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Veteran Officer Promoted to Captain

DPD Captain Promoted

A 28-year veteran of the Dalton Police Department was promoted to the rank of captain at Tuesday morning’s meeting of the Dalton Public Safety Commission. Captain Chip Whitfield had his promotion from the rank of lieutenant approved by a 4-0 vote of the commission (commission member Carlos Calderin was unable to attend Tuesday’s meeting).

Captain Whitfield currently serves as the division commander of the agency’s Administration Division. He holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Columbus State University and has his bachelor’s degree from the University of West Georgia. He has served the department in every capacity, as a patrol officer, detective, and supervisor. In addition to his duties with the police department, he also serves as a part-time instructor in the criminal justice program at Dalton State College.

Captain Chip Whitfield (right) poses with Chief Jason Parker at Tuesday morning’s meeting (click image to see a larger version)

Firefighter Promotions Approved

The Dalton Fire Department opened Tuesday morning’s monthly meeting of the Dalton Public Safety Commission by presenting seven candidates for promotion.

Presented for promotion from the rank of Firefighter 1 to Firefighter 2 were Katelen Farmer, Dwayne Pangle, Danny Arthur, and Casey Jones. Farmer has been with the department since February 2006 and is a graduate of the prestigious FLAMES (Firefighters Laboring and Mastering Essential Skills) course in addition to holding numerous other training certifications. Pangle joined the department in January 2013 and also is a FLAMES graduate as well. Arthur also joined the department in January 2013 and is a graduate of the grueling Georgia Smoke Diver program and also serves as an Emergency Medical Technician.  Casey Jones also joined the department in January 2013 and is a hazardous materials technician in addition to numerous other training certifications.

Firefighter 2 Adam Stanley and Firefighter 2 Andy Brock were both presented for promotion to the rank of Engineer. Brock and Stanley both have served the Dalton Fire Department since July 2011. Both are Georgia Smoke Divers each serves as an EMT and hazardous materials technician in addition to holding many other certifications.

Firefighter 2 Matt Daniel was presented for promotion to the rank of Firefighter 3. Daniel is a 14 year veteran of the fire department, joining in January 2003. In addition to numerous other training qualifications, Daniel is a member of the Georgia Search and Rescue Team.

Each of the seven promotions were approved by a unanimous 4-0 vote of the Public Safety Commission.

Dalton Fire Chief Bruce Satterfield poses with firefighters Katelen Farmer, Danny Arthur, Adam Stanley, Matt Daniel, Andy Brock, Casey Jones, and Dwayne Pangle after their promotions Tuesday morning (click image to see a larger version)

 

Chairman, Secretary Named

As Tuesday’s meeting was the first of the year, commission members voted to name a commission chairman and secretary. Chairman William B. Weaver and Secretary Terry Mathis were both re-elected to their same positions for 2017 by unanimous vote.

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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Fundraising Kicks Off For 2017 Law Enforcement Torch Run

Following our best Special Olympics fundraising effort ever in 2016, the Dalton Police Department is once again joining police departments from across Georgia in the Law Enforcement Torch Run fundraiser. The DPD is taking part to help send Special Olympics Georgia (SOGA) athletes to the state games and fund other important parts of SOGA’s operation. You can help by purchasing Torch Run hats or running shirts from the DPD or donating through pledges of support for officers who will run in a Torch Run relay April 27th, the day before Whitfield County’s summer games. The route will take participating officers on a route through the city of Dalton.

The 2017 Law Enforcement Torch Run shirts are sky blue dry-fit running shirts with the Law Enforcement Torch Run logo and an image of a Special Olympics athlete carrying the torch.  The hats are available in two styles. One is tan and the other is in a digital camouflage pattern. The hats cost $12 each and the shirts cost $15. The shirts are available in all sizes. Both the hats and shirts are on sale at the Police Services Center at 301 Jones Street.

2017 Law Enforcement Torch Run shirt and hats

In 2016, the DPD enjoyed its best year of fundraising to date, raising more than $11,000 in support of the cause. Sergeant Ricky Long, who coordinated last year’s effort, was honored by Special Olympics Georgia with its “Rookie Fundraiser of the Year” award.

Sergeant Ricky Long poses with his “Rookie Fundraiser of the Year” award and a plaque recognizing the DPD’s 2016 fundraising effort

Each year, the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) is the largest fundraising effort for SOGA.  More than 100 law enforcement agencies across the state take part through various fundraisers which culminate with a series of relay runs with the Special Olympics torch. In 2015, the LETR effort raised more than $866,000 in Georgia. Over the years, Georgia’s LETRs have raised more than $11 million for the Special Olympics.

Funds raised through the Torch Run fund many aspects of the Special Olympics operation. Much of that money goes to send athletes to compete in the statewide Special Olympics Games. It costs $85 to send one athlete to one of the state games meets. At these games, children and adults with intellectual disabilities get to compete in high quality sports, interact with peers, and experience new places. Participation in the games means athletes work towards a goal, learn and master new skills, and develop good habits that could improve their health and lives.

Special Olympics Georgia does not receive funds from local, state, or federal funds. SOGA also does not receive United Way funding. Funding for SOGA, which operates competitions year-round for their athletes, comes from donations and fundraising events such as the Law Enforcement Torch Run. Neither Special Olympics athletes nor their families pay fees to compete. More than 26,000 athletes are currently being served by SOGA.

The DPD’s Torch Run is coming up on April 27th. For more information on donating to the cause or sponsoring runners, contact Sergeant Ricky Long at rlong@cityofdalton-ga.gov or by calling 706-278-9085, dial 9 and enter extension 168. Donations can also be made to the department’s fundraising effort itself either through a separate monetary donation or purchase of Law Enforcement Torch Run merchandise.

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Quick Change Flim Flam Artist Rips Off Restaurant

The Dalton Police Department is asking for the public’s help with identifying a man who tricked a local cashier into letting him walk out of a restaurant with $92 in stolen cash. The suspect asked for change for a large bill and kept the cashier confused until he was able to walk out with his money and also the restaurant’s.

The theft happened at the Zaxby’s at 872 College Drive in Dalton. Shortly after 9:45 pm on January 5th, a man entered the Zaxby’s and ordered a chicken finger plate and handed the cashier a $100 bill. He then asked the cashier to wait, stating that he had exact change. When the cashier handed back the $100, the suspect started to argue. After a few rounds of the exchange, a penny was introduced into the equation. Eventually, the confused cashier gave the suspect $92 from the cash register without realizing the suspect had never handed back over the $100. The cashier didn’t realize the error until the suspect walked out of the restaurant, dumping his chicken finger order into the trash can on his way out.

The suspect is a black male who appears to be in his late teens or early 20’s. He wore a black quilted style jacket with slacks and black sneakers and a gray or green toboggan hat. He wore a stud earring in one ear. Pictures of the suspect are included below.

Anyone with information on the identity of this man is asked to please contact Detective Aaron Simpson at 706-278-9085, dial 9 and enter extension 253.

Below: The suspect was recorded by the restaurant’s surveillance system.

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New Pictures Released In Investigation Of Theft

UPDATE (1/5/17 4:25 PM) – We have identified a suspect in the case.

The Dalton Police Department has obtained better surveillance pictures of a suspect in a December theft and fraud case. A suspect in the December 26th theft of a purse from Walmart was recorded by surveillance passing a check stolen in the Dalton incident at a Walmart store in Cleveland, Tennessee.

The Dalton incident happened around noon on December 26th at the Shugart Road Walmart. The victim left her purse sitting in the front of her shopping cart while browsing the store. When the victim decided to leave without buying anything, she realized that her purse was missing. The purse contained approximately $100 in cash as well as the victim’s bank cards, a check book, and the victim’s AARP card. A review of the store’s surveillance shows a white female take the victim’s purse from her cart before leaving the store quickly. The woman left in a white early-to-mid-2000’s Ford Focus which was parked in one of the handicapped spots near the store entrance. The suspect has shoulder length brown hair that was pulled back in a ponytail and she wore a long-sleeved shirt with green sleeves and jeans. Further investigation of the store’s surveillance system showed the suspect going to the Customer Service Center before the theft and attempting to cash several checks.

On December 29th, pictures of the suspect from surveillance pictures from the Dalton theft were released to area media outlets and social media, but a suspect was not identified. On December 30th, a check from the victim’s checkbook was written for $463.92 at the Walmart in Cleveland, Tennessee. The transaction was reported to the  Dalton Police Department on January 3rd and investigators obtained surveillance pictures of the suspect which are more clear and close up to the suspect’s face than the images from Dalton. Investigators now believe that it is likely the suspect lives in the Chattanooga area.

 

Below: The suspect who passed a stolen check at the Cleveland, TN Walmart and her vehicle were recorded by store surveillance

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Dalton Officers To Take The Polar Plunge

Because having feeling in our extremities matters less to us than helping our Special Olympic athletes compete and succeed, officers from the Dalton Police Department will be taking the “Polar Plunge” next month. Officers from the department are raising money with pledges to jump into the frigid waters of Acworth Beach in Acworth, Georgia on February 25th as part of state-wide fundraiser for Special Olympics Georgia.

Every year, law enforcement agencies across Georgia engage in fundraising for Special Olympics Georgia with various events. Last year, the Dalton Police Department had its best year of fundraising for Torch Run, donating more than $10,000 to the Special Olympics.

To donate to the Dalton Police Department’ fundraising for the Polar Plunge and motivate our officers to jump into frigid water, click here! You can also donate by check by making it out to Special Olympics Georgia and dropping it off at the Police Services Center at 301 Jones Street. For more information on how to donate, contact Sergeant Ricky Long at 706-278-9085, dial 9 and enter extension 168.

Each year, the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) is the largest fundraising effort for SOGA.  More than 100 law enforcement agencies across the state take part through various fundraisers which culminate with a series of relay runs with the Special Olympics torch.  In 2015, the LETR effort raised more than $866,000 in Georgia. Over the years, Georgia’s LETRs have raised more than $11 million for the Special Olympics.

Funds raised through the Torch Run fund many aspects of the Special Olympics operation. Much of that money goes to send athletes to compete in the statewide Special Olympics Games. It costs $85 to send one athlete to one of the state games meets. At these games, children and adults with intellectual disabilities get to compete in high quality sports, interact with peers, and experience new places. Participation in the games means athletes work towards a goal, learn and master new skills, and develop good habits that could improve their health and lives.

Special Olympics Georgia does not receive funds from local, state, or federal funds. SOGA also does not receive United Way funding. Funding for SOGA, which operates competitions year-round for their athletes, comes from donations and fundraising events such as the Law Enforcement Torch Run. Neither Special Olympics athletes nor their families pay fees to compete. More than 27,000 athletes are currently being served by SOGA.

 

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