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DeSoto Police Department 2018 Annual Report
Chief Executive Officer
Joseph W. Costa
Welcome to the DeSoto Police Department’s Annual Report for 2018 . We hope that you will enjoy this edition and become informed of some of the highlights relative to the overall efforts and activities of the dedicated men and women that make up the entire department. This includes all of our officers, employees and volunteers in Administration, Code Enforcement, Animal Control and the Tri-City Jail. In 2018, we realized many accomplishments! We are proud to report that our overall Part 1 crime decreased by 25% as compared to 2017, and, overall response times de- creased by 7%. This is incredible due to the fact that at the end of the year our full time officer vacancies were at 17! In May, the department dedicated a granite Law Enforce- ment Monument to honor officers that lost their lives in the line of duty. This beautiful memorial will forever stand at the front west side of our building. In order to hire new officers an aggressive recruitment program was implemented early in the year. This program included a signing bonus and lateral entry for the hiring of TCOLE certified Police Officers with at least two years of experience. Also, City Ad- ministration approved pay raises for all city employees which included a raise to $60,000 for first year police officers. These incentives aided in the recruitment of both qualified certified officers and non-certified candidates. Our goal is to be fully staffed with all 78 sworn officer positions filled by June of 2020. Over the last five years, our crime rate has also decreased by over26%! Calls for ser- vice that involve domestic or family violence continue to be our leading, and most dan- gerous calls to which we respond. In 2018, once again, domestic violence calls de- creased, in fact they have decreased over the last five years by over 27%.
It’s important to note that violent crimes were lower to include: ZERO Murders and a decrease of Aggravated Assaults by 17% as compared to the previous year. The overall decrease in crime in 2018 includes reductions in the following: Robberies 7%; Burgla- ries of Homes down by 14%; Burglaries of other buildings down by 28%; Thefts were down by 18%; Criminal Mischief was down by 15% and Burglaries of Motor Vehicles (BMV) down by 35%. (Thieves gain access to most BMVs due to owners leaving their vehicles unlocked and valuables either in plain sight or easily accessible.) Auto Theft, the only crime that increased last year, was up 12%. This past year we continued to develop our community programs and interaction which would not be as effective if not for our department volunteers. Citizen participation in our Citizens On Patrol, Citizen Police Academy Alumni, DeSoto Police and Clergy and Ministers on Call contributed thousands of hours to the department and the entire com- munity. Our Leadership Team continues to participate in Town Hall meetings; HOA meetings and various faith-based sponsored events. Our Drone Program continues to soar as we have three officers that are federally certi- fied drone pilots. Our unmanned aerial equipment increased to three units and provides our officers with aerial support at crime scenes, searches, pursuits and other incidents. I am proud of the overall efforts of our entire department and how diligently each em- ployee works to provide the best service to our community. The information on the fol- lowing pages is indicative of the accomplishments of 2018. We continue to strive to be a police department that is the model for excellence! Our ultimate goal is to work to- gether to lower crime and keep the citizens of DeSoto as safe and secure as possible. Thanks to all of our officers, employees and volunteers that work together to make our department better and our city safe!
Daily operations of the Police Department are overseen by Assistant Chief Perkins which includes the Patrol Division, Support Services Division, Code Enforce- ment & Animal Control and the Tri-City Regional Jail. The Police Department is au- thorized 78 Sworn Officers and 40 full and part time civilian personnel who provide Police Services 24 hours a day, seven days a week and serves a population of over 52,000 residents an area of 21.6 square miles. The department continues to utilize crime reduction strategies, reduction of response times and identification of code enforcement issues to prevent crime and enhance the quality of life to our citizens. Our partnerships with our citizens and the numerous community groups continue as a key part in meet- ing our mission.
The Department is divided into different divisions, Administration, Support Services, Patrol and Jail, which are divided into sub-divisions by function.
The Department’s Patrol Lieutenants each have the individual responsibility for a single Patrol District within the city while utilizing data and crime reduction strategies to de- velop plans for proactive responses. Those strategies played a significant role in reduc- ing crimes.
Our Criminal Investigation Division works diligently to clear crimes. The Investigators uses data and evidence in the identification and arrests of the criminals that committed crimes in our city. The Police Department operates a regional municipal jail holding facility that serves the cities of DeSoto, Cedar Hill, Lancaster, Glenn Heights, as well as Charlton Methodist Hospital and University of North Texas-Dallas. The Code Enforcement Division enforces the City Ordinances and strives to maintain and enhance the quality of life for all our citizens. Their enforcement actions not only keep the City clean, but they also enhance the safety and well-being of the City while helping reduce crime. The Department continued its partnerships with many different community groups such as the Home Owners Associations, the City’s Clergy members through the DeSoto Po- lice and Clergy (DPAC) and our Citizen Police Academy (CPA) and its Alumni associ- ation. These continuous lines of communication help address and meet any concerns of the community.
In 2018 our Police Officers responded to 107,848 calls for service.
The Patrol Services Division is the largest division of the DeSoto Police Depart- ment and is comprised of 35 uniformed, highly visible representatives of the depart- ment. The Patrol Services Division includes Patrol Officers, Traffic Officers, Reserve Officers, and Municipal Court Bailiff. The purpose of the Patrol Services Division is to provide public safety services and pro- active crime prevention techniques as well as respond to calls for service. In 2018 the Patrol Services Division recorded 116,943 calls for service, an increase of 10,840 since 2017.
Arrest Comparison 2017 - 2018
Number of Arrest
1600 1700 1800 1900 2000
There was a decrease in the number of offense reports taken in 2018 compared to 2017; dropping from 6, 710 to 6,129. Also a decrease of 221 in the total numbers of adult ar- rests in 2018 compared to 2017. There was also a decrease in part 1 crimes of 25.3% for 2018.
In 2018 Officers responded to numerous burglaries in progress calls from businesses and residences, where Officers were able to apprehend and arrest subjects in the com- mission of these crimes. These arrests were possible due to the Officers quick response to the location. DeSoto Patrol Officers conducted 81,641 self-initiated calls in 2018. That number includes business contacts, directed patrols, extra patrols, and neighbor- hood patrols.
The Criminal Investigations Division (CID ) is responsible for conducting complete and thorough investigations of criminal offenses, and for preparation and fil- ing of criminal cases with the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution. CID is commanded by Captain Ryan Jesionek and supported by Sr. Secretary Cozella “Cozy” Hill. CID includes one Lieutenant, one Sergeant, one Corporal, four Detectives, and two part-time Detectives. All of the full-time Detectives investigate both adult and juvenile related crimes. A Civilian Investigator assigned to CID handles minor misde- meanor offenses and preparation and filing of arrest cases. Additionally, the CID Cor- poral manages the DeSoto Police Department’s sex offender registration program. In 2018 the Criminal Investigations Division investigated 1543 cases with a 30% clear- ance rate. The Division also prepared 164 arrest warrants for issuance, to include 81 felony arrest warrants. CID has worked diligently to bring DeSoto cases to prosecution before both the city’s municipal court and the criminal courts of Dallas County.
Each Detective in CID is assigned to a specific area of law. Some Detectives are as- signed to crimes against persons (CAPERS) encompassing assaults, robberies, and sex- related offenses. Other Detectives are assigned to property crimes which include theft, forgery, and burglaries. Major crimes, such as homicides, are investigated by the entire division.
The DeSoto Police Reserve Program is a unit of dedicated men and women committed to making DeSoto a better place to live, visit and work while some are continuing their full time careers. These Reserve Officers go through a Police Academy and become fully certified peace officers before applying to the program. The Police Reserves fall under the same hiring and training standards as our full - time officers. All of the Reserve officers also have a vast amount of law enforce- ment experience. The personal rewards are well worth the effort and commitment made by these volunteers to the Reserve Program. The program currently consists of nine Reserve Officers serving in such capacities as patrol, criminal investigations, jail and transports, assisting in hiring and back- grounds, as well as one on the regional negotiations team. The Reserve Officers worked several special events during the year to include Homecoming Parade, Football games and the annual Christmas parade.
Reserve Officers were utilized several times this past year to assist patrol due to major incidents and weather related events. The Reserve Officer Program is com- manded by Captain Terry Baker of the Patrol Division and Reserve Officer Com- mander Dr. Jeffrey Seif.
Reserve Officers 2018
Dr. Jeffrey Seif, Reserve Commander
Brett Evans Mark Howard Joe Watson
Tonya Van Winkle Scot Knight Thomas Redding
The DeSoto Police Honor Guard is an all-volunteer unit consisting of DeSoto Officers who are dedicated to hon- oring the memory and serving the families of fallen law en- forcement officers. The Honor Guard is highly respected and is regularly called upon to perform various ceremonial func- tions at funerals and civic events across North Central Texas. Honor Guard duties include: Color Guard, Flag Team, Firing Party and Casket Detail (Guard, Pall-Bearers, and Flag Fold). The DeSoto Police Department Honor Guard hosts an annual
Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony in front of the DeSoto Police Department dur- ing National Police Memorial Week each May. The Team also travels to Austin each May that the Texas Legislature is in session and participates in the Texas Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony held on the steps of our State Capitol. Members of the Honor Guard also attend the National Peace Officer Memorial in Washington, D.C. during po- lice week. The Desoto Police Honor Guard also sends members to train with the Army’s 3 rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (Old Guard). The Old Guard is responsible for con- ducting all funerals and memorial services at Arlington National Cemetery. The Honor Guard is overseen by Lieutenant Christopher Huerta.
On May 18, 2018 the DeSoto Police Honor Guard hosted the annual “Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony” at the DeSoto Police Station. At this years ceremony Chief Costa and Mayor McCowan unveiled a solid granite monument dedicated to fallen officers across the world. The monument stands 48 x 10 x 72 inches tall and bears the DeSoto Police emblem. The words etched into the monument are listed below.
This monument is dedicated to the courageous men and women of law enforcement who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
They laid down their lives so that others may live free safe, and secure.
Let us never forget their sacrifice.
DeSoto Police Department 2018
The Internal Affairs Division’s (IA) purpose is to ensure the integrity of the Police Department and its officers. Complaints are investigated objectively and fairly while preserving the rights of all involved. Internal Affairs objectives include protec- tion of the public, protection of the Department, protection of the employee, removal of unfit personnel, and correction of procedural problems. In 2018, the Internal Affairs Division investigated eleven (11) Internal Affairs reviews and 150 Administrative re- views.
Type of Review
No. of Reviews
10 sustained and 1 unfounded
Type of Review
No. of Reviews
Within Policy, 3 Out of Policy
Within Policy, 6 Out of Policy
Damage to Property
Sustained, 7 Within Policy, 15 Accidental
Within Policy, 4 Accidental
Use of Force
Sustained, 8 Unfounded, 2 Not Sustained,
Administrative Review 25 17
Sustained, 1 Within Policy, 2 Not Sustained,
Of the 44 sustained and out of policy actions, officers received the following:
Indefinite suspension, written reprimand, and verbal counseling
The training coordinator’s purpose is to maintain responsibility for conducting and coordinating department training, including scheduling and documenting the ongo- ing training of personnel. The coordinator acts as a liaison between the Department and the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE), the state licensing agency re- sponsible for law enforcement training standards. The DeSoto Police Department training room features state-of-the-art multi-media equipment. Training conducted at the department is utilized not only by DeSoto offic- ers, but is frequently attended by members of other police departments. The Depart- ment instructs officers in a wide range of subjects to include defensive tactics, firearms proficiency, Basic SWAT, De-escalation and Intermediate core courses. In 2018, The DeSoto Police Department held 76 training courses, contracted with six (6) agencies to provide training to their officers, and provided more than 629 classroom hours and a total of 10,205 attended training hours. Attendance of these courses con- tributes to officers meeting the state mandated 40 hours of training bi-annually.
2018 Training Courses
DeSoto Police Department
Arrest, Search and Seizure
Mental Health Officer
Adv. Human Trafficking
Intermediate Use of Force
Traumatic Brain Injury
Body worn camera
SRRG-SRT 2018 Annual Report Servo Vita
Uncompromising Model of Tactical Excellence
Discipline • Accountability • Competence • Leadership Perseverance • Teamwork • Commitment • Integrity
In 2008, Law enforcement agencies in southern Dallas and northern Ellis counties es- tablished the Southern Regional Response Group to develop mutual aid strategies within the immediate region. Currently, DeSoto, Lan- caster, Midlothian, Glenn Heights, Cedar Hill, Red Oak, Seagoville, Ovilla, Highland Park and Hutchins are participating agencies in SRRG. Leaders at the time identified a genuine
lack of tactical capacity within the region. Most local SWAT teams had severely limited manpower, were underfunded, trained sporadically, and had very limited standards for selection, training, and retention of tactical personnel. Shortly thereaf- ter, SRRG established a focus group that began developing the framework for the SRRG Special Response Team (SRT). It is currently one of the largest regional tacti- cal programs in the state and has been operational since the spring of 2009. At the conclusion of 2018, SRRG-SRT had a total of 23 personnel. This year 2 CNT Members resigned after 10 years of service to SRRG. Currently we have 4 Crisis Ne- gotiation Team (CNT) Members, led by Team Leader Lieutenant Melissa Franks (DeSoto PD). The Special Response Team (SRT) is commanded by Lieutenant Heath Penwarden (DeSoto PD) and consists of 1 Team Leader, 16 operators and 1 medic. SRT currently has 3 Officers that are moving through the selection process. TEAM STRUCTURE
National Police Memorial
2049 is the badge number of Lancaster Police Officer and founding SRT member Craig L. Shaw. Craig was killed in the line of duty on June 20, 2010 while responding to a shooting at an apartment com- plex where a man had just been murdered. Craig was 37 years old, married, and the father of two. -The wicked flee when no man pursueth, but the righteous are bold as a lion. Proverbs 28:1
In 2018 SRRG-SRT responded to 11 critical incidents within the SRRG jurisdictions, down from 13 the previous year. In 2018, six Search or Arrest Warrants were served and five barricaded person incidents were resolved. One injury was reported to an op- erator. One use of force was reported when a barricaded suspect physical resisted hand- cuffing.
BRANCHING OUT In 2018 Chief Steve Perry with Hutchins Police Department reached out to the SRRG group to assist them with a more capable response to critical incidents. The SRRG Board met and approved Hutchins Police Department. This brings SRRG-SRT response to 10 City's with a total population of 228,446. GRANT Through the NCTCOG SWAT working group SRRG-SRT applied for eight night vision optics in the Fiscal Year 2019 SHSP project. TRAINING SRRG-SRT trains approximately 20 hours a month. During monthly training, the team conducted training in Close Quarter Combat, Firearms, Shield positions, vehicle/Bus CQB, Gas/Less Lethal, Negotiations, Explosive Breaching, and physical fitness. SRT was able to utilize a 4,000 square foot house to train in, which provided multiple chal- lenges to work through.
CITY BLOCK PARTY
• CITIZEN POLICE ACADEMY DEMONSTRATIONS •
CEDAR HILL YOUTH SUMMIT
SRRG-SRT CALL OUTS BY CITY
2018 Texas Tactical Peace Officer Conference/NTOA Conference Operators completed over 400 hours in various topics, such as:
Urban Warfare, SWAT Command and Decision Making
Tactical Application Pistol, Ballistic Shield Instructor
Bus Assaults, SWAT Liability
Open Air Engagements, Operational Planning
Tactical Application Rifle
Team Leader, Lt. Heath Penwarden - DeSoto P.D.
The Public Information Officer (PIO) has a unique position within the Police Department. These officers are specially trained and authorized by the Chief of Police to be the spokesperson for the department. This ensures consistency and accuracy of information released to the public. The PIO position encompasses several duties, to in- clude; public speaking, press releases and help with various city and departmental events. Their main function is to provide the public with information regarding neigh- borhood safety, new laws, police reports and other events that may occur in the com- munity. In 2018, the PIO unit completed a total of 11 press releases and appeared on local me- dia outlets. The PIO unit also released numerous pieces of information important to the community on the Department’s social media outlets. The Public Information Section is comprised of two Lieutenants (Lt. Franks and Lt. Huerta) and one Sergeant (Williams).
Field Training Program
The DeSoto Police Department Field Training Program is charged with training newly appointed personnel as competent police officers. The officer’s life, the lives of their fellow officers and citizens may depend on skills developed during the training phase. Their effectiveness as police officers, the reputation of the DeSoto Police Department as well as the City of DeSoto, is heavily dependent upon training imparted to recruits. The Field Training Cadre is currently made up of nine patrol officers and the four patrol shift Corporals who provide first line supervision to the Field Training Offic- ers (FTO) on their respective shifts. The unit is coordinated by Sgt. C.D. Williams. Upon completion of the police academy, the recruits report to the FTO coordinator for a four-week instructional phase that details different aspects of the department’s policies and performance tasks on which they will eventually be evaluated on. Each recruit will then spend four weeks with four different Field Training Officers for a minimum of 16 weeks of field training. Upon successful completion, the recruit will advance into a two-week “Ghost Phase.” During the “Ghost Phase” the recruit will ride with two separate FTO’s who will individually observe and report the recruit’s readiness for duty as a solo officer. Both FTO’s must approve of the recruits readi- ness prior to being placed into a solo patrol officer status. Remedial training is available throughout the field training process to address any problem areas that may be identified. In 2018, five recruits began the field training regimen and four successfully completed the program.
The department is Nationally Accredited through CALEA , The Commis- sion on Law Enforcement Accreditation. The Department has been continuously ac- credited since 1993 and is one of the longest accredited agencies in the State of Texas. The entire department has placed much effort in maintaining their accredited status for the 396 National Standards. The CALEA Program has improved the delivery of public safety services to the City of DeSoto by maintaining a body of standards, developed through best practices by public safety practitioners, covering a wide range of up-to-date public safety initiatives, recog- nizing professional excellence; establishing and administering an accreditation process; Strengthening crime prevention and control capabilities; Formalizing essential manage- ment procedures; Establishing fair and nondiscriminatory personnel practices; Improv- ing service delivery; Solidifying interagency cooperation and coordination; and Increas- ing community and staff confidence in the department. The department received its 8th CALEA Accreditation award in 2016 and has now moved into the new four-year annual assessment program. The new assessment pro- gram will require the department to undergo an electronic assessment each year on its award anniversary covering 25% of the non-critical standards and 100% of the critical standards. On the fourth year the department will receive an on-site visit completing the four-year assessment. The department has completed the 3 rd assessment this year for 2018 and will complete the 2019 assessment in September followed by an on-site assessment in October of 2019. If successful, the department will receive its 9 th CALEA award in March of 2020.
The sUAS (small Unmanned Aircraft System) was started in 2018 and pur- chased the City’s first ever sUAS (Drone) to use for first responder and citizen safety. The program was established by Sgt. Mike Edwards who was the first sUAS certified pilot for the City of DeSoto and is the current program coordinator. The program began with just one small aircraft and has since evolved to three aircraft to include the DJI Mavic Pro, DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise and DJI Matrice 210 (M210). The city has an ap- proved Certificate of Authority with the FAA to operate within the territorial bounda- ries of DeSoto under FAA rules.
The program currently has three certified pilots who work together to assist Police and Fire on various calls that include in-progress calls (pursuits, foot chases, robberies and burglaries, active shooter, perimeter establishment, aerial search); traffic accidents, in- vestigations and assessments; storm damage assessment; fires (structure, wildland, ter- rain); hazmat incidents; search and rescue, and search warrants. The sUAS can also be used for low light support - the M210 and the Mavic 2 have an attached high-powered spotlight and thermal imagery. Additionally, the M210 has a versatile payload that al- lows first responders to: assist a drowning victim by carrying a life preserver directly to a victim, assist a stranded victim (the M210 can carry a radio, cell phone etc.) and drop items to assist the Special Response Team (SRT) on their missions in critical situations.
The sUAS is more versatile than a manned aircraft and can get into tight spots low to the ground, and much, much more!! On the non-emergency side, Det. Pete Schulte is a certified FAA Part 107 pilot; thus allowing the following uses for the sUAS: Economic Development (Current images of land to be used for planning and zoning and City Council); Parks & Recreation (Inspection of fields, turf, structures, etc.); City buildings (roof and tower inspections; city code inspections, aerial inspections of ongoing con- struction within the city; Public events (aerial video/photos of City hosted parades and other similar events.
DeSoto has also joined with PSURT (Public Safety Unmanned Response Team) to pro- vide a regional response to incidents. Each pilot has been tested and approved through PSURT to operate on various platforms and on various missions. As part of that pro- gram, Det. Schulte is drafting “best-use” guidelines to keep sUAS use within the law. The DeSoto Police Department is committed to operating our sUASs within the law and we do not allow our operators to violate the constitutional rights of our citizens. As we move forward, DeSoto Police Department will pursue the latest cutting edge technology to assist in the safety of our first responders, our citizens, our structures and our property in DeSoto and throughout Texas.
Sergeant Grady Kirkland
The School Resource Officer Unit (SRO) is overseen by Sergeant Kirkland who has been employed with the department since 2004. The SRO Unit consists of sev- eral dedicated sworn police officers who spend countless hours mentoring students and handling various school related incidents. 2018 presented a unique challenge for the SRO Unit in that several officers within the unit retired from the police department. Currently, veteran officers Torrence Hopkins and Jermaine Brumfield complete the SRO Unit. Each officer has roughly 15 years of law enforcement experience and pos- sesses the skills necessary to make ethical decisions when dealing with DeSoto’s youth. The School Resource Officers provide safety training, security checks, investigations, counsel to students, and a uniformed presence within the schools each year. SROs con- duct an annual Gang Resistance Education And Training (G.R.E.A.T.) Summer Pro- gram that builds on the school-based curriculum taught by SROs during the school year. This program offers students an opportunity to enhance their social skills, giving them alternatives to gang involvement, and adding structure to their summer months. The School Resource Officer Program helps accomplish the DeSoto Police Depart- ment’s community policing goals such as crime prevention, gang intervention, educa- tion, and enforcement. Our SROs are hardworking police officers who care about the success of the children in our community. Although we are a small unit we are proud to serve our community in the best interest of the DeSoto ISD.
Officer Jessica Ryan’s duties include serving as the Community Liaison Officer for the DeSoto Police Department. Officer Ryan has been with the Department since 2015. Her duties include educating the public on lessening their chances of being victimized by assisting them in establishing Crime Watch groups in their neighborhood. She at- tends regular Home Owners Association meetings to deliver and discuss crime statistics and “target hardening” techniques for the citizens. Each Spring the City of DeSoto’s Senior Citizens are treated to an annual health and safety symposium. The program serves over 200 attendees and consists of free health screening and up-to date crime prevention information.
The Super Heroes & Badges program was created in June 2017. Officers wearing superhero costumes, while displaying their DeSo- to PD badge, have attended multiple school/City events since its implementation. This draws the childrens’ attention by allowing them to meet their “heroes” while allowing the Officers the oppor- tunity to educate them on “Stranger Danger,” bullying, utilizing the “buddy system” when walking to school and drug awareness. The children also asked questions about recent Officer related shoot- ings. Officers were able to reassure them the Police are here to
help them, not hurt them. We are looking to possibly adding additional superheroes (i.e., Black Panther) to the program in the 2019. A special thank you to Officer Douglas a.k.a. “Captain America”, Officer Joshua Parker a.k.a. “Spider Man”, and Officer Jessi- ca Ryan a.k.a. “Wonder Woman” for their time and effort into this program.
Officer Ryan developed a DeSoto Police Department “Breast Cancer Awareness Patch”. 80% of the proceeds will be donated to the Celebrating Life Foundation, and 20% will go towards the DeSoto PD Cares Fund. A $200 donation was made to the foundation in September 2018.
It is our mission at DeSoto Tri - City Jail to maintain care, custody and control of inmates that are confined in our Jail as safely as possible in a constitutional man- ner. We maintain a safe jail environment which is in compliance with state and lo- cal laws. Our Jailers promote a safe environment consistent with human dignity free from personal prejudice and discrimination. The DeSoto Tri-City Jail is a contract facility and works in full partnership with the Cities of DeSoto, Lancaster and Cedar Hill Police Departments. Each City pays 1/3 of the operational cost. The jail facility is also a contract facility for Charlton Method- ist Hospital and Glenn Heights Police Department. Other Agencies using our facility include Cedar Valley College, Lancaster ISD, and University of North Texas Police Department. The DeSoto Jail currently houses a total of 55 inmates.
Judge conducts arraignment court three times per day. This gives individuals an opportunity to get out of jail and receive a court date. The Regional Jail received just over $400,874.66 for fi nes in 2018. the Regional Jail also transported 2,099 inmates to Dallas County Sheriff’s Officer for Class-B or higher related offenses.
Total fines collected
The DeSoto Records Division is re- sponsible for maintaining all reports generated by the Police Department. The Records Division is staffed by coordinator Sharon Poldrack and two full-time technicians, Vanessa Barre- ra and Tiffanie Clark, and one part- time technician, Rebecca Caballero. The Records staff answers all record requests from the public as well as other Law Enforcement Agencies, Dallas County District Attorney, DeSoto City Court, Child Protective
Service and military. The staff also submits NCIC/TCIC validation reports and Uni- form Crime Reports, which detail the FBI crime statistics for DeSoto. The charts below show the comparisons over the past three years.
COMPARISON BY YEAR 2016
OPEN RECORDS REQUEST PUBLIC
NON PUBLIC REQUEST
LAWENFORCEMENT BACKGROUND CHECKS
The mission of the Code Services Division is to en- force the codes of the city in order to protect the health, safety and welfare of the community; and, where violations occur, to work with our citizens to achieve compliance through an efficient and fair pro- cess. There are three (3) full-time Code Officers working Monday - Friday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Code Enforcement is also available on Saturdays and Sundays. The importance of Code Services is to protect our citizens by creating a safe and clean city. Because of Code Enforcement, the City of DeSoto is able to maintain and increase property values which are in- cremental in the continued positive development of our city. In Fiscal Year 2017/2018, Code Services handled 10,126 issues ranging from high weeds and grass, brush, oversized vehicles, junk vehicles, over- grown trees, broken and unsafe fences, parking on unim-
Charles Humphrey Supervisor
proved surfaces, trash in yards, house numbers, illegal business, illegal signs, public right of way, substandard structures, unsecured structures and stagnate, dense water in swimming pools. The compliance rate for Code Violations was 100%.
Animal Control The mission of the Animal Control Division is to deliver effective, courteous, and re- sponsive animal care and control services to the residents of DeSoto. Animal Control accomplishes the goals of protecting public safety and ensuring animal welfare through compassionate, responsive, professional enforcement of the laws and public policy. The staff of Animal Control includes two (2) full-time officers and one part-time officer who are compassionate employees. These officers are also concerned with the contain- ment of diseases including Rabies and many other Zoonotic diseases that contribute to or violate City, State and Federal Laws. Animal Control Staff also assist in public awareness and education programs that include information on the types of vaccination requirements, neglected and abused animals, education on unsanitary conditions, stray and or abandoned animals, ownership limitation requirements and wildlife and live- stock issues. The Animal Control officers also investigate animal bites. In Fiscal Year 2017/2018, Animal Control responded to 5,600 calls consisting of aban- doned/neglected animals, animal bites, animal nuisances, barking/noise, deceased ani- mals, injured animals, loose/stray animals, rabies vaccinations, snake sightings, too many animals, trap services, and vicious animals.
Property & Evidence
The DeSoto Police Department Property & Ev- idence Division is maintained by Manager, Carl Edmison. The Property & Evidence Divi- sion is responsible for the intake, processing, retention and disposition of all property and evidence seized by officers in the performance of their duties. Monthly, quarterly and annual audits are con- ducted by Command Staff Officers to ensure adherence to State laws as well as accountabil- ity and proper documentation of all transac- tions in the handling of evidentiary materials. In 2018 the Property & Evidence Division in- take was over 3,200 additional items, while pro- cessing over 1,087 items for return and dispos-
Carl Edmison Manager
al, and by the end of the year over 19,000 items were retained and managed. Addition- ally, roughly 2,000 items per year are delivered by the Property Custodian to applicable Crime Labs, outside law enforcement agencies, and disposal entities, while maintaining detailed Chain of Custody records. As State and Federal Laws are updated and mandat- ed, dynamic changes and challenges must be met with improvements to the manner in which the Property & Evidence Division must retain and store evidentiary materials in order to maintain the integrity of those items that may be called into question for trial proceedings.
Citizen Police Academy The Citizen Police Academy (CPA) is a 10 week interactive class designed for those who live or work in DeSoto. In the academy, the students participated in training on Narcotics, Patrol, DWI education, Crime Scene, Dispatch and even Gun Range Train- ing. In November 2017, DeSoto CPA class 45 graduated 14 students.
DeSoto Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association
The DeSoto Citizens Police Academy Alumni Associ- ation (DCPAAA) was formed to promote communica- tion and create partnerships between the DeSoto Po- lice Department and citizens within the community. Alumni members help with special events, education and fund raising for items not covered in the budget, but are still considered Departmental needs. Members assist at the front desk in the Police Department, go on
ride-a-longs, provide support for Police Department and city sponsored events and as- sist people in their community. DCPAAA operates under the umbrella of the DeSoto Police Department. Graduates of the Citizen Police Academy formed the Association to provide support for the DeSoto Police Department. Over the years the organization has continued to prove that they are a very important resource for the Police Depart- ment and the City of DeSoto. In 2018, DCPAAA members provided more than 2,058 volunteer hours, assisting the Police Department at a value of more than $45,276 to the citizens of DeSoto.
Police Recruitment Two civil service exams have been held in 2018 (February and August). The February 2018 test had approximately 39 applicants pass both the written exam and physical agil- ity test. Out of those 39, six were hired (one TCOLE certified Police Officer, four Po- lice Officer cadets who were sent to the police academy, and one Jailer). The August 2018 test had 46 applicants pass both the written exam and physical agility test. Out of those 46, seven have been hired (two TCOLE certified Police Officers and five Police Officer cadets who were sent to the Police Academy).
Citizens On Patrol
The Citizens On Patrol (COP) program is a group of active residents that have chosen to make a difference in their community through volunteering at the police department. The group has seventeen members and growing. These citizens come from all walks of life and after attending a training regime, begin patrolling the neighborhoods of the city as an extension of the department. The COPs work as extra eyes and ears for the offic- ers on the street and are active in assisting code enforcement in identifying issues in the city that need attention such as high weeds, illegally parked vehicles, and fence repair issues. The COP’s assist in high visibility patrols, football games and events, house checks, directed patrols, and traffic management. They run the graffiti abatement pro- gram and work toward making the City of DeSoto a clean community. The COP’s also assist with critical missing persons searches. In 2018, the COP’s worked 816 hours. The COPs are overseen by Lieutenant Huerta.
C.O.P. Activity Report
Annual Award Winners
SUPERVISOR OF THE YEAR
Sgt. Mikel Edwards
OFFICER OF THE YEAR
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Annual Award Winners
FIELD TRAINING OFFICER OF THE YEAR Carolyn Williams
RESERVE OFFICER OF THE YEAR
JAILER OF THE YEAR
Annual Award Winners
CIVILIAN OF THE YEAR
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
Outstanding Performance Awards
Lt. Melissa Franks
Cpl. John Holder
Outstanding Performance Awards
Sgt. Justin Rivette
Sgt. Andrew Wood
Promotions in 2018
Captain Jesionek Lieutenant Huerta
Lieutenant Penwarden Sergeant Pollard
Sergeant Edwards Sergeant Kirkland
Corporal Parker Corporal Summers
Corporal Ziegler Corporal Owens
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Sgt. Grady Kirkland #194
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