Dallas Police Department Enhanced Neighborhood Patrol
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q. What is an Enhanced Neighborhood Patrol program?
A. ENP is a program coordinated through the Dallas Police Department employing off-duty police officers to patrol the neighborhood. The ENP officer is connected to the dispatch system as if he/she were on duty, but will not be responding to normal 911 calls unless they are in our neighborhood and from a Member's (dues paying) house. Our ENP officer will respond to a moral imperative such as being the nearest vehicle to another officer in danger even outside of neighborhood (very rare) or a violent crime at a non-Member house in the neighborhood. Our ENP officer will not respond to a simple crime at a non-Member house in the neighborhood (such as false alarm) or normal crime outside of the neighborhood (such as car break-in at Northpark mall). The ENP officer’s location will be visible to dispatch as off-duty vehicle, so will not reduce the normal police presence in the area. Our ENP officer is armed and authorized to make arrests, issue citations etc. Our ENP officer patrols in a DPD official police car, which is equipped with computers, allowing the officer to check for outstanding warrants, stolen cars, etc. on the spot. The program brings police response to a Member's home within seconds when our ENP officer is on duty. A data terminal onboard will allow ENP officers to check instantly for stolen vehicles or outstanding warrants.
Q. What are the neighborhood’s benefits of joining the ENP Program?
A. The whole neighborhood will benefit from this program, but more especially the Members. Some neighborhoods have seen as much as an 85% reduction in crime. Dues paying Members will develop a personal relationship with the ENP patrol officer, giving us a “go-to” person in the Police Department. The patrol officer will be able to look for trouble spots and recommend things we can do to improve the safety of our neighborhood.
Q. How will I personally benefit from ENP?
A. Members will receive a yard sign designating your home as being under the watchful eye of the Dallas Police Department ENP Program. Member's homes will also be depicted on a map published on our webiste and provided to the Dallas Police. When our ENP officer is on duty, response time will be reduced to seconds when you call 911. When you are on vacation, our ENP officer will check your home once each patrol by walking the perimeter. The ENP officer will have your personal contact information if s/he ever sees anything out of the ordinary such as an open garage door or a suspicious vehicle on your property. Other neighborhoods have reported that ENP officers will help dues-paying Members with other crime questions and how to handle certain situation like identity theft.
Q. Who oversees this program?
A. WPHA DALLAS ENP, INC, a newly formed Texas Nonprofit Corporation which has filed for a 501(c)4 IRS tax-exemption. It's directors and officers are non-paid volunteer residents of Windsor Park. For more information, go to: WPHA DALLAS ENP
Q. What are the annual dues?
A. Membership dues for 2017 have been set as a minimum of $400 ($413, if paid by credit card). Many of our Members are helping to launch this important new security program by paying a higher Membership level of $500 or $1,000. The more receipts we have, the more DPD patrol hours we will have. No refund is made should a Member withdraw during the year, but a resident may transfer his Membership to a successor homeowner should s/he move out of the neighborhood. Likewise, due to the start-up costs of this program, the board has not yet considered a lesser prorated Membership dues level for Members joining during the year, but no initiation fee has been established for adding a new Member.
Q. How do I sign up and pay Membership dues?
A. Your check may be delivered or mailed to Tiffany Westerman at 7212 Stefani Dr., or you may pay with a credit card on our website at www.wphadallas.com.
Q. What do the annual ENP dues pay for?
A. Use of the patrol car, associated equipment and patrol officer wages. Overall costs will vary depending on the number of patrol hours we utilize. Organization and administration will be done by WPHA DALLAS ENP, INC.
Q. How many hours will the officer patrol our neighborhood?
A. This will depend on the level of participation and interest. We would like to patrol at least 30 hours per week. This will require that at least 150 households join the program. If more people join the program, we will either reduce the cost or add additional patrol hours, depending on the wishes of the Members.