2016 ANNUAL REPORT FORT WORTH POLICE DEPARTMENT
City of Fort Worth—Working together to build a strong community .
2016 ANNUAL REPORT
Fort Worth Police Department
Message from the Chief On behalf of the dedicated members of the Fort Worth Police Department, I am proud to present to you the 2016 Annual Report. This report is a reflection of the department’s hard work and commitment to make Fort Worth one of the safest cities in the nation and showcases the progress we have made in making Fort Worth a great place to live, work, and play. In January 2016, the Department began to change the way we do business by engaging key stakeholders throughout the community to create a new Strategic Plan. The FY17-FY21 Strategic Plan identifies the priorities the department should focus on during the next five years. To be fully successful, implementing the goals and action items in the FY17-FY21 Strategic Plan will require the commitment and participation of the community, City officials, and all members of the Fort Worth Police Department. The department is pleased with recent accomplishments including reducing crime by more than 13% since 2012, creating and nurturing relationships by hosting community forums, returning to a beat concept for patrol officers, establishing a Police Athletic League, implementing technology improvements to help with crime prevention such as a community camera program, and investing in professional development with more advanced training related to procedural justice, focused deterrence programs, and mental health. This report includes more details about these accomplishments and other initiatives the department began in 2016. It is an honor to work with the nearly 2,100 dedicated and professional staff within the Fort Worth Police Department. Their dutiful efforts and service are reflected throughout this report. Thank you for your continued support.
In This Issue
Strategic Plan Update…...4
Calls for Service………….8
Crime Control and Prevention District…..…...11
2016 Departmental Initiatives:
National and Local
Joel F. Fitzgerald, Ph.D Chief of Police
The FWPD organization is led by the Chief of Police and consists of the following three bureaus: Patrol, Support, and Finance/Personnel. Each bureau is managed by an Assistant Chief and consists of two Commands that include Divisions, Sections, and Units.
Chief of Police
As of December 31, 2016, the Fort Worth Police Department employed an authorized strength of 1,635 civil service and 461 civilian staff members. The number of authorized civil service positions are separated by rank below. In 2016, there was one officer for every 500 residents in Fort Worth.
Corporals & Detectives
A new vision statement, mission statement, and core values were created in 2016 as part of the process to update the FWPD Five-Year Strategic Plan. The Honor Code remains the same.
The Fort Worth Police Department will be a national leader in law enforcement by maintaining a trusted partnership with the community, employing diverse and highly skilled professionals and implementing an innovative policing model focused on community engagement, crime prevention, advanced training, and problem solving.
The Fort Worth Police Department exists to safeguard the lives and property of those we serve, to reduce the incidence and fear of crime, and to enhance public safety through partnering and building trust with the community.
Core values form the framework for our work, and identify the conduct and the character that members of this organization align ourselves with to achieve the mission. The core values of the Fort Worth Police Department form the acronym P.A.N.T.H.E.R.
I will respectfully serve the citizens of Fort Worth and the Fort Worth Police Department. I will dedicate myself to the protection of life, property, and our public trust. My integrity, character, and courage will be above reproach, and I will accept no less from other members of our department.
FY17-FY21 Strategic Plan Update
Upon the arrival of a new Police Chief in October 2015, Joel Fitzgerald renewed internal discussions to create a new strategic planning process. The planning process resulted in the creation of the new Fort Worth Police Department FY17-FY21 Strategic Plan. A diverse Strategic Plan Advisory Committee was assembled to help guide the planning process. The committee consisted of FWPD staff including all ranks both sworn and civilian as well as, city officials and community stakeholders. The Committee met monthly between February and June 2016 to review and reassess prior focus areas, determine if they were still appropriate, and whether new (or revised) focus areas should move to the forefront of the new plan. A SWOT (Strength, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) exercise and a vision and mission prioritization exercise were conducted at the meetings. Through these exercises, a new vision statement and mission statement were
created as well as new core values for the department. The entire department had the opportunity to vote on the new statements and core values. Through Strategic Plan Advisory Committee input, four Strategic Directions were identified that form the basis of the plan including the goals and action items. The four Strategic Directions are Professionalism and Organizational Excellence, Community Engagement and Partnerships, Operational Improvements, and Technology Development and Infrastructure Expansion. Detailed descriptions of the Strategic Directions are on the next page. The purpose of the Fort Worth Police Department (FWPD) FY17-FY21 Strategic Plan is to identify departmental and community priorities for the next five years, to establish S.M.A.R.T. (specific, manageable, achievable, realistic, and time-bound) goals, and to identify personnel in the organization designated to address them. The department intends for this document to serve as a guide for anyone interested in FWPD’s priorities. The Strategic Plan incorporates pertinent sections, or pillars, from the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing Report, the Justice Department’s National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice, the 3-E-Action Plan, initiatives derived from these documents, and community input during the planning process. Key sections of the strategic plan include Fort Worth demographics and growth trends, staffing models and workload analysis, capital improvement plan, technology development, FWPD operational and initiative information, strategic direction goals, bureau goals, and a community engagement and program handbook. The plan is expected to be presented to the City Council in 2017.
FY17-FY21 Strategic Plan
Professionalism and Organizational Excellence: Professionalism and Organizational Excellence refers to maintaining the standards of behavior that align FWPD’s actions and attitude with the department’s mission, vision, and core values. The purpose of specifying these standards of behavior is to give FWPD employees guidance in understanding their role in the department’s success. This strategic direction also allows the community an opportunity to review the department’s expectations of its employees.
Community Engagement and Partnership: Fostering trust with fellow members of this community is a vital step towards creating sustained crime reductions. Community engagement is working with stakeholders to collaborate and build trusting relationships, to reduce crime and improve the health of the community.
Operational Improvements: Operational improvements advance the delivery of quality police services and enable the department to meet short and long-term goals. In order to address the emergent challenges that confront all law enforcement agencies, it is critical that FWPD make modifications to the operational structure to address inefficiencies. Technology Development and Infrastructure Expansion: An expanding reliance upon technology has transformed policing in many ways. New and emergent technologies have increasingly critical roles in the daily work of officers; and largely dictate the probability that a department meets the expectations of citizens. In order to support current and future operational needs, existing police facilities should also be flexible, adaptive, and supportive enough to facilitate change.
2016 Patrol Divisions and Beats
Fort Worth includes 353 square miles and serves 833,319 residents. Patrol is currently divided into five divisions: North, East, South, West and Central. The five divisions and 81 patrol beats are displayed on this map.
Calls for Service
Calls for Service Five-Year Trend
Total Calls Received
911 Calls Received
Priority 3 Priority 2 Priority 1
Total calls for service decreased 3.5% between 2012–2016. Priority 1 calls increased 39.5% between 2012 and 2016.
Total Calls for Service 2012-2016
Priority 1 Calls 2012-2016
Overall Crime Increased 0.8% in 2016 A total of 70,676 of- fenses occurred in Fort Worth in 2016, which is a 1.3 percent decrease from 2015. The majori- ty (56 percent) of the offenses were property -related, which de- clined 1.7 percent from 2015 to 2016. Crimes Against Persons ac- counted for 19 percent of all offenses with a 6.7 percent increase from 2015.
2016 Crime Statistic Summary The Fort Worth Police Department uses the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) to provide a comprehensive and accurate summary of criminal activity in Fort Worth. With NIBRS, FWPD has the capability to generate crime reports that reflect interrelationships within the data, enhancing the ability to analyze crime trends and implement successful prevention and tactical strategies. NIBRS data is compiled into detailed reports for two types of offenses: Group A offenses (crimes against persons, property, and society) and Group B offenses (disorderly conduct, driving under influence, trespassing, etc.). Incidents and arrests are reported for Group A offenses, considered the most serious offenses, while only the number of arrests account for Group B offenses. Five-Year Crime Rate Trend In 2016, 8,285 offenses occurred for every 100,000 residents. Since 2012, Fort Worth has experienced a 20.9 percent reduction in the crime rate, and a 9.1 percent increase in population.
Percent of Total Crime by Type, 2016
Crimes Against Society 7%
NIBRS Group B Offenses 18%
Crimes Against Persons 19%
Crimes Against Property 56%
Crime Rate per 100,000 people
Crimes Against Persons
Five-Year Crime Rate Trend per 100,000 Population
2012 to 2016
Crimes Against Persons include: Aggravated Assault, Simple Assault, Intimidation, Kidnapping/ Abduction, Murder and Nonnegligent Manslaughter, Forcible Rape, Other Forcible Sex Offenses, and Nonforcible Sex Offenses
Crimes Against Property
Five-Year Crime Rate Trend per 100,000 Population
2012 to 2016
Crimes Against Property include: Arson, Bribery, Burglary, Counterfeiting/Forgery, Destruc- tion/Damage/Vandalism, Embezzlement, Extortion/Blackmail, Fraud Offenses, Larceny/ Theft Offenses, Motor Vehicle Theft, Robbery, and Stolen Property Offenses
Gang-related crime is any criminal act including, but not limited to, those involving gang members or associates that are committed for the benefit or furtherance of any criminal gang.
2012 to 2016
2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
In 2016, there was a total of 634 gang-related offenses in Fort Worth, a 39.8 percent decrease from 2012.
Gang-Related Crime by Patrol Division, 2016
Crime Control and Prevention District The City of Fort Worth utilizes the Crime Control and Prevention District (CCPD), a voter-approved half-cent sales tax, to fund crime prevention tools and programs. In response to Fort Worth having historically-high crime rates throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, the CCPD was approved in 1995 to enhance FWPD’s ability to create and maintain a safe environment through efficient, quality service, and strong community partnerships. The CCPD is overseen by a nine- member board of directors that establishes the annual budget, manages expenditures, and evaluates all programs funded by the district. Equipment and Facilities Funded in FY16 Items funded by CCPD in FY16 include body cameras, technology upgrades such as the Omega Dashboard,
(see the technology section in the 2016 De- partment Initiatives for more information), a Sixth Patrol Division Facility, and renova- tions to the Tactical Center. The design of the new Sixth Patrol Division facility was completed in December 2016. The 23,460 square foot facility mimics the Fort Worth Stockyard ar- chitecture with a barn style roof and wood accents throughout the facility. A ground- breaking ceremony is scheduled for April. Construction should be completed in Spring 2018. The roof of the Tacti- cal Center was re- placed in December 2016. Asbestos abate- ment and the renova- tion project is ex- pected to begin in May 2017.
The revenue from the half-cent sales tax funds 40 programs and critical resources to effectively combat and prevent crime in Fort Worth. The total CCPD budget in FY2016 was $86,002,513.
Crime Control and Prevention District FY16 Budget
Heliport Ribbon Cutting
Dignitaries, police officers, and pilots attended a ribbon cutting ceremony on April 20 for a new heliport housing the Fort Worth Police Department’s Air Sup- port Unit.
Bob Bolen Public Safety Complex Open House
Bob Bolen Open House
The City of Fort Worth Fire Department and Police Department hosted an open house on May 7 to showcase the new Bob Bolen Safety Complex facility at 505 W. Felix Street that opened in 2015. This facility is considered one of the nation’s most advanced training facilities for first responders. Visitors were able to tour the indoor training village, driving track, burn tower, and other training environments. Over 1,000 burgers were provided by In-N-Out Burger, as well as, products from other sponsors including Dr Pepper and Snapple. Other activities included face painting, bounce houses, scavenger hunt, police and fire demonstrations, music, and community information booths.
On September 9, FWPD held an open house for a new storefront at the Cavile Place apart- ments. The storefront will allow for increased presence in the area in an effort to strengthen relations with the com- munity. Construction Projects Underway
Sixth Patrol Division Facility
Tactical Center Renovation
West Patrol Division (Joyce) Renovation Public Safety Complex Finish-out Administration Building Shell and Warehouse
Police Athletic League
Police Athletic League
The FWPD is a proud partner with the local chapter of the Fort Worth Police Athletic League (PAL)—a 501c3 organization. Formed in July 2016, the purpose of PAL is to provide life- enhancing experiences for youth where they learn team building, confidence, trust, responsibility,
and respect for self and others. The program facilitates positive police-youth interaction by mentoring, modeling positive behaviors, engaging in problem solving, road mapping pathways to goal achievement, and allowing productive expressions of youth-related issues and concerns. Officers volunteer their time and serve as coaches in various sports where they have experience including boxing, softball, basketball, etc. Engaging youth in nontraditional law enforcement activities sensitizes both police officers and youth. FWPD is currently operating two boxing gyms and is in the process of updating those gyms. PAL anticipates starting a flag football league in 2017 and offer summer programs to children.
Police Chief’s Advisory Board Meets Monthly The Police Chief’s Ad- visory Board is a group of community members that the Fort Worth Po- lice Department meets with monthly to discuss issues within the police department and within the community. The members make recommendations on how the police depart- ment can better serve the community to be able to foster a better police/community part- nership.
2016 Street Survival Class
Civilian Street Survival Class
The FWPD Motor Unit hosted its first Civilian Street Survival Class in September at the Bob Bolen Public Safety Complex. The class was attended by 23 students. The course began in a classroom with the introduction of street survival strategies including how to increase the visibility of motorcycles to other motorists, the importance of head and eye placement, contributing factors involved in motorcycle accidents, statistics of motorcycle operations and the importance of helmet use and the hazards of alcohol use. The six basic fundamentals of how to control a motorcycle were also covered. The class also utilized the driving track skills pad where two braking chutes were set up. Students were given instructions and demonstrations and then practiced proper braking techniques while being observed and evaluated by instructors. The students progressed to slow cone maneuvers to increase the skill of motorcycle control. When the instructors gave directions on how to ride the slow cone weave, offset cone weave, and a voluntary 20 foot U-turn box, most of the students had doubts about attempting the exercises. By the end of the day, nearly the entire class successfully completed the two basic cone weaves and had the confidence to attempt the 20 foot U-turn box. The instructions and information provided were well received by the students. The class evaluations completed by the students showed that their skills and knowledge were improved by attending the course. It is hoped that this course will produce safer riders, decreasing the motorcycle accident and fatality rate in Fort Worth.
Code Blue Award Winners
Citizens on Patrol Volunteer of the Year
Central Division: Jerry Lemunyon
North Division: Cathy Pepper
Code Blue Luncheon
Code Blue Celebrates 25th Anniversary
East Division: Becky Forsythe
South Division: Warner Filley
Code Blue observed their 25th anniversary with a week long celebration that included a Citizens on Patrol (COP) Appreciation Luncheon, Bowling with the Police, Code Blue float in the Parade of Lights, 25th Anniversary Gala, and a Ministers Prayer Breakfast. COP volunteers assisted with the planning of these events, and a 25th anniversary logo was developed to help commemorate the milestone. On March 19, 2016, nearly 600 Citizens on Patrol members and Neighborhood Police Officers attended the 25th Anniversary COP Appreciation luncheon. Held at the Cendera Center in west Fort Worth, the luncheon honored COP Volunteers of the Year, the Chuck Silcox Patroller of the Year, the Neighborhood Police Officer of the Year, and volunteers who have been with the program for the entire 25 years.
West Division: Myra Gail Jackson
Thomas Windham Neighborhood Police Officer of the Year
J. D. Slagle
Chuck Silcox Patroller of the Year
Police Chief Joel F. Fitzgerald gave heartfelt comments that resonated with each of the volunteers. Specifically, he shared his deep appreciation for the volunteers and his commitment to strengthening the bond between volunteers and police officers.
Code Blue Basketball
The Blue Basketball Program is a collaborative effort to engage school aged students in fun, responsible, and exciting activities. Partners include the Dallas Chapter of the National Basketball Retired Players Association, Fort Worth Independent School District, and the Fort Worth Police Department. The program evaluates progress of enrolled student participants while empowering them during post high school graduate transition from the community to college, and ultimately productive careers. This program is more than just a project, it is a movement to help change the culture of disconnect between inner-city youth in our communities and law enforcement officials. Healthy relationships with law enforcement officers helps build healthier communities, and FWPD mentor youth as part of the program. CODE
CAPA / MAC meeting
Clergy and Police Alliance and Ministers Against Crime The Fort Worth Police Department is honored to have two ministerial groups that work in partnership with police officers. The Ministers Against Crime (MAC) began in 1993 and continues to support officers and serve citizens. The Clergy and Police Alliance (CAPA) was founded in 2003 and has been steadily growing over the years. The CAPA is a partnership between FWPD officers and clergy of all faiths with the mission to help the citizens of our city in times of crisis. Much like the Ministers Against Crime, CAPA members are called upon in emergency situations such as suicides, homicides, and natural disasters. MAC members have long stood beside the police department and helped us with many difficult situations. MAC is liaison between the police department and the African American community during times of turmoil. MAC members are available for assisting the police department in any non-traditional role whenever, wherever their services are requested. They do everything from praying for officers to assisting with crowd and traffic control when needed.
CAPA and MAC played a key role in 2016 by helping bring calm and healing to Dallas and Fort Worth communities after the worst police shooting in recent history, which occurred in Dallas, Texas on July 7.
Department Initiatives— National and Local Initiatives
President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing
On December 18, 2014, former President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order establishing the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. The Task Force Members sought expertise from stakeholders and input from the public to identify best practices and make recommendations to the President. On May 18, 2015, the Task Force released the final report nationwide. The philosophical foundation for the Task Force on 21st Century Policing is to build trust between citizens and their peace officers so that all components of a community are treating one another fairly and justly and are invested in maintaining public safety in an atmosphere of mutual respect. There are 6 pillars to follow in order to implement the initiative.
Building Trust and Legitimacy
Policy and Oversight
Technology and Social Media
Community Policing and Crime Reduction
Training and Education Officer Wellness and Safety
The 21st Century Policing Initiative pillars listed above are now included in training materials for police recruits and promotional exams for existing police officers. The 21st Century Policing Initiative document is also
required reading material for officers of all ranks seeking promotion beyond entry level. Beginning in 2016, deputy and assistant chief appointed positions and applicants are required to explain their understanding of the document, policing philosophies, and how they relate to the 21st Century Policing Initiative.
National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice
The National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice is a three-year program initiated in six pilot cities around the United States. Fort Worth earned selection as one of the pilot cities in March 2015. The other five pilot cities include Birmingham, Alabama; Gary, Indiana; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Stockton, California. The mission of the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice is to improve relationships and increase trust between communities and the criminal justice system. It also aims to advance the public and scholarly understandings of the following issues contributing to those relationships: Racial Reconciliation, Procedural Justice, and Implicit Bias. In 2016, the department began providing training classes for the Procedural Justice Pillar and additional classes through 2017 are scheduled. Racial Reconciliation and Implicit Bias classes are among those planned, and five permanent trainers are dedicated to teaching National Initiative classes.
22KILL works to raise awareness of the suicide epidemic that is plaguing America. An average of 22 veterans are killed by suicide everyday. On January 27, 2016, Police and Fire personnel along with recruits and MedStar EMT’s all gathered together at the Bob Bolen Public Safety Complex to perform 22 pushups in unison.
Officer Matt Pearce and Supporters
Officer Matt Pearce honored with Star of Texas Award Fort Worth Police Officer Matt Pearce received the Star of Texas Award, which honors first responders who have demonstrated remarkable courage and heroism in serving and protecting their communities. The Star of Texas Awards were created by the Texas Legislature in 2003 to honor men and women who have been seriously injured or killed in the line of duty. Gov. Greg Abbott presented the award to Officer Pearce. In March, Pearce was shot while in pursuit of a fugitive. Mayor Betsy Price said in a statement: “Officer Matthew Pearce does us the honor of representing our men and women in uniform that protect the citizens of Fort Worth and our great state on a daily basis. We salute each of the Star of Texas awardees and will continue to strongly support these individuals who sacrificially and courageously serve, thereby making it possible for each of us to pursue safe and meaningful lives.”
In of Thanksgiving, FWPD officers handed out turkeys instead of tickets for minor traffic violations. In an effort to bridge the gap between police and community, 25 turkeys were given away. the Spirit
Thank you for your service to the community Officer Pearce.
Recruiting The Chief of Police implemented an action plan targeting minority recruitment in an effort to increase departmental diversity and more accurately mirror Fort Worth’s demographics. The Chief communicated this strategy to the Executive and Command staff in March of
Recruit and Lateral Entry Officer Graduations
Recruit Class 138
On April 15, Recruit Class 138 graduated from the FWPD Acade- my, putting 31 new officers on the streets.
2016 and FWPD held its first out of state testing at John Jay University in New York City, an institution of higher education renowned for diversity and progressive thinking. The FWPD Recruiting Unit has visited several Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) to foster relationships and educate their students about the opportunities at the FWPD . The following list shows the recruiting events conducted by the Recruiting Unit and the number of potential Black/AA and Hispanic applicants contacted in 2016.
Recruit Class 139
On July 8, Recruit Class 139 graduated from the FWPD Acade- my, putting 37 new officers on the streets.
Recruit Class 140
On December 9, Re- cruit Class 140 gradu- ated from the FWPD Academy, putting 39 new officers on the streets.
Dallas, TX / 19 contacts
Fort Hood USAR / 14 Contacts
Florida A&M University (HBCU) / 20 contacts
Goodwill / 12 contacts
Arlington, TX / 11 contacts
Houston, TX / 15 contacts
Lateral Entry Class (LEO) 04
Prairie View A&M University (HBCU) / 17 contacts
Jackson State University (HBCU) / 30 contacts
New York, NY / 21 contacts
The Leo Class 04 grad- uated on July 22, put- ting 9 new experienced officers on the streets.
UTSA (HSI) / 1 contact
Fort Worth, TX / 2 contacts
Temple University / 4 contacts
TCU / 1 contact
Lateral Entry Class (LEO) 05
UNT / 8 contacts
CUNY John Jay College (HSI) / 10 contacts
Diversity Career Fair, Philadelphia PA / 33 contacts
The LEO class 05 graduated on Novem- ber 18, putting ten new experienced officers on the streets.
John Jay College of Criminal Justice / 104 contacts
Houston Area Career Fair / 30 contacts
Greater Commission Fort Worth Fair / 23 contacts
Red, White, and You Career Fair / 37 contacts
Training FWPD continued to focus on providing various training classes in 2016. FWPD placed an emphasis on leadership development in addition to partnerships with the community. The following training classes were provided in 2016. Career Mentor Program FWPD developed a Career Mentor list and provided it to all officers containing mentor contact information for each unit within the department. This tool guides employees in obtaining information about units in which they may have interest and wish to experience. Two-Tier Leadership Training The Department is implementing a two-tier professional development model, which will provide newly promoted and tenured supervisors of all ranks with the prerequisite knowledge and skills required to perform their duties. This training includes mentoring training, conflict prevention and resolution skills, emotional intelligence, basic budget training, and tenets of succession planning. Other Classes FWPD offered many other classes in 2016 including Procedural Justice I, Emergency Management, Ethics, Harassment in the Workplace, Becoming an Agile Leader for SGTS, Reset the Clock- Liability Course through ILEAH, Beyond the Cones—Driving Liability Course, Finding the Leader in You, Emotional Survival for Law Enforcement, Financial Planning for Law Enforcement, and several FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (LEEDA) and Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) courses.
Women of Law Enforcement In September, FWPD hosted the 2016 Women of Law Enforcement Conference. The 230 attendees included women from all over the country. The three day training conference provided an opportunity to learn from top women leaders in law enforcement.
Emergency Management Class
To increase efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability, it is critical that the depart- ment conduct periodic audits to ensure departmentally man- dated inspections are done on time and reflect adherence to policies. Moreover, Policy compliance reviews are paramount to qualifying for and maintaining recognition through the Texas Police Chief Associa- tion (TPCA) and, in the near future, meeting the intensive standards for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). Examples of the audit functions implemented in 2016 includes quarterly driver’s license checks and queries in the National Crime Infor- mation Center/Texas Crime Information Center (NCIC/TCIC) on officers, as well as frequent body camera/ in-car video audit schedules.
Seeking Accreditation Texas Police Chief Association The Texas Police Chiefs Association (TPCA) is a statewide organization for law enforcement administrators in Texas. The program is a voluntary process where police agencies prove their compliance with 164 Texas Law Enforcement Best Practices. A Committee of Chiefs of Police and Command level officers from across Texas developed the Best Practices or Recognition Program standards, believed to be necessary for proper functioning of Texas law enforcement agencies. An agency that achieves “Recognized” status submits itself to a careful internal review of its policies, procedures, equipment, facilities, and operations. “Recognized” status is applicable for a four-year period, when during that time the agency must submit an annual report as proof of continued compliance with dynamic performance related standards.
FWPD is in the process of acquiring “Recognized” status. FWPD applied in December 2016. Next steps include being accepted, entering into an agreement, and beginning the review process.
Community Camera Program The department recently established a partnership with local citizens and businesses by initiating a new voluntary Community Camera Program. The program allows FWPD to expand its database of accessible cameras to use for investigative purposes in the event of a crime. Businesses, residents, and homeowner’s associations (HOAs), are encouraged to purchase and register cameras with FWPD, allowing the department’s Real Time Crime Center (RTCC) quicker access to nearby cameras that may have captured criminal activity. Within the first week of the program in August 2016, over 180 cameras were registered. By December 31, there were 423 unique registrations, providing FWPD access to 2,207 cameras. To ensure long-term success, the department will continue promoting and marketing the program with local citizens and businesses using flyers, community meeting announcements through Neighborhood Police Officers, and social media campaigns. FWPD will also incorporate the registration data into the Omega CrimeView dashboard, allowing officers and investigators to compare locations of crimes in relation to locations of registered cameras. The department looks forward to the continued growth of this program. Camera Network Expansion The expansion of the FWPD surveillance camera network is a legitimate force multiplier. The Real Time Crime Center accepts camera feeds, where staff process and communicate real-time information to officers responding to citywide incidents. Additionally, expansion in this area leverages the use of technology to fight and deter crime. This project will begin in 2017 with 192 cameras and $1,085,000 in Police Department and Neighborhood Services Department grant funds.
Patrol All Call Channel The Patrol All Call broadcast was imple- mented in 2016. The All Call Channel pro- vides patrol officers in all patrol divisions with pertinent radio broad- casts regarding serious events that have the potential to expand beyond their geograph- ic point of origin. The All Call streamlines broadcast information without the need for duplication and in- creases officer safety. Previously officers in different divisions, but only streets apart, would not receive relevant crime in progress or suspect based information via radio, but only over their mobile data computer in their vehicles. Oftentimes, this deficiency meant a low likelihood of trans- mission of critical information if an officer was away from the vehicle, or a dispatcher failed to notify adjacent divisions of the crime.
Omega Dashboard View
CrimeView Dashboard The CrimeView Dashboard, a web based analytical software, establishes a common operating picture for all sworn staff, through use of interactive and configurable maps, charts, and reports. It provides command staff and front-line personnel with the tools needed to make data driven and evidence based deployment decisions. The application provides information regarding offenses, calls for service, accidents, arrests, recovered vehicles, and parolees. It also allows officers to obtain updated crime data even from mobile terminals in patrol vehicles to plan and adjust their patrol patterns to the dynamic nature of crimes in their individual beats. In addition to providing traditional pin maps, CrimeView Dashboard also identifies repeat call locations, offense locations, hot spots, and time/space relationships between data, such as the time and location of a stolen vehicle and its specific recovery location.
Other Technology Updates
Body Camera Expansion
In June 2016, the FWPD Technology Services Section worked with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and their Texas Data Exchange (T-DEx) vendor, to incorporate additional data within the Federal Bureau of Investiga- tion’s National Data Exchange (N-DEx) system. This system allows officers to access information regarding criminal incident data from all participating state and national agencies for investiga- tive purposes. FWPD was the first agency in Texas to incorporate this additional data.
The department currently has 750 active body cameras. 550 additional body cameras are expected to be purchased in 2017 to fulfill the commitment of outfitting all uniformed/front line patrol officers with body cameras. Funding for this technology initiative will be a combination of Crime Control and Prevention District funding and grant funding. Open Data FWPD worked with the IT Solutions Department and the City’s Open Data Governance Committee to provide crime data on the City’s Open Data portal. The Maps and Apps section displays data on a citywide map that allows users to pan around the city, zoom into specific locations, and click on icons to view information on specific crimes. The Data Categories section allows users to view crime offenses in list form and to filter various columns of related crime information and can be located using the following link: https://data.fortworthtexas.gov/. The open data portal includes a line to One Address. One Address allows the user to enter an address and view a variety of data, including crime information, permits, code violations, and other city information. The direct link to One Address is http:// oneaddress.fortworthtexas.gov/
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