Posts on Jan 1970

Three New Officers Sworn In

The Dalton Police Department added three new officers to the ranks Wednesday morning with a ceremony at the Police Services Center. During a brief ceremony in front of family, friends, and fellow DPD members, Officers Caleb Renegar, Justin Smith, and Corey Greene were all sworn in as officers and received their badges.

 

Officer Renegar is a native of northwest Georgia, born in Chickamauga. He’s a 2011 graduate of Gordon Lee High School and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of North Georgia in 2015. Officer Rengar is also an active member of the National Guard.

 

Officer Smith is a native of Rock Spring, Georgia, and graduated from Gordon Lee High School in 2013. Before joining the Dalton Police Department, Officer Smith served as both a detention officer in the Walker County Sheriff’s Office Jail and also as a 911 dispatcher with Walker County.

 

Officer Greene is a Whitfield County native. He graduated from Northwest Whitfield High School in 2014 and has attended Dalton State College where he pursued a degree in criminal justice. Officer Greene is a familiar face at the DPD, joining Dalton’s Police Explorers post in 2010. He continued on with the DPD Explorers until March 2017.

 

All three officers graduated from the Regional Police Academy in Cherokee County last week and were confirmed by unanimous vote of the Dalton Public Safety Commission at Tuesday morning’s meeting. During the ceremony Wednesday morning, they all took the oath of office from Dalton Municipal Court Judge Robert Cowan. They will now continue their training in the department’s Field Training Officer program in which they’ll ride with veteran mentor officers.

Below: Officers Renegar (left), Smith (center), and Greene (right) stand together after receiving their badges during Wednesday morning’s ceremony at the Police Services Center

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DPD Officers Now Carrying Narcan To Fight Overdoses

 

Officers from the Dalton Police Department are now carrying a new tool to help victims of drug overdoses. The DPD has issued overdose reversal kits to officers which can be administered in the field to people who are experiencing an opioid overdose. The kit contains Narcan, a nasal spray form of the drug Naloxone which blocks the effects of opioids and can reverse an overdose. The overdose kits were purchased with funds form a grant from the Medical Association of Georgia Foundation.

 

Opioids are a class of drugs that include not only illegal drugs such as heroin, but also prescription painkillers such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, and others. Opioid abuse is becoming more common across the country and so are incidences of deaths from opioid overdoses. Earlier this month, there was an outbreak of drug overdoses around the Macon, Georgia area that included as many as 20 cases and five deaths.

 

In addition to protecting members of the public who may be suffering a drug overdose, the police department’s deployment of naloxone is also intended as a measure to protect our own officers. Nationwide, there have been several cases of officers overdosing after being accidentally exposed to fentanyl or carfentanyl during investigations which can be absorbed through the skin.

 

“Drug overdoses are quite common in our community, and with the addition of fentanyl to these drugs, it’s more likely to lead to a quick death,” said Dalton Police Chief Jason Parker. “We also have to be concerned about the risk of exposure to our officers.”

 

Because law enforcement officers often arrive on the scene of an overdose before emergency medical personnel, they can be in a position to save the life of a patient who is experiencing an overdose. Part of the Medical Association of Georgia’s “Project DAN (Deaths Avoided By Naloxone)” is to equip first responders with Narcan and to train officers how to use it. Dalton Police Department officers recently received training online on how to recognize an opioid overdose and how to use Narcan to try to help victims. The Narcan nasal spray is easy for officers or other first responders to administer to an overdose victim.

 

“The overdose reversal drug the officers are now carrying is easy to administer, and safe for the victim,” Chief Parker said. “Its active ingredients target only the opioid drugs in the system. Having a nasal spray makes it much simpler and safer for the officer versus an injection”

 

Georgia’s 911 Medical Amnesty Law was enacted in 2014 and provides amnesty for people who witness a drug overdose and call 911 to get help for the victim. The 911 caller cannot be prosecuted for small amounts of drugs, alcohol, or other drug paraphernalia if they were discovered as a result of a 911 call for medical help. Symptoms of an opioid overdose include slowed breathing, sleepiness and being difficult to wake up, and “pin point” pupils (which may not be present if other drugs have also been used). If you see someone who has been using opioids with these symptoms, it is important to call 911 to get help.

 

“We are very aggressively targeting the drug manufacturers and dealers, but the bottom line as it relates to overdose situations is that individual drug users can call for help if they or another person is overdosing and the focus is going to be on the medical issue and human survival,” Chief Parker explained. “The same goes for a family member or friend of the overdosing victim who may hesitate to call for help out of fear the overdosing person being charged”

 

The Narcan nasal spray issued to DPD officers through this grant has a shelf life of up to five years. All Dalton officers in the field have been issued overdose kits and have been trained to use them.

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DPD Investigating Animal Cruelty Case

The Dalton Police Department is seeking information from the public to help officers determine who abandoned a puppy on the side of the road sealed in a taped up cardboard box. The puppy found by some kids in the neighborhood and rescued by Dalton firefighters who called police to investigate.

 

The puppy was found near the intersection of Needham Drive and Kammi Street in Dalton around noon on June 7th. Some kids in the area apparently found the box and called 911, and when firefighters from Engine 2 responded they were able to get the puppy out of the box. They then called Dalton Police officers to investigate. The puppy was sealed in a box with markings from Doctors Foster And Smith Affordable Quality Pet Care. The puppy is a female white and black dog, most likely a Jack Russell terrier. She appears to be approximately 8 weeks old. Despite being sealed in a box with temperatures in the 80’s, the puppy was healthy and playful once she was freed. The dog was taken by Animal Control and turned over to a local rescue organization. She is safe.

 

Officers are hoping that someone will recognize the puppy and know who owned her or possibly know who owned the litter from which she came. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to please contact Officer Serena Martin at 706-278-9085, dial 9 and enter extension 240 or email smartin@cityofdalton-ga.gov.

 

Below: The abandoned puppy and the box in which she was found

 

 

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DPD Officers Provide Life-Saving Care To Patient

Three officers from the Dalton Police Department are being credited with providing critical care to a man an unconscious man who stopped breathing on Tuesday night. As the first responders on scene, the three officers were able to provide CPR to the patient until an ambulance arrived. The patient was breathing with a normal heart rate when he was taken to the hospital.

 

 

Officers were dispatched to the North Georgia Fairgrounds at 500 Legion Drive on Tuesday night at approximately 8:00 pm with a report of a man who had stopped breathing. When Officer Dexter Kapur arrived, he found a 65-year old man unresponsive on the ground. Officer Kapur began to give chest compressions to the patient and continued while Sergeant Woody Cantrell set up an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on the patient. The AED analyzed the patient’s vitals and advised that the patient needed a shock, which Sergeant Cantrell delivered. After the shock, the patient began to gasp for air and Officer Blake Edwards began to deliver air using a CPR mask while Officer Kapur resumed chest compressions. The officers continued CPR until Dalton firefighters and Hamilton EMS paramedics arrived to take over the patient’s care. The patient was transported with normal heart and respiration rates to Hamilton Medical Center, where at last report he was being treated.

 

 

The Dalton Police Department provides CPR training and certification for officers every two years using guidelines from the American Heart Association.

Below (left to right): Sergeant Woody Cantrell and Officers Dexter Kapur and Blake Edwards

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Citizen Survey Responses Needed

Last month, the Dalton Police Department mailed out a Citizen Survey to randomly selected Dalton residents and now the agency is waiting for the responses. The responses will be used as part of the creation of the agency’s next Strategic Plan. Anyone who has received a survey in the mail but has not yet returned it is urged to please do so using the included envelope. Survey forms are also available at the Police Services Center at 301 Jones Street for anyone who was not randomly selected to participate but would like to.

 

The department conducts a Citizen Survey every three years to identify issues within the community and the agency itself which need to be addressed in the upcoming Strategic Plan.  After completion of the survey, the department conducts a review of both the citizen and employee surveys and the previous Strategic Plan by committees of agency employees and Dalton citizens.

 

The department’s current three-year plan runs through 2018 and the new plan will cover 2019-2021. The survey is also part of the agency’s accreditation process with CALEA (the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc).

 

To achieve a random and representative sample of the population, the police department has used its records management software to select a random sample of citizens who have had contact with the department proportional to the demographic makeup of Dalton.

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DPD Investigating Report Of Missing Woman

UPDATE (6/27/2017): Ms. Leadingham has been located safe and sound. 

The Dalton Police Department is asking for help from the public locating 34-year old Stacy Griggs Leadingham (formerly Stacy Griggs). Leadingham is a former Dalton resident who now resides in West Virginia, but was visiting Dalton around Memorial Day and has been reported missing by friends in town.

 

Leadingham was staying at the Motel 6 at 2200 Chattanooga Road on May 28th and clerks there reported that she checked out on May 29th.  She was reportedly last seen by her friends here on May 29th. Leadingham is a 34 year old white female standing 5’4” tall and weighing approximately 130 pounds. She has blue eyes and blonde hair, but has also had brown hair in the past. A picture of Ms. Leadingham is included with this release.

Below: A Facebook photo of Stacy Leadingham

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