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Electronic Tickets

Officers will begin this week issuing electronic tickets to motorists.  Compared to the old style tickets used for the past 20 years, the new E-Tickets will look much like a department store receipt.  In the past, officers were required to manually enter all of the violator’s information onto the paper ticket.  With the new E-ticket, the officer simply enters the driver’s license number and the computer automatically enters all pertinent information for the ticket.  The ticket is printed on an inboard computer and given to the violator.  The ticket information is transferred to municipal court every 15 minutes and reduces much of the data entry requirements of the court personnel.

While there are many benefits to the new system versus the old, one major benefit is the reduction in time the violator will be detained.  Also with this shorter stop time, the roadway is cleared quicker and the officer has less exposure to oncoming traffic, a real danger to the officer.  Installation of the printers should be complete in all patrol units by the middle of October. Picture_042

Patrolman First Class Shaun Scott using car computer in preparation for printing E-Ticket 

Personal Safety and Security

Throughout my time in Law Enforcement, especially in the position of crime prevention officer, I have had many questions concerning personal safety and security and how one can reduce their chances of being a victim.  While no one can ever be completely safe from crime, there are some very basic steps you can take to greatly reduce your chance of being victimized.  Violent crime, especially by someone you do not know, is very rare when compared to property crime.  Of course, being victimized by violent crime even once is too much.  In light of this, I will be posting tips on a regular basis on how you can minimize your chances of being a victim.  If you have a particular topic or concern regarding personal security that you want covered, contact Officer Chris McDonald by email.  Stay tuned!!

Police Volunteer Receives Presidential Award

Dalton Police Volunteer Paul Cline was awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award today in a ceremony at Dalton City Hall for his extensive service to the Dalton community. Cline, who has served without compensation since 2004, logged more than 1,800 hours in 2005, and has donated more than 1,300 hours so far in 2006. Dalton Police Chief James D. Chadwick said of Cline and the program, "The contribution of Volunteer Cline and all our volunteers provides an invaluable service to the police department and the citizens of Dalton. The donated time by our volunteers allows us to stretch our resources and frees our officers to concentrate on law enforcement. We are indebted to them for their dedicated service".

Below, Cline receives the award from Chief Chadwick. Pictured, L-R are: Sergeant Mike Dyer; Cline; Public Safety Commission Chairman Lane Ashworth, and Chief Chadwick.


Cline spends many hours monitoring traffic conditions; assisting motorists with mechanical failures, and performing administrative functions for the department.

The Dalton Police Department has hosted a citizen volunteer effort, which is associated with the national Volunteers In Police Service program, since 1987 and now has eight (8) volunteers. The program, which started with local ministers volunteering as Chaplains to the department, is intended to extend the services the department offers Dalton citizens and to free up police officers for more pressing duties. Sergeant Mike Dyer coordinates the effort and is currently training four new volunteers.

For more information about the Volunteers In Police Service programs, click here.

Dalton Police Investigate Shooting

Dalton Police Officers responded to a shooting incident at approximately 2:30 a.m. on Saturday morning at the Oyster Pub located at 2206 Chattanooga Road.

Some time shortly before the incident, the offender, Shundy Hicks, and the victim, Jay Thomas, got into an argument in the parking lot of the Oyster Pub. Mr. Hicks returned to a vehicle, retrieved a pistol, and fired three shots at Mr. Thomas, striking him 2-3 times in the upper torso and left arm. Mr. Hicks then fled the scene.

According to witnesses at the scene, Mr. Hicks was identified as the offender and warrants were secured for Aggravated Assault.

Victim: Jay Thomas, black male, age 25, of 507 Park Canyon Drive, Dalton.

Suspect: Shundy Hicks, black male, age 25, of 602 Autumn Drive, Dalton

Mr. Hicks turned himself in to authorities on Saturday evening at approximately 6:00 p.m. Mr. Hicks is being charged with: Aggravated Assault, Felony 9O.C.G.A. 16-5-21)

Anyone with further information about this case should contact Officer Chris McDonald at 706-278-9085, extension 177.

Dalton Police Arrest Rape Suspect

The Dalton Police Department has arrested a suspect in connection with a rape that occurred at East Side Cleaners and Laundry, 1001 East Murray Avenue, Dalton. 

Based on information gained during the followup investigation, patrol officers with the Dalton Police Department located and arrested Lorenzo Shelton, black male, age 40, of 609 South Thornton Avenue, Dalton. Shelton is registered in the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Registry.


The rape occurred at approximately 3:00 a.m. on Friday morning September 22, 2006.

The victim was in the laundry area alone.  The offender entered the cleaners and attacked the victim.  The sexual assault occurred inside the cleaners. 

A surveillance camera captured pictures of the suspect inside the cleaners.  Anyone with information about this case is asked to call 911 or Detective John Helton at (706) 278-9085 ext. 143.

            For information about this release, contact Officer Chris McDonald at (706) 278-9085 ext. 177, by cellular phone at (706) 260-6746, or by email at

Photos of Rape Suspect:

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Dalton Police Update Active Shooter Training

The Dalton Police Department will soon conduct in-service training for police officers that is designed to prepare for an "active shooter" within local schools.

Since the fall of 2001, the Dalton Police Department has trained its officers to react to a situation that we all hope never happens; an "active shooter" in or around local schools. Earlier this year, the police department scheduled an in-service, (or refresher), training session for Dalton Officers in order to update newly hired officers, and reemphasize the subject for veteran officers.. The recent shooting on a college campus in Montreal underscores the importance of school safety, and this type of training.

Prior to the school shooting incidents that received worldwide attention, proper police tactics were to establish a perimeter around the area and then work inward to solve the threat situation. Since that time, the Dalton Police Department, and others nationwide, have trained to actively enter the school premises and seek out the dangers so that injuries and loss of life can me minimized or prevented. All of Dalton’s sworn officers and investigators receive the training so that the first officers on the scene can intervene rapidly.


For more information about school safety, please email the department’s Public Information Officer, Chris McDonald, or School Resource Officers Sam Eaton and Ricky Long.

Citizens Help Dalton Police Arrest Armed Robbery Suspect

Dalton Police Officers arrested a man Friday night, September 15, minutes after a robbery at the Kentucky Fried Chicken Restaurant at 2131 East Walnut Avenue.

Dalton Officer Shaun Scott, who had just completed a traffic stop nearby, was alerted by store employees. Officer Scott radioed other officers, and a pursuit began after the suspect vehicle was spotted in the area. The vehicle’s driver failed to yield to blue lights, driving at high speeds and making several evasive turns. The suspect abandoned his vehicle on Scobie Drive and fled on foot. Officer Scott pursued, and with the help of two unidentified males, took the suspect into custody.

The suspect, Arturo Rendon, Hispanic male, aged 23 of 643 Collins Road, Marietta, was arrested and charged with Armed Robbery. A firearm was located in the vehicle abandoned by Rendon.


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Police Academy Graduation

Dalton- The first graduation of the newly located Northwest Georgia Regional Police Academy is scheduled for September 15, 2006.


Recently, the Northwest Georgia Police Academy moved from its former location to Dalton. After 10 weeks of training in Georgia Law, firearms; accident investigations; emergency driving, and other areas, the inaugural class for the Dalton location will graduate on Friday, September 15, 2006 at 2:00 P.M. The graduation ceremony will be held in the City Hall Council Chambers at 300 West Waugh Street in Dalton.

The class includes officers from several law enforcement agencies throughout the Northwest Georgia region. Officer David Truesdale will be the first Dalton Police Department member to graduate from the academy since its relocation.  With the current class set to graduate soon, a new class has already begun, and includes four new Dalton Police Officers.


At left, Officer David Truesdale is presented his badge by Dalton Police Chief James D. Chadwick. Below, Truesdale’s mother pins on the shield.