Police Athletic League Gym Opens
In January, the East Division Fort Worth Police Athletic League (FWPAL) gym opened at 3625 E. Loop 820 South. The vision of the FWPAL is to provide guidance and leadership to ensure the safety of our youth, improve their lives, re- duce crime and better serve the community by building strong and trusting relationships through athletic programs and community partnerships. FWPAL currently offers boxing programs at two locations, both registered with USA Boxing. The ribbon cutting was attended by Chief Joel Fitz- gerald, Councilwoman Bivens and members of the community. FWPAL plans to offer flag foot- ball later this year.
On March 28, the City Council approved an agreement with Taser International, Inc. to pur- chase additional camera systems which include cameras, associated accessories, mounting and docking station, software interface and mainte- nance as well as electrical weapons (tasers) and in-car video systems. Funding for this technology initiative will be a combination of Crime Control and Prevention District funding and grant funding. Pursuing this bundled con- tract, the City will be saving $3.5 million. The approval of this contract works towards the City’s goal to outfit all sworn officers with body- worn cameras and outfit all patrol vehicles with in-car video systems delivering integrated devic- es and applications and creating efficiencies for patrol.
In March, Panther Island Pavilion hosted the Chisholm Trail Music Festival benefiting Cops for Kids. The two day event kicked off on a Friday night with a benefit concert and continued the following Saturday with more music and a barbe- cue cook-off. Cops for Kids demonstrates local law enforcement’s continued concern for the chil- dren in our community by encouraging them to have stronger family relationships, choosing bet- ter friends, and to continue their education. Cops for Kids Benefit
American Humane Hero Dog Award
Luca, a retired K-9 of the Fort Worth Police Department has been nominated for the 2017 American Humane Hero Dog Award. Luca was nominated based on a search and rescue of an elderly man on April 15, 2016. Luca excelled in the search by tracking the man’s trail and locating him. Luca’s dedication to search and rescue shows the resilience of older dogs and how train- ing does not go away just because they retire. The top three dogs will be announced in May.
Section IV - Department Initiatives Update
First Quarter (January-March) 2017 Crime Report
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