The Denton Police Department (DPD) has a long standing tradition of working together with citizens to make our neighborhoods and our City safer. DPD has been on the forefront of creating partnerships, solving community concerns, and being involved in non-traditional policing roles. We cannot successfully fight crime without your help. DPD is committed to forming partnerships with the mutual goals of resolving problems, reducing fear, preserving the peace and enforcing the law. Our personnel strive to approach every situation with the goal of providing excellent service.
Frequently Asked Questions
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What is the Automated Traffic Signal Enforcement Program
Red light cameras help communities enforce traffic laws by automatically photographing vehicles whose drivers run red lights. A red light camera system is connected to the traffic signal and to sensors that monitor traffic flow at the crosswalk or stop line. The system continuously monitors the traffic signal 24/7, and the camera itself is triggered by any vehicle entering the intersection above a pre-established minimum speed and following a specified time after the signal has turned red. A second photograph typically shows the red light violator in the intersection. Cameras record the date, time of day, time elapsed since the beginning of the red signal and vehicle speed. Tickets are sent by mail to owners of the violating vehicles, following a review by trained police officers of the photographic evidence
What constitutes a red light running violation?
A violation occurs when a motorist enters an intersection after the signal light has turned red. Motorists trapped inadvertently in an intersection when the signal changes to red (e.g., waiting to turn left) are not red light runners.
Where are the red light cameras located?
Denton currently has 15 photo enforcement cameras.
Reporting a crime
If your incident is an emergency, call 911. If non-emergency call (940) 349-8181. Use the online citizen police report system to submit a report immediately and print a copy for free. Please confirm the following:
- This is not an emergency
- The incident is not in progress
- This incident occurred within the Denton Police Department City limits
- You are not going to file the report for others
- You have a valid e-mail address
- You have a valid driver's license number
Please make sure to turn off your pop-up blocking software before filing the report. All cases filed using the Citizens Online Police Reporting System will be reviewed. Upon review, if further investigation of your case is needed, you may be contacted.
You can report the following incidents (please choose one):
Non Consent Towing
If you think your vehicle has been towed illegally within the City please call (940) 349-8181 and have an offense report generated. Completed reports will be forwarded to the City of Denton Prosecutors Office for review.
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) regulates towing/booting and vehicle storage facilities in Texas.
If your towed vehicle is at a Vehicle Storage Facility, additional fees will apply, for complete details on storage fees and other towing information Texas Booting and Towing Law can be found at the following website provided by TDLR.
Wreckers are commercial motor vehicles regulated by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) and the City of Denton. Complaints and concerns should be directed to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation at 1-800-803-9202 or visit the website.
If you wish to contest a non-consent tow or the impoundment of your vehicle, you must request a tow hearing. The tow hearing must be scheduled within 14 days of the vehicle being towed. Any Justice of the Peace located within Denton County may hold a tow hearing regarding your vehicle. Contact information is located on the Denton County Website.
Racial Profiling Policy
Racial profiling and bias policing is completely intolerable and contrary to the governing values of the Denton Police Department. The City’s racial profiling policy provides guidelines for officers to prevent such occurrences, establishes procedures to educate citizens how to report incidents of perceived racial profiling, and protects police officers when they act within the dictates of the law and policy. View the policy.
Citizens who wish to lodge a racial profiling complaint against individual members of the Denton Police Department should contact the Office of Professional Standards (Internal Affairs) unit located in the Denton Police Department facility at 601 E. Hickory, Suite E. Their office is normally open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., or you may reach their office by telephone at (940) 349-7924.
Denton Police Department Divisions
The Operations Bureau, under the command of Deputy Chief Lenn Carter, provides the majority of the uniformed presence for the Police Department. The Bureau consists of three divisions: Patrol, Special Enforcement, and Administration. The men and women of the Operations Bureau take pride in providing quality customer service, developing positive partnerships with members of our community, and ensuring a safe community for our citizens. Our officers are committed to working with community members and are often involved in neighborhood meetings and the development of neighborhood-focused problem resolution.
The Patrol Division is deployed in 4 shifts working 12-hour shifts. Each shift is supervised by a Lieutenant and two Sergeants. Each shift is responsible for providing police service through responding to calls for service and performing self-initiated police activity in each of the five police districts. The current Patrol Lieutenants are Lt. Lee Creamer, Lt. Bobby Smith, and Lt. Mike Beutner.
Special Enforcement Division
The Special Enforcement Division is primarily charged with ensuring traffic safety for citizens traveling on the roads of our city. This Division is currently supervised by Lieutenant David Hildebrand, and includes the Traffic Section, School Crossing Guards and Special Events Planning. The Traffic Section provides focused enforcement for traffic violations and impaired drivers on the highways and other major thoroughfares throughout Denton. The Section also conducts advanced accident investigations for injury and fatality accidents. The Section also administers the Automated Traffic Signal Enforcement Program (Red Light Cameras).
Operations Administration Division
This Division, under the supervision of Lieutenant Frank Padgett, includes the Community Resource and Public Information Officers and School Resource Officers.
Criminal Investigations Bureau
The Criminal Investigations Bureau conducts investigations of criminal activity committed within the city limits of Denton. The Bureau is commanded by Deputy Chief Scott Fletcher and consists of four Divisions: General Investigations Division, Major Crimes Division, Family Services Division and the Special Operations Division.
General Investigations Division
The General Investigations Division is responsible for the follow-up investigation of crimes committed against persons or property in the City of Denton which require a degree of specialization or a centralized investigative approach.
Major Crimes Division
The detectives assigned to this division are responsible for criminal investigations that are time consuming, require specialized expertise or are of a serious nature.
Family Services Division
The detectives assigned to this section investigate offenses where children are the victim of crimes of violence. The detectives investigate both physical and sexual abuse of children. The Bureau works very closely with the Denton County Children’s Advocacy Center and Child Protective Services. The Family Services Coordinator for the Denton Police Department is assigned to this division. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker/counselor and is responsible for providing victim’s services for crime victims, providing short term counseling, crisis intervention and referral to social service agencies.
Special Operations Division
The Special Operations Division includes the Narcotics Section and the Denton Repeat Offender Program.
Narcotics Section: The detectives assigned to this section target narcotic/drug activities that affect the city of Denton. The investigators conduct both covert and overt type investigations.
Denton Repeat Offender Program (DROP): The Detectives assigned to DROP are responsible for serving active arrest warrants that originate from other members of the police department. They also are a part of a United States Marshals Service Violent Offender Task Force responsible for apprehending persons who have active federal or state warrants in the Eastern district of Texas. A crime analyst/forensic computer specialist is also assigned to this section.