Duncanville Police Department Announces Promotions

Photo: (Left to Right) Sergeant Ronald McCarty; Lieutenant Matthew Stogner; Assistant Chief of Police Brian Heard; Chief of Police Robert Brown; Assistant Chief of Police Mark LiVigni; and Sergeant Joseph Emmett

The Duncanville Police Department announced promotions of four members of its police force on Thursday, December 7, 2017, at the Duncanville Public Library.

Chief of Police Robert Brown said, “The new members of the Police Department’s Supervisory Staff have shown a positive attitude, a dedicated work ethic and many years of committed service with the Department.”

Lieutenant Mark LiVigni was promoted to Assistant Chief of Police effective December 28, 2017, and has served with the Duncanville PD for more than 24 years. Assistant Chief of Police Brian Heard recently announced his retirement after 30 years of dedicated service to the Duncanville Police Department and Duncanville citizens. LiVigni has served in different capacities while with the Duncanville PD. Most recently, he has commanded two patrol platoons as the Day Shift Watch Commander and also served as the department’s liaison with the Dallas Police Department in coordinating security support for the Hurricane Harvey Sheltering Effort at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. LiVigni has received the following Departmental awards:

  • Three Police Commendation Bars
  • Three Certificates of Merit
  • Two Meritorious Conduct Awards
  • Twenty-eight commendations for outstanding performance
  • Three Civic Achievement awards
  • Fourteen letters of commendation and appreciation

Sergeant Matthew Stogner was promoted to Lieutenant and has served with the Duncanville PD for 19 years. Throughout his career, he has been assigned to Patrol, Criminal Investigations Division, Warrant Unit, Deployment Unit and as the Special Services Sergeant. Additionally, Stogner has served as a Field Training Officer, Use of Force Instructor, Defensive Tactics Instructor and Firearms Instructor and has served on the Duncanville Police Department’s SWAT Team for 18 years with sixteen of those years as the Primary Team Leader. He is the current SWAT Team Commander. Stogner has received the following awards:

  • Medal of Valor
  • Meritorious Conduct Bar
  • Twelve Police Commendation Bars
  • Four Certificate of Merit Bars
  • 2005 & 2015 Officer of the Year Awards
  • Life Saving Bar
  • Education Achievement Bar
  • Expert Marksman Bar
  • 15-year safe driving bar
  • Fifty Departmental Commendations

Officer Joseph Emmett was promoted to Sergeant and has served with the Duncanville PD for 6 years. Emmett is a valued member of the SWAT Team and has received the following awards:

  • Duncanville’s 2013 Officer of the Year
  • Duncanville Police Association 2013 Officer of the Year
  • Police Commendation Bar
  • Advanced Peace Officer Certification
  • Lifesaving Bar
  • Certificates of Merit

Officer Ronald McCarty was promoted to Sergeant and has served with the Duncanville PD for 7 years. McCarty honorably served eight years in the U.S. Army before joining the Duncanville PD. He is a member of the SWAT Team and has received the following awards:

  • Nineteen Commendations
  • Certificates of Merit

“I am extremely proud to announce the promotions of these fine officers,” said Chief Brown. “The Duncanville Police Department is fortunate to have dedicated professionals who are willing to step up and take on higher levels of responsibility. I look forward to working closely with all four individuals and watching them grow into their new roles.”

The Duncanville Police Department consists of 61 full-time officers and seeks to contribute to the highest quality of life.

For more information about Duncanville’s Police Department, visit: www.duncanville.com.

City of Duncanville Wastewater System Smoke Testing

The City of Duncanville has contracted with BURGESS & NIPLE of Austin, Texas, to perform a Smoke Test Survey in portions of Duncanville’s wastewater system. This survey involves the opening and inspecting of manholes and sewer lines, which are primarily located in backyard easements, but may be located in streets. An important task of the survey will be the smoke testing of the sewer lines to locate breaks and defects in the sewer system.

If you need special assistance or would like more information, please contact the City of Duncanville at 972.780.4900 or BURGESS & NIPLE at 214.636.3158.

Click here for more information and to view testing locations and dates.

Amended Vacant Building Ordinance – Vacant Building Ordinance No. 2324

On November 7, 2017, the Duncanville City Council adopted an amended vacant building ordinance; Vacant Building Ordinance No. 2324. This ordinance regulates commercial and industrial vacant structure properties, which includes church properties located in non-residential zoning districts and shopping centers that are over 50 percent vacant. The ordinance establishes new features not included in the City’s previous vacant building ordinance. Properties not included in this regulation include the following uses: Single or Multi Family structures, churches and their ancillary buildings (unless they are in a non-residential zoning district), and partially vacant shopping centers (unless those centers are over 50% vacant).

New features contained within this ordinance include:

  • Registration of vacant properties
  • Contact information
  • Proof of liability insurance of no less than $100,000
  • Minimal marketing requirements include listing property and the appropriate sale or leasing signage
  • Submission of criminal trespass warrant
  • Submission of floor plan for first responders
  • Notice of change of ownership; and
  • Must adhere to additional standards of care and maintenance for property including securing of the structure

The proposed registration fee is $750 annually with an inspection fee based on $0.01 per square foot of space. Fee waivers to this ordinance are allowed based on an adherence to the standards of care contained within the ordinance. Waivers are good for only a 12-month period with the property owner applying for the waiver each year. Fee waiver exemptions will be evaluated based on four criteria:

  • Property has been devastated by a catastrophe such as fire or flood.
  • The property owner is deceased or is no longer legally competent.
  • The owner of the property has obtained a building permit and is progressing in an expedient manner to prepare the premises for occupancy.
  • The owner of a property has maintained the property to the standard of care required under this article, as well as all other applicable ordinances and laws.

If you are an owner or agent of a vacant building as it pertains to this ordinance, you will be required to register the building under the auspices of this ordinance. Enforcement of this ordinance is set to begin January 1, 2018. For more information about this ordinance, please contact the City of Duncanville Code Enforcement office at (972) 780-5041. With your help, we can all make Duncanville a better place to live, work and play!

To view Vacant Building Ordinance No. 2324, click here.

Duncanville Fire Department Offering Civil Service Exam

The Duncanville Fire Department is offering a Civil Service exam on Saturday, October 7, 2017. Individuals interested in a rewarding opportunity protecting lives and property with pride and tradition are urged to fill out an interest card to be eligible for the civil service exam.

The Duncanville Fire Department has great opportunities within its divisions: fire administration; fire prevention; fire suppression; advanced life support; and emergency management.

For an opportunity to work with the department, submit an interest card by end of business on September 29, to be eligible for the exam on October 7.

To fill out an interest card or learn more about the Duncanville Fire Department, click here.

2017 Home Chemical Collection Day

The City of Dallas is sponsoring a Home Chemical Collection Day on Saturday, September 23, 2017, from 9 am to 3 pm. The event will take place at the Cliff Temple Baptist Church parking lot (125 Sunset Avenue, Dallas, TX 75208).

This event is inclusive to Duncanville residents. You will need to bring your driver’s license and water bill or other utility bill as proof of residency. Residents from cities not listed on the attached flyer must pay a minimum waste management fee of $95.

For more information, click here.

For more information on the sanitation services for the City of Dallas, click here.

Sweep It Out Saturday

Sweep It Out Saturday is scheduled for October 7, 2017, from 8 am to 1 pm down James Collins Boulevard. Bring your paper for shredding, old electronics to be recycled, donations for Goodwill, bulky trash and brush for the dumpsters or volunteer to help clean up litter.

This event is made possible through partnerships with Goodwill, Keep Duncanville Beautiful, DFW Reclaimers and Republic Services.

Click here for the flyer

Police Chief Robert Brown Appears on the Dr. Phil Show

In an effort to unite a community, police, city leaders and residents of a Dallas community came together for a town hall meeting to discuss the issues most important to them. Duncanville’s Chief of Police, Robert Brown, was a part of Dr. Phil’s Behind the Badge initiative that is working toward creating trust and unity.

Dr. Phil’s Behind the Badge initiative introduces viewers to extraordinary police officers and departments around the country who go above and beyond to make their communities better and safer.

To view the video, click here.