1ST ANNUAL RUMMAGE/OUTDOOR SALE FUNDRAISER FOR THE GRAND PRAIRIE CPA ALUMNI ASSOCIATION IS COMING TO TOWN.
The CPAAA is a non-profit voluntary organization of interested CPA graduates who join to promote and improve community relations, increase community involvement and assist and support the Grand Prairie Police Department.
The sale will include, toys, kids clothes, furniture, home accents, kids bikes, women clothes, men clothes, baby items, hot dogs, drinks, bounce house, cotton candy and other.
The sale is September 14, 2013, from 8 AM – 3 PM at the Summit (senior center) parking lot at 2975 Esplanade, Grand Prairie, Texas 7505
GRAND PRAIRIE – After just one year on the job, Grand Prairie Police Chief Steve Dye has racked up positive changes and numerous new programs to the benefit of the department and community. Among those new programs are:
"On my one-year anniversary, I wanted to express what an honor and privilege it has been to serve as your Chief," said Grand Prairie Police Chief Steve Dye in a memo to the Police Department. "I have thoroughly enjoyed this first 12 months, which has flown by, and appreciate the opportunity to have gotten to know each of you. Your attitudes and hard work have culminated in decreased crime and improved quality of life, in many areas, for our citizens."
"Chief Dye hit the ground running and has definitely kept the department on its toes with positive changes," said City Manager Tom Hart. "Steve is a great communicator and always seeks input from his officers in making change and implementing new programs. I’m so proud of the men and women of the department for embracing change, supporting the Chief and contributing to making our police department and community a great place of continual improvement."
Some of our GPCPAAA members volunteer for the Grand Prairie Police Department's new Citizens on Patrol (COP) and Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) programs.
These programs provide the opportunity for trained citizen volunteers to assist their police department with designated non-confrontational activities as citizen patrollers and administrative volunteers in order to increase citizen understanding and participation in police activities, enhance crime prevention, and provide additional resources to improve service to the community.
Led by Grand Prairie Police Chief Steve Dye, Grand Prairie Police Officers will run 4.8 miles to show support for Special Olympics at the 2012 Law Enforcement Torch Run on Wednesday, May 23, 8:30 a.m.-11 a.m. The event is not a fund raiser, but just a show of support for children with special needs in Grand Prairie. Students from schools on the route will stand in front of their schools to cheer for the runners. The schedule is as follows:
On March 21, 2012 the Grand Prairie Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association hosted the “Annual Grand Prairie Police Awards Banquet” at the Ruthe Jackson Center. The banquet was held to recognize special achievement and award certificates and meritorious service bars to police officers and personal for the 2011-12 year.
The master of ceremonies for the banquet was Rick Herold, Director of Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation. The banquet dinner had remarks by: Mayor Charles England, City Manager Tom Hart, and Police Chief Steve Dye with Robert E. Casey, Jr. , special agent in charge of the FBI Dallas field office, as a guest speaker and Emil Balliet, Grand Prairie Department chaplain, giving the Invocation.
Among the awards this year was a special recognition for Sergeant Chris Chopin for his 32 years of service within the SWAT unit.We would like to thank ours sponsors for their support.
On January 1st, 2012 the current non profit Citizens on Patrol will cease to exist. It is being replaced with the new Citizens on Patrol under the City of Grand Prairie.
The Grand Prairie Police Department's Citizens On Patrol (COP) program provides the opportunity for trained citizen volunteers to assist their police department with designated non-confrontational activities as citizen patrollers and administrative volunteers in order to increase citizen understanding and participation in police activities, enhance crime prevention, and provide additional resources to improve service to the community.
COP volunteers help patrol the city in specially marked decommissioned police cars. Members are trained to work with the police department to act as additional "eyes and ears" to help to report criminal activity and issues requiring the attention of city resources.
Members of the new Citizens on Patrol will be Volunteer employees of the City of Grand Prairie. These steps are being taken because the City will be providing official training, uniforms and vehicles for use by the Citizens on Patrol. They will also takeover manning & moving the SkyBox’s around the City. You can apply for the COP program here. You do not need to be a member of the GPCPAAA to apply.
Congratulations to Lieutenant Robert Severance who will be transferred to head the new Community Services division. He will will oversee the Citizens on Patrol program as well as many other community oriented programs. One of which will be Volunteers in Police Service or VIPS later in 2012.
The GPCPAAA will continue to support and promote the Grand Prairie Police Department and the Grand Prairie Citizens Police Academy classes through volunteer and fundraising activities as well as providing candidates for these new programs.
At the September meeting, the CPA Alumni recognized the hard work and dedication of the Grand Prairie K9 Unit. In March, all 4 Officers and thier canine partners earned high honors in the United States Police Canine Association's field trials held in Cedar Hill. Gift certificates were presented to the Officers along with community donations from PetSmart and treats from Bil Jac.