Category Archives: Police

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.  

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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…

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.