 2016 theft of a woman’s purse from Hamilton Medical Center. Spence was released on an OR bond in connection with that case due to a medical issue. Detective Tucker obtained a warrant for Spence’s arrest on the new burglary charge on August 1st.

Langston Hughley Spence is a black male, standing approximately 5’7” tall and weighing approximately 190 pounds. A picture of Spence is included with this release.

Anyone with information on Spence’s whereabouts is asked to please call Detective Chris Tucker at 706-278-9085, dial 9 and enter extension 165.

Below: Langston Hughley Smith


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