Police, Fire warn against New Year's celebrations involving guns, fireworks

New Year’s Eve is a great time to celebrate at public and private events, concerts, family get-togethers — or just staying home. But the Fort Worth Police and Fire departments urge that your celebration not include fireworks or firearms. Using fireworks and discharging a weapon into the air are both illegal in Fort Worth.

All fireworks are a serious hazard during the holidays. Sparklers, firecrackers, fountain displays and bottle rockets can quickly start fires on lawns and roofs, causing property damage and potential bodily injury or loss of life. Illegal use of fireworks can result in fines up to $2,000.

Firing a weapon inside the city limits is a Class-A misdemeanor that carries a fine of up to $4,000 and a year in jail. It is also a threat to humans, pets and property. Bullets fired into the air will, of course, come down somewhere, with enough force to do damage.

Before you step outside at midnight to light a fuse or point a gun into the air, think about what might happen:

  • Someone may be injured or property could be damaged.
  • Neighbors won’t be happy if a bottle rocket sets their roof on fire.
  • Depending on alcohol consumption, you might accidently injure yourself.
  • You might have to check the “yes” box beside “Have You Ever Been Convicted of a Felony or Misdemeanor?” at your next job interview.
  • That $4,000 fine could have bought a lot of stuff you really need.
  • You might get to make new friends during your 365 days behind bars.

Have a legal, safe and happy celebration.

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Southlake Police Warn of Phone Scam

The Southlake Police Department has received several reports today regarding the latest phone scam.

The scam works like this: an individual calls and identifies him or herself as a police officer or constable and tells you that you have outstanding warrants. The caller then instructs you to meet him or her at various locations in town with cash to make payment on the warrant(s).

This is a scam! The Southlake Police Department encourages anyone who receives this type of call to hang up the phone immediately and contact police. Legitimate law enforcement agencies will never contact you via the phone and instruct you to meet them somewhere to make payment on warrants. Thanks and stay safe this holiday season!

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Southlake Police K9 Officer and Partner Duco Receive Top Honors

Congratulations to Southlake Police K9 Officer Nate Anderson and his partner Duco for receiving the Top Patrol Dog award at the annual K9 conference held in Dallas.

Officer Anderson and Duco recently attended a conference hosted by the North American Police Working Dog Association (NAPWDA) to obtain their annual re-certification. There were approximately 26 teams in attendance. Following the conference and certification process, awards were given out for three categories: Top Dog, for overall performance, Top Narcotics Dog and Top Patrol Dog. Duco and Officer Anderson were awarded Top Patrol Dog. The Top Patrol Dog award is based on performance for obedience, apprehension, tracking, and building and area search.

“It’s a great feeling to know that individuals with years of training and experience recognize your passion and hard work. It’s definitely a compliment to Duco and me as well as our training group,” said Officer Anderson.  Officer Anderson and Duco are credited with assisting the Southlake Police Department, and other police agencies, with numerous drug and suspect searches, as well as other crime-fighting cases. They have been partners since February 2015.

Officer Anderson and Duco are dual certified. In addition to their patrol certification, they carry a narcotics certification through the National Narcotic Detector Dog Association (NNDDA) program.

It is an honor to have this incredible team working for the Southlake Police Department and helping to keep our citizens safe. Congratulations again Officer Anderson and K9 partner Duco.

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Police chief suggests adding six commander positions

Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald recommends adding six commander positions to the ranks, allowing the department to select officers who possess the leadership skills, intellect, experience and dedication to build and maintain relationships in the community.

Fitzgerald presented his reorganization recommendations to the City Council during a work session on Tuesday.

Under Fitzgerald’s plan, a commander would be assigned to each of the six police patrol divisions as the highest-ranking uniformed officer.

The Meet and Confer agreement signed by the Fort Worth Police Officers’ Association in June included the rank of commander. The agreement provides the chief the authority to add six appointed, exempt employees between the rank of captain and deputy chief.

The total annual cost to fund six commanders is $1.2 million. The Police Department has identified funding sources for the positions for the FY18 budget year.

Fitzgerald said that officers who hope to reach the commander rank must have a proven record of leadership and service to the department; respect for subordinates, superiors and peers; insightful judgment, strong communication skills, knowledge beyond book learning, continuous self-improvement, approachable demeanor, service before self, a strong commitment to improve the department; and the ability to work with a group to accomplish a goal.

The new positions will create promotional opportunities and will allow for better span of control, management oversight and accountability. These new positions will also allow leadership to have a concentrated focus on first line supervision and will provide better communication throughout the chain of command.

“Commanders allow me to base promotion decisions on performance in commands and my observations of their interactions with City Council and residents,” Chief Fitzgerald said. “I will expect higher performance from those appointed to these positions and of their patrol commands and these appointed positions ensure they continue to demonstrate leadership consistent with our unified mission.”

Police Department representatives have met with Police Officers Association (POA) representatives, and while the POA acknowledges the commander rank was a negotiated component of the meet and confer contract, and the chief has a right to create that rank, the association remains neutral to the idea. The POA neither actively supports nor opposes the creation of the commander rank.

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Southlake Firefighters & Police Officers Participate in the 7th Annual Dallas 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

On Saturday, September 9, 2017 eleven firefighters from Southlake’s Fire Department and seven police officers from the Southlake Police Department will participate in the annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb in Dallas.

On Saturday, September 10, 2016 seven firefighters from Southlake’s Fire Department and nine police officers from the Southlake Police Department will participate in the annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb in Dallas.

Southlake firefighters and police officers are climbing to honor the 343 fallen firefighters, 70 police officers, and nine EMS personnel who were killed on September 11, 2001 when the World Trade Center Towers fell. Each climber will be wearing full firefighter, police gear and equipment, just like the New York first responders did on that day.

Climbing for the Southlake Fire Department is:  Barry Kevin, Brazelton Cody, Crowder Joe, Elliott James, Harbold Kraymer, Horne Chris, Jackson Johnathan, Jackson Johnathan, Pierson Cody, Sessums Ryan, Teague Cory, and VanNatta KJ. Representing the Southlake Police Department are: Randy Thomas, Jason Henninger, Blas Hernandez, Jose Luna, Jonathan Macheca, Tyler Sewell, and Ashleigh Douglas.

Each member of the Southlake DPS team, along with the other climbers, will wear the name and picture of a fallen firefighter, police officer or EMS worker.

The 9/11 Dallas Stair Climb is held at the Renaissance Tower in Dallas.  Saturday, hundreds of firefighters and police officers will join together to climb 110 floors, the same number of floors the first responders were faced with at the Twin Towers more than fifteen years ago.

Opening ceremonies begin at 8:00 a.m., followed by a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., the time the first plane (Flight 11) flew into the North Tower.  Firefighters and police officers will start their climb at 8:50 a.m., the same time first responders began arriving at the Twin Towers.

If you would like to show your support, you can come to the Renaissance Tower in Dallas to cheer on the climbers and/or if you would like to donate you can do so by going to the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb.

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Support Police and Fire Memorial at 5K, mile run

Run or walk to show your support for local first responders at the Police and Firefighters Memorial Run at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 2 at Trinity Park, 2201 W. Seventh St.

Funds help maintain the memorial, the upkeep of which can average more than $10,000 per year.

The 5K run is chip-timed, and awards will be presented for overall men’s and women’s winners in each age bracket. There is also a one-mile fun run/walk.

Register by Friday, Aug. 25 in order to ensure you receive a race T-shirt.

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Duncanville Police Department Offering Civil Service Exam

The Duncanville Police Department is offering a Police Civil Service exam on Saturday, August 12, 2017. Individuals interested in a rewarding career in Law Enforcement are urged to fill out an interest card to be eligible for the civil service exam. The Duncanville Police Department has great opportunities in a variety of aspects of police work. If you are interested in a law enforcement career, submit an interest card by 3 pm on August 4, to be eligible for the exam on August 12. To fill out an interest card or for more information, visit www.duncanville.com. Cops

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