WHO: Safer Dallas Better and Rotary Club of Dallas
WHAT: Will present awards and hear from Dallas Police Chief David Brown about community engagement.
Awards will go to:
WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Hyatt Regency Hotel Room Landmark C, 300 Reunion Blvd.
DALLAS, TX Feb. 6, 2014 – The Rotary Club of Dallas and Safer Dallas Better Dallas will honor two community leaders in law enforcement Feb. 12 during a noon luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Dallas Police Chief David Brown will discuss community engagement during the annual joint luncheon for the two organizations.
Deputy Chief Christina Smith will receive the Dallas Police Department’s Distinguished Service award while Craig Hutton will be honored by the Public Safety Leader Award.
A native Dallasite and 23-year veteran with the Dallas Police Department, Chief Smith is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, the Caruth Police Institute’s Leadership series and the FBI National Academy. During her long tenure, she was worked in the crime analysis unit, vice unit, internal affairs division and the Southwest Patrol Division. Currently in command of the Narcotics Division, she has been recognized for her work toward reducing underage drinking and human trafficking offenders as well as creating a special squad to pursue street level drug complaints.
A longtime Rotarian and trustee of Safer Dallas Better Dallas, Craig Hutton has been a strong supporter and volunteer for both organizations. During 2013, he raised over $350,000 to support Chief Brown’s TAAG Technology initiative. With his wife, Carolyn, he was recognized as a Legacy Donor for the Rotary Centennial project in Klyde Warren Park that marked the Dallas club’s 100th birthday. A past president of the Rotary Club, Mr. Hutton also assisted the Town of Addison in starting an organization similar to Safer Dallas – Public Safety the Addison Way.
Chief Smith and Mr. Hutton will join a select group of community volunteers and law enforcement personnel recognized by the two organizations. Prior Distinguished Service Award winners include Deputy Chief Scott Walton, Deputy Chief Julian Bernal, Deputy Chief Vincent Golbeck and Assistant Chief Tom Lawrence. Prior Public Safety Leader awardees are Walt Humann, Ruth Collins Sharp Altshuler, Pete Schenekel, Dr. Elba Garcia, Jody Grant, Courtney Underwood, Bill and Minnie Caruth.
The goal of Safer Dallas Better Dallas is to (1) protect the citizens of Dallas from becoming victims of crime and engage them in a partnership with the Dallas Police Department; (2) to support the efforts of Dallas police officers; and (3) to make Dallas America’s safest big city. Founded by Charles Terrell and Jack Hammack in 2005, Safer Dallas Better Dallas has raised in excess of $18 million for the Dallas Police Department and has led the effort to restore the department’s sworn personnel to 3 officers per 1,000 citizens.
Founded in 1911, the Rotary Club of Dallas is the oldest service organization in the State of Texas and celebrated 100 years of community service in 2011. The motto for Rotary Clubs around the world is “Service Above Self”.