Cedar Hill Police Department

  • Agency: Cedar Hill Police Department
  • Address: Building 200, 285 Uptown Blvd, Cedar Hill, 75104 TX
  • Chief: S L Rhodes (Chief of Police)
Phone: 972-291-5181
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Cedar Hill Police Department is located at Building 200, 285 Uptown Blvd, Cedar Hill, 75104 TX. The Chief of Police of the department is S L Rhodes. The Cedar Hill Police Department phone number is 972-291-5181.

Cedar Hill Police Department News

As we’ve said many times, we take impaired driving enforcement very seriously. We finished 2017 with 155 arrests for Driving While Intoxicated. That’s an 8% increase over 2016. Our efforts to combat drunk driving have been aided, in part, by participating in the Texas Department of Transportation’s Selective Traffic Enforcement program which helps pay for additional officers to focus on impaired driving enforcement during peak times of the year including our Christmas enforcement period which began on December 15th and concluded on December 31st. Despite all the warnings, social media postings, and educational programs, 11 people were arrested in Cedar Hill for Driving While Intoxicated during this time. Certainly, not the best way to end the year for these folks.

Happy New Year! Be safe and have a great 2018!

UPDATE 12/31/17 @ 5pm Bridge is back open. Crews have sanded and will continue to monitor throughout the night. Continue to use caution on all roadways. Have a safe New Year. MAJOR BRIDGE CLOSURE The Lake Ridge Parkway bridge over Joe Pool Lake has ben closed due to ice. This affects travel into and out of Cedar Hill and Grand Prairie and is expected to remain closed for at least 24 hours. Grand Prairie Police

Dear Mom and Dad, Today, I made a very bad decision. I thought I’d be ok to drive. I mean it was just two drinks. I’ve done it before and it’s never been a problem. As I drove, I felt fine. But, I wasn’t. I was on my way home and I guess I was going too fast when I hit a curb. The car flipped over, and I didn’t make it. I really wish I could have told you both how much I loved you. Please don’t blame yourself. This was my choice. I decided to drive drunk. Love always, Your son (or daughter) This New Years, don’t let alcohol and/or drugs turn your world, and that of others’, upside down. Designate a sober driver, use a ride share or call a taxi.... whatever you do, #PlanWhileYouCan Unfortunately, we know the dangers of drinking and driving all too well. The decision to drink and drive CAN AND DOES COST INNOCENT PEOPLE THEIR LIVES. It’s not just about being able to afford a DWI financially, it’s about how much does another person’s life mean to you? Please, celebrate responsibly.

Here's a simple message to help make your New Year's weekend celebrations safe for everyone, #planwhileyoucan . This driver was involved in a minor vehicle crash. When officers spoke with him, they detected alcohol. After a series of sobriety tests, the driver failed and was placed under arrest for Driving While Intoxicated. This driver swore, he would not drive if he thought he was drunk because he said he was "responsible". Even responsible drivers can drink, drive and go to jail. If he would have taken steps to plan ahead, his night would not have ended this way. The Cedar Hill Police Department is committed to impaired driving enforcement. We know, all too well, the consequences of such an irresponsible decision to drink and drive. This holiday season, we've partnered with the Texas Department of Transportation through a Special Traffic Enforcement Program grant designed to put additional officers on the streets from December 15th thru December 31st to focus on impaired driving.

From all of us to all of you....Merry Christmas!

It’s only two more sleeps till Christmas... If you’re still out shopping, that’s ok, we’re still out serving up a safe, shopping experience!

There’s only a few more shopping days left before Christmas, so to the shoplifters and car burglars lurking in the shadows, waiting for your opportunity, thinking that no one will see you... Know this. We see you when you’re thieving, we know what you will take. We know when you’ve been bad or good so be good for goodness sake... Your acts will be seen by a camera somewhere; everywhere. Even Santa’s elves on the shelves are equipped with Axon US body cameras these days, so shop safe.

Be sure to check out CBS DFW tonight at 10 to see how two of our Citizens On Patrol volunteers helped catch a wanted felon accused of a violent crime. It’s a great story you won’t want to miss!

A huge thanks to Santa Sarge (Sgt Hammel) and Chick-fil-A Cedar Hill for hosting #CoffeeWithACop we had a great time meeting everyone. By far, the best story of the day came from a woman who stopped by with her small child. She told us she was having a really bad morning but thanks to Santa Sarge and the gifts he gave her for her kids, her day was looking much better. That made our day too!

Come join us for our 2nd Coffee With A Cop at Chick Fil A Be sure to bring your kids to meet Santa 'Sarge' and Santa Cow As always it's a great way to get to know your officers over a cup of coffee and a conversation. We're thankful to Chick Fil A for hosting and providing the coffee.

Take a look at what 50,000 toys looks like! Our thanks to Dalace Duvall and Diamond Wishes Children’s Charity for letting us be a part of their Toys-for-Tots effort. And a huge THANK YOU to the kids and parents from the Linda Tutt High School Challenge Program in Sanger, TX for coming all the way out to Cedar Hill this afternoon to help load the truck. These kids worked so hard loading hundreds of boxes on to this trailer to help make sure other kids in need have a great Christmas!

Please take a moment to read and ‘share’...It may save someone’s life, even your own. This may look like just a phone number, but it’s actually a symbol of tragedy... It’s a phone number used to call for a ride in the event you find your self under the influence of alcohol and needing a ride home. Several years ago, we found this note at the scene of an terrible accident. It was found just as you see it; sitting on top of a piece of shattered glass amongst many broken pieces of glass and car parts that were scattered across the ground. The young driver of the car was under the influence of alcohol and was killed in the accident. Think about what might have happened if the driver had just called this number? It’s a scene that we’ve encountered too many times; severe injuries and deaths as a result of intoxicated drivers. We take impaired driving enforcement seriously. In the last year we’ve made more than 100 arrests for intoxicated driving. Our efforts to combat drunk driving have been aided, in part, by participating in the Texas Department of Transportation’s Selective Traffic Enforcement program which helps pay for additional officers to focus on impaired driving enforcement during peak times of the year including our Christmas enforcement period which begins tomorrow, December 15th and runs through December 31st.

Police activity in High Pointe tonight is related to a missing hiker who was reported to the Dallas Police Department earlier this evening. They utilized a helicopter in the search and, once they located him, they used the public address system to help direct him to safety. He has been located and is safe.

Rest In Peace, Texas State Trooper Damon Allen, EOW 11-23-2017. Thank you for your dedicated service.

Congratulations to Lt. Jenkins and Cpl. Williams who were honored during today’s City Luncheon for their 25 years of dedicated service to the City of Cedar Hill.

Fake guns, replica guns, BB guns, Airsoft guns... it doesn’t matter what you call them, these very ‘real-looking’ guns pose a very ‘real’ threat to law enforcement officers. We’ve seen the story and now the photos from the Arlington PD officer involved shooting at the Parks Mall and want to make another plea about this issue. This is not just a local problem. Police officers, nationwide, are impacted by the threat these “toy guns” pose. There is no way to train an officer to recognize the difference between a real gun and something that looks remarkably like a real gun. We should never place an officer in the position of having to decide whether a gun is real or fake when they look too similar. Today we spoke in depth with CBS11 news about this very serious and very real issue. We displayed several fake guns which have been confiscated over the years to show the similarities between a real gun and several fake guns. We also shared with them this photo of a fake gun which was just used less than two weeks ago in an aggravated robbery offense at Jack in the Box. The guns may be fake, but the consequences of using them in crimes and/or against police officers are very real! In fact, it could be deadly.

Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks and we are thankful to the Citizens of Cedar Hill for their support! What are you thankful for?

9:00PM UPDATED Mr. Benavides was located in Grand Prairie off carrier parkway by the Grand Prairie Police Department. MISSING PERSON- ENDANGERED PLEASE SHARE We need your help locating Mr. Victor Benavides, 58, who left his residence in the 1200 blk of Longleaf Dr., this evening sometime after 5:30. He was last seen wearing a Maroon long sleeve shirt, jeans, and tennis shoes. He was carrying a pile of clothes wrapped with a belt. Last seen walking toward High Pointe. He was walking on foot, and gave no destination. Mr, Gonzales suffers from dementia and because of his condition, he may be in danger. We are working to activate the silver alert system. If you see Mr. Benavides, please contact us immediately at 972-223-6111.

On Sunday, November 19, 2017, the Jack in the Box restaurant, located at 412 N Hwy 67, Cedar Hill, Texas, was robbed at gun point. Cedar Hill Detectives responded and conducted a thorough investigation, which led to the identity of the suspect. On Monday, November 20, 2017, Cedar Hill Detectives located the suspect at his place of employment and arrested him for an unrelated warrant. The suspect’s vehicle was located and items recovered from the vehicle have linked him to the aggravated robbery. The suspects crime spree might have included similar robberies in two other cities. He is currently in Dallas County Jail for Aggravated Robbery.

The holiday season is a time when crime is usually at its highest, but police officers in Cedar Hill are nevertheless working hard to make sure residents and shoppers in the city stay safe. Our police officers, civilian staff, and proactive Citizen’s On Patrol volunteers feel they are responsible for people having a safe shopping experience and getting home safely with their gifts. They will be working more traffic and patrolling the retail parking lots to have a presence so that people can have a safe shopping experience Below are some tips to help you while you shop this holiday season! Shopping Safety Tips: • Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must shop at night, go with a friend or family member. • Stay alert and be aware of what's going on around you. • Don't overburden yourself with packages. • Never leave your purse in a shopping cart or on a counter while you pay for your purchases. When using public restrooms, use extreme caution — try to avoid putting your purse on hooks or door handles. • Never carry large amounts of money. Park in a well-lighted space, and be sure to lock the car, close the windows, and hide shopping bags and gifts in the trunk. • When returning to your auto (or home), have your keys in your hand, ready to open the door. • Before entering your vehicle, carefully check the front and rear seats and floors for anyone that may be hiding there. Lock your doors immediately after entering the vehicle. • Try to shop with friends or relatives. There is safety in numbers. • Shopping with kids? Teach them to go to a store clerk or security guard if you get separated. Secure your car - Cars can be an easy target for criminals. Park your car as close to your destination as possible and in a well-lighted area. When you do your shopping, remember to store your packages in the trunk of the car and not on the back seat. Also, if you take packages to the car but plan to return to the store or mall, drive your car to a new location within the parking lot. Shopping Online Tips: • Before surfing the Internet, secure your personal computers by updating your security software. Everyone’s computer should have anti-virus, anti-spyware, and anti-spam software, as well as a good firewall installed. • Keep your personal information private and your password secure. Do not respond to requests to “verify” your password or credit card information unless you initiated the contact. Legitimate businesses will not contact you in this manner. • Beware of “bargains” from companies with whom you are unfamiliar—if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! • Use secure websites for purchases. Look for the icon of a locked padlock at the bottom of the screen or “https” in the URL address. • Shop with companies you know and trust. Check for background information if you plan to buy from a new or unfamiliar company.

This afternoon we responded along with the Cedar Hill Fire Department to the CHISD Collegiate High School regarding an odor of gas inside one of the class rooms. The school was evacuated and several students/staff received medical attention at the scene. A total of 8 people were taken to an area hospital for evaluation. This is a really brief summary of events but this post isn’t about the incident itself. Instead, this is about the level of cooperation between agencies and the sharing of resources that took place during this which allowed for a quick and safe resolution to a pretty scary event. We know the visual of so many police and fire vehicles in front of a school can be unsettling. However, working together, CHPD, CHFD, CHISD Police and administrative staff, Dallas Fire Rescue’s Haz-Mat Team, Atmos Energy and, of course, the students, parents, and teachers calmly brought this situation to a resolution. Our prayers for a quick recovery to those who were transported to the hospital...

We could tell you the story behind this photo... but we thought it might be fun to do something we haven’t done in quite a while.... it’s CAPTION THIS time! Keep it clean. The caption with the most likes will win a prize... or maybe just a hug 😉 Go!

Like many, we too are praying for the families and mourning the loss of so many innocent lives in Sutherland Springs, TX yesterday. In the aftermath, it’s only natural to question what can be done to stop this from happening here. For us, however, this is not an issue of politics, it’s an issue of preparation. Last year we began offering a free training course to our local churches, schools, and businesses called Civilian Response To Active Shooter Events (C.R.A.S.E.). Over a year later, many of our local churches and businesses have undergone this training. It’s a course designed to help you be prepared in the event you find yourself in an active shooter situation. We now know these events can occur anywhere and, while we hope they will never occur here, we want you to be prepared to respond in case it does. Several of our Police And Community Team officers instruct this course. If you live or work in Cedar Hill and are interested in scheduling and/or attending one of these courses, please message the page. If you are not a resident of Cedar Hill, contact your local agency to find out if they offer this course. Stay safe and stay prepared.

Dear Reckless Driver, Please explain to this family why your plans to be somewhere were more important than their safety? Reckless behavior with a vehicle must stop! Leave early or just be late; the lives of those around you ARE more important than your plans! Sincerely, CHPD Thankfully the occupants of this vehicle were not seriously hurt. The driver of the other vehicle was observed by witnesses weaving recklessly in and out of traffic while speeding and now faces criminal charges. PLEASE DRIVE CAREFULLY!