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The goal of the Dallas Police Department is to reduce crime and provide a safe city for the citizens of Dallas. In addition to enforcement, crime prevention is a top priority for the Department.
As citizens, you can be a tremendous help in the area of crime prevention. The following links are provided to give you information about crime statistics in your neighborhood, how to start a crime watch program, and how you can reduce your chances of becoming a crime victim.
Protecting Children from Violence
Children have a natural trust in people, especially adults. It's sometimes hard to teach children to balance this trust with caution. But it's important that children know common sense rules that can help keep them safe, while building the self-confidence they need to handle emergencies.
- Make sure children know their full name and address (city and state), and their phone number with area code.
- Be sure kids know how to call 9-1-1 or "0" in emergencies. Practice making emergency calls on a make-believe phone.
- Tell children never to accept rides or gifts from someone they or you don't know well.
- Teach children to go to a store clerk, security guard, or police officer for help if they get lost in a mall or store, or on the street.
|At School and Play
- Make sure your children are taking the safest route to and from school, stores, and friends' houses. Walk the routes together and point out places they could go for help.
- Set rules and guidelines for your child's internet use, monitoring the child's use of on-line services.
- Instruct your child to never give out personal information to anyone they talk to on-line.
- Advise your child not to arrange a face-to-face meeting without your permission with anyone he/she meets on-line.
- Encourage your children to walk and play with friends, not alone. Tell them to avoid places that could be dangerous like vacant buildings and alleys.
- Always leave a phone number where you can be reached. Post it by the phone, along with numbers for a neighbor and for emergency situations.
- Have your child check in with you or a neighbor when he or she gets home.
- Make sure your child knows how to use the window and door locks.
- Work on an escape plan in case of fire or other emergencies. Rehearse the plan with your children.
- Tell your child never to let anyone into your home without your permission, and never let a caller - at the door or on the phone - know that there's no adult home. Kids can always say their parents are busy and take a message.
Knowledge of a Crime
The Dallas Police Department is committed to serving the citizens of Dallas. Every major city needs a cooperative working relationship between the
police and the people they serve.
The success of solving crime lies in the actions of the citizens who have knowledge of, or view these criminal acts. With your help, we can all strive to make Dallas a safer place to live and play.
If you have any knowledge of criminal activity you can:
Contact Crime Stoppers (214-373-8477) and report any criminal activity and you may be compensated for your information.
Report Suspicious Activity
It is important to the Dallas Police Department that citizens are alert, vigilant and report suspicious activity. That responsibility is even more important since the attacks of 9/11/2001 on the U.S. We ask citizens to be aware of their surroundings and report suspicious activity. A quick accurate description of events can make a big difference in both Criminal and Terrorism related investigations.
Terrorist acts are often well planned incidents that sometimes have taken months or years of pre-incident planning. Terror operatives work hard to blend into the community but actual community members are the most likely to spot suspicious behavior because they recognize unusual activity. Many ‘pre-incident’ activities are not crimes. While these behaviors may not be illegal, they may well bear scrutiny, to determine if they are part of a larger operation. You can help us by acting as our eyes and ears. No one Indicator alone necessarily indicates suspicion, it’s normally a combination.
Possible Indicators of Suspicious or Terrorist Activities:
- Unusual or extended interest in public utilities, large public gatherings, transportation centers, government buildings and other possible terrorist targets.
- Unusual requests for information, particularly about security or procedures for at-risk buildings.
- Suspects may possess Forged, Altered or Stolen Identifications
- May try to have a “cover story” or appear ‘normal’ in their behavior such as portraying a student or tourist
- Identity Documents may be in various names
- May carry and use large amounts of cash
- Unusual rentals, purchases, deliveries, or thefts, particularly of poisonous or flammable chemicals, explosives, weapons or vehicles (including planes or boats).
- Multiple sightings of the same suspicious person, vehicle, or activity.
- Individuals sitting in a parked car for an extended period of time.
- Individuals who don't fit into the surrounding environment because they are wearing improper attire for the location or season.
- Individuals drawing pictures or taking notes of an area not normally of interest to tourists or showing interest in or photographing security cameras, guard locations, or watching security procedures.
- Someone engaging in photography of something not normally a tourist attraction such as a bridge or dam, power plant or electrical facility.
- Loitering around potential target with no apparent or valid reason
- Testing security by breaching restricted areas to determine response
- Tampering with electrical, water, gas, or sewer systems
- Terrorists may conduct training, surveillance and "dry runs" prior to an act.
- Terrorists may conduct surveillance to determine a target's suitability for attack by assessing the capabilities of existing security and discerning weaknesses in the facility.
When contacting the Police, it’s important for you to be able to articulate:
- Who you observed (a description)
- What did you see, be specific
- Where was it
- When did you see it
- Why in your opinion was it suspicious? Remember, you are more aware of what’s normal for your community than anyone else, but you need to be able to communicate that
In describing a suspect it is most helpful if you can provide information on as many of the following as possible:
- Height/Weight/Hair color
- Peculiarities (Scars-tattoos—missing limbs—noticeable features)
- Weapons (if any)
- Clothing description
- Method/Direction of travel
In describing a vehicle, try to obtain:
- License plate of vehicle (most important)
- Year/Make/Model of vehicle
- Damage or Outstanding features (One headlight, logos, antennae etc.)
If you feel you need to report any of the above activities immediately to the Police Department you should call 911.
Telephone Number: (214) 671-3661
Administrative Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Unit Commander -
LT Craig Miller
Squad Supervisor - SGT Bruce McDonald
Squad Supervisor - SGT Eddie Douglas
Squad Supervisor - SGT Raymond Beaudreault
- Capital Murder
- Criminal Negligent Homicide
- Abuse of Corpse
- Prohibition of the Purchase and Sale of Human Organs
- Unexplained and Natural Deaths
Major Case Unit
Unit Commander - LT Eno U. Fite
Squad Supervisor - SGT Eugene Reyes (Special Investigations)
Squad Supervisor - SGT Larry Lewis (Cold Cases)
Squad Supervisor - SGT Patrick Welsh (Sexual Assaults)
- Police Shootings
- Bank Robberies
- Firearm discharges by Police Officers
- Citizen fatalities or serious injuries while in Police custody
- Cold Cases
- Sexual Assaults
Graffiti Hotline 214-670-TIPS (8477) Help Stop Graffiti
The Dallas Police Department is dedicated to the eradication of graffiti vandalism by pursuing prosecution of the suspects to the fullest extent of the law, as well as providing education and preventive programs though coordinated efforts of city agencies, business organizations and community groups.
Painting graffiti, also known as "tagging", is a crime. If you see someone tagging property please call 9-1-1 immediately. If you want to report graffiti on your property please call 9-1-1.
If you see graffiti in your neighborhood, please report it to the Department of Code Compliance. You can either call 3-1-1 or make a service request online.
City Ordinance: SEC. 31-39.1 Possession of Graffiti implements Prohibited
Punishable by a fine of not less that $200 or more than $500.
A parent or guardian of a minor could be cited also.
Graffiti is a crime: Penal Code 28.08 and is punishable by 180 days in jail and a $2,000.00 fine.
Dallas Crime Report
The Texas Crime Victims' Compensation Fund helps innocent victims and their families when they have no other means for the financial cost of crime. The Fund is administered by the Crime Victims' Compensation Program of the Office of the Attorney General. The money in the Fund comes from people who break the law.
- The crime must occur in Texas to a Texas resident or a United States residence, or
- The crime must involve a Texas resident who becomes a victim in another state or country that does not have crime victims' compensation benefits for which the victim would be eligible.
Reporting the Crime
The crime must be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency within a reasonable period of time, but not so late as to interfere with or hamper the investigation and prosecution of the crime.
Who May Qualify:
An innocent victim of crime who suffers physical and/or emotional harm or death.
an authorized individual acting on behalf of a victim
a person who legally assumes the obligations or voluntarily pays certain expenses related to the crime on behalf of the victim
a dependent of a victim
an immediate family member or household member related by blood or marriage who require psychiatric care or counseling as a result of the crime
an person who goes to the aid of the victim or a peace officer
a peace officer, fire fighter, or individual whose employment includes the duty of protecting the public
What Crimes Are Covered:
Crimes like sex-offenses, kidnapping, aggravated robbery, offenses of assault, arson, homicide and other violent crimes in which the victim suffers physical or emotional harm or death.
The following motor-vehicle-related crimes are also covered: Failure to Stop and Render Aid, DWI, Manslaughter, Criminally Negligent Homicide, Aggravated Assault, Intoxication Manslaughter and Intoxication Assault.
For More Information:
Recorded Information: 800-983-9933 or 512-936-1200 (in Austin)
Public Information & Assistance: 800-252-8011
Main Agency Number: 512-463-2100
Crime Victim Services Division - CVC Program, Office of The Attorney General, PO Box 12198, Austin, Texas 78711-2198