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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

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.

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

DPD Seeks ID Of Suspect In Theft Of Check

UPDATE (6/1/17) The suspect has been identified. Thanks to everyone who called or emailed with tips!

The Dalton Police Department is asking for the public’s help with identifying a man who cashed a stolen check at an area store. The suspect was recorded on store surveillance.


The check was reported stolen to the police department on May 30th. The owner of a local cleaning business reported that she had written the check in the amount of $30 to one of her employees. The employee later reported that the check had either been lost or stolen, possibly while he was working out at the Planet Fitness gym on Walnut Avenue sometime on May 24th. Before canceling the check, the owner noticed that the check had been cashed on May 24th at the Carneceria Nacho’s at 900 Underwood Street.


A DPD officer viewed footage of the transaction. At 7:16 pm, a Hispanic male in his late teens or early 20’s wearing a bright yellow Georgia Southern t-shirt presented the check and cashed it. He did not present an ID. The suspect left the store in a late model Chevy Camaro, possibly black or dark green or blue in color. Neither the victim nor employees at the Planet Fitness recognized the suspect. A pictures of the suspect is included with this release.


Below: The suspect recorded on store surveillance


DPD Arrests Four In Christian Heritage School Burglary, Vandalism

Four suspects in an early-morning burglary and vandalism at Christian Heritage School left a trail of footprints and discarded fire extinguishers for officers to follow direct to their doorstep on Monday. All four individuals were charged with felony criminal trespassing in the incident, which left hallways in the high school building covered in fire extinguisher foam.


Dalton firefighters were dispatched to the high school building at 1600 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard at approximately 3:20 am Monday morning after smoke alarms went off in the building. When firefighters arrived, they found the smoke alarms had been set off by fire extinguishers being set off inside of the building. Firefighters then called police to investigate.  Responding officers found that multiple hallways sprayed with fire extinguisher foam. Basketball jerseys and sweatpants were stolen from the gym and food had apparently been stolen from the concession stand area.


Officers found multiples sets of footprints left in the foam leading out of a back door. Outside, officers followed tracks to one of the stolen fire extinguishers laying on the ground near the woodline. Officers were able to follow a trail of footprints, discarded fire extinguishers, and areas where fire extinguishers had been sprayed to the area of Beechland Circle. There, officers found a trail of footprints left in the fresh dew on the grass to the back of a vacant apartment unit at 1600 Underwood Street, a rare example of southern humidity being helpful.


After entering the vacant apartment, officers searched the unit and found four men hiding inside a closet. Officers determined that all four individuals were involved with the burglary and placed all four under arrest. The four arrestees were:

  • Lakwon Marquise Fleming, 20, 1801 Beechland Place
  • Bryson Hunter Gallman, 20, 120 Jeanette Drive
  • Kaylub Kuhn, 18, 1612 Beechland Place
  • Joshua Ryan Brower, 17, 1633 Ken Drive, Rocky Face

All four were charged with felony criminal trespass. Stolen items such as the basketball jerseys and sweatpants were recovered and returned to the school. The investigation into this incident is continuing and additional charges are possible.

DPD Observes Peace Officers Memorial Day

Officers and staff from the Dalton Police Department welcomed visitors on Monday afternoon to observe Peace Officers Memorial Day. The department hosted a brief ceremony on the grounds of the Police Services Center by the Chief William Hannah Police Memorial.
The ceremony was opened by Captain Tom Phillips, who introduced members of the DPD Honor Guard who presented the colors and led the Pledge of Allegiance. After a welcoming invocation from Chaplain James Eades, Assistant Chief Cliff Cason welcomed the gathering. Department spokesman Bruce Frazier read a proclamation from Dalton Mayor Dennis Mock declaring Police Week in Dalton, and then read the names of the eight Georgia law enforcement officers who gave their lives in the line of duty since the last Peace Officers Memorial Day. They are:
* Officer Timothy Kevin Smith, Eastman Police Department, End of Watch August 13, 2016
* Sergeant Patrick Michael Sondron, Peach County Sheriff’s Office, End of Watch November 6, 2016
* Deputy Daryl Wayne Smallwood, Peach County Sheriff’s Office, End of Watch November 8, 2016
* Deputy Justin Scott White, Newton County Sheriff’s Office, End of Watch November 15, 2016
* Officer Nicholas Ryan Smarr, Americus Police Department, End of Watch December 7, 2016
* Officer Jody Carl Smith, Georgia Southwestern State University Public Safety, End of Watch December 8, 2016
* Sergeant Gregory Michael Meagher, Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, End of Watch February 5, 2017
* Deputy Michael Butler, Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office, End of Watch February 25, 2017
The DPD Honor Guard then laid a wreath at the Chief Hannah Police Memorial and Chaplain Eades gave a benediction to conclude the ceremony.
May 15th was declared to be National Peace Officers Memorial Day by President John F. Kennedy in 1962. President Kennedy further declared that the week in which Peace Officers Memorial Day falls to be National Police Week. This year, Police Week runs from Sunday, May 14th through Saturday, May 20th.
Below: Images from the Peace Officers Memorial Day ceremony (to see more pictures from the ceremony, click here to visit a gallery on the DPD Facebook page)

DPD Seeks ID Of Tire Slashing Suspects

The Dalton Police Department is asking for the public’s help identifying two males suspected of slashing tires of a car parked at the Shugart Road Walmart. The suspects were recorded near the damaged vehicle before being recorded inside the store.


The incident happened at approximately 5:00 am on May 10th. The victim, who works 3rd shift at Walmart, reported that his back driver’s side tire was slashed in the parking lot while he worked. The victim’s car, a green Ford Mustang, was parked far away from other cars in the lot. After a review of surveillance footage, a suspect vehicle, a dark colored pickup truck, was seen parking next to the Mustang around 5:00 am and two males were recorded getting out. One of the males walked around to the driver’s side of the Mustang. He was recorded standing behind the driver’s side for several moments, apparently doing something to the car. Then the two males walked into the store. Both males rode electric scooters around in the store, and also ran around in the store. The store’s loss prevention staff reported that the males then left the store without buying anything.


One of the suspects is a heavyset male who wore a snapback ball cap over his long, dark hair and a gray “UAH” University of Alabama-Huntsville t-shirt with dark shorts and velcro sandals. The second male had a slender build and short dark hair and wore sunglasses with a blue t-shirt and short khaki shorts. Pictures of the two males are included below.


Anyone who knows these individuals is asked to please contact Officer Serena Martin at 706-278-9085, dial 9 and enter extension 240. Officer Martin can also be reached by email at

Below: The two males recorded by store surveillance

DPD To Observe Peace Officers Memorial Day Monday

The Dalton Police Department will host a brief ceremony Monday afternoon to observe Peace Officers Memorial Day.  The ceremony will be held near the Chief William Hannah Police Memorial on the grounds of the Police Services Center at 3:00 pm. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held inside the Police Services Center. The public is invited to attend.

Monday’s ceremony will continue the department’s tradition of observing National Police Week and Peace Officers Memorial Day. This year, department leaders will lay a wreath at the Chief William Hannah Police Memorial, and there will be a recognition of all Georgia law enforcement officers lost in the line of duty in the past year. The Chief Hannah Memorial was dedicated in May 2014 and stands in honor of Chief William “Bill” Hannah, a former Chief of the Dalton Police who was killed in the line of duty in 1899. The marker also bears the name of Officer Maurice William Phillips, Sr. who was killed by an accidental gunshot during training in 1956. The memorial marker stands near the intersection of Jones Street and Waugh Street.

May 15th was declared to be National Peace Officers Memorial Day by President John F. Kennedy in 1962. President Kennedy further declared that the week in which Peace Officers Memorial Day falls to be National Police Week. This year, Police Week runs from Sunday, May 14th through Saturday, May 20th.

The Chief William Hannah Police Memorial

Man Charged With Kidnapping After Grabbing Children At Park

The Dalton Police Department arrested 48-year old Jeffrey Melvin Bishop Wednesday evening on charges that included kidnapping after parents and children at Al Rollins Park reported that Bishop was harassing children on the playground. Witnesses say Bishop touched at least two children, grabbing one boy by the arms from behind and holding him against his will until the boy’s father intervened.


The incident happened shortly after 6:00 pm at Al Rollins Park on Threadmill Road. Witnesses reported that a white male, later identified as Jeffrey Bishop, started approaching kids in the playground area. One family told police that Bishop was chasing their 3-year old daughter around near a swing set, telling the girl she was pretty and to come to him. The girl’s mother told him to leave. The girl’s mother also reported that she saw Bishop touch another boy before he approached her daughter, but that boy and his family left the park before officers arrived. A short time later, Bishop approached a group of boys and tried to talk to them, but the boys ignored him. A 10-year old boy told officers that Bishop grabbed him by the wrist and tried to get him to go into the woods with him. The boy refused. Bishop then grabbed a 9-year old boy by his arms as he was tying his shoes. The boy struggled but could not get away until his father confronted Bishop, telling him that police were being called. Bishop then turned and ran away towards Thornton Avenue.


Responding Dalton officers were able to get a description of Bishop and located him a short distance away walking on Thornton Avenue near Cedar Street. Officers determined that he was intoxicated. After interviewing witnesses further, officers arrested Bishop and charged him with battery, kidnapping, false imprisonment, cruelty to children in the first degree, and pedestrian under the influence. At the jail, Bishop was also served with a Whitfield County warrant for failure to appear.


Anyone else who may have had contact with the arrestee, Mr. Bishop, is asked to please contact either Officer Katia Gonzalez at 706-278-9085 (dial 9 and enter extension  545) or Detective Brian Shirley at 706-278-9085 (dial 9 and enter extension 189).

Cops On Doughnut Shops Fundraiser Set For April 22nd

Officers from the Dalton Police Department will be indulging in two of their favorite pastimes later this month: doughnuts and raising money to support Special Olympics Georgia. For the second year in a row, DPD officers and staff will be climbing to the roof of the Walnut Avenue Krispy Kreme store on Saturday, April 22nd for Cops on Doughnut Shops as part of our Law Enforcement Torch Run fundraising effort.

The fundraiser will kick off at 8:00 am on April 22nd with volunteering officers taking turns being taken to “jail” on top of the Krispy Kreme store, asking for “bail” money from patrons in the form of donations to the Special Olympics cause. Special Olympics athletes will also be on hand to pose for pictures with visitors and to sign autographs. Dalton officers will also be volunteering inside of the doughnut shop, helping to serve customers.

Officers pose on the roof of the Dalton Krispy Kreme in March 2016

The event is part of the agency’s Law Enforcement Torch Run fundraising effort. Each year, the Torch Run is the largest fundraising effort for Special Olympics Georgia.  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 Torch Run effort raised more than $866,000 in Georgia. Over the years, Georgia’s Torch Runs have raised more than $11 million for the Special Olympics. Last year, the DPD was able to raise more than $12,000 for the cause.

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 Relay is coming up on soon. Anyone who wants to sponsor a DPD runner can contact Sergeant Ricky Long at or by calling 706-278-9085, dial 9 and enter extension 168 for more information. 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. Torch Run t-shirts and hats are on sale of the Police Services Center at 301 Jones Street for $15 and $12 respectively.