Here are a few of the ways GPPD connects with our community on a regular basis:
Grand Prairie Police and Clergy Coalition. This group is a coalition of Grand Prairie Police Officers and nearly 100 Grand Prairie religious leaders. They routinely discuss issues of the day, ways to give back collectively, and lead the city on faith/community/police relationships.
Citizens Police Academy (CPA). This program gives citizens a detailed look at the inner-workings of the GPPD. Participants learn from every unit and participate in police ride-outs, pursuit driving, and firearms training. Please consider joining!
Citizens on Patrol. This program allows those who graduate from the CPA to check out a car and patrol their own neighborhoods. Think of it like a specialized Neighborhood Watch but better. They have been a critical component to our significant crime reduction
Grand Prairie Police Youth Boxing. This is a daily program that offers positive mentoring to disadvantaged youth through boxing. Not only does it help with life challenges but helps disadvantaged youth keep their grades up!
Adopt-A-Street. This is a program in which police officers pick up garbage in our Dalworth Community. Property values have risen in this neighborhood and it has become one of the safer neighborhoods in town.
Cops-N-Kids Fishing. Many kids have never caught a fish. They thought it was a great way to build a positive life memory with a police officer.
UNIDOS. This program is now a nationwide program created by now retired Chief Steve Dye. It is a Spanish-speaking outlet to ensue non-English speaking residents have access to information and resources.
Midnight Basketball. This program sponsors late night basketball for our youth to give them a positive outlet after-hours with police officers.
Coffee with a Cop. This program offers a framework for residents to ask whatever questions they want to police officers. No agenda or scripts. Just real talk and relationship building.
National Night Out. This is an annual event in October where the citizens of Grand Prairie get together with police and elected officials for a night of fun. There are events all over the city and it enables us to get to know one another.
Two-Way Street. This program provides positive examples to kids on how to interact with police, but equally important, how police should interact with them. They are provided video examples for review with an aim toward safety for all.
Bigs in Blue with Big Brother Big Sisters. This program pairs Grand Prairie Police employees with kids in need in our community to offer positive role models.
Cops, Cuts, and Curls. Officers visit area barbershops for open dialog. There are no scripts or agendas. Just meaningful discussions.
HELP mentoring program (Helping Explore Life Potential). This mentoring program partners police officers with juveniles who have been referred by Municipal Court and Justice of the Peace Judges. The goal is to get the kids back on the right track.