Driver Indicted in Connection with Duncanville Fatality Accident

The Duncanville Police Department responded to a major accident call on January 26, 2019 at approximately 8:37 pm.  Officers arrived and observed a large debris field from the damaged vehicles.  The investigation revealed the driver of a 2014 Dodge Avenger 4 door vehicle was traveling west bound on W. Danieldale Road, turning south bound on Green Tree Lane.  The driver of a 2018 Chevy Camaro 2 door was traveling east bound on W. Danieldale Road when it struck the Dodge Avenger.  The driver of the Dodge Avenger was transported to Parkland Hospital by a Care Flight Medical helicopter. The two occupants of the Camaro were transported to Methodist Central Hospital by Duncanville Medical Intensive Care Unit.

Officers were notified that the driver of the Dodge Avenger, Tiffany Hamlet, 43 years of age, was pronounced deceased after arriving at the hospital. Accident Investigator Ben Luna determined the Camaro traveling east on W. Danieldale Road was traveling 107 miles per hour just prior to impact.  Investigator Luna’s investigation led him to refer a manslaughter case to a Dallas County Grand Jury.

Subsequently, an indictment was returned against driver Alejandro Hernandez, H/M 21 years of age, for the offense of Manslaughter.  On March 27, 2019, Hernandez turned himself into the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office and was booked in to the Dallas County Jail on a charge of Manslaughter, a 2nd Degree Felony.  His bond was set at $ 10,000.00 upon arraignment.

The incident from which this indictment and arrest stem is truly tragic; one life was lost, and another will have been severely altered due to a bad decision by an individual to operate a motor vehicle at more than two and half times the posted speed limit on a city thoroughfare.

The Duncanville Police Department reminds every driver to operate their vehicles with the utmost caution and to obey all traffic laws.

 

 

Free Tulip Bulbs While Supplies Last, Available April 8

The week of March 25th has proven to be the best week for our tulips this year. Next week they will begin to decline and by week’s end all the white petals will likely be spent. So, get out and enjoy them while you can! Some citizens have expressed interest in obtaining the bulbs after the blooming season ends. Tulips are an annual flower in Texas as it does not stay cold enough for the bulbs to bloom again each year. However, the bulbs can be harvested and kept in a refrigerated climate until planting next winter. The city does not have the resources to refrigerate the bulbs but feels it is in the best interest of the city to allow individual citizens to do so if they desire as it only beautifies the entire city next season.

Free Tulip Bulbs

The Parks Department will be pulling the tulips and saving some of the bulbs for those citizens who want them the week of April 8 weather permitting. They can be picked up on a first come first serve basis at the Recreation Center Lobby starting the week of April 8 (weather permitting) during regular business hours while supplies last.

For convenience, residents can call ahead to make sure there are still tulip bulbs available: 972-780-5070

Tulip Bulb Care

Although tulips are bulbs, it is best to consider them as annuals here in Texas. Successive year’s blooms will be inferior, if present at all. Texas winters are too mild to give them the chilling they need to flower properly. To prevent drying out, store bulbs in dry peat moss, perlite, vermiculite or sand in a porous bag or shallow tray. Store them in a cool (35°-50°F), dry, well-ventilated area for replanting in the winter. Refrigerate the bulbs for at least six weeks prior to replanting.

Generally planted in Texas around Christmas or the first two weeks of January, tulips should be planted in sun or part shade six inches deep and four to six inches apart. Tulips look better when planted in clumps of three, five or seven. They require well-drained, fertilized soil. There are several “bulb boosters” or fertilizers available as well as the traditional bone meal. Mix any of these with soil in the bottom of the planting hole. For bigger, brighter blooms, use a liquid plant food in early spring.

10th Annual Duncanville Fire Truck Pull – May 18, 2019

 

10th Annual Fire Truck Pull Benefiting Special Olympics Texas 

Sat, May 18 Support Special Olympics Texas Programs by sponsoring, putting together a team or donating to the May 18 Duncanville Fire Truck Pull. Teams consist of 12 people and cost is $300 per team, which includes a coupon for food and an opportunity to win. There are medals for First – Third Place for each category (First Responder Team, Civilian Team, and Youth Team and there are trophies for First Place. If registered before April 23, each team member is guaranteed a 2019 Fire Truck Pull t-shirt. Registration starts 9 am Opening Ceremonies start at 10 am First Pull about 10:15 am
For more information, contact Doug Sisk at 972-780-5027 or dsisk@duncanvillepd.com

 

Introduction of the Duncanville SWAT Team (032819)

Introduction of the Duncanville SWAT Team

The Duncanville Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team began in 1987 with a group of eight officers who, with the blessing of Police Chief Mike Courville, began SWAT training exercises.  At that time, the city did not have a SWAT budget for equipment, so the officers took it upon themselves to purchase necessary items for their safety and to negotiate critical incidents. Overtime the SWAT team honed their skills, and in December of 1993 the Duncanville SWAT team was recognized by U.S. Senator Phil Graham for their diligent work on the war on drugs.

There are incidents where specialized tactics are necessary to minimize casualties. The goal of the SWAT team is to respond quickly to dangerous situations and bring them to a swift and hopefully nonviolent conclusion. The Duncanville Police SWAT team works to professionally resolve life threatening critical incidents, while striving to minimize any negative impact on Duncanville’s residents and visitors.  In addition, SWAT is to provide tactical, administrative, and training support to all members of the Department. The intent of the SWAT team is to deliver a rapid, deliberate response to critical incidents, including: Hostage Situations, Barricade Situations, Sniper Situations, High-Risk Apprehensions, High-Risk Warrant Service, Dignitary Protection, and any assignments approved by the Assistant Chief of Police that are of a high-risk level.

Today, the Duncanville SWAT team is comprised of fourteen members consisting of a team commander, primary team leader, assistant team leader, medics, snipers, and entry operators.  These highly trained officers are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In addition to being a member on the SWAT team, the officer also works their regular assignment whether it is patrol or Criminal Investigative Division (CID).  The officer must be in excellent physical condition and pass the SWAT physical assessment test annually to maintain membership on the team.  The officer must also demonstrate a high proficiency with departmental issued firearms and must pass the bi-annual SWAT firearms qualification.

When a vacancy occurs on the SWAT team, applicants may submit a letter of interest to the team commander.  The applicant must have at least 12 months police experience either with Duncanville Police or other commensurate police experience. The applicant must pass the SWAT firearms qualification and the SWAT physical assessment test.  If the officer passes both then he or she must appear in an open forum with the team for his or her interview.  The officer will answer questions regarding their police experience, performance evaluations, sick leave record, disciplinary record, goals and objectives, and special skills.  If the officer passes all phases of the selection process then he or she is recommended to the Assistant Chief of Police for SWAT assignment. If approved, the officer is sent to a 60-hour basic SWAT school where he or she is trained on safety, team organization, breaching, high risk warrants, covert clearing of a structure, vehicle assaults, arrest procedures, and medical. Upon graduation of the basic SWAT school, the officer is placed on call along with the existing team for critical incidents.

The SWAT team conducts 24 hours of training a month.  The team trains on a wide variety of topics throughout the year.  In 2018, the team conducted 1,551 hours of training, with 63% of this training spent on live fire training at the range.  The SWAT team teach all sworn officers how to respond to Active Shooter incidents. In addition, the team instructed city personnel in the Civilian Response to Active Shooter Incidents. In order to stay updated on tactics, the team receives periodical training from former military special operations soldiers who have real world experience with handling critical situations.

 

City of Duncanville Weekly Update: March 22, 2019

The City welcomes and encourages community members to stay up-to-date on City activities and projects, while increasing public awareness of the things the City does on a daily basis.

The City Manager provides a weekly update to City Council of departmental activities and other significant items of interest, and that in the interest of also keeping the public better informed, the City is pleased to make those updates available to the citizens.

Weekly Update for Week Ending: Friday, March 22, 2019

Italian Sister City Guests Visiting Duncanville in October, Seeking Host Families

Over 21 years ago, Duncanville established a Sister City Program with Monasterolo di Savigliano, a city in Northern Italy. The program offers culture awareness and economic information. Over the years, host families in both Monasterolo and Duncanville have exchanged friendship and culture traditions.

In October, Monasterolo will send a group of citizens, age 30 to 60, to visit Duncanville for 10 days. The Sister City Commission is looking for host families to accommodate one or two people, and host families do not need to speak Italian. Responsibilities include providing a private room for either a single person or a couple, a simple breakfast, and transportation to and from City Hall.

If you are interested, or want to learn more information about the Sister City Program, contact Chelsea Cooper at 972-780-5069 or ccooper@duncanville.com.

Zoning Ordinance Update: Public Input Summary

The City of Duncanville’s Zoning Ordinance Update project is underway! The following information outlines the results of public input and participation thus far in the project.

Public Meeting
The Zoning Ordinance Update kicked off with a successful community open house held on February 6, 2019 at the D.L. Hopkins Senior Center. The over 40 attendees participated in a polling exercise to identify the residents’ support for some of the big picture ideas, and then board exercises were conducted to receive open-ended input on selected topics.
The polling exercise identified a desire for diverse housing types in moderation, overwhelming support for increasing design standards to improve the look of the City, and the importance of building design standards and increased landscape standards. Feedback captured on the input boards highlighted participants’ thoughts on what types of housing and businesses are missing and identified issues with building design, landscaping, parking, walkability and procedures in the current ordinance.

Stakeholder Interviews
Stakeholder interviews were also conducted by the project team on February 6, 2019 with City Staff, developers/development community, and appointed officials to receive their thoughts and ideas on the most pressing issues in the current ordinance and how to resolve those issues.

Online Survey
An online survey was conducted from January 29 to February 10 and was made available on the City’s website as well as the project website. The survey was designed to identify the areas within the City that the residents like and dislike and their reasoning behind the preferences, general directions related to the zoning ordinance, and their priorities. A total of 158 people participated in this survey.

The most commonly-selected priorities were:

1. Economic development
2. Vibrant downtown
3. Aesthetic enhancement

The visual preference portion of the survey highlighted the desire from the public for lush landscaping, townhomes for young people and retirees, buildings with unique design, more mixed-use shopping/dining/living, and parking with landscaped walkways.

All the public input received so far, along with feedback from the Planning and Zoning Commission, formulated the basis of the draft diagnostic report which will build the framework for the ordinance update.

For more information, or to submit a comment regarding the Zoning Ordinance, please visit the project website at https://clients.freese.com/duncanvillezoning/.