Use of Force Reports from 2018 Comparable to 2017

With the calendar year more than halfway through, the Southlake Police Department continues to monitor all proofs required by CALEA (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies) to maintain our Gold Standard Accreditation.  Earlier this year, on March 24th, 2018 Southlake received our 6th reaccreditation, extending our streak to 21 years in a row.

One topic continually brought up in the profession is the Use of Force.  Use of Force in the police world is defined as the “amount of effort required by police to compel compliance by an unwilling subject.”  These efforts can be documented as soft hand control, use of a Taser or OC Spray, or use of a firearm.

Each police department has their designated “Use of Force continuum,” which shows policy and procedure for what type of force an officer is allowed to use based on the combatant’s actions.

In 2017, there were a total of 33 Use of Force incidents from January 1st to December 31st.  These incidents ranged from a use of OC spray, to a K-9 bite, to going “hands on” with a resisting subject.  In October of 2017, CALEA changed one of their standards to now document “unholstering a firearm” as a documentation of force.

In 2018 so far, there have been 15 Use of Force incidents from January 1st to June 11th, putting us on pace to match last year’s totals.  Of these uses of force, 11 came from displaying a firearm or Taser, whereas the other 4 were officers having to go “hands on” with a resisting suspect.  All 15 incidents resulted in an arrest.

Southlake Police continue to work on their de-escalation techniques and appropriate use of force to maintain the highest of standards and work in the safest way possible for officers and the public.

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Southlake Consumer Sales Strong in 2017

Southlake consumer sales spending ends 2017 with positive gains.

Spending at Southlake retailers and restaurants rose in 2017, with a 13.5% increase in spending versus 2016.  Consumers spent almost $650 million in Southlake with about 60% of those sales coming from visitors.

“Southlake is a strong regional draw and what we tend to see is that for centers like Southlake Town Square, about 75% of sales can be attributed to either day or overnight visitors,” says Alison Ortowski, Assistant City Manager / Director of Economic Development and Tourism.

As a regional center, the bulk of visitors to Southlake come either daily for work purposes or they visit from nearby cities to enjoy the variety of shopping and dining options around town.  “Visitors spend the most money at our restaurants followed by a close second to retail spending.  What may surprise some, though, is that a lot of visitors also come here for healthcare, and we’ve seen that increase in the past year as well,” says Ortowski. (Read more about Southlake’s thriving healthcare industry here)

While Southlake tends to see the bulk of its visitors coming from the DFW Metroplex and from around Texas, what people may not realize is that Southlake also has a healthy dose of visitors from other states and even other countries.  An estimated almost 12,000 international visitors to Southlake spent just under $3.6 million in purchases at local stores and restaurants, a 25% increase in spending when compared to prior year.

When asked about the driver behind this increase, Southlake Senior Marketing Manager Jill Lind says, “Our international visitor market benefits from our close proximity to DFW International Airport and the allure of our strong mix of shopping and dining options.  We are an ideal place to spend some time during a long layover.  Our business traveler market is also very strong in this segment.  We often see business travelers choose Southlake for area business trips because of our quality accommodations, offerings, and location.”  International visitors come most often from as close as Canada and as far as China and Australia and unlike domestic visitors, they tend to spend most of their money on electronics and lodging.

“Consumer spending is an important piece of our economic puzzle.  The health of Southlake’s economy is linked to the strength of the businesses, retailers, and restaurants that make up our business community and sales data is one indicator that we routinely monitor.  We are gratified to see that sales are strong and will continue to monitor this data point to ensure we understand sales trends and how they may impact Southlake so that we can make proactive decisions based on what we see,” notes Ortowski.

Southlake receives consumer sales data on a quarterly basis.  Keep an eye out for a report on 2018 Q1 this spring.

The City of Southlake’s Tourism Office estimates are based on and extrapolated from aggregate depersonalized card usage data provided by VisaVue® Travel for the period of January 1, 2017, through December 31, 2017, and incorporates data from other independent research sources.

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Fort Worth Bike Sharing racks up strong numbers in 2017

Fort Worth Bike Sharing continues to roll up impressive numbers as it moves into its fifth year.

Some 2017 statistics for the program:

  • 59,280 trips, up from 55,841 in 2016.
  • 266,648 miles, down from 286,149 in 2016.
  • 252,153 carbon offsets. (A carbon offset is a reduction in emissions of carbon dioxide or greenhouse gases made to compensate for or to offset an emission made elsewhere.)
  • 10.6 million calories burned.

Currently there are 46 stations in the system, and 350 bicycles.

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Highlights from Holiday Break Camp Mania 2017

The City of Southlake extends special thanks to CareNow for giving Camp Mania the opportunity to provide kids with some of their favorite camp experiences this holiday season.

Camp Mania is City of Southlake’s uniquely kid-focused camp where kids ages 5-11 can have fun, make friends and explore the world around them in a safe and structured environment. With the help of generous sponsors including CareNow, 2017’s Holiday Break Camp Mania campers enjoyed games and activities, went on exciting field trips and made memories that will last a lifetime.

Holiday Break Camp Mania Highlights

  • Camp Mania took field trips to Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Tornado Terry’s Arcade and the Perot Museum.Southlake DPS shows kids the radios in their vehicles
  • The Southlake Police and Fire departments visited camp and showed the kids presentations of what it takes to be a policeman or fireman. DPS showed off their vehicles and special gear while talking about safety.
  • A balloon twister came to camp to create wonderful, colorful balloon art for the kids.
  • Holiday-themed activities and crafts were planned for the kids, including Turkey Tag, gingerbread and snowflake crafts, cookie decorating, Minute-To-Win-It games and a New Year’s celebration!

Registration is now open for spring Camp Mania dates, including President’s Day, Spring Break and Memorial Day. Register today to help your kids make the most of their time off school!

Day Break Camp Mania – President’s DayCampers smile for the camera during Holiday Break Camp Mania
Date: February 19, 2018
Time: 9AM-4PM
Location: Southlake Activity Center
Cost: $35
Field Trip: TBD

Spring Break Camp Mania
Dates: March 12 – March 16, 2018
Time: 7:30AM-6:30PM
Location: Durham Intermediate School
Cost: $150
Field Trips: TBD

Day Break Camp Mania – Memorial Day
Date: May 25, 2018
Time: 9AM-4PM
Location: Southlake Activity Center
Cost: $35
Field Trip: TBD

For more information about Camp Mania, visit www.ExperienceSouthlakeTexas.com or call 817-748-8019.

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Featured Local Business Report for December 2017

When Tiffany Taylor and Leon Chen were college sophomores at the University of Texas, she stood him up for a date and delivered hot-from-the-oven cookies to apologize.

Leon convinced Tiff to turn her cookies into a business, and Tiff’s Treats was born.

The company started as small as you can get, with the two of them taking orders on a cell phone and baking cookies in the oven at Leon’s apartment.  In 2000, Tiff’s Treats expanded into a real kitchen on the Drag across from UT, sharing a space with Spudnik, a potato restaurant. In 2003, they moved into their own stand-alone location—a converted 1940’s bungalow at MLK & Nueces that still serves as their Central Austin location servicing UT and downtown.

They’ve always tried to keep their menu small, to keep their dough fresh and ensure they never run out of your favorite flavors. Of course, they’ve got ice cream and brownies, as well as a few other delicious delights. Please stop by and try one of their delicious treats (MENU)!

To see the City Council presentation click here.

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New Biz List: December 2017

Would you like to know about the new businesses in town? If so, you are going to want to subscribe to the Economic Development New Biz List. The list not only gives you an update about recently opened businesses, but will tell you what’s coming next in the next few months.

Now Open

    • Curduro Health: Curduro Health recently opened at 280 Commerce Street, Suite 180. Corduro Heath offers a variety of cloud-based and software services on a platform developed for healthcare providers, consumers, researchers, labs and medical systems. 817-753-3050 CorduroHealth.com
    • Eat, Fit, Go: Eat, Fit, Go recently opened in Wyndham Plaza at 2600 E. Southlake Boulevard, Suite 160. The health oriented business offers fresh, high protein meals prepared with all-natural ingredients. 817-912-1326 EatFitGo.com
    • Pandora: Pandora recently opened in Southlake Town Square at 323 Grande Avenue East. The retailer is known for its ability to customize charm bracelets, designer rings, and necklaces. 817-329-5540 Pandora.net

Read Full List Here

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School Board Approves 2017 Carroll Bond Baseball and Softball Improvement Project

During a Special Meeting called on November 27, the Board of Trustees approved the contract recommendation for artificial turf installation and other related improvements at CSHS Softball/Baseball complex.

This facility improvement is a part of 2017 Bond Phase I of this complex. The cost of this project will not exceed $1,944,015 and will be paid through Bond funds approved in the 2017 Carroll Bond.

The project includes the installation of artificial turf at the softball and baseball fields. These improvements will lower the maintenance and operational costs for both of the athletic facilities. Also, this project will be able to alleviate some of the scheduling issues that have occurred in the past due to rainouts and other factors. Phase II of this improvement project will begin in the summer of 2018.

This 2017 Carroll Bond project continues to help the district achieve their goal of lowering the overall Carroll ISD operational cost.

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