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Steve Blow: Dallas police officer retires from career that was in his genes

Published: 12 January 2013 09:53 PM

Assistant Dallas Police Chief Vince Golbeck retires from the force this week. He leaves as one of the department's most respected officers.

And it just may be that it was all ordained from the start.

But misfortune marked the beginning of Golbeck's life. He was born to teenage parents in a stormy marriage.

DPD Chief David Brown, Asst Chief (ret) Vince Golbeck, Lois Golbeck

"My father was a Marine. And like in a lot of families, there were domestic issues," he said. "So there was a divorce, and he went his way and my mom went her way.

"This all happened right at the time I was born, so I never knew my father. I never even met him."

He and his mother moved from San Diego back to her native East Texas. And when Golbeck was 7 years old, his mother was killed in a car wreck there. She was 26.

Click here to read Steve Blow's column

Click here to see photos from the standing-room-and-overflowing-into-the-hallway retirement party at Dallas Police Headquarters

By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Safe streets
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Burglars busted on Belmont! (updated)

Update @ 11/27 - DPD sent us the summary of the original incident report (the burglary in progress) and a follow-up regarding found property on a nearby property. The first report was not posted to the DPD website since it was mis-classified as an MIR - Minor Incident Report (eg on the same level as a traffic light not working, it's a piece of information but not very important).

291468Z – MIR, 5519 Belmont, 11/24/2012, 11:20am. - Officers dispatched to location regarding burglary in progress. Neighbor saw suspects jump fence into back yard. Suspects were located by RO's (Reporting Officers) inside backyard apartment (RO's obtained key from owner), hiding under the bed. RO's determined suspects were also spotted by another neighbor on a Signal 32 call (callsheet is attached). Witnesses saw suspects walking between residences with a bag in their hands. RO's canvassed the neighborhood looking for signs of an offense (Burglary of a Motor Vehicle or Burglary of a Residence and found nothing. Suspect 1 (Burkett, Marcus) admitted to ROs that he had priors for Burglary (AIS shows arrest, DPD, for Burglary in 2007, sexual assault in 2005). Suspect 2, Razo, AIS shows home address 5519 Belmont, and an arrest, DPD, Theft, 2006. On 291468Z, no arrest, no offense made.

291562Z – Found property, 5515 Belmont. Reporting Person was in his backyard (5515 Belmont) and found property near the back fence (wallet, make up bag, cash). Prop taken to property room, service number 291468Z was referenced.

Dallas Police officers, responding to a 'residential burglary in progress' call on the 5500 block of Belmont Avenue, arrested two Hispanic males on the property shortly after noon Saturday. Scanner traffic indicated they were jumping fences behind homes in the area when police arrived. Neighbors told BD they did not recognize the persons taken into custody and did not think they were living in the garage apartment behind the house.

The homeowners (an older couple) were not in the house at the time of the incident.

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More details as we get them!

By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Safe streets
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Historical marker for slain police officer J.D. Tippit unveiled in Oak Cliff ceremony

By Roy Appleton / Dallas Morning News

President Kennedy had been shot in downtown Dallas. A police dispatcher ordered Officer J.D. Tippit into central Oak Cliff and minutes later told him to be "at large for any emergency that comes in."

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Police broadcasts described the shooting suspect as a "white male, approximately 30, slender build, height 5 foot 10 inches, weight 165 pounds."

At about 1:15 p.m. a cruising Tippit stopped a man walking on a sidewalk along Patton Avenue near 10th Street. Within seconds, four gunshots erupt.

Click here for the complete story at the DMN

By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Safe streets
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Go-cam seizure was only the beginning of deputy sheriff's bad day

Way back on Memorial Day weekend, Dallas County Sheriff Deputy James Westbrook was deployed, along with hundreds of other law enforcement officers, in order to prohibit reckless behavior by motorcycle riders on the anniversary of a biker event where they shut down North Central Expressway in Dallas and sprayed graffiti on the road. In the course of his patrol, he stopped biker Chris Moore somewhere along Interstate 35. During his arrest of biker Chris Moore, Westbrook said:

The reason you're being pulled over is because I'm gonna take your camera and we're gonna use it as evidence of in the crimes that have been committed by other bikers.

When he refused to give up the camera, Westbrook created a lame excuse to arrest Moore (dirty license plate) and slammed his leg while shoving him into a squad car. It took nearly three months for the Sheriff Department to investigate and eventually suspend Westbrook for his behavior. (Video: WFAA News 8)

According to documents released this week under an Open Records Request, Westbrook bragged about the arrest on the DSO vehicle chat network and committed two other departmental infractions that same day.

By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Safe streets
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Early morning home invasion @ 5100 Vanderbilt

Dallas Police are investigating a home invasion on the 5100 block of Vanderbilt Avenue (between Homer and Central Expressway) that occured between 745am and 815 am this (Thursday) morning.

According to an email alert sent out to neighbors at 835am:






More information as we get it.

By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Safe streets
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