Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting!
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting!
Friends of Tri-City Animal Shelter will soon be breaking ground on a much-anticipated Surgery Suite & Medical Center at Tri-City Animal Shelter.
The non-profit launched a half-a-million dollar capital campaign in September of last year in order to renovate the old shelter facility, located next door to the current shelter and adoption center. The Petco Foundation, PetSmart Charities, the Joe M. and Doris R. Dealey Family Foundation, and numerous individuals and businesses from the local community came together to help fund the project.
“We were nearly 80% of the way to reaching our fundraising goal when I received a message from a local family,” said Corey Thompson, Executive Director of the Friends. “I updated them on the status of the campaign, and they expressed their commitment to helping us save more lives at the animal shelter.” The couple then delivered the news: they were funding the remaining $100,000 needed to launch the renovations.
“Four years ago the Friends board members asked what the shelter truly needed in order to help more animals,” said Shelter Director, Tammy Miller. “What was the one big thing that would transform our work?” Miller explained that what the Friends were already doing for the animals — spaying and neutering and providing veterinary care — was the most critical need. Her worry, though, was how to make it sustainable long-term.
“We were resolved about what needed to happen, but we were a tiny non-profit that had just hired our first employee” said board member, Donna Fuller. “Building a medical center felt pretty far fetched at the time, but here we are on the cusp of making that vision a reality.”
The Surgery Suite and Medical Center is now slated to open in 2020. Veterinarians will sterilize nearly 1,500 adopted animals next year and work with staff to meet the medical needs of the nearly 7,000 animals that come through the shelter each year.
A classroom has also been designed as part of the facility with a large window allowing students to see into the operating room and watch surgeries.
“We have already begun conversations with some local school districts and community colleges about how we can bring CTE, STEM, and veterinary technology students to the shelter to enhance their learning and train up the next generation of advocates for animals,” said Thompson. “It’s going to be a really special place for our whole community, but especially for our kids.”
Local businesses interested in being part of the renovations should contact Friends of Tri-City Animal Shelter at 469-850-2287 or email@example.com. Naming opportunities for the facility are also still available, with all proceeds helping to fund surgeries, medical care, and educational programs in the coming year. Visit www.tricityfriends.org/campaign for more information.
About Tri-City Animal Shelter The Tri-City Animal Shelter is a municipal agency serving the cities of Cedar Hill, Duncanville, and DeSoto, Texas. The shelter’s mission is to provide exemplary care for impounded and unwanted animals through redemption, adoption, and public education. For more information about Tri-City Animal Shelter, visit www.luvpets.org.
About Friends of Tri-City Animal Shelter
Friends of Tri-City Animal Shelter is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit established in 2006 that partners with Tri-City Animal Shelter to improve the welfare of homeless, neglected, and lost animals. For more information about Friends of Tri-City Animal Shelter, visit www.tricityfriends.org.
Duncanville Police Arrest Capital Murder Suspects
Duncanville, TX — December 2, 2019
The Duncanville Police Department has arrested two individuals, and another is in Dallas County Jail, regarding the October 2019 murder of Duncanville resident Aaija Smoker.
On November 25, 2019 Duncanville Police Department detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Cornelius Lydell Broadway, 17, of DeSoto, TX in a Capital Murder offense resulting in the death of Aaija Smoker in early October 2019. At the time the Capital Murder warrant was obtained, Broadway was being held in the Dallas County Jail on other charges. He remains in the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office custody with the additional charge of Capital Murder and a bond set at $500,000 for the murder of Smoker.
On November 27, 2019, Duncanville detectives arrested Jeromey Lemar Young Jr., 17, of Dallas who was also charged with Capital Murder with a bond set at $500,000. Young was booked into the Duncanville City Jail and then transferred to Dallas County Jail. On November 30, 2019 Duncanville detectives arrested a juvenile female of Dallas on Capital Murder charges, and she was transported to Dallas County Juvenile Detection Center.
Detectives are attempting to locate an additional juvenile suspect, and an at-large warrant for Capital Murder has been obtained for the juvenile suspect.
Personnel of the Duncanville Police Department have worked diligently on this case alongside law enforcement agencies throughout North Texas, as well as the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, to bring accountability and justice for the victim and her survivors.
The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information pertaining to this case are asked to call Duncanville Police Detective Bert Pudgurney at 972-780-4911.
The holiday season is a busy time of year with the hustle and bustle of work and shopping, family coming to visit or going out of town to visit friends and family.
Unfortunately, there are criminals who use the holidays to target victims who may be distracted by the busy season. The holidays present special challenges to safety and security. Be aware of the dangers and takes steps to keep your holidays happy.
Don’t let the rush and excitement of the holiday season make you careless in protecting your home from potential criminals.
The holiday season is a time when busy people can become careless and vulnerable to theft and other holiday crimes. Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave the house, even for a few minutes.
Shopping during the holiday season can present unique danger. Taking a few prevention measurers can help keep your holiday season joyous.
The following tips from the Duncanville Department Crime Prevention Division can help you be more careful, prepared and aware during the holiday season.
Driving on shopping trips during the holidays requires some extra safety precautions. Avoid driving alone or at night.
This creates a temptation for thieves. If you must leave something in the car, lock it in the trunk or put it out of sight.
Criminals take advantage of the holiday season to prey on those who are unsuspecting and generous. Be careful when someone you do not know comes to your door during the holiday season. Be aware that criminals sometimes pose as couriers delivering gifts.
If you are not satisfied, do not donate.
Also be sure to keep you pets safe and watch what you feed them.
If you need more information contact Officer Doug Sisk with the Duncanville Police Department, Crime Prevention / Community Relations Division. (972) 780 – 5027 or firstname.lastname@example.org
At the Town Hall meeting on November 14, 2019 the Duncanville Police Department presented information regarding fraud and identity theft. A variety of topics were covered and the presentation was recorded for those who could not attend. Please be proactive about protecting yourself, and your information, from becoming a victim of crime.
Thank you to Diamond Wished for your donations to start off our 2019 Santa Cop Toy Drive Program. The Santa Cop program is funded entirely by local donations and the Duncanville Police Association and Duncanville Police Employees and families. It is organized by the Duncanville Police Association, and supported by members of the Duncanville Police Department, their families, Ebby Halliday, Realtors’ Southwest Dallas/Ellis Counties office, Duncanville Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association, Diamond Wishes, Duncanville Chamber of Commerce, Champion Cove, Inwood Bank, Assured Self Storage, Champions Cove, Inwood Bank, Duncanville Senior Citizens Center, and community volunteers.
New unwrapped toys or cash donations can be dropped off at:
Duncanville Police Department 203 E. Wheatland Rd. Duncanville, Texas 75116
Sergeant Adrian Tijerina has been employed with the Duncanville Police Department since September 11, 2006 and has been a Texas Peace Officer since December 15, 1999. The acts of terrorism on September 11, 2001 shook the foundation of America and prompted Tijerina to join the military and serve his country. After several years, he joined the Texas Army National Guard and was sent to U.S. Army Infantry OSUT training in Fort Benning, Georgia in October 2010.
At that time Tijerina had been with the Duncanville Police Department for four years. Tijerina researched Texas Civil Service Law to learn what to expect and to make sure he had a job once he returned. The Texas Local Government Code, Military Leave of Absence section states that an employee shall be granted leave, without pay, for initial training, annual duty, and active duty service. Once the service is over the employee shall be reinstated to the same position that was held when the leave was granted, with some stipulations, such as, being honorably discharged and having good mental and physical health.
In 2012, Tijerina was activated on his first Active Duty Service and deployed to Afghanistan. He was gone from the Police Department for approximately 12 months, and that’s when he learned the City of Duncanville goes above and beyond what is required for its employees who are members of the U.S. Military. Once his term of service was completed, Tijerina was honorably discharged and seamlessly returned to work as a Patrol Officer. Upon his return, Tijerina’s salary at the City was more than he earned before he deployed. The City computed the difference in the salaries and continued to pay the difference, so he did not lose money while deployed to Afghanistan.
In 2015, Tijerina was promoted to Patrol Sergeant and in 2017 was once again activated. This time he was deployed to Somalia for Active Duty Service. In accordance with Civil Service law, there was a Sergeants Promotional Exam held to fill his role while he was deployed. His term of service ended after approximately 12 months and Tijerina returned to Patrol Sergeant duties. The officer who had been temporarily promoted to fill his position during deployment was returned to his previously held Patrol Officer position with one difference. That Officer was placed on a promotional list that would not expire and would be promoted to Sergeant with the next vacancy.
Sergeant Tijerina is one of three Police Department employees who are active in the Texas Army National Guard. Employing Veterans makes the department stronger and more diverse. The training and leadership fostered with military service is a strong asset for the Police Department. Our veteran officers cover three diverse military occupations, Infantry, Medic, and Intelligence, which can be used to enhance each employee’s Police function, and ultimately benefits the citizens of Duncanville.
The Duncanville Police Department will be hosting its city wide National Night Out (NNO) Event on October 1, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The National Night Out Event will be held at the Duncanville Recreation Center 201 James Collins Blvd. Duncanville.
National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.
In addition to increasing awareness of crime and drug prevention programs, NNO also strengthens neighborhood spirit and community-police partnerships, while sending a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back against crime!
For more information contact Officer Doug Sisk, Duncanville Police Department’s Crime Prevention Officer at email@example.com or (972) 780 – 5027.
The City of Duncanville’s Red Light Camera program terminated when Governor Greg Abbott signed HB 1631 into law this legislative session, which prohibits the operation of Red Light Cameras in Texas. The City of Duncanville has eight (8) cameras, and although the physical Red Light Cameras are temporarily still in place, they are not active and no violations will be issued after May 31, 2019. The camera infrastructure will be removed by the company that performed the installation.
Red light citations do not appear on driving records, only citations issued by a peace officer. The legislation does not address citations received prior to HB 1631, nor does it instruct the City to refund fines paid before the ban. The City does not anticipate refunds for violations issued prior to HB 1631 being signed into law.
For more information, please contact the Duncanville Police Department at 972-780-5024.
On April 30, 2019 at approximately 1:13 pm, officers were dispatched to investigate a suspicious person call at the 600 block of N. Clark Road in Duncanville. Upon arrival, the officers attempted to approach the individual, who refused to comply with commands and made statements indicating he had warrants for his arrest and was not going to jail. The suspicious person began reaching for something in a bag and continued to ignore officer commands to display his hands. After making aggressive movements with his hand in the bag, Duncanville police officers discharged their weapons and struck the suspect. Duncanville police officers administered first aid and the suspect was transported to Methodist Dallas Medical Center and is in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries.
Since this is an officer involved shooting, the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office will handle the case moving forward. The investigation is ongoing.
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