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Public safety issues in and around Lower Greenville

Homeless person sought in Greenville Avenue rape

See related story - Delayed rape incident notification raises questions about LGNA's nonchalant attitude, DPD procedures

It's not unusual for the so-called Lower Greenville NA Crimewatch to hold back crime information from those not part of their little clique.

But it gets really bad when the DPD Central Division's ICP (Interactive Community Policing) officer holds back really important information from all the crimewatch groups and residents.

By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Lower Greenville
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Daily Crime Report - What happened in YOUR neighborhood?

Since 2008, Daily Crime Report has been a subscription-based service, sending emails with updates from the DPD Offenses Database every morning to nearly 4,000 subscribers.

As of June 1, it's a free site - anyone can go online, find their DPD beat and keep up with their own crime reports.

To see what active incidents DPD is working in real time, visit DallasPoliceWatch.com

By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Safe streets
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DPD Officer caught being a big butthead on dashcam tape

When a DPD officer was being treated for a heart attack on the Santa Fe Trail last March, one officer did his darndest to make sure I did not get any photos (sorry, I did get some).

We don't know his real name (and he was not wearing the required nameplate), but we do know he plays rugby in Dallas leagues. So we named him Officer Rugby.

Officer Rugby.

We don't know his real name, but we do know he plays League Rugby in Dallas.

Notice he does not have a nameplate on his uniform.
By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Legal issues
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Dallas PD's New Right-to-Photograph Rules Are Seriously Watered Down

By Eric Nicholson / Dallas Observer

When Mickey Osterreicher, general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association, last visited Dallas in October, local law enforcement seemed damn near progressive in its approach to dealing with citizen photographers. Dallas police and the Dallas County Sheriff's Office didn't just encourage officers to attend the seminar he'd helped organize, The Right to Photograph and Record in Public, they hosted the event.

When a DPD officer suffered a heart attack while on bicycle patrol on the Santa Fe Trail, these officers and others did everything they could to stop the photographer from taking pictures. Too bad, they failed. Their actions are the subject of a DPD Internal Affairs review. (Photo by Avi S. Adelman)

Everyone, from high-ranking DPD officials to frequently standoffish police union officials like Dallas Police Association President Ron Pinkston, appeared to accept the notion that citizens are — and should be — legally allowed to shoot videos and photographs of cops performing their public duties. Matter of fact, Osterreicher was told, DPD was preparing to enshrine citizens' right to photograph in its policy manual.

Click here for the complete story at the Dallas Observer

By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Legal issues
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BD photo exclusive: DPD officer suffers heart attack on Santa Fe Trail

A Dallas Police bicycle patrol officer was in critical condition after collapsing on the Santa Fe Trail @ Henderson Avenue, possibly caused by a heart attack.

On Sunday, the Dallas Police Association tweeted the officer was responding to medical staff commands and squeezing hands.

BD lives close to where the incident took place; on his way over, he heard a DPD officer say (on a scanner channel) - We need an ambulance RIGHT NOW!

By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Safe streets
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