Category Archives: Public Safety

Articles WestNile 08-22-14

Arlington to Conduct Targeted Ground Spraying for West Nile Virus

The City of Arlington has detected its first West Nile Virus (WNV) mosquito sample in a trap located in south Arlington near Youpon Drive and Bristolcone Drive. The City will begin targeted ground spraying following recommendations from the City Of Arlington Health Authority, Tarrant County Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Click here for a map of the ground spraying location. Contractors will conduct targeted ground spraying on Monday and Tuesday night, from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., weather permitting. The City will use an ultra-low volume application of Permanone RTU, an oil-based Permethrin, in specific Read more…

Articles Business 08-21-14

Red Cross Opens Country’s Largest Supply Center in Arlington

The next time a tornado or hurricane tears through Texas and beyond, the American Red Cross’ newest and largest Field Disaster Supply Center is prepared to send much-needed supplies and assistance. A 174,000-square-foot national center — housing thousands of boxes filled with blankets, cleaning supplies, tarps, personal hygiene products and more — has opened its doors off New York Avenue, south of Interstate 20. Surrounded by boxes of supplies, city leaders, America Red Cross officials and volunteers participated Wednesday morning in a ceremonial ribbon cutting. “This facility gives us enormous readiness and preparedness to respond to disasters both big and Read more…

Articles Police 08-19-14

Helping Students Prepare for the New School Year!

Throughout the community, Arlington police officers and citizen volunteers are helping students get ready for a new year. At a Back-to-School, Stay-in-School Rally at Sam Houston High School on Aug. 16, Crime Prevention Officers spoke with students and parents about safety.  Students played safety games with officers and won prizes. The event also included members of Amigos en Azul and the Arlington Hispanic Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association who served as volunteers.  Amigos en Azul , comprised of Arlington officers and their families, donated back packs. More than 3,000 families attended the event. This Back-to-School event also offered workshops for Read more…

Articles Parks 08-13-14

Vandergriff Skatepark Vandalism: $1,000 Reward Offered

The Arlington Police Department is investigating a criminal mischief offense that occurred at Vandergriff Skate Park located at 2800 S. Center Street in Arlington. The park was vandalized with graffiti between Sunday, July 27 at 10:00 a.m. and Monday, July 28 at 7:30 a.m. If you have any information about the vandalism, or can identify the person(s) responsible, you may be eligible for a Crime Stoppers reward of up to $1,000. A reward may be awarded if the information leads to the arrest of the person(s) committing this crime. Anonymous Tips: APD Sergeant Thedrick Andres at 817-459-5820 or Thedrick.Andres@arlingtontx.gov -or- APD Detective Melissa Heisel at 817-459-5860 Read more…

Articles Police 08-12-14

Neighborhoods are Getting Ready for National Night Out 2014

Are you ready for law-abiding fun and chaos? The Arlington Police Department is assembling thousands of residents and their communities to host neighborhood gatherings. National Night Out 2014 is Tuesday, Oct 7. The introduction of National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime,” began in 1984 to encourage participation in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood fellowship, and to send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are prepared and fighting back. This program peaks annually on the first Tuesday of October in Texas. In the rest of the country, NNO is observed on the first Tuesday in August. National Night Read more…

Articles Police 08-11-14

Officers Shower Holocaust Survivor with Birthday Wishes

Members of the Arlington Police Department joined the community on Friday to celebrate a very special birthday. Rosa Blum, a Holocaust survivor, turned 86 years old today. Surrounded by birthday flowers and balloons, Ms. Blum spent the afternoon talking about her personal account of life in a World War II concentration camp. She was only 15 years old when she and her Jewish-Romanian relatives were captured and forced to live in an Auschwitz concentration camp. She smiled as she remembered her family members and all the good things that have happened to her. She thanked all who gathered to celebrate Read more…

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…