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    September 18, 2014

    Dallas Police Department Will Host a Class for Officers on the Rights of Citizens to Film Cops

    Less than two weeks after three people were arrested for filming Arlington police officers conducting a traffic stop, the Dallas Police Department announced Wednesday it will offer a class for law enforcement officers on people's rights to film them in public spaces. Also, the department, along with ... More >>

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    August 6, 2014

    City Council to Seek More Research for Mayor's Proposed Sex Offender Restrictions

    After receiving the presentation from the city attorney's office and the Dallas Police Department that we told you about on Monday, the Dallas City Council affirmed its unanimous distaste for sex offenders but raised questions about whether the city should enact tougher restrictions on where registe ... More >>

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    February 25, 2014

    Dallas Police Want Cops to Tweet More. Oh Man, So Do We.

    The Dallas Police Department officially unveiled plans this week to encourage officers to tweet more, as part of a wider social-media strategy that includes beefing up the department's blog and Facebook page and posting more photos on Pinterest. We welcome the DPD's expanded entry into the highly c ... More >>

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    July 5, 2012

    911 Callers Put On Hold While Oak Cliff Home Burns

    At about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dora Fuller and her family were woken by smoke alarms. They quickly rushed from the home, on Berwick Avenue in Oak Cliff and called 911. They got a recording telling them all dispatchers were busy. So they hung up and tried again. And again. So did neighbors, but it to ... More >>

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    July 6, 2011

    Yet Again, DPD's Arrested One Of Its Own

    ​One week ago today the Dallas Police Department sent word that it had fired three officers -- one of whom, Lavar Horne, was also arrested last week for having kept a handgun and tossed some weed seized during a traffic stop. Well, the DPD just sent word that it's arrested yet another officer: Vic ... More >>

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    June 29, 2011

    What Does It Take to Get Fired From the Dallas PD? Let's Go to the List of the Dismissed.

    ​Yet again, the Dallas Police Department sends an email saying there's a press release on Facebook -- so many hoops, but so worth it. The department says Chief David Brown's fired three officers, including Senior Corporal Cat Lafitte, otherwise known as the artist who took to Facebook in February ... More >>

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    March 11, 2011

    Read For Yourself Dallas PD First Assistant Chief's St. Paddy's Day Parade Memo

    Angela Hunt​Apparently, the Dallas Police Department is none too thrilled with how info is being disseminated about tomorrow's St. Patrick's Day Parade and Party along Greenville Avenue; what -- this wasn't as clear as green beer? Which is why Senior Corporal Kevin Janse, the department's spokesma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2011

    To Ronald and Donald McMillion, Well Done

    ​The gentleman you see above in the Dallas Police Department uniform is DPD Sergeant Donald McMillion. Next to him, in the Austin PD uniform, is Sergeant Ronald McMillion. In case you hadn't noticed -- and, really, I like to take nothing for granted -- they are identical twins, who, for the last 3 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2010

    The Case of the Drunk Police Officer, the Ankle Holster and the Errant Shot in a Patrol Car

    Patrick MichelsChief David Brown's not at all pleased with how several of his officers behaved last night.​The news broke this morning: 27-year-old Dallas Police Officer Kelly Beemer was out drinking last night, at Lee Harvey's, when a few of her pals realized she'd had a few too many to drive. A ... More >>

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    May 12, 2010

    Scenes From Police Memorial Day Cermonies

    Photos by Kevin Todora​According to the Dallas Police Department, 78 officers have been killed since the department's inception in 1881; the first to die was C.O. Brewer on May 24, 1892. Each year, the DPD pays tribute to its fallen dead during Police Memorial Day ceremonies, which took place toda ... More >>

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    May 9, 2010

    Your Happy Mother's Day Crime Round-Up

    ​Last night, the Dallas Police Department sent word that it has apprehended the man responsible for the purse-snatchings and shooting downtown early Thursday morning. According to a missive from Sgt. Warren Mitchell, a DPD spokesman, investigators received a tip Saturday afternoon about a suspect ... More >>

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    May 6, 2010

    After Three Early-Morning Robberies, DPD To Step Up Presence Downtown For a While

    Click to enlarge: DPD sends this still from the AT&T building, taken just prior to the shooting outside the building this morning​The Dallas Police Department's still searching for the man responsible for shooting a 63-year-old AT&T employee in the head this morning as she and a colleague ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2010

    Dallas PD Never Let Chief David Kunkle Forget That Ticket Interview Either

    Courtesy the Dallas Police Department​Never you mind those stories about how today's Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle's last day. Sure, April 30 was his original retirement date. But it's been pushed back -- surely you didn't think the city would go without a top cop till Tuesday, when Chief Desig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2010

    City Audit Finds Minor Discrepencies in Crime Stats, Says DPD Needs Computers

    ​This morning, Frank Librio at City Hall sent two audits released this morning by Craig Kinton -- one of which dives into whether or not the Dallas Police Department is properly counting crime stats per federal Uniform Crime Reporting guidelines. You can read the 29-page doc for yourself after the ... More >>

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    March 19, 2010

    The Shortest Federal Lawsuit Ever, or: That's One Way to Get Your Gun Back

    Whilst researching something entirely unrelated this morning, I came across a lawsuit filed in Dallas federal court this week: Lacy v. Dallas Police Department. The complaint is entirely self-explanatory, save for the part about how DPD is now in possession of a time machine.​

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    March 2, 2010

    Dallas PD Kinda Knows Who Snatched Those Cheerleaders' Bags from DCC

    This is the surveillance-cam pic DPD has of a couple using a stolen credit card.​It would appear from this tweet dispatched by the Dallas Police Department that the department has not, in fact, forgotten about those cheerleaders who had their bags stolen from the Dallas Convention Center on Februa ... More >>

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    February 16, 2010

    Audit Figures Out How Dallas PD Civilian Employee Stole $17,000 Out of Petty Cash

    ​Speaking of crime stats ...City Hall sends word this morning that City Auditor Craig Kinton's look-see into how the Dallas Police Department handles its cash turned up a crime: "Approximately $17,000 was misappropriated by a DPD employee between Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 and FY 2008." The report does ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2010

    The Cop 'Stache, Already In Vogue in the 1890s

    ​Yesterday, Friend of Unfair Park PeterK wondered if I'd received the vintage Dallas cop photo he found for sale on eBay. Nope, had not. Which got me to looking. And, voila: I found this original cabinet card (taken at a photo studio downtown) featuring a Dallas Police officer that dates back to t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2010

    East Side Homeboy Who Shot at Cops Near Woodrow Is Found Guilty by Federal Jury

    ​When the shooting occurred in June, it merited but a few paragraphs in a crime brief headlined, "19-year-old fires on gang officers, Dallas police say." Today, though, the U.S. Attorney sends word that a federal jury found Rene Salazar, a member of the East Side Homeboys, guilty of two counts of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2010

    When DPD Loses Track of a Tracking Device

    While we're on the subject of embarrassing videos, let's take a peek at the one above, posted by the Dallas Police Department a few days ago. In it, a man breaks into a DPD bait car to steal the GPS device, and the department's asking if anyone knows who's responsible for the smash-and-grab. But I h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2010

    A Quick Note Before Reading This Week's Paper Version of Unfair Park

    Patrick MichelsWe're sorry, Chief.​In our effort to get some last-minute extra reporting into this week's cover story, "High Time For Change" by Dave Farrell, about how, just maybe, there's a bright future ahead for those pushing for the legalization of marijuana, the Observer managed to misqu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2010

    More National Exposure for Dallas PD's Efforts to Treat Prostitutes as Victims, Not Criminals

    We've written quite a bit about the Dallas Police Department's efforts to treat prostitutes not as criminals, but as victims: In '06, Jesse Hyde profiled the so-called "whore cop" who works truck stops; two years later, he wrote about the Letot Center, where minors on the run from their pimps are of ... More >>

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    December 22, 2009

    Data Collector Quoted in DMN Crime-Stats Story Now Says "I'll Take Kunkle's Side"

    Patrick MichelsIs Kunkle a numbers-fudger or simply exercising good judgment in dealing with confusing federal guidelines?​Another front-page story last week in The Dallas Morning News criticizing the Dallas Police Department's crime-reporting methods had the paper in a self-congratulatory mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2009

    So, Where Was That Crime-Stats Story?

    Sam MertenFirst Assistant City Manager Ryan Evans​That's probably what Mayor Tom Leppert and the Dallas City Council are wondering this morning, because, on Friday, Dallas First Assistant City Manager Ryan Evans sent to council a memo warning them that The Dallas Morning News would "against presen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2009

    Yes, But Will a Heavier Police Presence at Local Malls Encourage More Spending?

    Toothpaste for Dinner​Scared to flash your wallet this holiday season at the mall for fear somebody might nab it? Hate leaving your goodie bags in the car will result in a smashed-in window? (No, we're not talking to you, NorthPark Center. Why do you ask? Oh ... right.) Look, don't worry: The ... More >>

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    November 23, 2009

    Starting Wednesday, Dallas Police to Up the Number of Officers Looking for Drunk Drivers

    ​There's no place like home for the holidays -- right, Perry Como? The Dallas Police Department couldn't agree more: At this most wonderful time of the year, DPD once again launches its Home for the Holidays DWI initiative -- since, after all, "December, historically, is the highest month of t ... More >>

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    November 19, 2009

    DPD's On the Lookout For One Tony Romo

    No, not that one. The one featured in this video the Dallas Police Department just posted, in which a Big C convenience store at 2240 Irving Boulevard is robbed at gunpoint by two men, one of whom is a 21-year-old named Anthony Romo. (His accomplice is, thus far, unidentified by DPD.)According to Ke ... More >>

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    November 13, 2009

    Your Up-to-Date Murder and Car Burglary Statistics. And One of Them Ain't Dropping.

    ​The council's Public Safety Committee's got a noon meeting on Monday, and even before Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle's surprise retirement announcement yesterday, they had plenty on their plates, including a look at the car burglary stats. There's even a Top 10 List, with the truck stop at 7425 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2009

    Operation Car Wash, Vacuuming's Extra

    View Larger MapJust saw this press release from the Dallas Police Department that contains relatively few details about something called Operation Car Wash, which DPD says has resulted in 27 arrests since warrants were first issued back on September 9. The release catalogs the drugs also seized, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2009

    Nobody Gets Out Alive: Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle Explains Why He's Retiring

    Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle​Tomorrow morning, at around 10, Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle will hold a press conference during which he will announce that, effective April 30, 2010, he will no longer be Dallas Police Chief. He has known this day was coming for a while. He told Dallas City M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2009

    A Few of the DPD's New Duties: Running the Red Light Cameras, Writing Parking Tickets ...

    ​It's just a single line on the city's Automated Red Light Enforcement Commission's agenda for Tuesday's meeting: "Program Transition from PWT to DPD." But as it so happens, Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle tells Unfair Park, that transition -- getting the city's Safe Light Program out of Public W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2009

    Dallas DA, DPD Reopen 1997 Murder Case, and Discover They Convicted the Wrong Men

    Dallas County District AttorneyClaude Simmons is one of two men being exonerated for a 1997 murder he did not commit.​Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins's office sends word this morning that two men convicted of murder in October 1997 -- 54-year-old Claude Alvin Simmons Jr. and 39-year- ... More >>

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    October 20, 2009

    DPD Cars to Go Back in Black-and-White

    Cars Diecast​We're, oh, about four hours away from getting a sneak peek at the new Dallas Police Department cars -- that's when the city council's Public Safety Committee treks down to the DPD Basic Training Center for the unveiling of the new ride that's been parked in the HQ basement for the pas ... More >>

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    September 2, 2009

    Dallas's Police Car of the Future?

    Kimberly ThorpeCheck out more shots of this cruiser of the future in our slide show.​A few years down the road, you just may get pulled over by a Dallas Police officer driving this hot new number. If nothing else, it's on the DPD's wish list -- appropriate in the hometown of RoboCop.The first purp ... More >>

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    August 26, 2009

    Dallas Police Department Will Take Over Investigation of Citywide Cat Killings

    ​Early this morning, Lt. Kimberly Stratman, who works in the Dallas Police Department's Family Violence Squad, called with the breaking news: The DPD has decided to take over the investigation of the cat killings in Northwest Dallas -- which, from tales shared and found, sounds far more widespread ... More >>

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    August 19, 2009

    Who Needs Warning Sirens When the City's Sending Out Emergency Tweets?

    ​Perhaps you're aware that in recent days, the Dallas Police Department's moved to Twitter and Nixle in order to send out alerts -- such as Tuesday evening's press release concerning a suspect in the Skillman-Mockingbird area who, since October, has been responsible for at least four burglaries, o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2009

    DPD Will Begin Shooting Its Own Short Films Along Lower Greenville and in Downtown

    The Martin Scorsese of Lower Greenville may be out of a gig soon: This morning, Dallas Police Department Deputy Chief Vince Golbeck, commander of the patrol division, tells Unfair Park that for the past month, he's been considering taking camera crews to document the late-night and early-morning doi ... More >>

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    April 20, 2009

    More DPD Surveillance Cams are Coming. And Here's a List of Where They're Needed.

    The Dallas City Council's committees have plenty on their plates today -- everything from establishing a trust fund related to the NBA All-Star game to checking in on the Lancaster Corridor, which is in serious need of some upgrading, to parsing over crime stats (according to the Dallas Police Depar ... More >>

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    March 23, 2009

    Office of the City Auditor Reports That Dallas's Municipal Court Is Sorta, Kinda Broken

    Frank Librio at Dallas City Hall was kind enough to pass along this a.m. the latest report from the Office of City Auditor, which has determined that the city's been losing a small fortune in muni court revenue since 2006. Why come? A bunch of reasons, actually, all of which are available in the 21- ... More >>

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    February 12, 2009

    Twenty Five Years Later, Frustration Over Pursuing a Woman's Alleged Attacker

    Good Morning America this morning ran a lengthy story about a woman, shown but not identified, who believes that 25 years after she was beaten and raped at knifepoint in her family's home, the Dallas Police Department has solved the crime. The attack occurred when she was 12, but last fall, Sgt. Pat ... More >>

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    February 9, 2009

    Yet One More Reason Not to Get Into an Accident: It'll Cost More For a Tow

    In 2005, the City of Dallas assembled a list of hot spots (14 major highways, expressways and freeways) to which emergency wreckers were to provide "rapid response" in case of an accident (Page 41, if you must). And since at least 2007, Dallas Police and the Dallas County Sheriff's Department have b ... More >>

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    October 29, 2008

    Poynter Makes "A Case for Airing Fatal Police Dashboard Video"

    Courtesy the Dallas Police Department I see Sam's Friday-afternoon breakdown of the local network affiliates' decision to air Dallas police dashboard-cam footage is the subject of an ethics posting on The Poyner Institute's site today. There, Kelly McBride hails Mr. Merten's dissection of the issu ... More >>

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    August 12, 2008

    The DPD Could Use Your Eyeballs

    The Dallas Police Department, riding high off the arrests made from this YouTubed video, has posted two more -- including this freshly baked footage of four men burglarizing a residence in broad daylight. (It appears to have been shot by a neighbor, who, one would hope, was dialing 911 with the othe ... More >>

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    April 10, 2008

    The DPD's Video Collection is Growing -- Look Out, Blockbuster

    Stumbled across the Dallas Police Department's YouTube page today -- good thing too, as the DPD just posted a video in which some dude breaks into a car parked at 2616 Swiss Avenue, which, I believe, is a recreational facility of some kind. Only, I'm not posting that video, but instead a far more po ... More >>

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    January 7, 2008

    Ever Snort Coke at An "After-Prom Party"? You Might Be a Dallas Cop Yet.

    At noon today, the city council's Public Safety Committee will meet at City Hall, and among the items on the agenda is "Proposed Adjustments to Sworn Disqualifiers." In short, the committee will discuss whether the Dallas Police Department should lighten up on folks who want to become cops. There ar ... More >>

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    March 19, 2007

    Keeping an Eye on Downtown

    If you're in downtown, chances are you're being watched by the Dallas Police Department, which today announced that in January, it installed 40 Sony security video cameras, 35 wireless radio transmitters and seven electronic storage devices on streetlight poles and building rooftops. Actually, DPD d ... More >>

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    December 25, 2003

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