DESOTO POLICE DEPARTMENT
Chief Executive Officer Joseph W. Costa
Welcome to the DeSoto Police Department’s Annual Report for 2020! Thank you for tak- ing 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. Well, to say the least, 2020 was quite a challenge to everyone especially Law Enforce- ment. Thank goodness that 2020 is in our rear-view mirror! The year started off as any other and then took a spiral with COVID-19 creeping into our lives and changing the way we live, work, meet, interact and stay healthy. The killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police Officers was tragic and horrific and polarized Law Enforcement and the world. Events that will change our lives as we know them!! In 2020, our overall crime decreased by more than 12%! We are proud to report that over the last five years our crime is down by 39.5%! Last year our crimes involving Family Violence increased by 7.3%, however, in the last five years those crimes were down by 6.1%. Property crime was 32% less last year than in 2019. DeSoto, much like the rest of the Metroplex, and mostly due to COVID, saw a rise in assaults and domestic violence. This past year was very different from all other years relative to our community involve- ment and our citizen interactions. COVID-19 caused us, as like everywhere else, to cancel all in-person interactions. Our lives soon revolved around virtual meetings. Public safety had to secure PPEs, masks and bacteria fighting equipment to keep our personnel healthy. Schools were out and virtual learning became the way students were taught. Civil unrest erupted throughout the nation and a call for Police reform was heard in every city. As a result, we took a hard look at our department policies, procedures, training and processes and made them better. I am pleased to say that there were no major changes made as we already were very professional, fair and nationally certified through CALEA.
The Citizen Police Advisory Committee and a Mental Health Unit, called the Care Team, were developed and implemented. Both programs would provide much needed resources to our officers and the community we serve. Our Police and Fire Departments were tasked with providing safety, security and guidance to a COVID Testing center at the Ellis Davis Sports Complex on Polk St. The year of 2020 was a very unique and challenging year! Now, more than ever, I encourage each of you to take an interest in your Police Depart- ment. Attend the next Citizen Police Academy, come on out and ride-a-long with an of- ficer 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 offic- ers that serve you each and every day. Thanks to all of our officers, employees and volunteers that work together to make our department better and our city safe! Thanks to every one of them for their efforts dealing with the challenges of 2020! Thank you for all of the sacrifices you all make to maintain order and a safe environment.
Assistant Chief Gary Perkins
A ssistant Chief Perkins is responsible for the daily oversight of the operations of the Police Department which includes the Patrol Division, Support Services Divi- sion, Code Enforcement & Animal Control and the DeSoto’s Regional Jail. The Po- lice Department is authorized 79 Sworn Officers and 40 full and part time civilian personnel providing Police Services 24 hours a day, seven days a week and serves a population of 53,568 residents in an area of 21.6 square miles. The 2020 year proved to be an unprecedented year with challenges and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many individuals and families have been impacted by the pandemic and the challenges that came with it, yet the DeSoto Police Depart- ment continued to serve the community and worked with our community partners, residents and businesses toward the goal of keeping the city safe. The Police Depart- ment was tasked with continuing to provide all of our necessary services while keeping our police officers, civilian employees and citizens safe and healthy. Officers were called upon to respond to incidents where it was unknown whether or not an individual might be positive with the Covid-19 virus. In spite of this, they continued to perform their duty to interact with these individuals and all of our of- ficers and staff members did so without reluctance. 2020 included time periods of “lock downs” and stay-at-home orders, subsequently less individuals were commuting and fewer persons were meeting in group settings, resulting in fewer contacts between police officers and the public than we had expe- rienced in the previous year.
The DeSoto Police Department is divided into different divisions: Administration, Patrol, Support Services and Jail, where some units are divided into sub-divisions by function.
ADMINISTRATION DIVISION The Administration Division consists of 4 sworn officers and 2 non-sworn employees, The Chief of Police, Assistant Chief of Police, Sergeant Professional Standards, Ser- geant Professional Services, 1 Reserve Officer, 1 alarm Permit Clerk and 2 Staff Assis- tants. PATROL DIVISION The Patrol Division is commanded by a Captain and is broken down into four 12-hour patrol shifts. The Department’s Patrol Lieutenants each have command of a single Pa- trol Shift and each Patrol Lieutenant is assigned the individual responsibility for a sin- gle Patrol District. The Lieutenants then utilize data to develop plans for proactive re- sponses. Those strategies play a significant role in reducing crime. In 2020 our Police Officers handled 65,365 calls for service. SUPPORT SERVICES DIVISON The Support Services Division is commanded by a Captain and contains the sub- sections of Criminal Investigations, Records, School Resource Officers, Crime Victim Assistance, Property/Evidence, Community Programs, and, Recruiting and Back- grounds. Our Criminal Investigation Division works diligently to clear crimes. The Investigators uses data and evidence in the identification and arrest of the criminals. DESOTO REGIONAL JAIL The Police Department operates a regional Municipal Jail holding facility that serves the cities of DeSoto, Cedar Hill, Lancaster, Glenn Heights, Duncanville, Duncanville ISD, Lancaster ISD Police Department, Charlton Methodist Hospital Police Depart- ment and the University of North Texas-Dallas Police Department. CODE ENFORCEMENT The Code Enforcement Section is managed by a civilian manager Charles Humphrey who also oversees the Animal Control function. The Code Enforcement Section, through its enforcement activities, strives to maintain and enhance the quality of life for all our citizens by holding everyone accountable to the City Ordinances. Their enforcement actions, not only keep the city looking clean, but they also enhance the safety and well-being of the city as well as help to reduce crime. PARTNERSHIPS The Department continued its partnerships with many different community groups such as the Home Owner Associations (HOA’s), the City’s Clergy members through DeSoto Police Clergy and Community (DPCAC) as well as our Citizen Police Acade- my and its Alumni Association (CPAAA). These partnerships help address and meet any concerns of the community.
Patrol Services Division Terry Baker, Captain
T he Patrol Services Division is the largest division of the DeSoto Police Depart- ment and is comprised of 44 uniformed, highly visible representatives of the depart- ment. The Patrol Services Division includes Patrol Officers, Traffic Officers, Re- serve Officers, Government Center Officer, and the assistance of the Drone Opera- tors. The purpose of the Patrol Services Division is to provide public safety services and proactive crime prevention techniques as well as respond to calls for service. In 2020, COVID-19 had a huge impact on the Patrol Services Division recording 65,365 calls for service, a decrease of 42,846 over 2019.
Sgt. Justin Rivette
Cpl. Warren Summers
Cpl. Bryan Ziegler
Sgt. Robby Stevenson
Sgt. Andrew Wood
Cpl. Rickey Owens
Sgt. Brandon Pollard
Cpl. John Holder
In 2020, Officers responded to numerous Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) calls in progress. Officers were able to safely apprehend and arrest 91 subjects in the commis- sion of these crimes, an increase of 12 DWI arrests from 2019. These arrests were pos- sible due to the Officer’s quick response to the location and their professional training. DeSoto Patrol Officers conducted 67,273 calls for service in 2020. That number in- cludes Property Crimes, Traffic related calls, Self-Initiated calls, Crimes Against Per- sons and other .
The Agency has four Patrol Shifts who provide over lapping cov- erage day and night. Each Patrol Shift is assigned a Lieutenant and those four Lieutenants are assigned one of the four Districts as a Crime Liaison.
District 1— Lt. Huerta District 2— Lt. Walker District 3— Lt. Chadwick District 4— Lt. Franks
In January 2020, the Patrol Division started out with 42 assigned sworn officers and ended the year with 44 sworn officers.
In 2020, Patrol officers responded to an average of 184 calls for service each day.
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 is supported by a Sr. Administrative As- sistant. CID includes one Lieutenant, one Sergeant, six Detectives, and two part-time Detectives. One of the six full-time Detectives is designated to investigate juvenile re- lated crimes. A Civilian Investigator assigned to CID handles minor misdemeanor of- fenses, prepares and files arrest cases, and assists Detectives with the investigation and processing of crime scenes. Additionally, the CID Sergeant manages the DeSoto Po- lice Department’s sex-offender registration program. 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. Additionally, four specially trained patrol officers assist CID by investigating vehicle-related crimes, such as “hit-and-run” offenses.
In 2020 the Criminal Investigations Division investigated 1,496 cases with a 40% clearance rate. The Division also prepared 272 arrest warrants for issuance, to include 137 felony arrest warrants. All of these statistics are improvements over calendar year 2019, even in spite of the global pandemic that impacted all of us in 2020. These im- provements make it evident that DeSoto CID works diligently through any challenge to bring DeSoto cases to prosecution before both the city’s municipal court and the criminal courts of Dallas County.
CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS DIVISION
Sgt. Mikel Edwards
Cpl. Joshua Parker
Det. Stephen Boor
Det. Richard Incremona
Det. Peter Schulte
Det. Javier Acosta
Det. Joe Watson
Det. Taylor Archibald
Det. Thomas Redding
Police Honor Guard Chris Huerta, Lieutenant
The DeSoto Police Department Honor Guard is 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 include: Color Guard, Flag Team, Firing Party and Casket Detail (Guard, Pall-Bearers, and Flag Fold). The DeSo- to Police Department Honor Guard hosts an annual Law Enforcement Memorial Cere- mony 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 3rd 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 Honor Guard 2020
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
Courie Bryant Patrick Krekel Pete Schulte Luis Morales
Krista Cordova Roderick Tasby Rederick Wooten James Davidson
Southern Regional Response Group - SRT Heath Penwarden, Lieutenant
TEAM BACKGROUND CORE VALUES
Uncompromising Model of Tactical Excellence
Discipline Accountability Competence Leadership Perseverance Teamwork Commitment Integrity
2020 was an interesting year for SRRG. While most of the country was shutting down due to the COVID pandemic, SRRG team was open and busy. We added the City of Waxahachie to our list of agencies and we had to deal with multiple types of potential riot situations in multiple cites. Since this team started 12 years ago, we have grown to support the following cities: DeSoto, Lancaster, Midlothian, Glenn Heights, Cedar Hill, Red Oak, Seagoville, Ovilla, Highland Park, Hutchins and Waxahachie.
These are the participating agencies within SRRG. Regionalizing the SWAT team has lead to a better tactical capacity within the DFW Region. We are now able to pull from the most capable officers in 11 cities to form a robust SWAT team that is truly capable of managing multiple types of events: Hostage Rescue, High Risk Warrants, Barricaded Persons and even Riot Situations. TEAM STRUCTURE At the conclusion of 2020, SRRG gained 4 new operators, 1 Commander and 3 Negotiators. This brings the team total to 33 personnel. The SRRG Organization is lead by a board that consists of the participating agency Chiefs. The team Commander is Lt Heath Penwarden of DeSoto, who has two assistant Commanders: Tim Hicks of Midlothian and Mike Lewis of Waxahachie. Sgt. Justin Rivette is the team leader for SRT, who has 2 assistant Team leaders, 21 operators and 3 medics. The Crisis Negotiation Team is lead by Team Leader Lt. Melissa Franks from DeSoto and she has 5 negotiators.
2049 is the badge number of Lancaster Police Officer and original SRT member Craig Shaw. While on duty in Lancaster Craig was responding to a shooting at an apartment complex where a man had just been murdered. Craig was killed trying to stop the suspect and he paid the ultimate sacrifice protecting the citizens of Lancaster on June 20, 2010. Craig was 37 years old, married, and the father of two.
Community Events Every year SRRG-SRT par- ticipates in several commu- nity events. 2020 was diffi- cult due to the pandemic. The team was still able to take two children to break-
fast and provide them with a ride to school. SRRG al- so performed two demonstrations at the Midlothian CPA classes.
SRRG-SRT continues to move forward to provide critical SWAT services to multi- ple cities within the Dallas and Ellis County area. Adding the city of Wax- ahachie to the group brings SRRG-SRT response to 11 cities with a total population of approximately 266,434. AREA OF OPERATION TRAINING
SRRG-SRT trains approximately 20 hours a month. During monthly training, the team conducted training in close quarter battle (CQB), firearms, shield positions, vehicle/ bus CQB, gas/less lethal, Negotiations, en- ergetic entry, and physical fitness. SRT was able to utilize buildings for training from
several communities that support SRRG-SRT. The City of Red Oak allowed the team to practice energetic entry system in a building that was scheduled for demolition. The team relies on a lot of community support in order to be prepared for all types of critical incidents.
OPERATIONS In 2020 SRRG-SRT responded to 24 critical incidents within the SRRG jurisdictions, up from 18 the previous year. In 2020, we conducted 12 Search/Arrest Warrants, 5 barricaded person incidents and 6 special assignments (potential riots and Black Lives Matter marches). Last 5 years
TTPOA training Conference for 2020 was canceled this past year. The Conference affords this team the opportunity to train with world class instructors at a fraction of the cost. Even though the training con- ference was canceled the team was still able to complete the necessary training to include: Basic SWAT, Firearms, Negotiations, Large Building Clearing, CQB, Bus Assault, and Tactical Energetic Entry System
Team Commander Lt. Heath Penwarden, DeSoto PD firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: 972-922-1195
Lancaster Police Department SRT Founding Member End of Watch - June 20, 2010
‐ The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as lion. Proverbs 28:1
TERRY BAKER, CAP T AIN
R O BB Y S T EVEN S ON, SER G EAN T
GRADY K IRKLAND, SER G EAN T
The DeSoto Police Field Training Program consists of an Administrator, Director, Training Supervisor, four Field Training Supervisors, and eight 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 2020, seven new officers participated in the Training Program with four successfully completing the entire process.
F IELD T RAINING O FFICERS
Police Reserve Officers Terry Baker, Captain
The DeSoto Police Reserve Program is a unit of dedicated men and women commit- ted 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 be- come fully certified peace officers before applying to the program. The Police Re- serves 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 Reserve Officers bring over 220 years of law enforce- ment experience combined. The program currently consists of 10 Reserve Officers serving in such capacities as Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Jail and Transports, assisting in hiring and back- grounds, as well as 1 on the Regional Negotiations Team. The reserve officers were limited due to COVID-19, but were able to work 860 hours to help provide assistance and security at the Ellis Davis COVID Site.
The Reserve Officer Program is commanded by Captain Baker of the Patrol Division and Reserve Commander Dr. Jeffrey Seif.
Reserve Commander Dr. Jeffrey Seif
Reserve Police Officers
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. Detective Schulte and Sgt. Kirkland 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 2020 the Public Information Unit completed 9 press releases which is a decrease from 2019’s total of 13.
C HRIS H UERTA , L IEUTENANT
M ELISSA F RANKS , L IEUTENANT
Internal Affairs David Williams, Sergeant
The purpose of the Internal Affairs Section is to ensure the integrity of the Police De- partment and its officers. Complaints are investigated objectively and fairly while pre- serving the rights of all involved. Internal Affairs objectives include protection of the public, protection of the Department, protection of the employee, removal of unfit per- sonnel, and correction of procedural problems. In 2020, the Professional Standards Division investigated seven (7) Internal Affairs reviews and 194 Administrative re- views. Out of the sustained/not within policy actions, Officers received the following: Indefinite Suspension (resulted in resignation) Time off without pay (suspension) Written Reprimand 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 ac- countability within the department.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”
Dr. Martin Luther King
Not Within Policy
Injuries - On Duty
Pursuits - Fleet
Use of Force
Training Section David Williams, Sergeant
The purpose of the Training Coordinator is to maintain responsibility for conducting and coordinating department training, including scheduling and documenting the on- going 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. Training conducted at the department is utilized not only by DeSoto officers, but is frequently attended by members of other police departments. The Department in- structs officers in a wide range of subjects to include defensive tactics, firearms profi- ciency, Basic SWAT, De-escalation and Intermediate core courses. In 2020, The DeSoto Police Department held 39 in-person training courses and con- tracted with six (6) agencies to provide training to their officers. The training pro- gram was severely hampered by the pandemic of COVID-19 and thus shut the doors for the vast majority of the 2020 training year. The Training Section was able to pro- vide resources to its officers with the addition of online training and was given credit through TCOLE. Attendance at these courses contributes to officers meeting the state mandated 40 hours of training bi-annually. The courses held, include but are not nec- essarily limited to, the following: Courses:
Sexual Assault Fam- ily Violence
Field Sobriety Test- ing
Body Worn Camera Canine Encounters
Citizen Interaction Program
First Responder Re- siliency
Less Lethal Applica- tions
CALEAAccreditation Manager Mikel Edwards, Sergeant
The DeSoto Police Department is Nationally Accredited through CALEA, The Commission on Law Enforcement Accreditation. The Department has been continuously accredited since 1993 and is one of the longest accredit- ed 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, devel- oped through best practices by public safety practitioners, covering a wide range of up-to-date public safety initiatives, recognizing professional ex- cellence; establishing and administering an accreditation process; Strength- ening crime prevention and control capabilities; Formalizing essential management procedures; Establishing fair and nondiscriminatory person- nel practices; Improving service delivery; Solidifying interagency coopera- tion and coordination; and Increasing community and staff confidence in the Department. The Department received its 9th CALEAAccreditation award in 2020 under the new four-year annual assessment program. The new assess- ment program requires the Department to undergo an electronic assess- ment each year on its award anniversary covering 25% of the non-critical standards and 100% of the critical standards. On the fourth year the De- partment will receive an on-site visit completing the four-year assessment. In 2020 the agency approved an Accreditation Assistant and hired Sharon Poldrack who had recently retired from DeSoto as the Police De- partment’s Records Supervisor. Sharon’s years of experience in Records made for an easy transition and she was able to quickly dive into her new role as the CALEAAccreditation Assistant.
Unmanned Aircraft Systems “Drone Program” Mikel Edwards, Sergeant
In 2018 the Department started the UAS (Small Unmanned Aircraft System) program and pur- chased the City’s first ever UAS (Drone) to use for first responder and citizen safety. The pro- gram 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 air- craft and has since evolved to five aircraft to include the two DJI Mavic Mini’s, DJI Mavic Pro, DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise and DJI Matrice 210 (M210) with 180X zoom and Thermal Imag- ing. The City has an approved Certificate of Authority with the FAA to operate within the terri- torial boundaries of DeSoto under FAA rules. The program currently has 7 certified pilots who work together to assist Police and Fire on var- ious calls that include in-progress calls (pursuits, foot chases, robberies and burglaries, active shooter, perimeter establishment, aerial search); traffic accidents, investigations and assess- ments; 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 ra- dio, cell phone etc.), and drop items to assist the Special Response Team (SRT) on their mis- sions 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, our pilots are certified FAA Part 107 pilots; 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) and 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 provide a regional response 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 commit- ted to operating our UAS’s within the law and we do not allow our operators to violate the con- stitutional rights of our citizens.
The School Resource Officer Unit (SRO) is supervised by Sergeant Grady Kirkland who has been employed with the department for 16 years. The SRO Unit consists of four sworn police officers who provide security, guidance, and mentorship to students & staff on a daily basis . The officers assigned to the SRO Unit are 18 year veteran Torrance Hopkins, 18 year veteran Jermaine Brumfield, 15 year veteran Roderick Tasby, and Officer Angela Davis of Glenn Heights Police Department. The DeSoto Police Department values its partnership with the DeSoto Independent School District and works to provide a safe environment for students so that they are able to focus on academics, social responsibility and positive problem solving. In spite of the Covid-19 pandemic and the health risks involved the DeSoto SRO Unit have remained dedicated to the DeSoto Independent School District and the students they serve. Although many events have been cancelled due to the pandemic the SRO Unit continues to provide the needed security for school sporting events and community related initiatives such as the food drive sponsored by the North Texas Food Bank which was held at DeSoto High School.
Community Programs / Recruiting & Backgrounds Jessica Ryan, Officer
Officer Jessica Ryan’s duties include serving as the Community Liaison Officer for the DeSoto Police Department. Officer Ryan has been with the DeSoto Police Department since 2015. Her duties include educating the public on lessening their chances of be- ing victimized by assisting them in establishing Crime Watch groups in their neighbor- hood. 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. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic of 2020, the sym- posium was modified to a Senior Drive-Thru event where they could still receive a free meal and lots of beneficial information along with some goodies without getting out of their vehicle.
The Super Heroes & Badges program was cre- ated in June 2017. Officers wearing superhe- ro 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 “Superheroes” while allowing the Officers the opportunity to educate them on “Stranger Danger,” bullying, utilizing the “buddy system” when walking to school, gun safety 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 ef- fort 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. Due to the COVID Pandemic, there was no Academy in 2020. The DeSoto Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association (DCPAAA) The DeSoto Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association (DCPAAA) was formed to promote communication and create partnerships between the DeSoto Police Depart- ment 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 DeSo- to Police Department. Graduates of the Citizen Police Academy formed the associa- tion to provide support for the DeSoto Police Department. Over the years the organi- zation has continued to prove that they are a very important resource for the Police De- partment and the City of DeSoto.
For the fiscal year of 2020, DCPAAA/Citizen on patrol members provided more than 750 volunteer hours, assisting the Police Department at a value of more than $16,865.81to the citizens of DeSoto.
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 vio- lence 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 com- munity; 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 con- cern. The ministers attend formal training similar to the curriculum for Citizen Police Academy. The training sessions ensure that the ministers understand the policies and pro- cedures of the Police Department. Ministers also share information about the ministries available through their own churches. Some have programs in place to provide counsel- ing 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 perpetrator requests ministerial counsel- ing. DeSoto Police Clergy and Community (DPCC) can be called on to provide ministe- rial counseling for family violence situations, car accidents, or disruptive behavior among our adolescents. You will also see them at athletic events and other public gather- ings. The DPCC Program has marked its 10th full year of operation in April 2020. In 2019 DPCC adopted a new logo (shown above).
Charities Officer Ryan developed a DeSoto Police Department “Breast Cancer Awareness Patch”. It is the Depart- ment’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. Recruitment
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we did not participate in any in person recruiting events. However, Officer Ryan spent countless hours recruiting over the phone and through email. DeSoto Police held two Police Civil Service Exams in 2020. The ex- ams were held in February and September. The February exam had approximately 46 applicants pass both the written and physical agility test. The department was able to hire 2 officers after completing background investigations for all 46 applicants. The September exam had 30 applicants pass both the written exam and physical agility test. The department was able to hire 5 officers after completing background investi- gations for all 30 applicants.
DeSoto Regional Jail Brett Evans, Commander
Jail Mission: Statement: It is our mission as the DeSoto Regional Jail to maintain care, custody and control of inmates 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. The DeSoto Jail is a contract facility and works in full partnership with the cities of DeSoto, Lancaster and Cedar Hill. This past October we added Duncanville Police Departments as a full partner. Each city pays for the operational cost. The Jail facility is also a contract facility for Glenn Heights and Charlton Methodist Hospital. Other Agencies that use our facility include Cedar Valley College Police, Lancaster ISD Police, Duncanville ISD and University of North Texas Police Department. In the previous year, 2019, we had an annual total of 5,822 arrestees for all the partner cities. This past year our total was 3,138 which was 2,684 less than in 2019. The Desoto Jail can currently hold 55 inmates at a time.
The DeSoto Jail has its own in‐house transport team, and transports four Ɵmes weekly. This insures that inmates with a charge higher then a class (c ) offense are arraigned by a Dallas County magistrate in a Ɵmely man‐ ner for bond purposes. DeSoto Jail transported 1,024 inmates to Dallas County Jail this past year and Dallas County picked up 577.
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.
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 com- munity; and, where violations occur, to work with our citizens to achieve compliance through an efficient and fair process. There are currently five (5) full-time Code Officers working Monday - Friday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Code Enforcement is also available on Sat- urdays and Sundays. Code Services protects our citizens by creating a safe and clean city. Due to the work of our Code Enforcement Team, the City of DeSoto is able to maintain and increase property values which are instrumen- tal in the continued positive development of our city. In Fiscal Year 2019/2020, Code Services handled 9,635 cases 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%. Former Animal Control Officer, Joshua Worthy became the fifth full- time Code Enforcement Officer in 2020. New fiscal year programs are being developed and will be implement- ed in 2021. These programs will enhance the Code Enforcement De- partment, which will include the hiring of another Code Enforcement Officer and an Administrative Assistant.
The mission of the Animal Control Section 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 (1) 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 violate City, State and Federal Laws. Animal Control Staff also assist in public awareness and edu- cation programs that include information on the types of vaccination requirements, ne- glected and abused animals, education on unsanitary conditions, stray and or abandoned animals, ownership limitation requirements, and, wildlife and livestock issues. The Ani- mal Control Officers also investigate animal bites and dangerous dog complaints. In Fiscal Year 2019/2020, Animal Control responded to 4,965 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. The topic count totaled 1006. 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 Property and Evidence Technician, Carl Edmison. The Property & Evidence (P&E) Division is responsible 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 2020 the P&E Division received over 2,428 additional items, while processing over 6,334 items for return and disposal. By the end of the year 21,247 items were retained. Additionally, over 681 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 pro-
cessed. 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 Ser- vices and military. The staff also submits NCIC/TCIC validation reports and Uniform Crime Reports which details the FBI crime statistics for DeSoto. The charts below show the comparisons over the past three years.
COMPARISON BY YEAR
2018 1968 2134 1324
2019 4284 2400 1505
2020 4927 1953
OPEN RECORDS REQUEST PUBLIC
NON PUBLIC REQUEST
LAWENFORCEMENT BACKGROUND CHECKS
OFFENSE REPORTS ARREST REPORTS ACCIDENT REPORTS
Citizens On Patrol (C.O.P.)
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 Depart- ment. The group has seventeen members and growing. These citizens come from all walks of life and after attending a training regimen, begin patrolling the neighbor- hoods 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 iden- tifying issues in the city that need attention such as high weeds, illegally parked vehi- cles, 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 graf- fiti abatement program and work toward making the City of DeSoto a clean commu- nity. The COPs also assist with critical missing persons searches.
COP Director Lt. Chris Huerta
COP Coordinator Frank Leach
Heath Penwarden SUPERVISOR OF THE YEAR 2020
Eric Montemayor OFFICER OF THE YEAR 2020
Jacob Wheeler ROOKIE OF THE YEAR 2020
Rederick Wooten FIELD TRAINER OF THE YEAR 2020
Brett Evans RESERVE OF THE YEAR 2020
George Gasca JAILER OF THE YEAR 2020
Jennifer Scott-Lee CIVILIAN OF THE YEAR 2020
Ray Dent VOLUNTEERS OF THE YEAR 2020
Frank Leach VOLUNTEERS OF THE YEAR 2020
Kaci Harlem MERITORIOUS CONDUCT BAR 2020
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.
Rickey Owens COMMENDATION BAR AWARD 2020
Tyler Sherman COMMENDATION BAR AWARD 2020
Brandon Quick COMMENDATION BAR AWARD 2020
Rederick Wooten COMMENDATION BAR AWARD 2020
Courie Bryant COMMENDATION BAR AWARD 2020
Jacob Peterson COMMENDATION BAR AWARD 2020
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.
Rickey Owens LIFE SAVING BAR AWARD 2020
Jacob Peterson LIFE SAVING BAR AWARD 2020
Patrick Krekel LIFE SAVING BAR AWARD 2020
Eric Montemayor LIFE SAVING BAR AWARD 2020
Bryan Scott-Lee LIFE SAVING BAR AWARD 2020
The Life Saving Bar is awarded to an officer for recognition of saving a human life.
Sgt. Grady Kirkland MADD AWARD WINNER 2020
Awarded the M.A.D.D. “Commitment Hero Award” for exemplifying a strong overall commitment to DWI Education for 2020. Sgt. Kirkland serves as the department’s only Standardized Field Sobriety Instructor.
Tyler Sherman MADD AWARD WINNER 2020
Awarded the M.A.D.D. “Enforcement Hero Award” for leading the department in total DWI arrests for 2020. Officer Sherman accounted for 12 out of 91 total DWI arrests made by DeSoto Police Officers.
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