Below, of course, is the tale of Senior Corporal Theadora Ross -- the 26-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly depositing at least $250,000 in North Texas Crime Commission's Crime Stoppers cash in her own bank account. The feds say that the 50-year-old Ross, who was arrested at DPD HQ yesterday by FBI agents, and 36-year-old Malva Delley spent more than five years -- February 2005 through May 2010 -- pocketing cash rewards for phony tips. And DPD vows today: Never again.
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The Dallas Police Department has taken material steps to prevent a recurrence of this kind of suspected malfeasance. Effective immediately, all police personnel associated with the Crime Stoppers Program will be required to undergo random polygraph tests as a condition of assignment. Further, a term limit will be imposed for those involved in the program and more in-depth supervisory audits will take place. These steps will make it extraordinarily unlikely that anyone in the future could misuse Crime Stoppers Program resources.