Citizens on Patrol
Citizen on Patrol volunteers Bill Pierce and Sterling Burns received a Certificate of Appreciation before the City Council in recognition for their efforts in apprehending an Aggravated Kidnapping suspect. On Wednesday, December 20, 2017, Citizen on Patrol volunteers Bill Pierce and Sterling Burns were patrolling the Walmart parking lot in a marked COP vehicle equipped with a license plate reader (LPR) equipment. As they began patrolling, they received an alert on the LPR system. The alert indicated that the vehicle belonged to a person wanted in connection with an aggravated kidnapping offense in Arlington, Texas. COP Pierce and Burns notified dispatch of the alert and moved to a safe location to provide updated information. Officers arrived and were able to locate the suspect inside the store where he was arrested without incident. The actions COP’s Pierce and Burns contributed greatly to the safety of Cedar Hill. Through their partnership with the Cedar Hill Police Department, a wanted felon was brought to justice, captured during a very busy holiday shopping season.
The City Council presented Mr. Haggerty with an award for his outstanding dedication and service to the City of Cedar Hill and the Highlands South neighborhood. Thomas Haggerty moved to Cedar Hill from West Dallas in 1988. He has since been a catalyst and champion for his neighborhood, Highlands South. Thomas has fostered unity and pride in his neighborhood through leading crime watch efforts, organizing weekly litter clean-ups, and most recently, the development of the Highlands South neighborhood park. The Highlands South Park has set a new standard for Cedar Hill neighborhood parks. Visionaries like Thomas have encouraged us to think outside the box and push the limits of our imagination in building neighborhood parks of the future.
Police and Community Team (P.A.C.T.) and Citizen Volunteer Awards
Each year, the Texas Chisholm Trail Crime Prevention Association selects top crime prevention specialists and activities in a number of categories throughout the state. Cedar Hill Officers and Citizen on Patrol Volunteer Gordon Furbush received the following honors:
Outstanding Agency (Small Agency) – Cedar Hill Police Department
Outstanding Officer (Small Agency) – P.A.C.T. Officer Roy Rodriguez
Outstanding Officer (Overall) – P.A.C.T. Officer Ann McSwain
Outstanding Citizen: Gordon Furbush
On Tuesday evening, the City Council also recognized the Police and Community Team (P.A.C.T.) Unit as recipients of the Outstanding Participation award from National Night Out for 2017.
S.T.A.R. Student Awards
The S.T.A.R. Student Award Program recognizes students who demonstrate academic and behavioral excellence. S.T.A.R. Students are nominated by their teachers and represent various schools of the district. Emerson Minor and Ellington Young received the award for January 2018 and represent Lake Ridge Elementary School and Collegiate Prep Elementary School, respectively.
American Public Works Association Member of the Year
The North Central Branch of the American Public Works Association Texas Chapter awarded Mike Chapman as a Member of the Year for his efforts with the Construction Inspector’s Roundtable Group. He is active in the Branch and is engaged in providing a venue and training opportunities for fellow construction inspectors.