The auto theft section consists of 1 Sergeant and 3 detectives and handles approximately 1,000 auto theft investigations each year. The section is responsible for investigating motor vehicle thefts and related crimes including stolen vehicle recoveries and “chop shops” with multiple thefts and multiple offenders. The section also investigates the thefts of motorcycles, vehicle burglaries, unauthorized use of motor vehicle cases, cargo theft, and 18 wheeler thefts.
Ways to assist in the reduction of auto theft:
- Park in a well lighted area.
- DO NOT leave your vehicle unattended with the keys in the ignition.
- Lock your vehicle.
- Use an anti-theft deterrent device.
Ways to assist if your vehicle is stolen:
- Know or record your license plate and vehicle identification number.
- Know or record your insurance information.
Auto Theft Contact
A crime scene search can be described as a planned, coordinated and legal search by law enforcement officials to locate physical evidence. The successful investigation and prosecution of crimes requires, in most cases, the collection, preservation and forensic analysis of evidence, which can be crucial to demonstrations of guilt or innocence.
The Crime Scene Investigations Division of the Grand Prairie Police Department's Criminal Investigations Bureau collects physical evidence in the field as well as performing initial evidence testing in our modern crime lab facility. Further analysis, when necessary, is performed by regional forensic labs, such as the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences at Dallas, or the FBI Laboratory in Washington, D.C. The Grand Prairie Police Department utilizes two "Mobile Crime Labs" for CSI operations.
The Grand Prairie Police Department has a staff of civilian investigators and police officers who are specially trained, equipped and assigned to collect physical evidence at the scene of a crime. This includes the recovery of latent prints; recovery of shoe, tool and tire impressions; photographing crime scenes; preparing crime scene sketches; collecting, preserving, and transmitting physical evidence, including biological materials; and comparing latent fingerprints and palm prints.
Crime Scene Contact
The Crimes Against Children unit of the Investigative Services Bureau conducts investigations where violent crimes are committed against children under the age of 17.
This includes aggravated sexual assault, indecency with a child, aggravated assault, pornography, and child abandonment. The Unit also assists Child Protective Services in their investigations.
Crimes Against Children Contact
|Det. Caleb Haynes||972-237-8847|
|Det. Brandon Poor||972-237-8898|
|Det. Rick Branum||972-237-8896|
Functions of the Criminal Intelligence Unit (CIU)
- Provides information to assist operations personnel (patrol and investigative officers) in the identification of specific and immediate crime problems and the arrest of criminal offenders. Analysis data is used to promote a quick response to field situations.
- Concerned with long-range problems and projections of long-term increases or decreases in crime (crime trends). Also includes the preparation of crime statistical summaries and the provision of resource positions.
- Focuses on the provision of economic, geographic, or social information to administrators. Tasks include special research projects and city council reports.
Criminal Intelligence Unit Hotline
The Grand Prairie Domestic Crimes Unit is assigned to investigate reported incidents of violence among family or household members and intimate partner violence.
The Unit is comprised of detectives and victim assistance personnel whose responsibility is to investigate domestic violence related crimes.
The Unit seeks to keep Grand Prairie families safe, stop domestic abuse and end the cycle of violence that threatens our community.
Domestic Crimes Detectives
The Gang Unit of the Investigative Services Bureau conducts investigations into crimes and illegal activities that involve suspects with gang affiliations. The Gang Unit identifies and monitors gang members and their activity working closely with other agencies to curtail gang issues.
Grand Prairie Gangs Unit Contact
ResourcesParents Guide to Gangs / PDF
Guía sobre las pandillas para los padres (Spanish) / PDF
For more gang-related information and materials, visit the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Web site at www.ncjrs.gov.
If you are a resident of the city of Grand Prairie and have been a victim of identity theft, you may complete an Identity Theft Packet by clicking on one of the links below. Please fill out the Identity Theft Packet and then drop it off or mail it to the Grand Prairie Police Department at the following address:
Grand Prairie Police Department
Attn: Investigative Services-Identity Theft
1525 Arkansas Lane
Grand Prairie, TX 75052
Reports should be detailed with as much information as possible such as (dates/times/suspect information, addresses). Reports are reviewed as they come in and cases with limited information or with no leads are not assigned to an investigator. Your case will be evaluated and if an investigator is able to follow-up on your case you will be contacted.
Unfortunately we are not able to follow-up on or investigate each and every report filed with our department. We are not able to go to locations and obtain videos or other evidence on cases that have been reviewed, and then placed on inactive status.
If your checks, credit/debit card are being used fraudulently we will only pursue charges on behalf of the person or business who has suffered the monetary loss. Many times the financial institutions reimburse you for the "monetary loss" that you have suffered which makes them the complainant. As a courtesy to you, the account holder, the Grand Prairie Police Department will allow you to initiate an offense report. Many times you can provide this information to the credit bureaus or your creditors to help clear your financial situation.
ID Theft/Financial Crimes Contacts
The Major Crimes Unit investigates both adult and juvenile crimes including criminal homicide, robbery, assault, harassment and missing persons. The Major Crimes Unit is also responsible for investigating "cold" cases.
Major Crimes Unit Contact
|Sgt. Tracy Hinson||972-237-8777|
|Det. Zach Miles||972-237-4719|
|Det. Lena Aguayo||972-237-8830|
|Det. Adrian Reteria||972-237-7556|
|Det. Josh Stelter||972-237-8967|
|Det. Alan Frizzell||972-237-8795|
|Det. Patrick McComb||972-237-8967|
The Narcotics Unit is assigned to the Investigative Services Bureau and is tasked with investigating quality of life issues in our community, with their primary focus being on street-level narcotic enforcement.
They follow up on Crime Stopper’s Tips as well as citizen complaints involving narcotic trafficking that are called into the Special Investigations Unit. They routinely assist other law enforcement agencies, as well as other units within the Grand Prairie Police Department. Some, but not all, of their duties include developing informants; obtaining and executing narcotic search warrants; making arrests; conducting surveillance of criminal organizations; issuing citations, as well as performing various other law enforcement duties. The unit reports to the sergeant over the Special Investigations Unit.
Narcotic Unit Contact
Phone: 972-641-0987 or 972-641-0988
If you have been the victim of a property crime, or need further assistance contact the Property Crimes Unit.
Property Crime Unit Contact
A Proactive Approach to Helping Victims of Property Crimes
The Grand Prairie Police Department is kindly asking citizens to please record serial numbers, makes, models, brands and any other identifying information for your valuables. In the event that you are a victim of a property crime, taking the time to record your information now could help you recover your property during an investigation. Items that are commonly targeted include TV’s, gaming systems such as Xbox, Wii, and PlayStations, IPODS, computers, laptops, lawn equipment, coins, and most importantly, weapons.
It is recommended that two copies be kept of these records in a safe place in case they are ever needed. This information is solely for your records and would only be needed in the event that you become a victim of a property crime. We appreciate you taking a few minutes of your time now to record the identifying information for your valuables.
The Property and Evidence Division receives and maintains over 100,000 pieces of property per year. Everything from cigarette butts to headstones. You just have to name it and we probably have it.
Property may be claimed Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Identification, as well as the case number, if known, is required. Found property that has an identified owner will be held for 90 days and a certified letter or postcard notifying such owner will be mailed.
Found property that has no known owner will be held 30 days. After the 90 or 30 days have expired, the property will then be disposed of according to Texas Code of Criminal Procedure 18.17. Found abandoned bicycles are kept for 30 days, and then set for auction. (See below auction procedures.)
The Property Room is only a storage location for all forms of evidence. We do not make decisions for the release of any evidence item. Evidence may be released with the authority of a police officer or the detective that is handling the case, in which you will need to contact them to gain authorization. Evidence may also be released with a court order signed by the judge who presided over the case. This is generally done after the case is completed in the county courts. Evidence will only be released to the person designated by the order.
After property procedures have been met, and subsequently unclaimed, these items are set for auction.
Auctions are held the 1st Wednesday of each month at the Grand Prairie Auto Pound, 3010 Hardrock Road, Grand Prairie, Texas 75050. Phone: 972-237-4100.
There are no set lists of what is ready for auction, each month is different. The auction of these items, as well as abandoned/unclaimed vehicles, is open to the general public. Viewing starts at 1 p.m. and the sale starts at 2 p.m. Accepted payment is cash, credit card or checks with a letter of guarantee from your bank.
Property and Evidence Division Contact
1525 Arkansas Lane
Grand Prairie, Texas 75052
Monday – Friday
7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Citizens should contact 911 to make the initial report if a missing individual is an adult, a runaway juvenile, child, a senior citizen, senile, mentally or physically impaired and is missing from the City of Grand Prairie.
Missing Children and Runaways Contact
Missing Person Investigator, Debra Willis
All Children's Home (ACH) is a non-profit children and family services agency offering emergency youth shelter for homeless and runaway youth, ages 10-17 years old. www.ACHservices.org
Dallas Children's Advocacy Center (DCAD) improves the lives of abused children in Dallas County. www.dcac.org
Tarrant County Juvenile Services operates a justice organization that supports victim rights and community safety while fostering productive, responsible behavior for youth and families. www.tarrantcounty.com/en/juvenile-services/about-juvenile-services.html
Teen Help includes information on parenting teenagers, troubled teens, teen issues, treatment programs, and other related topics. www.teenhelp.com
Texas Department of Public Safety Missing Persons Clearinghouse is a central repository for information on missing and unidentified persons in Texas. www.txdps.state.tx.us/mpch
U.S. Department of State helps send messages to missing Americans abroad. www.travel.state.gov
Visit the Victim Services Unit Web page for information on crisis intervention, advocacy and support services to crime victims.
Victim Services Unit Contact
Main Line: 972-237-8796
Ana Quintana, Victim Services Coordinator
Child Crimes and Family Violence Cases
Jennifer Guzman, Victim Services Coordinator
Major Crimes (homicide, non-family assaults, robberies and kidnapping), Traffic Crimes (intoxication assault, failure to stop and render aid, and DWI with injuries)