FWPD announces officer promotions

The Fort Worth Police Department announced several promotions and reassignments recently:

  • Robert Alldredge was promoted to assistant chief and assigned to the Patrol Bureau.
  • Joseph Sparrow was promoted to deputy chief and is assigned to North Command (North/Northwest/West and Traffic Divisions). Deputy Chief Neil Noakes will move to South Command (South/East and Central Divisions). Deputy Chief Michael Shedd will move to Operational Command (Communications/Training/Professional Standards).
  • Capt. Chad Mahaffey was promoted to commander and is assigned to Central Division.
  • Cpl./Detective Ebony Bryan was promoted to sergeant.
  • Sgt. Luis Medrano was promoted to lieutenant.
  • Lt. Cedric Gutter was promoted to captain.
  • Officer Corey Swanson was promoted to corporal.

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FWPD accepting applications for part-time cadet

Ever dreamed of joining Fort Worth’s Finest? The Fort Worth Police Department is recruiting cadets who are at least a high school senior and are interested in learning more about a career in law enforcement.

These are paid, part-time, non-civil service positions designed to provide people interested in a future career as a law enforcement officer the opportunity to work in the profession. Cadets perform a variety of public safety-related duties in support of the Police Department. Flexible working hours are available; salary is $13 per hour.

Apply online.

Applicants must take a physical assessment, pass a background check and must be available to work 20 hours per week.

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FWPD, MedStar partnership enhances safety for West Seventh entertainment district

The West Seventh district has become an incredibly popular venue for folks to enjoy a night out with friends. On weekend nights, thousands of visitors and residents enjoy the entertainment venues in the blocks bordered by West Seventh Street, Bledsoe Street, University Drive and Foch Street.

The sheer number of visitors creates a significant challenge getting emergency medical resources into the area for medical calls.

That is, until a partnership was formed between the bicycle teams from the Fort Worth Police Department and MedStar.

The partnership was the brainchild of Lt. Fred Long and Commander Cynthia O’Neil, Fort Worth PD’s West Division commander.

“Our bicycle officers were dealing with the logistics of trying to get MedStar and the Fire Department into this area for medical calls, either when people called 911, or when officers wanted someone to be evaluated for a medical or trauma incident,” O’Neil said. “MedStar has a well-established bicycle medic team, so we felt it would be valuable to invite the MedStar bike medics to pair side-by-side with our bike officers.”

Since the program rolled out last September, bicycle medics have treated 55 patients, reduced ambulance responses into the district by 27.5% and reduced FWFD medical responses by 64%. So far, 41 patients have been treated by bike medics without the need to have other response into the district.

“This is an exceptionally valuable partnership for both MedStar and the visitors to West Seventh,” said Doug Hooten, MedStar’s CEO. “For major medical calls, the bike medics can be on scene in minutes to begin lifesaving care. For minor medical issues, they can treat the patient and help them get follow-up care without the need to respond an ambulance into that highly congested area.”

The partnership operates Friday and Saturday nights from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. year-round.

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FWPD completes training that emphasizes de-escalation tactics

Every officer in the Fort Worth Police Department has completed training that encourages them to use a new way of thinking when it comes to crisis intervention, communication and tactics.

The training is called PERF ICAT— Police Executive Research Forum Integrating Communications, Assessment and Tactics De-escalation Training. The nationally-recognized training educates officers on the skills, knowledge and confidence needed to manage non-firearm threats, influence behavioral changes and gain voluntary compliance whenever possible. The training is a key to the department’s mission to safeguard the lives of residents and enhance public safety through building trust with the community.

The PD has recently made changes to how officers approach use-of-force situations and amended policies to incorporate de-escalation tactics. Biannual in-service training and training for new recruits have been modified to provide more tools to resolve police encounters that emphasize the safety of residents and officers.

The PD has invited city officials and members of the Chief’s Advisory Board, Policy Advisory Committee, and the Race and Culture Task Force to an ICAT training session so they can realize what is expected of officers and have a better understanding of the situations officers face each day.

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