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Applications Open For Spanish Language Citizens Police Academy

After a successful first session last fall, the Dalton Police Department will host a second class of the Citizens Police Academy in Spanish later this summer. Applications are now being accepted for the program which will be held on six nights in August and September.

The DPD has held a Citizens Police Academy for nearly two decades in English, and last fall held a condensed version of the course for Spanish speakers. The program gives participants a behind the scenes look at every aspect of the police department’s operation. The pilot course was met with an enthusiastic response, so this summer the department will be hosting a six-week course. Classes will be led by Spanish-speaking officers and staff. The program is part of the police department’s strategic plan to improve communication and cooperation with the community.

“One of the fundamentals of successful policing and crime prevention is the ability of the police to receive cooperation and information during criminal investigations,” said Chief Jason Parker before the program’s first class. “Without that trust and support, we are much less effective.”

“Reaching every segment of our community helps everyone as a whole,” Chief Parker continued. “The fact that we have a sizeable group of people who are non-English speakers creates a barrier of communication with police and all emergency services. Statistics and research show that people generally only report about 40 percent of crime they know about, and that number is even lower in minority communities where they may not be aware of the opportunity to work with the police department to solve and prevent crime. Criminals are aware of that presence and intentionally target these people as victims of robbery, assault, and fraud. Even more concerning to the police department is that the potential exists for organized crime, such as human trafficking, to get a foot-hold. As a community, we should all be concerned about that.”

The class will meet at the Rock Bridge building at 114 South Hamilton Street on August 22nd, 29th, September 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. People interested in participating can apply online at

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DPD Investigating Credit Card Theft

UPDATE: (7/21/17) The suspect has been identified. Thank you to everyone who emailed or called with a tip! 

The Dalton Police Department is asking for the public’s help identifying a man who used a credit card stolen from a swim meet in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia at several locations in Dalton. The suspect used the stolen credit card to make purchases at four different locations for purchases totaling more than $250 in Dalton on July 15th, a short time after the victim’s wallet was stolen after possibly being forgotten on a counter at a swimming pool concession stand in Fort Oglethorpe. The suspect also attempted to use the stolen card to withdraw money from several ATMs, but failed.


The suspect used the stolen American Express card at the the Circle K at 1200 Glenwood Avenue, the Chevron at 100 North Oaks Drive, Shugart Road Murphy USA service station, and the Shugart Road Walmart. At the Walmart, the suspect bought a Samsung cell phone and a calling card.


The suspect is a skinny male, possibly Hispanic with dark hair and a dark mustache. He was recorded by store surveillance wearing a green polo shirt with dark stripes. He was a passenger in a silver Ford SUV with an unknown license plate.


Below: The suspect and the vehicle in which he was traveling were recorded on store surveillance cameras.

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DPD Targeting Speeders July 17th Through The 22nd

Fans of auto racing know that summer heat means some of the year’s biggest races, but the Dalton Police Department is working to makes sure local roads don’t become NASCAR tracks. The Dalton Police Department is taking part in the Operation Southern Shield/Arrive Alive campaign that’s targeting speeders on roads all across the southeast. From July 17th until July 22nd, the DPD’s Traffic Enforcement Unit (TEU) and regular patrol shifts will be taking part in speed enforcement details all over town.

The campaign is being coordinated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Agency (NHTSA) and the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS).  Speeding on Georgia’s roads can cost drivers big time, and not just from paying fines for speeding citations. Speeding can cost drivers their lives. Statistics provided by the GOHS show how speeding can cost you. The chances of a crash being fatal is more than three times higher when speeding is a contributing factor. More young male drivers are involved in fatal crashes as a result of speeding. In 2015, 22 percent of the 15 to 24 year old drivers who were involved in fatal crashes were also speeding at the time of the crash in Georgia. During the same year, 27 percent of all young (ages 15-24 years) motorcycle operators involved in fatal crashes were speeding, as compared to 18 percent for light truck drivers (which includes pickup trucks, SUV, and vans).

The DPD’s TEU reminds drivers that the four main ways to make sure to stay safe and arrive alive are to watch your speed, always buckle up, never text and drive, and NEVER drink and drive.

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