In 2009, the Dalton Police Department launced an initiative called the Neighborhood Policing Program. In addition to components such as an interactive online crime map of Dalton (online at www.dpdonline.org) the program assigned a small "beat" to each of the DPD's officers.
The idea of the program was to give Dalton residents a contact person within the department for any questions or concerns they may have about events in their neighborhood. While each officer isn't in charge of law enforcement in that beat - in emergencies, residents are always directed to call 911 and not a neighborhood officer contact - that officer is the point of contact for issues which may need to be investigated. The list of neighborhood officers has recently been updated on our web site to reflect the latest assignments. To find your neighborhood officer, click here to be directed to a map of Dalton. Zoom in and click the beat number for your neighborhood and you'll find your officer's name and email address.
The Dalton Police Department has also set up a separate website at www.safedalton.com devoted solely to municipal code violations. Any Dalton residents with concerns about potential code violations in their neighborhoods (such as overgrown lawns, properties in a state of disrepair, or other issues) can visit the site to submit a request to the DPD's code enforcement officers to check it out.
The agency also has set up an anonymous crime tip reporting system that can be accessed either by phone or online. To report a drug or crime tip by phone, call 706-278-9085 and press 9. Then enter extension number 221 and leave a message with as much detail as possible. To report a drug or crime tip online, click here and leave as detailed a message as possible. If you wish to be contacted by an investigator you can leave your name and contact information, but it is not required.
Better communication with the residents of Dalton helps our officers do their job much more efficiently. Our officers can't be everywhere in town at once, so we rely on partnerships with our citizens to be the "eyes and ears" of the agency. Communicating with the department through neighborhood officers or any other means is a great way to work together to keep Dalton safe.