Do the Most Good: Give to Charities, Not to Panhandlers

Downtown Dallas’s volunteer resident group has created this flyer to educate the public on the benefits of giving to local charities instead of panhandlers. Giving to local charities also stretches your dollar further. Check it out and see how you can do the most good!

UPDATED: Dallas Police to conduct special initiative to enforce juvenile curfew, crack down on street racers with support from Downtown business partners

Update as of September 11, 2020:

Thank you to the City of Dallas, Dallas PD, and DART PD for collaborating with Downtown business partners to activate an enhanced enforcement initiative to enforce the juvenile curfew and provide additional manpower to curtail speeding and street racing in Downtown and surrounding entertainment districts.

DPD began enforcing the juvenile curfew ordinance Labor Day weekend, and enforcement of the order will continue for the next several weeks covering Deep Ellum, West End, Farmers Market, Uptown, Victory Park, and the Central Business District.

The ordinance applies to juveniles under the age of 17 who are in a public place in the curfew area from 12:01 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday and from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. on Sunday. Some highlights from the citywide Labor Day weekend efforts included\ the temporary removal of scooters, 12 towed vehicles and 1 stolen vehicle recovered and 141 traffic and 182 spectator citations related to street racing. This initiative will continue this weekend and remember, if you see something, say something!

September 4, 2020: The Dallas Police Department (DPD) is collaborating with the City of Dallas’ Downtown business partners to take a proactive approach to ensure all residents and business owners are safe by conducting a special initiative to enforce the juvenile curfew and providing additional manpower to curtail speeding and street racing.

DPD will begin enforcing the juvenile curfew ordinance on Friday, September 4, 2020. Enforcement of the order will be in place for the next three weeks covering Deep Ellum, West End, Farmers Market, Uptown, Victory Park, and the Central Business District.

The ordinance applies to juveniles under the age of 17 who are in a public place in the curfew area from 12:01 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday and from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. on Sunday.

Enhanced Services from Downtown Dallas, Inc.

Downtown Dallas, Inc. (DDI) continues to observe, listen, and respond to the needs and concerns of Downtown. The below highlights are enhancements to DDI services that have already been implemented or will be implemented next week.

PUBLIC SAFETY + HOMELESS OUTREACH

  • Daily hours for the Downtown Safety Patrol are from 6:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. DDI is providing additional security coverage at Main Street Garden, Belo Garden, and Pegasus Plaza from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at each location (168 hours of weekly additional security presence).
  • There is now a dedicated off-duty DPD officer at Main Street Garden daily (four-hour shifts / 28 hours per week).  Also, DDI is providing additional DPD patrols and resources weekly in Downtown.  As a reminder, DDI already funds off-duty DPD officers seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
  • City of Dallas Park Department has increased their deployment of Park Rangers to provide additional patrols throughout Downtown parks.
  • Safety Patrol is adding 18 new full-time security professionals.
  • Homeless Outreach Team has grown to three members (Manager, Coordinator, and Street Outreach Specialist). This team dedicates over 80 hours a week to meaningful engagements with individuals experiencing homelessness. Within the last 45 – 60 days, DDI’s outreach team has successfully connected 17 individuals experiencing homelessness to long-term service recovery programs.
  • We have launched the Homeless Fellowship Program by hiring an individual who is sheltered at The Bridge Transitional Unit as an independent contractor to join the DDI Street Outreach Team during engagements with shelter-resistant individuals.
  • DDI continues to work with the City, surrounding neighborhoods, and scooter operators to address concerns related to scooter operations throughout the area. DDI is hopeful that additional information regarding scooter operations will be communicated next week.

CLEANING + MAINTENANCE

  • Daily hours for the Clean Team are 6:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Clean Team has added three new full-time positions.
  • Clean Team continues to provide sanitization of high-touch items in the public space and parks such as tables, benches, playgrounds, and trash receptacles.
  • DDI is providing funding to double the frequency of our power washing contractors’ efforts, and will be purchasing additional power washing equipment for Clean Team to begin utilizing on an on-call basis starting in September. As a reminder, DDI already provides over 250,000 square feet of power washing each month; this enhancement will ensure roughly 500,000 square feet of sidewalks are washed monthly. Pressure washing services are provided throughout Downtown with a focus on pedestrian corridors. Additionally, Clean Team will begin daily washing of hot spots as needed.
  • DDI has purchased and is installing 16 park rules signs that are being deployed to Pacific Plaza, Main Street Garden, Pegasus Plaza, and Belo Garden. Expect to see increased enforcement of park rules.

These are just a few of the enhanced services you will see from DDI immediately. Stay tuned for more information on upcoming plans and enhanced programs next week! As always, report issues as you see them right from your phone on the See Say Now app, available on Android and iPhone. You can also reach dispatch at 214.741.1151. Have ideas or feedback? Email us at info@downtowndallas.com.

Updated 6.6.20: Important Information from City of Dallas Regarding Curfew Cancellation and Protests

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June 6, 2020, 12:35 p.m.: The City of Dallas just announced that the curfew has been lifted. Additional details are provided by clicking here.

As a reminder, there are several protests confirmed for today and tomorrow as well as throughout next week for the Downtown area.  We also continue to see pop-up and movement activity that is not scheduled that may require brief street closures for the safety of the protesters and community.

Belo Garden Park – Dallas Stand Up For Justice
Saturday, June 6
2pm – 4:30pm
1014 Main St.

(NEW) Katy Trail – Justice March
Saturday, June 6
3:00pm – 6:00pm
Katy Trail

Jack Evans Headquarters – National Injustice Peaceful Rally
Sunday, June 7
11am – 2pm
1400 S. Lamar St.

Praise and Worship in Downtown Dallas
Sunday, June 7
11am – 2pm
133 N. Riverfront Blvd.

Deep Ellum Brewery – Peace March/Protest
Sunday, June 7
6:00pm – 8:00pm
2823 St. Louis St.

Dallas City Hall – White Coats for Black Lives
Wednesday, June 10
5:30pm – 6:30pm
1500 Marilla St.

Dallas City Hall – Mothers and Fathers Against Police Brutality
Thursday, June 11
8:00am – 10:00am
1500 Marilla St.

Updated 6.2.20: Important Information from City of Dallas Regarding Protests and Expanded Curfew Zone

June 2, 2020 – Today, the City of Dallas expanded the zone in which there is a curfew from 7:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m.

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Please see additional information released May 31, from the City of Dallas and the Dallas Police Department:

  • Mayor Johnson has signed an emergency declaration giving City Manager Broadnax & Chief Hall authority to institute a curfew from 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. The boundaries are Oak Lawn to the north, Riverfront to the west, Corinth to the south, and Peak to the east including Downtown, Deep Ellum, the Farmers Market, Cedars, Uptown, and Victory Park. The expanded area now includes Trinity Groves and West Village.  City of Dallas is working with organizations and partners in these areas to communicate with their residents, businesses, and other stakeholders. DPD has further asked to stress situational awareness and honoring the curfew, particularly allowing employees who are working Downtown ample time to leave before 7:00 p.m.

 

  • The City of Dallas and DPD continue to respect and protect the rights of peaceful protesters gathering within our city.  DPD will have a presence protecting peaceful protesters, residents, and business owners, patrons, and employees; managing traffic; and vigilantly looking to remove or control bricks or anything else which may be used to harm people, vandalize or destroy property, or aid in other criminal mischief.

 

  • If you observe concerning activity, particularly if it is not a part of scheduled demonstrations, citizens are asked to use the iWatch app to provide images and video directly to law enforcement.  Business owners and residents are strongly urged not to take matters in to their own hands and to call 9-1-1 if they continue to see violence, destruction of personal property, vandalism, or other criminal mischief.

 

  • City of Dallas and DPD encourages all residents and visitors to be mindful of the curfew and comply to ensure we may continue to keep residents, business owners & employees, peaceful demonstrators, and first responders safe. Residents or employees who live or work in the curfew area should be prepared to show proof of residency or work credentials if they need to travel in or out of the area while curfew is in effect.

 

  • Gov. Abbott has declared a state of emergency for the entire state of Texas, activating the National Guard. Between 120 and 150 National Guard officers in Grand Prairie are available if needed.

 

  • We are still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Dallas residents are safest at home and urged to continue exercising personal responsibility and practicing safe social distancing.

Important Information from City of Dallas Regarding Protests

May 31, 2020 – Please see additional information released May 31, from the City of Dallas and the Dallas Police Department:

  • Gov. Abbott has declared a state of emergency for the entire state of Texas, activating the National Guard. Between 120 and 150 National Guard officers in Grand Prairie are available if needed.

 

  • Mayor Johnson has signed an emergency declaration giving City Manager Broadnax & Chief Hall authority to institute a curfew beginning Sunday, May 31, from 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. The boundaries are Oak Lawn to the north, Riverfront to the west, Corinth to the south, and Peak to the east including Downtown, Deep Ellum, the Farmers Market, Cedars, Uptown, and Victory Park. We are working with organizations and partners in these areas to communicate with their residents, businesses, and other stakeholders. Businesses are urged to close at 5:00 p.m. so all patrons and employees may avoid harm.

 

  • The City of Dallas and DPD continue to respect and protect the rights of peaceful protesters gathering within our city.  DPD will have a presence protecting peaceful protesters, residents, and business owners, patrons, and employees; managing traffic; and vigilantly looking to remove or control bricks or anything else which may be used to harm people, vandalize or destroy property, or aid in other criminal mischief.

 

  • Business owners and residents are strongly urged not to take matters in to their own hands and to call 9-1-1 if they continue to see violence, destruction of personal property, vandalism, or other criminal mischief.

 

  • We encourage all residents and visitors to be mindful of the curfew and comply to ensure we may continue to keep residents, business owners & employees, peaceful demonstrators, and first responders safe. Residents or employees who live or work in the curfew area should be prepared to show proof of residency or work credentials if they need to travel in or out of the area while curfew is in effect.

 

  • We are still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Dallas residents are safest at home and urged to continue exercising personal responsibility and practicing safe social distancing.

Updated 5.11.20 – Keeping Downtown Clean and Safe: DDI Critical Clean and Safe Services During the COVID-19 Crisis

The Downtown Dallas, Inc. Field Operations Teams, the Downtown Safety Patrol and Clean Team, remain on the streets, working for our stakeholders, seven days a week during this difficult and unprecedented time. Keeping Downtown “clean and safe” is always our number one priority, and now it is more important than ever.

By nature of what we do, DDI has several tiers of emergency response plans. Though no one could predict what is happening in our world today, we have been able to quickly adapt with what we define as Tier 3 modified operations, which includes:

    • Active patrols from 6:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. daily. The dedicated off-duty Dallas Police officer funded by DDI is also patrolling Downtown 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. daily. This increase in hours and man power is in response to more activity in Downtown as shelter in place orders are eased. Our team will continue to monitor the situation and will make adjustments as needed.
    • The number of employees working in the field will increase as well, allowing some Downtown Safety Patrol officers to be dedicated to traditional Safety Patrol duties.
    • Both teams will continue to work together with a focus on litter removal, park cleaning, sanitizing hard surfaces, and public safety.
    • Additionally, DSP officers will begin using bicycles and T3s to allow quicker response and visibility.
    • Our teams are requesting compliance on social distancing and educating homeless individuals about resources and self-care.
    • Sanitizing high-touch surfaces, such as handrails, trash receptacles, non-removable public furniture, and door handles repeatedly throughout each day. Special care is being given at all of our Downtown parks.
    • In accordance with City policy, we have removed all moveable furniture, turned off electrical outlets, locked dog runs, and wrapped drinking fountains to ensure everyone’s safety and encourage social distancing.
    • We will continually monitor these hours according to data from activity logs, See Say Now app reports, field observation, and stakeholder feedback.
    • If you need to report an issue related to cleanliness or safety, please call dispatch at 214.741.1151 or use the See Say Now app during these modified hours of 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    • If an urgent issue arises outside of our operating hours, please direct needs to 911 or 311, as appropriate, otherwise we will prioritize response to overnight logs at the beginning of each shift.

For more information, please click here to see full information on DDI’s Field Operations Response.

Updated 4.20.20 – Keeping Downtown Clean and Safe: DDI Critical Clean and Safe Services During the COVID-19 Crisis

The Downtown Dallas, Inc. Field Operations Teams, the Downtown Safety Patrol and Clean Team, remain on the streets, working for our stakeholders, seven days a week during this difficult and unprecedented time. Keeping Downtown “clean and safe” is always our number one priority, and now it is more important than ever.

By nature of what we do, DDI has several tiers of emergency response plans. Though no one could predict what is happening in our world today, we have been able to quickly adapt with what we define as Tier 3 modified operations, which includes:

    • Active patrols from 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. daily. The dedicated off-duty Dallas Police officer funded by DDI is also patrolling Downtown 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. daily.
    • Downtown Safety Patrol and Clean Team members working as one team, prioritizing tasks related to safety, cleaning, and sanitizing.
    • Our teams are requesting compliance on social distancing and educating homeless individuals about resources and self-care.
    • Utilizing our fleet of “gem cars” (carts), T3s, and vehicles to maximize coverage and visibility
    • Sanitizing high-touch surfaces, such as handrails, trash receptacles, non-removable public furniture, and door handles repeatedly throughout each day. Special care is being given at all of our Downtown parks.
    • In accordance with City policy, we have removed all moveable furniture, turned off electrical outlets, locked dog runs, and wrapped drinking fountains to ensure everyone’s safety and encourage social distancing.
    • We will continually monitor these hours according to data from activity logs, See Say Now app reports, field observation, and stakeholder feedback.
    • If you need to report an issue related to cleanliness or safety, please call dispatch at 214.741.1151 or use the See Say Now app during these modified hours of 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    • If an urgent issue arises outside of our operating hours, please direct needs to 911 or 311, as appropriate, otherwise we will prioritize response to overnight logs at the beginning of each shift.

For more information, please click here to see full information on DDI’s Field Operations Response.

Safety Patrol and Clean Team Employees of the Month

Congratulations to our recent Clean Team and Safety Patrol employees of the month! We appreciate all the hard work they do every day to keep Downtown clean and safe.

September Safety Patrol Employees of the Month: Rudy Perez and Ryan Peterson

September Clean Team Employee of the Month: Lawanda Lee

October Safety Patrol Employees of the Month: Daniel Blow and Anthony Alvarado

October Clean Team Employee of the Month: Fannie Foster

 

New Expanded Service Hours for DDI Field Operations Teams

In order to better serve our growing Downtown community, Downtown Dallas, Inc. has expanded hours for the Safety Patrol and Clean Team. Safety Patrol officers will be out from 5:30 a.m.-1:00 a.m., seven days a week. Clean Team and Parks Personnel hours are  Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., and 8:00 a.m-7:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Please continue to use the See Say Now app – available in the Apple and Google Play stores on your mobile device – or call dispatch at 214-741-1151. Click for MORE.

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