The Duncanville Police Department Joins National ABLE Project

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July 6, 2021 – The Duncanville Police Department was recently accepted into the Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement (ABLE) Project, Georgetown University Law Center’s national training and support initiative for U.S. law enforcement agencies committed to building a culture of peer intervention that prevents harm.

By demonstrating a firm commitment to transformational reform with support from local community groups and elected leaders, the Duncanville Police Department joins a select group of more than 90 other law enforcement agencies and statewide and regional training academies from across the country.

Backed by prominent civil rights and law enforcement leaders, the evidence-based, field-tested ABLE Project was developed by Georgetown Law’s Innovative Policing Program in collaboration with global law firm Sheppard Mullin LLP to provide practical active bystandership strategies and tactics to law enforcement officers to prevent misconduct, reduce mistakes, and promote health and wellness.

ABLE gives officers the tools they need to overcome the innate and powerful inhibitors all individuals face when called upon to intervene in actions taken by their peers.

Interim Chief of Police Mark LiVigni said seeking inclusion to join the ABLE Project reflected important priorities for the Duncanville Police Department.

“As a professional and recognized public safety agency of the Texas Police Chief’s Best Practices Recognition Program, the Duncanville Police Department views the Active Bystander for Law Enforcement (ABLE) Program as making sense for our citizens, our personnel, and our city as a whole.  It is a win for everyone as we all have an interest in our agency being able to provide the most ethical and responsible delivery of police services possible to our community while reducing harm to all stakeholders when possible.” said Chief LiVigni.

Those who endorsed the Duncanville Police Department’s application to join the program included Duncanville City Manager Aretha Ferrell-Benavides, Duncanville Chamber of Commerce President Steve Martin, and First Presbyterian Church Reverend, Dr. Ginger Hertenstein, all of whom wrote letters of support.

Reverend Hertenstein stated in her letter of support of the department’s application, “This program would be congruent with the  policies and culture of the Duncanville Police Department and its leadership.”

Professor Christy Lopez, co-director of Georgetown Law’s Innovative Policing Program, which runs ABLE, explained: “The ABLE Project seeks to ensure every police officer in the United States has the opportunity to receive meaningful, effective active bystandership training, and to help agencies transform their approach to policing by building a culture that supports and sustains successful peer intervention to prevent harm.”

Chair of the ABLE Project Board of Advisors, Sheppard Mullin partner Jonathan Aronie, added: “Intervening in another’s action is harder than it looks after the fact, but it’s a skill we all can learn.  And, frankly, it’s a skill we all need – police and non-police.  ABLE teaches that skill.”

The ABLE Project is guided by a Board of Advisors comprised of civil rights, social justice, and law enforcement leaders, including Commissioner Michael Harrison of the Baltimore Police Department; Commissioner Danielle Outlaw of the Philadelphia Police Department; Dr. Ervin Staub, professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the founder of the Psychology of Peace and Justice Program; and an impressive collection of other police leaders, rank and file officers, and social justice leaders.

  • See the complete list of the ABLE Project Board of Advisors.
  • For more information about the ABLE Project, visit the program’s website.
  • See a list of the ABLE Standards to which every participating agency must adhere.
  • These articles share more information about active bystandership generally, and the ABLE Project in particular.

Certified Duncanville Police Department instructors will attend an ABLE Project Train-The-Trainer event in late July.  At the conclusion of their training, they will be certified as ABLE trainers.  In the following months, all officers of the Duncanville Police Department will receive 8 hours of evidence-based active bystandership education designed not only to prevent harm, but to change the culture of policing.

For more information regarding the Duncanville Police Department’s involvement in this transformative training endeavor, contact Alex Hamby, City of Duncanville Public Information Officer or Officer Doug Sisk, the Duncanville Police Department’s Public Information Officer.

For more information on the ABLE Project, contact Liza, ABLE Program Coordinator, at LBA17@georgetown.edu or Lisa, ABLE Project Director, at Lisa.Kurtz@georgetown.edu.

DUNCANVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT WARNS RESIDENTS OF INCREASE IN SOPHISTICATED SCAMS

Scam AlertDUNCANVILLE, TX – Duncanville Police Department is currently investigating several financial fraud offenses committed against the elderly and other vulnerable citizens within the city.  Officers have been made aware of new methods being used by fraud suspects, which can include gifts being delivered to the homes of victims to make the scam appear more credible.  The scammer may use these unsolicited gifts to convince potential victims there is a larger prize to be had, but usually with a catch. These offenses have been conducted over the phone, by text, mail, and via the internet.

Most scams start with unsolicited contact from people posing as employees from government agencies, utility companies, the lottery commission, or even as friends or family members.

Never trust caller ID.  Identify the caller and the company or agency they represent.  Ask questions, but don’t answer theirs. Verify what you are provided by researching that information yourself or by having someone you trust do so.  If you are being pressured to provide personal information immediately, it should raise your suspicion.  Don’t be surprised if, during phone scams, the caller becomes belligerent or hangs up when told you want to verify their information.  This is a good indication of an attempted scam.

Don’t give your personal or financial information in response to an unexpected request. Legitimate organizations won’t call, email or text to ask for your personal information, like your Social Security, bank account, or credit card numbers.

Remember, if they are asking for money for you to get money it is most likely a scam. Legitimate organizations will also never ask to be paid by gift card.

If you believe you have been a victim of fraud, please contact the Duncanville Police Department at 972-223-6111 extension 3 to file a report.  For additional information or resources call the National Elder Fraud Hotline at 1-833-372-8311.

DUNCANVILLE POLICE OFFICER ARRESTED – DEPARTMENT TAKES SWIFT ACTION

Duncanville, TX (January 5, 2021) – In mid-December 2020, serious allegations of police misconduct by a Duncanville Police Officer was brought to the attention of Duncanville Police Administration by other members of its own police department. The police officer in question was immediately placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into the allegations, which involved alleged misconduct while on duty. Due to the nature of the allegations and to promote transparency, Duncanville Police Administration requested the Dallas Sheriff’s Department conduct a criminal investigation for any potential criminal activity. The Dallas Sheriff’s Department agreed to investigate this matter, and today two-year Duncanville Police Officer, Christian Pinilla, was arrested on three counts of Official Oppression, a Class A misdemeanor of Texas Penal Code, Section 39.03.

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DUNCANVILLE POLICE IMPLEMENT CRIME AWARENESS FOR CITIZENS

Duncanville residents will now be able to utilize a crime mapping tool to be more informed about reported crime within the City of Duncanville. This tool, CrimeMapping.com, interfaces with the Duncanville Police Department’s Records Management System (RMS) to map, list and chart general crime as reported. The Duncanville Police Department is excited to announce this tool to its citizens as a means to enhance their ability to access general crime data efficiently. Although this tool is anticipated to allow for more information-sharing about generalized crime to our citizens, it does not provide sensitive information about each reported crime due to victims’ privacy issues as well as issues pertaining to investigation integrity.

CrimeMapping.com can be accessed from any computer or mobile device either directly at www.CrimeMapping.com, or via a link on the City of Duncanville’s website. The desired data of each individual, based on his/her parameters, includes sharp map visuals and icons which clearly depict reported crimes in areas of interest (work, home, schools or daycare facilities).

The www.CrimeMapping.com website also allows users the ability to set individualized crime alerts around specific addresses by setting up automatic notifications pertinent to the area and/or reported crime(s) selected. A short instructional video, which can be found towards the bottom of the homepage at www.CrimeMapping.com, provides a detailed overview of the site’s features.

Police Department Assessing Online Crime Data Tools

The online crime reporting portal, Police 2 Citizen (P2C), is no longer available due to a change in reporting and dispatch software. The Duncanville Police Department has been exploring other online crime data and reporting solutions that would integrate with the new software to provide a citizen portal that is user-friendly and informative. In the meantime, please visit the ‘Reports & Statistics’ web page for weekly, monthly and annual crime reports: www.duncanville.com/departments/police/reports-statistics/

The Duncanville Police Department, and its regional law enforcement partners, transitioned to a new Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) and Records Management System (RMS) public safety software system in January 2020. Working collaboratively, the Southwest Regional Communications Center, and the Police and Fire departments of Cedar Hill, DeSoto and Duncanville made a joint decision to utilize a new software system for regional dispatch and records management. Transitioning to a new CAD/RMS is a keystone project for first responders, and the top priority was to ensure that 9-1-1 calls for service are generated promptly and accurately so that first responders can respond in a timely and safe manner. The new software suite is a robust and complex system, and implementation of the various modules is prioritized based on operational needs.

Duncanville Police Arrest Capital Murder Suspects

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.

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Duncanville Police Santa Cop Progam

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

Duncanville Police Department’s National Night Out

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 dsisk@duncanvillepd.com or (972) 780 – 5027.

Duncanville Red Light Cameras

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.

Officer Involved Shooting in Duncanville

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.

Dallas County Sheriff’s Office
Raul Reyna
Public Information Officer
rreyna@dallascounty.org
214-653-3465