Chief Executive Officer Joseph W. Costa
I would like to personally welcome you to the DeSoto Police Department’s Annual Report for 2019! Thank you for taking an interest in our department and for the support we receive from the community, the city administration and our elected officials. 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. On the following pages you will get a glimpse of the department, our executive staff and some of the dedicated officers that serve and protect our City of DeSoto. The information contained herein will provide a snapshot of the programs and initiatives the department has in place. You will also get to see just how effective we are dealing with crime and our calls for service. In 2019, our overall crime decreased by 4%! We are proud to report that over the last four years our crime is down by 26.3%! Last year our crimes involving Family Violence increased by 6.2%, however, in the last five years those crimes were down by 18.5%. Property crime was 22% less last year than in 2018. DeSoto, much like the rest of the Metroplex, saw a rise in violent crime with the city tragically recording five homicides. Each of those murders has been solved, two were the result of family violence and the other three involved other criminal acts that had fatal outcomes. This past year was no different from any other relative to our community involvement. We continued to be active in our city events and community gatherings. Our officers and I are committed to attending many community meetings and events throughout the year and interacting, in a positive way, with our citizens. Fighting crime effectively involves a partnership between the citizens and the police.
Together we can work to deter crime and keep the city safe and secure. If you see something, say something by calling our non-emergency line, 972-223-6111, or by texting a tip to TIP411 (847411). Keep up to date with police information by visiting our Facebook page or web site. I encourage each of you to take an interest in your Police Department. Attend the next Citizen Police Academy, come on out and ride-a-long with an officer for an hour or two, take a tour of YOUR police department building, attend a town hall meeting or become a volunteer. By all means, get involved and get to know the officers that serve you each and every day. Citizen participation in our Citizens On Patrol, Citizen Police Academy Alumni, DeSoto Police Clergy and Community, and Ministers on Call contributed thousands of hours to the department and the entire community. Our Leadership Team continued to participate in Town Hall meetings; HOA meetings and various faith-based sponsored events. 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. We continue to strive to be a police department that is the model for excellence! Our ultimate goal is to work together to lower crime and keep the citizens of DeSoto as safe and secure as possi- ble. Thanks to all of our officers, employees and volunteers that work together to make our department better and our city safe!
Assistant Chief Gary Perkins
Assistant Chief Perkins is responsible for the daily oversight and operations of the Police Department which includes the Patrol Division, Support Services Division, Records Division, Administration, Code Enforcement, Animal Control and the DeSoto Regional Jail. The Police Department is authorized to employ 79 sworn officers and 40 full/part time civilians. These employees provide police services 24 hours a day, seven days a week and serve a population of 53,568 residents in a 21.6 square mile radius. The department is nationally accredited through CALEA. The department continues to utilize crime reduction strategies, reduce patrol response times, and identify 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 meeting our mission. The Department is divided into multiple divisions and categorized into sub-divisions based on function. ADMINISTRATION Administration consists of sworn and non-sworn employees, who are assigned as The Chief of Police, Assistant Chief of Police, Sergeant of Professional Standards, Sergeant of Professional Services, Reserve Police Officer, Alarm Permit Clerk and two staff assistants. PATROL DIVISION The Patrol Division is commanded by Captain Terry Baker and is broken down into four shifts which are: Alpha Shift, Bravo Shift, Charlie Shift, and Delta Shift. The Department’s Patrol Lieutenants each have command of a single 12-hour patrol shift and each Lieutenant is assigned a single district within the city. The Lieutenants utilize data and crime reduction strategies to develop plans for proactive responses to criminal activity in their assigned district. These strategies play a significant role in reducing crime and preserving the quality of life in DeSoto.
SUPPORT SERVICES DIVISON The Support Services Division is commanded by Captain Ryan Jesionek and is broken down into the following sub-divisions: Criminal Investigations, Records, School Resource Officers, Crime Victims Assistance, and Background Investigations. The Criminal Investigations Division (C.I.D.) works diligently each day to solve crimes reported by our citizens as expeditiously as possible. Our detectives use every resource available to assist in the identification and apprehension of criminals that commit unlawful acts in the City of DeSoto. REGIONAL JAIL Named the “Tri-City Jail”, after its inaugural participating cities (Cedar Hill, DeSoto, and Lancaster), the Regional Tri-City Municipal Jail has added several new partners over the past two years. The jail currently houses inmates for DeSoto, Cedar Hill, Lancaster, Glenn Heights, Lancaster ISD Police, Charlton Methodist Hospital Police and the University of North Texas-Dallas Police Department. CODE ENFORCEMENT The Code Enforcement Division is managed by a civilian, Charles Humphrey, who also oversees the Animal Control function. The Code Enforcement Division, through its enforcement activities, strives to maintain and enhance the quality of life for all our citizens holding everyone accountable to the City’s Ordinances. Their enforcement actions help the city maintain a high sanitary standard while enhancing the safety and well-being of its residents. PARTNERSHIPS The DeSoto Police Department continued its partnerships with many different com- munity groups which include the DeSoto Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association (DCPAAA), Citizens on Patrol (COP), DeSoto Police Clergy and Community (DPCC), and the Domestic Violence Advisory Commission (DVAC). These partnerships help the community and police department work together to address and meet the concerns of the community.
Patrol Services Division Terry Baker, Captain
The Patrol Services Division is the largest division of the DeSoto Police Department and is comprised of 41 uniformed, highly visible representatives of the department. The Patrol Services Division includes Patrol Officers, Traffic Officers, Reserve Officers, Government Center Officer, and Public Services Officers. The purpose of the Patrol Services Division is to provide public safety services, proactive crime prevention techniques, and respond to calls for service. In 2019 the Patrol Services Division recorded 108,211 calls for service, an increase of 363 from 2018. In 2019 there were 5,326 Offense Reports taken which is a decrease compared to 2018 (6,129). There were 162 fewer adults arrested and a decrease in “Group-A” crimes of 4% for 2019 when compared to 2018.
P ATROL D IVISION
Sgt. Brandon Pollard
Cpl. John Holder
Lt. Larry Walker
Lieutenant Walker commands the “Delta Shift” night patrol with two first line supervisors and eight officers on street patrol. Lt. Len Chadwick Sgt. Robby Stevenson Cpl. Bryan Ziegler
Lieutenant Chadwick commands the “Bravo Shift” day patrol with two first line supervisors and seven officers on street patrol. Lt. Melissa Franks Sgt. Andrew Wood Cpl. Warren Summers
Lieutenant Franks commands the “Alpha Shift” day patrol with two first line supervisors and seven officers on street patrol. Lt. Chris Huerta Sgt. Justin Rivette Cpl. Rickey Owens
Lieutenant Huerta commands the “Charlie Shift” night patrol with two first line supervisors and seven officers on street patrol.
In 2019, Officers responded to numerous burglaries in progress calls from busi- nesses and residences, where Officers were able to apprehend and arrest subjects in the commission of these crimes. These arrests were possible due to the Officer’s quick response to the location. DeSoto Patrol Officers conducted 73,140 self-initiated calls in 2019. That is a decrease of 8,501 from 2018 (81,641). That number includes business contacts, directed patrols, extra patrols, and neighborhood patrols.
Criminal Investigations Division Ryan Jesionek, Captain
The Criminal Investigations Division (CID) is responsible for conducting complete and thorough investigations of criminal offenses, and for preparation and filing 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, five Detectives, and two part-time Detectives. One of the five full-time Detectives is designated to investigate juvenile related crimes. A Civilian Investigator assigned to CID handles minor misdemeanor offenses and preparation and filing of arrest cases. Additionally, the CID Corporal manages the DeSoto Police Department’s Sex Offender Registration Program. In 2019 the Criminal Investigations Division investigated 1,493 cases with a 33% clearance rate. The Division also prepared 211 arrest warrants for issuance, to include 144 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 assigned 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.
C RIMINAL I NVESTIGATIONS D IVISION
Sgt. Mikel Edwards
Cpl. Joshua Parker
Lt. Heath Penwarden
Det. Stephen Boor
Det. Richard Incremona
Det. Pete Schulte
Det. Javier Acosta
Det. Joe Watson
Det. Taylor Archibald
Det. Thomas Redding
Police Honor Guard Chris Huerta, Lieutenant
Honor Guard Commander, Lt. Huerta, oversees an all-volunteer unit consisting of DeSoto Officers who are dedicated to honoring the memory and serving the families of fallen law enforcement officers. The Honor Guard has a reputation regionally and is regularly called upon to perform various ceremonial functions at funerals and civic events across North Central Texas. Honor Guard duties including: 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 during 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 police 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 conducting all funerals and memorial services at Arlington National Cemetery.
DeSoto Police Department 2019
Lt. Chris Huerta Sgt. David Williams Sgt. Mikel Edwards Cpl. Rickey Owens
Lt. Melissa Franks Sgt. Robby Stevenson Sgt. Andrew Wood Jermaine Brumfield Scot Knight Eric Montemayor Krista Cordova Luis Morales
Courie Bryant Patrick Krekel Pete Schulte Roderick Tasby Rederick Wooten James Davidson
Southern Regional Response Group Heath Penwarden, Lieutenant
TE@M B@CKGROUND In 2008, Law enforcement agencies in southern Dallas and northern Ellis Counties established the Southern Regional Response Group (SRRG) to develop mutual aid strategies within the immediate region. Currently, DeSoto, Lancaster, 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 thereafter, 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 tactical programs in the State of Texas and has been operational since the spring of 2009. At the conclusion of 2019, SRRG-SRT had a total of 24 personnel. This year we have added an additional seven operators and two medics to the team. TE@M STRUCTURE The Crisis Negotiation Team is led by Team Leader, Lieutenant Melissa Franks , from DeSoto PD. The Special Response Team (SRT) is commanded by Lieutenant Heath Penwarden (DeSoto PD) and consists of two assistant commanders, one Team Leader, one Assistant Team Leader, thirteen operators and one medic. SRT is cur- rently taking SRT and Negotiator applications.
@RE@ OF OPER@TION SRRG-SRT continues to move forward to provide critical SWAT service to multiple cit- ies within the Dallas and Ellis County area. This brings SRRG-SRT response to 10 cit- ies with a total population of 228,446.
GR@NTS Through the NCTCOG SWAT working group SRRG-SRT received 9 night vision optics in Fiscal Year 2019 SHSP project.
TR@INING SRRG-SRT trains approximately 20 hours a month. During monthly training the team conducted drills in close quarter battle (CQB), firearms, shield positions, vehicle/bus CQB, gas/less lethal, negotiations, explosive breaching, and physical fitness. SRT was able to utilize a 4,000 square feet house for training, which provided multiple challenges to work through.
COMMUNITY EVENTS SRRG-SRT participated in National Night Out, City Block Parties, and conducted demonstrations for the Citizens Police Academy
OPER@TIONS In 2019 SRRG-SRT responded to 16 critical incidents within the SRRG jurisdictions, which is on par for the previous year. In 2019, we conducted 10 Search/Arrest Warrants, 3 barricaded person incidents, and 3 special assignments (dignitary protection, Motorcycle Gang investigation and High School lock down).
Highland Park, Hutchins, Ovilla, and Seagoville had no operations in 2019
T_x[s Tti][l P__ Offi]_rs Conf_r_n]_ SRRG members completed over 400 hours of preparation in Urban Warfare, SWAT Command and Decision Making, Tactical Pistol Application, Tactical Rifle Application, Ballistic Shield Tactics, Bus Assaults, SWAT Liability, Open Air Engagements, Operational Planning, and Emergency Medical Training.
Lancaster Police Department SRT Founding Member End of Watch - June 20, 2010
Field Training Program
@DMINISTR@TOR T ERRY B AKER , C APTAIN
SUPERVISOR R OBBY S TEVENSON , S ERGEANT
DIRECTOR G RADY K IRKLAND , S ERGEANT
The DeSoto Police Field Training Program is made up of an Administrator, Director, Training Supervisor, four Field Training Supervisors, and nine Field Training Officers. The Training Program is a strenuous twenty-two week training course in which new officers, who’ve completed the Police Academy, are instructed in various areas of law enforcement field application, department Standard Operating Procedures, and department Administrative Directives. The first four weeks of training are classroom based learning environments followed by sixteen weeks of street training. During the sixteen week training cycle the new officers will be trained by a different Field Training Officer every four weeks. After successful completion of twenty weeks of training, new officers will enter a final two week “Evaluation Phase” in which they will operate independently as patrol officers under the watchful eye of a Field Training Evaluator. Officers who pass the Evaluation Phase will be formally assigned to a Patrol Shift. A maximum of four weeks of remedial training is available for officers who fail to perform adequately during any portion of their training. In 2019, twelve new officers participated in the Training Program with ten successfully completing the entire process.
F IELD T RAINING S UPERVISORS
Corporal J. Holder
Corporal B. Ziegler
Corporal W. Summers
Corporal R. Owens
F IELD T RAINING O FFICERS
Reserve Police Officers Terry Baker, Captain
T he 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 enforcement experience. The personal rewards are well worth the effort and commitment made by these volunteers to the reserve program. The program currently consists of 10 reserve officers serving in such capacities as Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Jail and Transports, Assisting in hiring and backgrounds, as well as one assigned to 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 commanded by Captain Baker of the Patrol Division and Reserve Commander, Dr. Jeffrey Seif.
R ESERVE C OMM@NDER D R . J EFFREY S EIF
J OE W ATSON
S COT K NIGHT
B RETT E VANS
M ARK H OWARD
T ONYA V AN W INKLE
A UBREY K IRK
T HOMAS R EDDING
A NDREW H ALL
C ESAR C ASTILLO
Public Information Unit
P ETE S CHULTE , D ETECTIVE
G RADY K IRKLAND , S ERGEANT
The Public Information Unit is comprised of four Public Information Officers (PIOs) who are authorized by the Chief of Police to distribute information about the department to the media and the general public. The four Public Information Officers for the department are: Lt. Melissa Franks, Lt. Chris Huerta, Sgt. Grady Kirkland, and Detective Pete Schulte. Sgt. Kirkland and Detective Schulte are the police department’s primary PIOs and work tirelessly to ensure accurate and transparent information is reported in a timely manner. PIOs are also responsible for managing the Police Department’s social media outlets. In 2019 the Public Information Unit completed 13 press releases which is an increase from 2018’s total of 11.
C HRIS H UERTA , L IEUTENANT
M ELISSA F RANKS , L IEUTENANT
Internal Affairs David Williams, Sergeant
The purpose of the Internal Affairs Division 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 protection of the public, protection of the Department, protection of the employee, removal of unfit personnel, and correction of procedural problems. In 2019, the Professional Standards Division investigated six (6) Internal Affairs reviews and 162 Administra- tive reviews. Of the 54 reviews that resulted in a “Sustained” or “Not Within Policy” disposition, the officers deemed responsible for the infraction received reprimands which included: Indefinite Suspension (Resignation), Time-Off Without Pay, Written Reprimand, and Documented Oral Counseling .
In 2017, the DeSoto Police Department instituted a new Internal Affairs program to help process these comprehensive reviews in a more timely and organized manner. To date, this program has been used to track areas of needed training and increased accountability within the department. “Justice consists not in being neutral between right and wrong, but in finding out the right and upholding it, wherever found, against the wrong.”
-T HEODORE R OOSEVELT -
Not Within Policy
Injuries - On Duty
Pursuits - Fleet
Use of Force
Training Division David Williams, Sergeant
The purpose of the training coordinator is to maintain responsibility for conducting and coordinating department training, including scheduling and documenting the ongoing training of personnel. The coordinator acts as a liaison between the Department and the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE), the state licensing agency responsible for law enforcement training standards. The DeSoto Police Department training room was updated this year to include state-of-the art media equipment. Training conducted at the department is utilized not only by DeSoto officers, but is frequently attended by members of other police departments. The Department instructs officers in a wide range of subjects to include defensive tactics, firearms proficiency, Basic SWAT, De-escalation and Intermediate core courses. In 2019, The DeSoto Police Department held 80 training courses, contracted with six (6) agencies to provide training to their officers, and provided more than 1,050 classroom hours. Attendance of these courses contributes to officers meeting the state mandated 40 hours of training bi-annually. The courses held, include but are not limited to, the following:
Advanced Human Trafficking Citizen Interaction Program
Arrest, Search & Seizure
Body Worn Camera Canine Encounters
Firearms Instructor Intermediate Use of Force
Self-Aide Buddy Aide
Use of Force
C.A.L.E.A Mikel Edwards, Sergeant
The DeSoto Police Department is Nationally Accredited through CALEA, The Commission on Law Enforcement Accreditation. Sgt. Edwards is currently assigned as the Accreditation Manager for DeSoto PD. The department has been continuously accredited 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, recognizing professional excellence; establishing and administering an accreditation process; Strengthening crime prevention and control capabilities; Formalizing essential management procedures; Establishing fair and nondiscriminatory personnel practices; Improving service delivery; Solidifying interagency cooperation and coordination; and Increasing 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 program 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 completed the 4th assessment for the current period in Oct. 2019 and will travel to Orlando in March 2020 to receive our 9 th CALEA Accreditation award and the 1 st award of the agency under the new 4 year assessment program.
Unmanned Aircraft System “Drone Program” Mikel Edwards, Sergeant
In 2018 the department started the UAS (Unmanned Aircraft System) program and purchased the City’s first ever UAS (Drone) to use for first responder and citizen safety. The program was established by Sgt. Mike Edwards who was the first UAS 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) with 180X zoom and Thermal Imaging. The city has an approved Certificate of Authority with the FAA to operate within the territorial boundaries 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, investigations and assessments; storm damage assessment; fires (structure, wildland, terrain); hazmat incidents; search and rescue, and search warrants. The UAS 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 allows 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 UAS 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 UAS: 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 construction within the city; Public Events (aerial video/photos of City hosted pa- rades and other similar events.
Pictured above: Detective Pete Schulte • Sergeant Mikel Edwards • Officer Eric Montemayor
DeSoto has also joined with PSURT (Public Safety Unmanned Response Team) & AIRT (Airborne International Response Team) to provide Regional and National re- sponse to incidents. Each pilot has been tested and approved through PSURT to op- erate on various platforms and on various missions. The DeSoto Police Department is committed to operating our UAS’s 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.
Drone crime scene footage / Shooting
Drone photo - SRT Search Warrant raid
School Resource Officers Grady Kirkland, Sergeant
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 four sworn police officers who spend their time mentoring students and handling various school related incidents. The officers assigned to the SRO Unit in 2019 are: Torrance Hopkins, Jermaine Brumfield, Roderick Tasby, and Glenn Heights Officer, Angela Davis. Collectively, the SROs bring more than 40 total years of law enforcement experience and more than 20 years of SRO experience. In 2019 the SRO Unit hosted the Gang Resistance Education And Training (G.R.E.A.T.) Summer Program at DeSoto West Middle School. 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 Department’s community policing goals which include crime prevention, gang intervention, education, and enforcement. The DeSoto Police Department values its partnership with the DeSoto Independent School District and works to provide a safe environ- ment for students so that they are able to focus on academics, social responsibility and positive problem solving.
Preparing students academically and socially to be problem solvers and productive citizens.
Community Programs Jessica Ryan
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 victim- ized by assisting them in establishing Crime Watch groups in their neighborhood. She attends 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 DeSoto PD badge, have attended multiple school/City events since its implementation. This draws the children’s’ attention by allowing them to meet their “heroes” while allowing the Officers the opportunity 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 shootings. Officers were able to reassure them the Police are here to help them, not hurt them. A special thank you to Corporal Joshua Parker a.k.a. “Spider Man”, and Officer Jessica Ryan a.k.a. “Wonder Woman” for their time and effort into this program.
Community Programs Continued...
Citizen Police Academy (CPA) The Citizen Police Academy is a 10 week interactive class designed for those who live or work in DeSoto. In the academy, the students participate in training for topics that include Narcotics, Patrol, DWI Education, Crime Scene, Dispatch and even Gun Range Training. In December 2019, DeSoto CPA Class #46 graduated 13 students. The DeSoto Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association (DCPAAA) The DeSoto Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association (DCPAAA) was formed to promote communication and create partnerships between the DeSoto Police 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 assist 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 Department and the City of DeSoto.
For fiscal year 2019, DCPAAA and The Citizens On Patrol members provided more than 235 volunteer hours to the DeSoto Police Department which translates to a monetary value of $5,284.62 to the citizens of DeSoto.
DeSoto Police Clergy and Community (DPCC) ABOUT
A coalition formed between the DeSoto Police and the ministers who live in DeSoto or serve citizens in our community. DeSoto Police Clergy and Community, DPCC , was formed to help our community address the root causes of violence in the community.
MISSION DPCC partner with the Police Department as a resource for the community. DPCC provides tools to help area youth achieve great things, and strengthen and assist families in preventing negative outcomes that can hinder their well-being. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ADVISORY COMMISSION: One member of DPCC serves on this commission, which provides advice and recommendations to the City Council and DeSoto Police Department on how to improve the city’s response to violence against victims, and institute other programs, with the goal of eliminating domestic violence in totality in the city. DESCRIPTION In 2010, we began discussions to address the growing violence among youth in the community; and thus, DeSoto Police Clergy and Community “DPCC” was officially formed. Monthly meetings are held to strategize on how to address important topics that affect our community. This collaboration of numerous churches and the Police Department led to the implementation of several important programs, including “Ministers on Call”, “Gang Prevention & Behavioral Management Ministry Programs”, Tutorial Programs, Counseling, Mentoring & Parenting Programs. DPCC is a volunteer based organization and continues to grow. It reflects a community working together to solve issues of concern. The ministers attend formal training similar to the curriculum for Citizen Police Academy. The training sessions ensure that the ministers understand the policies and procedures of the Police Department. Ministers also share information about the ministries available through their own churches. Some have programs in place to provide counseling for family violence, alcohol and drug rehabilitation, support groups for Child Sexual Abuse, etc. They also have special outreach ministries for our youth. The sessions are an opportunity to exchange information and forge a solid working relationship. Through this coalition with the Police Department, ministers from various faith groups volunteer to be “on call” when a family member, victim or perpe-
trator requests ministerial counseling. DeSoto Po- lice Clergy and Community (DPCC) can be called on to provide ministerial counseling for family vio- lence situations, car accidents, or disruptive be- havior among our adolescents. You will also see them at athletic events and other public gather- ings. The DPCC Program has marked its 9th full year of operation in April 2019. In 2019 DPCC adopted a new logo (see picture).
Charities Officer Ryan developed a DeSoto Police Department “Breast Cancer Awareness Patch”. It is the Department’s existing patch, but outlined in pink. Each patch will be sold for $10 each. 80% of the proceeds will be donated to the Celebrating Life Foundation, and 20% will go towards the DeSoto PD Cares Fund. The department conducted a toy drive with Cedar Hill PD which allowed us to provide multiple low-income families with toys for Christmas. The drive also allowed officers to stock their squads with toys to be able to give to children while out on patrol.
Station Tours Ruby Young Elementary brought two of their Kindergarten classes to the station for a full tour by Officer Ryan in October 2019. Grand Prairie High School brought their
Criminal Justice class to the station for a full tour in November 2019. Station tours provide an opportunity for kids who may have not interacted with a police officer a platform to have positive contact.
Recruitment DeSoto Police participated in three recruiting events in attempt to boost attendance at the Police Civil Service Exam. Two exams were held in 2019 (January & August). The January exam had approximately 60 applicants pass both the written and physical agility test. The department was able to hire 9 officers after completing
background investigations for all 60 applicants. The August exam had 23 appli- cants pass both the written exam and physical agility test. The department was able to hire 4 officers after completing background investigations for all 23 applicants.
DeSoto Regional Jail Brett Evans, Commander
Jail Mission Statement It is our mission as DeSoto Regional Jail to maintain care, custody and control of in- mates that are confined in our jail safely as possible and in a constitutional manner. We maintain a safe jail environment that is in compliance with state and local laws. Our Jailers promote a safe environment that is consistent with human dignity and that is free from personal prejudice and discrimination.
Operations The DeSoto Jail is a contract facility and works in full partnership with the cities of DeSoto, Lancaster and Cedar Hill Police Departments. Each city pays 1/3rd of the operational cost. The jail facility is also a contract facility for Glenn Heights Police Department, Charlton Methodist Hospital. Other Agencies that use our facility in- clude Lancaster ISD Police and University of North Texas Police department. The Desoto Jail can currently hold 55 inmates at a time.
Jail Transport DeSoto has its own jail transport team that functions four days a week. The Dallas County Sheriff’s Office (DSO) also has a jail transport team that picks up inmates from DeSoto three days a week. In 2019, the DeSoto Regional Jail transported 1,317 inmates to the Dallas County Corrections Facility to answer for criminal charges (Class-B or higher). DSO picked up 883 inmates from DeSoto Regional Jail for 2019. Through a collaborative effort, DSO and DeSoto are able to transport inmates seven days a week which help keep the DeSoto Regional Jail from being over populated.
Video Arraignment The DeSoto Municipal Judge conducts arraignment court three times a day. This gives individuals an opportunity to bond out of jail or receive a payment plan.
FINES COLLECTED - 2019
Code Enforcement Charles Humphrey, Supervisor
The mission of the Code Services Division is to enforce 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 process. There are currently four (4) 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 incremental in the continued posi- tive development of our city. In Fiscal Year 2018/2019, Code Services handled 8,778 issues ranging from high weeds and grass, brush, oversized vehicles, junk vehicles, overgrown trees, broken and unsafe fences, parking on unimproved 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 99%. Norris Booth was hired as one of the Code Officers in July 2019. Norris primary job responsibility is to identify inoperable vehicles parked on the street and oversized vehicles parked in residential neighborhoods. His achievements include the following: red tagging of 232 inoperable vehicles, which were towed or removed by owner, 41 oversized vehicles that were red tagged and remove by owner, 11 illegal parking violations red tagged and corrected by owner. The total number of vehicles towed by J & N Wrecker Services was 40.
New ideas are being implemented for the next fiscal year to improve the Code Enforcement Department, which will include new Code Officer, Joshua Worthy who is currently in training.
F ਨਲਢਠਫ Y ਤਠ C ਮਬਯਠਨਲਮਭ - C ਮਣਤ V ਨਮਫਠਲ਼ਨਮਭਲ C ਫਮਲਤਣ
715 476 678
Trees & Landscaping
Trash & Debris
37 51 75
19 68 95
Oversized Vehicles Inoperable Vehicles
Illegal Signs Illegal Parking Illegal Business
High Grass & Weeds Construction-No Permit
Boarding Homes Other Violations
The mission of the Animal Control Division is to deliver effective, courteous, and responsive 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 containment 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 livestock issues. The Animal Control officers also investigate animal bites. In Fiscal Year 2018/2019, Animal Control responded to 5,064 calls consisting of abandoned/neglected animals, animal bites, animal nuisances, barking/noise, deceased animals, injured animals, loose/stray animals, rabies vaccinations, snake sightings, too many animals, trap services, and vicious animals. Their average turnaround time to resolve the animal control calls was 0.431. The topic count totaled 830. The AC officers took part in various training classes pertaining to Animal Control to include Texas Dog Fighting Laws and Investigations, Dangerous Dog Investigator Course, Introduction to Wildlife, and Make the Case: The Shelter’s Role in an Animal Cruelty Investigation.
Property & Evidence Carl Edmison, Manager
The DeSoto Police Department Property and Evidence Division is maintained by Public Safety Officer, Carl Edmison. The Property & Evidence (P&E) Division is respon- sible for the Intake, Processing, Retention and Disposition of all evidence seized by officers in the performance of their duties. Monthly, quarterly and annual audits are conducted by Command Staff Officers to ensure adherence to state laws as well as accountability and proper documentation of all transactions in the handling of evidentiary materials.
In 2019 the P&E Division received over 2,695 additional items, while processing over 500 items for return and disposal. By the end of the year over 21,000 items were retained. Additionally, almost 2,000 items per year are delivered by the property custodian to applicable Crime Labs, Outside Law Enforcement agencies, and disposal entities. A full detailed Chain of Custody Record is maintained for all property and evidence that is processed. As State
and Federal Laws are updated and mandated, dynamic changes and challenges must be met with improvements to the manner in which the P&E 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.
Fiscal Year Comparison
Records Division Tiffanie Clark, Supervisor
The DeSoto Records Division is responsible for maintaining all reports generated by the Police Department. The Records Division is staffed by Coordinator, Tiffanie Clark, and two full time technicians, Vanessa Arellano and Guillermina Jaimes. 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. Open Records Requests increased by more than 2,500 and were the most time consuming of all tasks. The staff also submits NCIC/TCIC validation reports via the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) which helps analyze the FBI Crime Statistics for DeSoto. COMPARISON BY YEAR 2017 2018 2019 OPEN RECORDS REQUEST PUBLIC 2,248 1,968 4,284 NON PUBLIC REQUEST 943 2,134 2,400 LAWENFORCEMENT BACKGROUND CHECKS 1,282 1,324 1,505 EXPUNCTION ORDERS 124 183 192 FEES COLLECTED 7,802.15 7,741.19 11,400.44 OFFENSE REPORTS 5,486 4,525 6,805 ARREST REPORTS 1,969 1,747 1,806 ACCIDENT REPORTS 538 504 528
The Citizens On Patrol 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 officers 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 COPs assist in high visibility patrols, football games and events, house checks, directed patrols, and traffic management. They run the graffiti abatement program and work toward making the City of Desoto a clean community. The COPs also assist with critical missing persons searches. In 2019, the COPs worked 911 hours.
COP Director Lt. Chris Huerta
COP Coordinator Frank Leach
Sgt. Andrew Wood SUPERVISOR OF THE YEAR 2019
Richard Incremona OFFICER OF THE YEAR 2019
Victoria Sidler ROOKIE OF THE YEAR 2019
Kaci Harlem FIELD TRAINER OF THE YEAR 2019
Scot Knight RESERVE OF THE YEAR 2019
Byron Tennison JAILER OF THE YEAR 2019
Erin McQueen CIVILIAN OF THE YEAR 2019
Sandra Taylor VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR 2019
Cpl. Joshua Parker MERITORIOUS CONDUCT BAR 2019
Patrick Krekel MERITORIOUS CONDUCT BAR 2019
The Meritorious Conduct Bar is awarded to an officer for a heroic deed and exceptional meritorious conduct involving exemplary courage, risk, and danger to personal safety.
Krista Cordova COMMENDATION BAR AWARD 2019
Victoria Sidler COMMENDATION BAR AWARD 2019
The Commendation Bar is awarded to an officer for outstanding performance involving great risk to their personal safety while performing their duties. The award may be given to an employee for outstanding contributions to and through the success of different work projects, programs or situations with such contributions being made in a highly professional degree of accomplishment.
Sgt. Grady Kirkland MADD AWARD WINNER 2019
Awarded the M.A.D.D. “Commitment Hero Award” for exemplifying a strong overall commitment to DWI Education for 2019. Sgt. Kirkland serves as the department’s only Standardized Field Sobriety Instructor.
Bryan Scott-Lee MADD AWARD WINNER 2019
Awarded the M.A.D.D. “Enforcement Hero Award” for leading the department in total DWI arrests for 2019. Officer Scott-Lee accounted for 19 out of 79 total DWI arrests made by DeSoto Police Officers.
Joe Watson 1977 - Present
Len Chadwick 1984 - Present
Gary Perkins 1983 - Present
Dwayne Lyons 1989 - Present
David Byerly 1986 - 2019
Jon Battle 1994 - Present
Heath Penwarden 1996 - Present
Terry Baker 1994 - Present
Larry Walker 1994 - Present
Rodney Mitchell 1999 - 2019
David Byerly 1986 - 2019
Sharon Poldrack 2005 - 2019 Records Supervisor
Shirley Dyson 2013 - 2019 Quartermaster
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