2017 Annual Report

Fort Worth Police Department Annual Report 2017

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Message from the Chief

It is with great honor to present the Fort Worth Police Department’s 2017 Annual Report. This report summarizes the department’s commitment to make Fort Worth one of the safest cities in the nation. In 2017, the department faced many challenges that were addressed vigorously through hard work and dedication. The department showed that it is committed more than ever to maintaining a transparent, open, and honest organization that has a trusted partnership with the community through internal and external efforts such as reinstating the Chief’s Advisory Board, requiring Procedural Justice and De-escalation training for every officer, creating six Commander positions in the Patrol Bureau, assisting the City of Houston after Hurricane Harvey, acceptance into the Texas Police Chief Association Recognition Program, implementing the FY17-FY21 Strategic Plan, creating a new Mental Health Unit, and engaging with youth across the city. The department worked diligently to continue to build trust and confidence within our diverse city. We hosted community forums in every patrol division to discuss community concerns and reinstated the Chief’s Advisory Board that now meets monthly. The department understands the importance of having open communication and providing information as expeditiously as possible. The department was honored to travel to Houston to assist in the response to the unprecedented destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey. After the hurricane flooded the City of Houston and surrounding areas, Fort Worth police officers assisted Houston PD by answering calls for service in order to provide relief to exhausted Houston officers. Several back-to-school and community events were held this year that focused on providing our local youth with supplies needed to be successful not only in school, but in life. The Fort Worth Police Athletic League (FWPAL) officially opened its first gym and successfully worked with numerous youth. The FWPAL’s vision states that “through athletic programs and community partnerships, to provide guidance and leadership to ensure the safety of our youth, improve their lives, reduce crime and better serve the community by building strong and trusting relationships.” FWPAL hopes to provide more opportunities for youth through other activities in 2018. This report includes more details about these initiatives and updates on other programs including what makes FWPD the third most popular police department Facebook page. It is an honor to work with the dedicated and professional staff within the Fort Worth Police Department. Their dutiful efforts and service are reflected throughout this report. Thank you for your continued support.

In This Issue Department Overview……………………..….3

Patrol Divisions and Beats Map…………………..…...7

Crime Statistics……………………........8

Calls for Service……………..13

Crime Control and Prevention District…..…….15

Operational Updates….......19 Procedural Justice and De-Escalation Training……………………19 Chief’s Advisory Board and Policy Advisory Committee………………..21 Patrol Division Realignment…..…………23 Accreditation Process……….……………25 Strategic Plan Implementation………..27 New Officers……...……..29 Social Media…….…..…...31

Youth Initiatives………………..........33

Joel F. Fitzgerald, Ph.D Chief of Police

Community Partnerships………………….37

Technology Advancements……………....43

A FWPD Hero……………..….45


2 COMO Community Center– After School Event

Department Overview

A new vision statement, mission statement, and core values were created in 2016 as part of the process to update the FWPD Five-Year Strategic Plan. Vision The Fort Worth Police Department will be a national leader in law enforcement by maintaining a trusted partnership with the community, employing diverse and highly skilled professionals and implementing an innovative policing model focused on community engagement, crime prevention, advanced training, and problem solving. Mission The Fort Worth Police Department exists to safeguard the lives and property of those we serve, to reduce the incidence and fear of crime, and to enhance public safety through partnering and building trust with the community. Core Values Core values form the framework for our work, and identify the conduct and the character that members of this organization align ourselves with to achieve the mission. The core values of the Fort Worth Police Department form the acronym P.A.N.T.H.E.R.

Honor Code I will respectfully serve the citizens of Fort Worth and the Fort Worth Police Department. I will dedicate myself to the protection of life, property, and our public trust. My integrity, character, and courage will be above reproach, and I will accept no less from other members of our department.



Department Overview

Department Organization

The FWPD organization is led by the Chief of Police and consists of the following three bureaus: Patrol, Support, and Finance/Personnel. Each bureau is managed by an Assistant Chief and consists of two Commands that include Divisions, Sections, and Units.

Chief of Police Joel F. Fitzgerald

Support Bureau

Patrol Bureau

Finance/Personnel Bureau

Assistant Chief Edwin Kraus

Assistant Chief Kenneth Dean

Assistant Chief Charles Ramirez

FWPD Personnel

As of December 31, the Fort Worth Police Department employed an authorized strength of 1,759 civil service and 459 civilian staff members. The number of authorized civil service positions are separated by rank below. In 2017, there was one officer for every 497 residents in Fort Worth.












Corporals &






From left to right: Greg Weathers, Michael Shedd, Neil Noakes, Cynthia O’Neil, Pedro Criado, and Joseph Sparrow

Commander Rank Added in 2017 Police Chief Joel F. Fitzgerald added six commander positions to the ranks on November 25, which enables the department to appoint personnel that possess the leadership skills, intellect, experience, and dedication to build and maintain relationships in the community. Commanders are appointed based upon proven measures: prior performance, leadership skills, demonstrated intelligence, and dedication to forging COP relationships. Commanders will transform the organization and service delivery by:

 Focusing on professionalism and organizational excellence

 Emphasizing community engagement and partnerships

 Improving internal communication and mission focus (at the Divisional Level)

 Efficient organizational structure when compared to benchmark cities

 Supporting department’s training strategy by reinforcing and implementing improvements

The six Commanders will oversee each of the Patrol Bureau's six divisions and will have the most influence over the largest number of officers (on average: 180 officers in patrol divisions). This will create a better span of control, management oversight, and accountability. They will improve the development and implementation of divisional training and increase divisional-level professional oversight. Commanders provide additional support at the division level for implementing citywide goals and initiatives that include the City’s fiscal management strategies. The new positions also created promotional opportunities, which included one captain, six lieutenants, six sergeants, and six corporals/detectives.


2017 Patrol Divisions and Beats Map Fort Worth includes 353 square miles and serves 854,311 residents. Patrol is currently divided into six divisions: Northwest, North, East, South, West, and Central. The six divisions and 90 patrol beats are displayed on the map below. Patrol Divisions and Beats


Crime Statistics

2017 Crime Statistics Summary The Fort Worth Police Department uses the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) to provide a comprehensive and accurate summary of criminal activity in Fort Worth. With NIBRS, FWPD has the capability to generate crime reports that reflect interrelationships within the data, enhancing the ability to analyze crime trends, and implement successful prevention and tactical strategies. NIBRS data is compiled into detailed reports for two types of offenses: Group A offenses (crimes against persons, property, and society) and Group B offenses (disorderly conduct, driving under influence, trespassing, etc.). Incidents and arrests are reported for Group A offenses, considered the most serious offenses, while only the number of arrests account for Group B offenses. Total Crime A total of 70,873 offenses occurred in Fort Worth in 2017, which is a 0.4 percent increase from 2016. The majority (55 percent) of the offenses were property-related, which declined 1.1 percent from 2016 to 2017. Crimes Against Persons accounted for 20 percent of all offenses with an 8.1 percent increase from 2016. Five-Year Crime Rate Trend In 2017, 8,100 offenses occurred for every 100,000 residents. Since 2013, Fort Worth has experienced a 19.9 percent reduction in the overall crime rate, and a 10.2 percent increase in population.

Five-Year Crime Rate Trend






Crime Rates are calculated using annual population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau except for the 2017 population estimate of 854,311, which was calculated using the U.S. Census Bureau 2016 estimate plus average annual rate since 2010.

For more crime report information, visit our website: www.fortworthpd.com/crime-information


Crime Statistics Crimes Against Persons Five-Year Crime Trend





Crimes Against Persons increased 8.1% from 2016 and a total of 14.8% between 2013 and 2017.

Crimes Against Persons include:

What are Crimes Against Persons?

 Assault (aggravated, simple, and intimidation)

Human Trafficking


 Murder and Nonnegligent Manslaughter/Negligent Manslaughter

 Forcible Sex Offenses (forcible rape, other)

Nonforcible Sex Offenses

For more crime report information, visit our website: www.fortworthpd.com/crime-information


Crime Statistics Crimes Against Property Five-Year Crime Trend





Crimes Against Property decreased 1.1% from 2016 and a total of 14.1% between 2013 and 2017.

What are Crimes Against Property?

Crimes Against Property include:


Fraud Offenses


Larceny/Theft Offenses


Motor Vehicle Theft



Destruction/Damage/ Vandalism

Stolen Property Offenses



For more crime report information, visit our website: www.fortworthpd.com/crime-information


Crime Statistics

The following table provides the number of crime offenses by category and crime rate in 2017 compared to 2016.

Crime Rate per

Number of Offenses January - December

100,000 Population

Type of Offense

2017 Crime Rate

2016 Crime Rate

Rate Comparison

2017 2016 % Change

13A - C Assault Offenses

12,846 11,921

7.8% 1,468.23 1,395.72


Aggravated Assault

13A 13B 13C

3,062 2,764 8,584 7,947 1,200 1,210


349.97 323.61 981.11 930.44 137.15 141.67

8.1% 5.4% -3.2%

Simple Assault




64A-B Human Trafficking*







Crimes Against Persons (NIBRS - Group A)









Murder & Nonnegligent Manslaughter and Negligent Manslaughter








11A - D Sex Offenses, Forcible

1,120 970


128.01 113.57


Forcible Rape


456 664

381 589

19.7% 12.7%

52.12 75.89

44.61 68.96

16.8% 10.1%



36A - B Sex Offenses, Nonforcible







Crimes Against Persons Subtotal 14,270 13,201

8.1% 1,630.99 1,545.58










510 220







-2.4% -9.0%

Burglary/Breaking & Entering 4,948 5,306


565.53 621.23 394.66 454.04 98.64 103.85


3,453 3,878




863 632 521

887 541 571



Crimes Against



72.23 59.55

63.34 66.85






Property (NIBRS - Group A)

Destruction/Damage/ Vandalism of Property (excluding arson)


7,086 7,316


809.89 856.56


















Fraud Offenses (excluding counterfeiting/forgery & bad checks)

26A - E

1,359 1,902


155.33 222.69


Crime Rates are calculated using annual population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau except for the 2017 popula- tion estimate of 854,311, which was calculated using the U.S. Census Bureau 2016 estimate plus average annual rate since 2010. *No 2016 comparison.

For more crime report information, visit our website: www.fortworthpd.com/crime-information


Crime Statistics

Crime Rate per

Number of Offenses January - December

100,000 Population

Type of Offense

2017 Crime Rate

2016 Crime Rate

Rate Comparison

2017 2016 % Change

Larceny/Theft Offenses - Total


20,966 20,808

0.8% 2,396.31 2,436.21


Pocket-picking & Purse-snatching







23A & B


4,109 4,570


469.64 535.06



Theft from Building








Crimes Against

Theft from Coin-Operated Machine or









Property (NIBRS - Group A)

Theft from Motor Vehicle

7,493 6,660


856.41 779.76



Theft of Motor Vehicle Parts or

1,625 1,498


185.73 175.39




All Other Larceny

7,127 7,425


814.58 869.32



Motor Vehicle Theft

2,861 2,405


327.00 281.58




1,323 1,164


151.21 136.28



Stolen Property Offenses








Crimes Against Property Subtotal 39,425 39,860


4,506.07 4,666.83



Animal Cruelty*







Drug/Narcotic Violations (excluding DUI)


4,051 3,779


463.01 442.45


Crimes Against Society (NIBRS - Group A)

39A - D Gambling Offenses







Pornography/Obscene Material

















Purchasing Prostitution








Weapon Law Violations







Crimes Against Society Subtotal 5,120 4,841


585.19 566.79


NIBRS Group A Total 58,815 57,902

1.6% 6,722.25 6,779.20


NIBRS Group A & B Total 70,873 70,600

0.4% 8,100.42 8,265.89


12 For more crime report information, visit our website: www.fortworthpd.com/crime-information Crime Rates are calculated using annual population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau except for the 2017 population estimate of 854,311, which was calculated using the U.S. Census Bureau 2016 estimate plus average annual rate since 2010. *No 2016 comparison.

Calls for Service

Calls for Service Five-Year Trend Total calls for service decreased 3.2% between 2013–2017. Priority 1 calls increased 49.5% between 2013 and 2017.

Call Definitions  Priority 1 —Immediate threat to human life.



 Priority 2 – Does not meet criteria for Priority 1, but requires immediate response.

 Priority 3 —Does not meet criteria for Priority 1 or 2; considered non-priority; delay unlikely to create adverse effect.

Total Calls for Service 2013-2017

Priority 1 Calls 2013-2017

Increase partially due to some calls previously not considered Priority 1 in nature.

Calls for Service Five-Year Trend


2017 Cal ls for Service

Total Calls Received

911 Calls Received



Calls Dispatched

Officers Responded



Non-Emergency Calls



Crime Control and Prevention District

The City of Fort Worth utilizes the Crime Control and Prevention District (CCPD), a voter-approved half-cent sales tax, to fund crime prevention tools and programs. In response to Fort Worth having historically-high crime rates throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, the citizens of Fort Worth voted to establish the CCPD, and the District has been renewed by voters in 2000, 2005, 2009, and 2014 for subsequent five-year periods. The purpose of CCPD is to enhance FWPD’s ability to create and maintain a safe environment through efficient, quality service, and strong community partnerships. The CCPD is overseen by a nine-member board of directors that establishes the annual budget, manages expenditures, and evaluates all programs funded by the district. The revenue from the half-cent sales tax funds 40 programs and critical resources to effectively combat and prevent crime in Fort Worth. The total CCPD budget in FY2017 was $74,884,251.

CCPD FY17 Budget Expenditures by Funding Area

For more CCPD information, visit our website: https://fortworthpd.com/CCPD


FY17 CCPD Highlights

Enhanced Enforcement Approved Budget

Program Highlights

 School Resource Officer Program (71 approved positions) - Provides assistance to Crowley ISD, Eagle Moun- tain/Saginaw ISD, Fort Worth ISD, Lake Worth ISD, Keller ISD, Northwest ISD, and Lena Pope Home.  Expanded S.W.A.T. (8 approved positions) - Responded to 31 emergency call-back operations.  Special Response Team (50 approved positions) - Responded to 268 high-risk incidents.  Strategic Operations Fund - Enables officers to implement details based on crime trends. 72 details conducted.  Special Events Overtime Detail (6 approved positions) - Attended 77 events including Texas Motor Speedway, Fourth of July, TCU home games, and Bass Hall.  Stockyard Overtime Detail - Conducted 72 details.  Park Community Policing (2 positions) - Assisted in 26 offenses at park and community facilities.  Mounted Patrol (12 approved positions) - Attended 143 events including Career Days and Safety Fairs.


School Resource Officer

For more CCPD information, visit our website: https://fortworthpd.com/CCPD


FY17 CCPD Highlights

Neighborhood Crime Prevention Approved Budget

Neighborhood Police Officer

Program Highlights

 Neighborhood Patrol Officers (97 approved positions) - Attended 3,212 neighborhood association/community meetings.  Code Blue (13 approved positions) - Active number of patrollers: 702.  Crime Prevention Unit (5 approved positions) - Held 143 residential and 50 business crime watch meetings.  Patrol Support - Provides support operations for patrol divisions.  Police Storefronts - Provides enhanced police presence: 8 storefronts.  Gang Graffiti Abatement (6 approved positions) - Abated 4,013 sites.

Equipment, Technology, and Infrastructure Approved Budget

Patrol Car

Program Highlights  High Mileage Vehicle Replacement - Delivered 275 marked vehicles.  DNA Crime Lab Support (4 approved positions) - Processed 956 DNA samples.  Motorcycle Replacement - Ordered 16 motorcycles.  Police Officer Equipment - Purchased 400 body cameras (CCPD portion).  Digital Cameras for Vehicle Replacement - Implemented one-for-one exchange of 350 in-car video systems.  Technology Infrastructure (1 approved position) - Researched 31 new technological advancements.

For more CCPD information, visit our website: https://fortworthpd.com/CCPD


FY17 CCPD Highlights

Partners with a Shared Mission Approved Budget

Como After School Program

Program Highlights  After School Programs - Held at Fort Worth ISD, Crowley ISD, Keller ISD, and White Settlement ISD.  Safe Haven Youth Program - Bethlehem Center assisted 429 participants and Boys and Girls Club assisted 750 participants.  FW@6 Late Night Program - 65,391 participants attended life skill enhancement, recreation, and organized sports programs.  Comin’ Up Gang Intervention - Assisted 696 participants.  Family Advocacy Program - One Safe Place assisted 1,439 families.  Crime Prevention Agency Partnership - Call Center received 3,804 tips. Safe City Commission had 59,380 FWISD participants in Imagine No Violence Art Contest.  Community Based Programs - Funds awarded to Families Offering Children Unfailing Support, Second Opportunity for Success, Diamond Girls, Artes Academy Arts Education, and The Change a Life! Nehemiah Project, Play It Safe! Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Program. Click here for details about each program. http://www.fortworthpd.com/CCPD/community-based-programs.aspx

Recruitment and Training Approved Budget

Recruit Training Classroom

Program Highlights

 Recruit Officer Training - 164 recruits graduated and 10 laterals graduated. (fiscal year numbers only)  Expanded Training Staff (2 approved positions) - Provided 16,882 hours of training to officers.  New Officer Recruitment - Attended 55 events for recruitment purposes and tested 1,222 candidates.

For more CCPD information, visit our website: https://fortworthpd.com/CCPD


Operational Updates

Procedural Justice and De-Escalation Training Through the City’s involvement with the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice, the department is providing training to all officers. The mission of the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice is to improve relationships and increase trust between communities and the criminal justice system. In 2017, there were five dedicated FWPD staff teaching National Initiative classes and providing information to the community. Procedural Justice I training was completed department-wide in 2016, and Procedural Justice II training was completed in June 2017. Additionally in 2017, more than 900 officers completed Procedural Justice III training. The remaining officers are scheduled to complete the class in 2018. The Procedural Justice Unit also engages with the community by attending community events and forums on a regular basis including several back to school events, Ethical Behavior Summit, Clergy and Police Alliance events, and CommUnity Frontline. All officers in the department also received de-escalation training in 2017. Police Executive Research Forum trainers provided the intensive, eight-hour Integration Communications, Assessment, and Tactics (ICAT) training course. The training included hands-on tools for officers to learn different approaches to de-escalate tense situations. The ICAT course is designed to assist officers with safe and professional resolutions to critical incidents that involve unarmed individuals who may pose a danger to themselves and others. The primary goals of the course are reducing the use of deadly force, upholding the sanctity of life, building community trust, and promoting public safety by learning skills and strategies related to decision making, crisis recognition, tactical communications, and safety tactics.

De-Escalation Training

New Mental Health Crisis Intervention Team The Mental Health Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) was established on September 1 and consists of six specially trained and Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) certified Mental Health Peace Officers. Each officer is assigned a patrol division and is under the direction of two Corporal/Detectives (Team Leaders) and a Sergeant. The primary purpose of the team is to reduce the hazards associated with interactions between law enforcement and people with mental illness, to proactively engage those with mental illness that pose a threat to the community as a whole, and to connect those with mental illness with support services as appropriate. The secondary purpose of the CIT is to reduce return calls for service related to mental health, ultimately freeing patrol officers to provide additional service to the community.


20 Chief Joel F. Fitzgerald speaks at the Procedural Justice May Community Kickoff Event

Operational Updates

Chief’s Advisory Board The Police Chief's Advisory Board (CAB) was re-established in 2017 under the direction of Chief Joel F. Fitzgerald. The board was created to act as a community resource for the Chief in the formation of strategies, development of community policing concepts, and increasing public awareness. The Chief's Advisory Board is not a review board of specific police actions, whether internal or external, but a forum for discussions concerning community concerns and leveraging the experience of persons outside of policing to benefit the department and the community. The primary purpose of the Chief's Advisory Board is to provide a forum with key stakeholders regarding law enforcement policies within the community and is comprised of a diverse cross-section of community leaders representative of Fort Worth. The imagination of all members drives the board and reflects holistic views that serve as catalysts for the integration of community viewpoints into police department planning/strategies. The rotating membership of the board consists of at least 40 prominent citizens from throughout the community (34 adults and 6 high school students) who represent a range of interests and experiences. Members are from diverse backgrounds, including business, education, non-profits, public relations, faith community, the political arena, and more.

Chief’s Advisory Board Procedural Justice Presentation

Policy Advisory Committee The committee is comprised of 13 members that represent different assignments in the department and viewpoints from the community. The responsibilities of the Policy Advisory Committee are to consider any policy that has direct influence on the police department’s service to the community and to provide recommendations to the Chief of Police regarding: 1. The need for development of a specific policy not already addressed in the department’s General Orders. 2. Revisions to a current policy that has a direct influence on the police department’s service to the community. 3. Elimination or cancellation of a current policy that has a direct influence on the police department’s service to the community. Several meetings were held in 2017 to discuss policies as they relate to officer procedures and training. Citizen representatives were provided presentations on the use of Tasers. These discussions helped update the use of force policy that went into effect in January 2018.


Above: Chief’s Advisory Board Presentation on Success Through Respect Below: Policy Advisory Committee meeting


Operational Updates Patrol Division Realignment and Police Beat Concept On August 19, 2017, the Fort Worth Police Department added a new patrol division and realigned the existing five patrol division boundaries due to significant growth in north Fort Worth. Each of the six patrol divisions include two districts and multiple beats. The Patrol Bureau returned to a traditional police beat concept, which consists of assigning patrol officers to smaller, more manageable geographic areas called beats. As of December 2017, a total of 90 beats are within Fort Worth and patrolled by officers.

New Patrol Division Boundaries


North Division (Sixth Division) Groundbreaking Ceremony On April 3, 2017, the City of Fort Worth celebrated the groundbreaking of the new Crime Control and Prevention District funded $14 million North Patrol Division facility (also referred to as Sixth Division) located at 8755 N. Riverside Drive. The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by Mayor Betsy Price, City Council Members Cary Moon, Dennis Shingleton, and other Council Members, City Management, Chief Joel F. Fitzgerald, Code Blue members, and community stakeholders. The facility’s grand opening celebration is scheduled for April 3, 2018.

Above: Architect rendering of new North Division facility; Below: North Division Groundbreaking Ceremony


Operational Updates

Texas Police Chief Association Accreditation Process

In December 2016, FWPD was formally accepted into the Texas Police Chief Association Accreditation (TPCA) Foundation Law Enforcement Agency Best Practices Recognition Program. This Law Enforcement Recognition Program is a voluntary process where police agencies in Texas prove their compliance with 168 Texas Law Enforcement Best Practices. These best practices were carefully developed by Texas Law Enforcement professionals to assist agencies in the efficient and effective delivery of service, the reduction of risk, and the protection of individual’s rights.

FWPD Received Recognized Status

In April 2017, FWPD was authorized to start the electronic document filing for each of the 168 standards. The concept behind the filing of documents is to provide written proof that the department has a policy in place, follows procedures for compliance with the policy, provides the required training, and analyzes collected data. With the assistance of personnel throughout the department, FWPD received acceptance on all 168 standards on October 9. The next step will be an on-site inspection of the department by representatives of the Recognition Program Board, scheduled for January 2018. Not all 168 standards require the inspection, many were accepted and closed with the written documentation; however, certain operations such as Communications, Training Academy, Property Room, Auto Pound, Jail, and areas of patrol required on-site inspection to verify personnel are following the submitted policies, procedures, and training.

What does it mean to be “Recognized?”

Being “Recognized” means that the agency has proven that it meets or exceeds all of the identified Best Practices for Texas Law Enforcement. These Best Practices cover aspects of law enforcement operations such as use of force, protection of citizen rights, pursuits, property and evidence management, and patrol and investigative operations.

What are the benefits of “Recognition?”

Police agencies direct and control officer activity through supervision, training and written policies and procedures. The training and the policies and procedures of an agency are critical to ensuring proper performance. Appropriate equipment is also necessary. The Recognition Program ensures an agency has addressed the most critical law enforcement issues in both policy as well as in practice. The Recognition Program does not tell an agency what their policy must be, but rather it ensures that the policy, procedure, or operation addresses the critical aspects of an issue and meets best practice standards.



 To promote and enhance the professional development of all executive and management personnel within duly constituted law enforcement agencies in the State of Texas.

 To encourage close cooperation and partnerships with all law enforcement agencies and the citizens they serve.

 To promote and maintain the highest standards of the police profession through selection and training of law enforcement officers and police personnel.

 To maintain a clear VISION of our PURPOSE, VALUES and IMAGE.


Operational Updates

FY2017 Strategic Plan Implementation Report The Fort Worth Police Department (FWPD) FY17-FY21 Strategic Plan includes departmental and community priorities over the five-year period and incorporates pertinent sections, or pillars, from the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing Report, the Justice Department’s National Initiative for Building

Community Trust and Justice, the 3-E Action Plan, and community input during the planning process. The Strategic Plan includes over 500 goals and action items pertaining to the three Bureaus: Patrol, Support, and Finance/Personnel and the four following Strategic Directions:

1. Professionalism and Organizational Excellence

2. Community Engagement and Partnerships

3. Operational Improvements

4. Technology Development and Infrastructure Expansion The goals and action items are reviewed and progress is reported through an Implementation Report on a quarterly basis. FWPD uses the web-based ClearPoint software to track the progress of each goal and action item using one of the following status indicators:


Strategic Plan FY2017 Overall Action Item Progress

FY2017 Accomplishment Highlights

 Department was accepted into Texas Police Chief’s Association’s Law Enforcement Recognition Program.

 Implemented a new Mental Health Unit staffed with a sergeant and six officers.

 Purchased 575 additional body camera systems and upgraded 350 in-car video systems.

 Completed de-escalation training for all sworn personnel.

 Fort Worth Police Athletic League (FWPAL) continued current youth boxing programs, hosted six youth flag football games in partnership with the Park and Recreation Department and began planning for the youth basketball program.

 K-9 Unit was accredited by the National Detector Dog Association.

 Developed a basic Detective Training Manual for use department-wide.

 All community outreach videos were produced in English and Spanish.

 Acquired 500 additional carbine rifles and trained personnel.

 Purchased a multi-screen use of force simulator to provide training across all shifts.

 Streamlined application process for out-of-town applicants and moved to a digital application, testing, and scoring process.


Operational Updates

New Officers on the Streets of Fort Worth FWPD endeavors to hire the most qualified applicants to become police officers for the City of Fort Worth. 2017 was an exceptional year with four recruit classes graduating, adding a total of 170 officers to the streets of Fort Worth.  Recruit Class 141 graduated from the FWPD Academy on April 14, putting 35 new officers on the streets of Fort Worth.  Recruit Class 142 graduated from the FWPD Academy on July 21, putting 45 new officers on the streets of Fort Worth.  Recruit Class 143 graduated from the FWPD Academy on September 15, putting 45 new officers on the streets of Fort Worth.  Recruit Class 144 graduated from the FWPD Academy on December 8, putting 45 new officers on the streets of Fort Worth. Congratulations to the new members of FWPD!

Recruit Class 142 Graduation Run

FWPD Pipes and Drums

Recruit Diploma Acceptance

Recruit Class 144Graduation


30 Recruit Class 142 Graduation

Operational Updates

Engaging with Social Media Over the last two years, FWPD has published elaborate videos to fuel interest in becoming a police officer in Fort Worth. The first video, Darth Vader Interview, has been viewed by more than 200,000 on YouTube and over one million times on Facebook since its release in December 2015. In December 2016, the department released Stormtrooper Recruit, which received more than 20 million views on Facebook. FWPD focused on a Police Officer’s first day of work in 2017. The video stars Chewbacca and follows him on his first day on the job. Things do not go well for the Wookie, who ends up escalating a routine traffic stop and harming a recruit (all in fun, of course). The post for the video reads, “We know things have been tough for Chewbacca lately. We hoped that we could find a place for him within our Department. Did it go well? You decide.” As of December 2017, the video had received over 2 million views.

FWPD Awarded 3rd Place Golden Post Award The 2017 “Golden Post Awards” is an award program designed to honor outstanding use of social media by local and state government agencies in the United States. Over 124 agencies across the nation submitted videos in six different categories. On April 12, during a ceremony at the 2017 Government Social Media Conference and Expo, FWPD’s Stormtrooper Recruitment video placed third in the Golden Post Awards Best Use of Humor in Social Media category. In this Star Wars spoof, a Stormtrooper tries to infiltrate FWPD’s ranks but struggles with hitting the target. It is not until he is within a few feet that he is able to actually hit the target and almost hits a Fort Worth police officer in the process.

FWPD Receives 3rd Place Golden Post Award


32 Chewbacca joins the Fort Worth Police Department

Youth Initiatives Fort Worth Police Athletic League Expands Program The vision of the Fort Worth Police Athletic League (FWPAL) is to provide guidance and leadership to ensure the safety of our youth, improve their lives, reduce crime and better serve the community by building strong and trusting relationships through athletic programs and community partnerships. FWPAL is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization currently offering boxing programs at two locations, both registered with USA Boxing. In January 2017, the East Division FWPAL gym opened at 3625 E. Loop 820 South. The ribbon cutting was attended by Chief Joel F. Fitzgerald, Councilwoman Gyna Bivens, and members of the community. Approximately 120 youth participated in the boxing program in 2017. FWPAL also expanded its program in 2017 to offer flag football and an outdoor adventure camp. Approximately 150 youth participated in the flag football program and nearly 20 youth participated in the outdoor adventure camp.

Above: FWPAL Gym Ribbon Cutting; Ceremony Below: Youth Boxing



Youth Initiatives

Back to School Events On August 10, the City of Fort Worth hosted a Back to School Roundup at Will Rogers Coliseum and on August 12 the Andrew “Doc” Session Community Center hosted a Back to School Bash. Families were able to pick up backpacks full of school supplies, receive free haircuts, and take care of other back-to-school basics. On August 24, a Back to School Block Party was held at Cavile Place. Mayor Betsy Price and Chief Joel F. Fitzgerald attended the event where children were able to ride bikes on a training course and learn about bike safety.

Back to School event at Will Rogers Coliseum

Back to School event at Jacquet Middle School

COPS for Kids Benefit In March, Panther Island Pavilion hosted the Chisholm Trail Music Festival benefiting Cops for Kids. The two day event kicked off on a Friday night with a benefit concert and continued the following Saturday with more music and a barbecue cook-off. Cops for Kids demonstrates local law enforcement’s continued concern for the children in our community by encouraging them to have stronger family relationships, choosing better friends, and to continue their education.

COPS for Kids Benefit


COMO Community Center– After School Event On March 24, Back the Blue (a sub-committee of the Police Bicycle Support Group) hosted a community event at the Como Community Center. The purpose of the event was to continue to build on the constructive relationships that are being established between the FWPD and the community. Back the Blue believes that a vital aspect of positive community relationships begins with children. Children received t-shirts and goody bags and In-N-Out Burger contributed food.


Community Partnerships FWPD Hurricane Harvey Response Hurricane Harvey was a Category 4 storm that hit Texas on August 25. It affected 13 million people from Texas through Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Kentucky. Twenty-nine Texas law enforcement agencies traveled to Houston to help local authorities with search and rescue as well as security efforts. The Fort Worth Police Department deployed 149 officers to Houston to assist with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. The first 100 officers deployed on August 30. Fort Worth officers answered patrol calls for service and responded to incidents throughout Houston. The deployment included Chief Joel Fitzgerald, three assistant chiefs, two deputy chiefs, other command staff and officers. The photo shown below and video (http://insider.foxnews.com/2017/09/02/fort-worth-police-officers-gather-prayer-joining- houston-relief-teams) by Raymond Cervantes with FWPD received national attention and was commented on by the President of the United States. Click on the video link to hear directly from Chief Joel F. Fitzgerald about FWPD efforts in supporting the Houston Community. Thank you FWPD for working hard to help our Texas neighbors!


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Community Partnerships Volunteers Making a Difference—You Can Too! In 1991, Code Blue was established as a result of a comprehensive crime reduction campaign. The Code Blue program supports numerous crime prevention initiatives and includes programs such as Citizens on Patrol, Community Emergency Response Teams, and Citizens Police Academy. With more than 700 members, the Citizens on Patrol Program is making a positive impact on Fort Worth's quality of life. Members help to deter crime by patrolling in their cars, on bicycles, and on foot patrol. Code Blue at the School volunteers keep Fort Worth’s elementary schools safe by patrolling around the outside of campuses. FWPD’s success greatly depends on its volunteers! Here are just a few ways Fort Worth citizens can get involved:  Citizens on Patrol (COP) —Volunteers provide additional eyes and ears for the FWPD and work closely with Neighborhood Police Officers to prevent or solve crime.  Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) —The purpose of the CERT Training is to provide citizens with basic skills that they will need to respond to their community’s immediate needs in the aftermath of an extreme disaster, when emergency services are not immediately available.  Citizens Police Academy —An eight week informative program sponsored by the Fort Worth Police Department. The main objective and intent of the program is to familiarize and educate our community with the training, commitment, and dedication required of a Fort Worth Police Officer.  M.A.C. —Ministers Against Crime (MAC) is a community-based program that is non-denominational in nature. The original program enlisted ministerial volunteers from inner city neighborhoods with high crime. The ministers attended a special twelve-week police academy designed specifically to suit their needs.  C.A.P.A. —The Clergy and Police Alliance program (C.A.P.A.) is a coalition of pastors who work in partnership with the police department to serve the citizens of Fort Worth. CAPA members attend monthly meetings, ride along with police officers, and help citizens in crisis. This program is a unique ministerial opportunity.

If you are interested in making a difference, visit FWPD’s website www.fortworthpd.com/get-involved!

Code Blue Citizens on Patrol


Code Blue Members

Code Blue Annual Fundraiser


FWPD/ Fort Worth Metro Community Events Community Partnerships

Turkey Giveaway

Fort Worth Metro is a nonprofit organization run by Ruth Calzada, wife of Officer Buddy Calzada. The organization is committed to serving inner city children and families most affected by poverty and crime. FWPD frequently partners with the organization to assist communities. Over 500 turkeys were provided to families in need in November.

Turkeys for Thanksgiving

Christmas Bike Giveaway

Fort Worth Metro had been delivering bikes to approximately 20 children in Stop Six’s Cavile Apartments and at Carter Park Elementary using a lottery system until December 2016, when they increased their goal to 60 bikes. Fort Worth Metro planned on increasing their goal to 100 in 2017. Instead, the Calzada children challenged their parents to provide enough bikes for all 500 children in those locations. The goal was reached and FWPD Neighborhood Police Officers and Command Staff were invited to help hand out the bikes. The event was held December 11-12 and included music and community information booths.

Bikes for Christmas


Above: Turkey Giveaway Event; Below: Bike Giveaway Event


Technological Advancements

Body Worn Cameras and In-Car Video Systems On March 28, the City Council approved an agreement with Taser International, Inc., now Axon, to purchase additional body-worn camera systems which include cameras, associated accessories, mounting and docking station, software interface, and maintenance as well as conducted electrical weapons (tasers) and in-car video systems. Crime Control and Prevention District and grant funding enabled the City to purchase 575 body-worn cameras and implement 350 one-for-one exchange of in-car video systems in FY17. Executing this bundled contract saved the City $3.5 million and works towards the City’s goal to outfit sworn officers with body-worn cameras and patrol vehicles with in-car video systems delivering integrated devices and applications and creating efficiencies for patrol.

Police Body Camera

In-Car Video System

Virtual Reality Simulator for Training The new virtual reality simulator provides realistic training to personnel in a safe environment while exposing them to a multitude of scenarios they may encounter in their day-to-day policing activities. With one instructor and officer, FWPD is able to select from more than 130 scenarios. The scenarios range from traffic stops, working through emotionally charged individuals where de-escalation techniques are essential, and active shooter events. Although these scenarios are computer generated, they are interactive, and the officer is able to interact in each scenario. Once the scenario is completed, the instructor immediately conducts a detailed debriefing with the officer to discuss how the officer handled the situation, which includes the officer’s use of effective verbal commands, de-escalation techniques, and proper force selection such as mace, taser, or deadly force. During the debriefing, the instructor is able to immediately replay the scenario to highlight safety issues the officer may have missed and/or to point out other possible actions the officer may have taken to resolve the situation successfully.


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In Memory...a FWPD Hero 2017 American Humane Hero Dog Award On April 15, 2016, the Fort Worth Police Department was dispatched on a missing endangered male call. Two elderly men visited a large salvage yard when one suddenly realized that his elderly friend with Alzheimer’s was missing. After a brief search, he realized he needed help and called police. Many officers responded due to the age and medical condition of the missing man. After an extensive search, Sergeant Medrano asked Officer Brock if Luca would be of any help. Luca is Officer Brock’s retired Search and Rescue (SAR) German Shepherd who was 10 years old at the time of this call. Luca excelled in area, water, avalanche and forest/desert searches. Officer Brock picked Luca up from his home, and Luca fell back into his training and used his SAR skills to search for the missing man. Luca alerted to an opening of brush at the Trinity River which led to a very steep hill followed by a steep drop off. Due to terrain, a PD helicopter responded and immediately observed the lost man in the river, stuck in waist high mud on the opposite bank of the river where Luca alerted. Officers shed their gear, swam across the river, rescued the man and brought him to safety. Had Luca not tracked the man’s trail and located him, the man would have drowned in the river which still had very cold, high, fast paced water or would have succumbed to the temperature. Luca’s love and dedication to SAR shows the resilience of older dogs and how training doesn’t go away just because they retire. Due to his valiant effort, Luca won the 2017 American Humane Hero Dog Award—Search and Rescue Category. Officer Brock and Luca traveled to Hollywood to receive the award in September. Sadly, Luca passed away about a month later. Officer Brock shared this message: I once heard that the best thing about having a dog is the unconditional love they exhibit alongside the everlasting dog smile and the 'puppy dog eyes,' which radiate their personality; however, I also heard the worst thing about having a dog is the final goodbye. There is no easy way to say goodbye, and realizing that the time is imminent is even worse. Luca was sadly diagnosed with Degenerative Myelopathy a few years back, but despite the diagnosis being known to have a grim ending, he never let it stop him from living a happy, full life of helping others. Luca’s life was less than ordinary, and he did incredible things thanks to incredible people being a part of his life and believing in him.

To all of you, my most heartfelt and sincerest thanks. I can’t find the words to express my gratitude enough, and I am forever humbled by all the love and support you all gave for Luca...

Despite this being the end, please know Luca wasn’t in any pain and he didn’t suffer. It was very sudden and up 'til his last breath, his personality that defined him still shined strong through his definitive 'puppy dog' eyes and that class smile of his. - Officer Cole Brock


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