About The DPA
Founded in 1959, the Dallas Police Association (DPA) is the oldest and largest police employee organization in Dallas. The sole purpose of the DPA is to represent Dallas Police Officers in matters relating to employment, benefits and general well-being. Located in Dallas’ historic Cedars Neighborhood, the DPA facilities are member-owned and include administrative offices, conference/training facilities and a party space, with ample and secure on-site parking. Membership is open to all active and reserve Dallas Police Officers only.
A Message From the President
The Dallas Police Association is the premier association representing Dallas Police Officers and has been protecting Dallas officers’ rights since 1959. Our goal at the DPA is to serve our members and to promote a positive work environment within the Dallas Police Department. To accomplish this, we represent employment concerns and problem areas for our members and work to improve all aspects of the work environment for them, including the establishment of clear, concise and fair employment policies, practices and procedures. This website is a means in which we strive to better communicate with you, our members. We will use this site to ensure members are getting up to date information and will continue to utilize the newest technologies to make the communication process easier.
Your DPA Representaives
Ron is a 29 year veteran with the Dallas Police Department and a Detective with the Southeast Investigative Division. He is also currently an area Vice President for the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO). Ron has been on the Dallas Police Association Board since 1997, most notably serving as the Secretary/Treasurer from 1999 to 2011. He was elected President of the DPA in January 2012 and has since taken over managing the day to day operations.
Ron believes that for police officers to give their best customer service while protecting and serving the Citizens of Dallas, all officers’ rights must be maintained. These rights are vital in allowing Dallas Police Officers the ability to achieve the best possible outcome when they are fighting crime and corruption within the City of Dallas. He has continued to maintain the path started by George Butler by being a leader and fighting for all Dallas Police Officers’ rights.
|Central Patrol||Stephanie DeTamble
|North Central Patrol||Roy Jenkins
|Northeast Patrol||Katie Campbell
|Northwest Patrol||Chris Grall
|South Central Patrol||George Gonzales
|Southeast Patrol||Tonya McDaniel
|Southwest Patrol||Boux Bland
|Special Investigations||Steve Myers|
|Special Operations||Steve Gable
|Reserve Director||Steve Brody|
|Retiree Director||Dan Lusty|
|Recording Secretary||E.J. Brown|
|Sergeant at Arms||Justin Bernil
|Blue Unity Committee||Michael Mata, Chairman
Shavon Vela Wall
|Immediate Past President||Glenn M. White|
|President Emeritus||Monica M. Smith|
|Association Staff||Tiffany Abbinett
The DPA was formed in 1959 by a small group of courageous officers who recognized the need for Dallas’ officers to have a voice and representation in issues that affected them. Threatened with discipline and retribution, these officers persevered and laid the foundation upon which the Association was built.
The early days of the Dallas Police Association were not easy for its members. The City government viewed the formation of the Association as a unionization of the police force. Early DPA members suffered the denial of promotions, transfers to better assignments and even dismissal from the Dallas Police Department as retribution for their Association membership.
Despite these hardships, the DPA continued to grow, by focusing on its important mission of representing, supporting and protecting its members; just as it does today.
George E. Butler was the first President of the DPA and served in that capacity until 1964. Butler was a Supervisor in the Intelligence Unit and spent much of his career handling high-profile cases involving the notable and notorious. He worked many cases involving organized crime and gangsters; and was also part of the investigation of the assasination of President Kennedy. As with many of the DPA’s founders, Butler was branded a radical by city leaders for his organizing efforts. He was in fact a visionary, who guided the DPA through some of its most formative years.
1959 – 1965
1965 – 1967
1967 – 1970
1970 – 1973
1973 – 1978
1978 – 1980
1980 – 1986
1986 – 1988
1988 – 1994
1994 – 2012
2012 – 2016