Category Archives: Public Safety

Articles Police 07-21-14

Six Officers Saluted During Promotional Ceremony

In a promotional ceremony in the Council Chamber on Friday afternoon, the Arlington community celebrated more outstanding achievements in service and public safety. Jim Lowery, who has been acting as Assistant Chief, and LaTesha Watson, who has been assigned to North District Patrol, were both promoted to Deputy Chief.  Lowery will assume command of the South Police District and Watson will assume command of the East Police District on Monday, July 21. During Friday’s ceremony, Donald Fulbright and Kimberly Harris were each promoted to Lieutenant and Dylan Eckstrom and Megan Eilrich were promoted to Sergeant. Police Chief Will Johnson shared Read more…

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June Arlington Police Community Newsletter Available

The June issue of the On Call newsletter takes a closer look at APD programs that keep our youth safe and informed during the summer months. Also in this issue, meet Homicide Detective Caleb Blank. Crime prevention highlights from police districts, promotions, community accolades, calendar items and more. Read it. Share it. Print it. On Call is published monthly by the APD Community Support Bureau/Office of Communication. A new On Call newsletter is now available.  

Articles Community 07-10-14

Six-Year-Old Honored for Being a Hero

Claire Sullivan was beaming as the Arlington Fire Department recognized her bravery. The six-year-old recently called 911 to save her grandmother’s life. “My Mimi! It’s like she’s dead,” the six-year-old said in the heartfelt 911 call. “What’s your address, honey?” the dispatcher Lari Tillar asked in the 911 call. Claire did not know her grandmothers’ full address, so the dispatcher guided the young girl to search for clues in her surroundings. “We got people coming to you hun, I want you to stay on the phone with me until somebody gets there with you,” Tillar said in the 911 call. Read more…

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Photos of APD Officer and Dog Go Viral

Arlington Police Sergeant Gary Carter never expected to be cast into the international spotlight as he responded to a residential alarm on Thursday morning. As he arrived on scene and unrelated to the original alarm call, Sgt. Carter was advised by several citizens that a “pit bull” was following and chasing them around in an “aggressive” manner. One lady yelled, “This dog is so vicious, please get him,” according to officers on scene. Patrol Officer Heather Gibson also arrived on scene to assist. Sgt. Carter and Officer Gibson took the time to observe the animal’s behavior and determine that the Read more…

Articles Police 06-30-14

APD wins “Best of Texas” Award for Third Straight Year

The Arlington Police Department was recognized for our tourism based policing philosophy that is employed throughout the city and at our entertainment venues. Officers can regularly be seen interacting with visitors and fans in an informal, friendly manner. It’s no surprise that the agency was named the 6th Most Friendly Police Department in the nation in 2013. Police Chief Will D. Johnson does not believe that this happened by chance. “We have made significant investments in our ambassador training program that all officers undergo before working any of our special events or venues,” said Chief Johnson. The training program teaches Read more…

Gala Honoring Fallen Arlington Officer to Raise Money for Scholarships

The fourth annual charity gala to raise scholarship funds in memory of fallen Arlington police officer Jillian M. Smith will take place June 27 at Cacharel Restaurant and Grand Ballroom. Officer Smith was killed in the line of duty by gunfire during a domestic disturbance call in December 2010. “We host this gala in honor of fallen Officer Jillian M. Smith, because she possessed the same values we hold which, include a passion for education, belief in strong family foundations and uplifting the community,” said President of the African American Peace Officers Association of Arlington Sgt. Jakisha Jones. The casino-style Read more…

Learning Hands-Only CPR Can Save a Life

  The CPaRlington program offered by Arlington’s Fire Department continues to grow, with more than 1,000 residents recently undergoing training in Hands-Only CPR. This is an easier and faster way of learning CPR. Hands-Only CPR is just what it sounds like. The CPaRlington program teaches residents how to properly use your hands to perform chest compressions without using mouth-to-mouth. According to EMS Clinical Coordinator Gene Bates says, learning this technique does not require much of your time. “I can actually show you in 20 seconds and you can learn it within a minute,” he said. Bates went on to say Read more…

Citizens’ Bond Committee Recommendations Being Reviewed by City Council

After a series of meetings, numerous tours, exhaustive document reviews, public input and public forums, the Citizens’ Bond Committee (CBC) has ranked $192 million worth of projects as the highest priorities for a potential November 2014 bond election. The 19-member Citizens’ Bond Committee was charged to assess the  short-term capital needs of the City of Arlington, and to provide a recommendation listing of projects and anticipated capital investment necessary to the City Council. Including renovations to city streets ($118 million), parks and recreation centers ($65 million), fire improvements ($8 million) and library ($395,000), the grand total of the committee’s recommendations is Read more…

May Arlington Police Community Newsletter Available

The May issue of On Call is available! Inside the May issue, the Arlington Police Department highlights its participation in Next Door, sharing time-sensitive safety information in an online forum especially for neighborhoods. Also in this issue, highlights from Police Memorial Week, the Citizens Police Academy graduation, crime prevention success stories in Police Districts, calendar items and more. On Call is published monthly by the APD Community Support Bureau to highlight community partnerships in public safety. Read the On Call newsletter. Read it. Share it. Connect.

Police Corporal Bids Farewell to 35 Years of Service

Corporal Duane Utt entered the Main Station Wednesday as he did in 1979, wearing the brown vintage police uniform, hat and gun belt from an era long gone by. His last day on patrol was this week. After 35 years with the Arlington Police Department, Corporal Utt has officially retired. The uniform he wore today was issued by then Police Chief Herman Perry, who at one time worked for the Department of Public Safety. Like the times, this uniform changed. Corporal Utt’s first day on the job with APD was April 23, 1979 as a front desk officer at a Read more…