Plano Texas Police Department

Plano Texas Police Department Plano Police Department is an accredited agency and is the principal law enforcement agency serving the City of Plano, Texas and is located in Collin County.
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Welcome Matthew Inge!The Plano Police Department is proud to announce the hiring of Detention Officer Matthew Inge.  Mat...
03/22/2021

Welcome Matthew Inge!

The Plano Police Department is proud to announce the hiring of Detention Officer Matthew Inge.

Matthew grew up in Olney, TX and after high school, he attended the University of North Texas where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Biology. Prior to joining us, he worked for the Frisco Police Department. He stated his reasons for coming to Plano was to gain experience from a well-established agency and has a great amount of respect for the Detention Division.

We welcome Matthew to our team!

We need your help to identify a suspect in a criminal investigation.  Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $5,00...
03/17/2021

We need your help to identify a suspect in a criminal investigation. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $5,000 and you can remain anonymous.

Crime Stoppers - Need to Identify

On February 28, 2021 at approximately 12:28 a.m., the pictured suspect was seen on camera abusing a horse. The barn manager confronted the suspect, who said he was “just petting the horses” and fled the location on foot.

Suspect: White male, 30s, facial hair (goatee only, no mustache), wearing glasses, short-sleeved shirt, pants, sandals, and carrying a backpack.

If you have information as to the identity and/or location of this suspect, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 877-373-8477.

Crime Stoppers tipsters may be eligible for a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest of a person with a felony warrant or information that leads to a felony arrest and indictment. You can remain anonymous.

Case #21-33151

Welcome to the team Madison Gaytan!The Plano Police Department is proud to announce Madison Gaytan has been hired on as ...
03/15/2021

Welcome to the team Madison Gaytan!

The Plano Police Department is proud to announce Madison Gaytan has been hired on as a Criminalist in our Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Unit.

Madison grew up in Dallas and after graduating high school, attended Texas A&M University where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Investigative Science. Before joining the Plano Police Department, he worked for the Dallas Police Department.

During #womenshistorymonth, we recognize the honorable Judge Angela Tucker, the first African American female Judge for ...
03/11/2021

During #womenshistorymonth, we recognize the honorable Judge Angela Tucker, the first African American female Judge for Collin County.

​Judge Angela Tucker received her undergraduate degree from The University of Texas at Austin and attended law school at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She currently is the presiding Judge of the 199th District Court in Collin County which is a general jurisdiction court hearing civil, criminal, family, and CPS cases. She also created and manages a Family Preservation CPS Drug Court.

Judge Tucker was elected to the position of State District Judge on May 29, 2012 in an historic election. She is the first African American Judge to serve in the 170 year history of Collin County. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Tucker worked as an Assistant District Attorney and in private practice for 16 years. Her vast legal knowledge and experience in the areas of civil, criminal, family, juvenile, and CPS cases prepared her for the bench and has earned her notable awards and positions.

​In 2014, Judge Tucker was appointed to the Judicial Advisory Council (JAC) by the Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court. In 2015, she was selected to be a member of the Children’s Justice Act Task Force for the State of Texas. In 2016, Judge Tucker became the first woman to hold the position of Local Administrative Judge (LAJ) for the Districts Courts in Collin County. In 2018, she was appointed to the Specialty Courts Advisory Committee (SCAC) through the Governor’s Office. She has earned the “Masters” level in the Curt B. Henderson Inns of Court, and is involved in numerous political and civic organizations in the community. Notably, she is a member of the North Dallas Suburban Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and the Plano North Metroplex Chapter of The Links, Inc.

Judge Tucker believes in faith and family first. She is a member of Friendship Baptist Church of The Colony, currently serving on the Usher Ministry, the Scholarship Committee, and as a Youth Church Leader. Most of Judge Tucker’s free time is spent being a devoted wife to James and mother to their two children – Erica and Marshall.

We thank Judge Tucker for her valuable contributions and service to our community.

Election season is approaching and you will start seeing more campaign signs across our city.   The Plano Police Departm...
03/10/2021

Election season is approaching and you will start seeing more campaign signs across our city. The Plano Police Department wants to remind everyone that stealing, tampering with, or defacing these signs is a crime and these incidents will be investigated and prosecuted.

We thank you for your cooperation.

Once again, we are partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in their National Drug Take Back initiative...
03/10/2021

Once again, we are partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in their National Drug Take Back initiative.

On April 24, 2021 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, we will be hosting our event at the following locations:

- Clark High School located at 523 W. Spring Creek Pkwy
- Plano Senior High School located at 2200 Independence Pkwy
- Plano East Senior High School located at 3000 Los Rios Blvd
- Plano West Senior High School located at 5601 W. Parker Rd

As always, each of our sites will be at the front main entrance to the schools where the bus lanes are located.

We can accept all over-the-counter meds and prescription meds (human or animal) but are NOT able to accept sharps (needles) of any kind or combustibles such as inhalers.

We look forward to another successful event and seeing you there as we collect these unused, unwanted, and expired medications for safe and proper disposal at the DEA.

During #WomensHistoryMonth, we want to recognize and honor Dr. Myrtle Hightower, a servant leader and living legend in o...
03/05/2021

During #WomensHistoryMonth, we want to recognize and honor Dr. Myrtle Hightower, a servant leader and living legend in our community.

At a vibrant, ninety-seven years young, Dr. Hightower, was born in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma, March 11th, on a 200 plus acre farm, to loving parents along with four brothers & sisters. She learned early to remain positive and to be kind to others. Her father shaped this image by instilling the concept of sharing with others; an example he set by providing produce and meals to childhood neighbors consisting of multi-cultural families including a German, Indian and two American families. As a child growing up through segregation, she played with everyone; often during her 3.5 mile walk to school she waved at the all-white bus that would pass her along the way to the same location.

Her parents instilled in her discipline, structure, and the importance of combining humility with hard work. Her father taught her to never say “cannot”, thus, her vocabulary only included the word “C-A-N.” That creed would serve her well as she began her journey in life.

Dr. Hightower, graduated from high school at the tender age of 15 and enrolled in Langston University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in English. During her years at college, she became a member of her beloved sorority, Delta Sigma Theta; with over 75 years of service in the organization, she is affectionately referred to as a Delta Dear.

During her years at Langston University, she married Tollie M. Elliott; they enjoyed 24 years of marriage until his passing. Together they committed and raised her daughter, Bessie Coffer.

Dr. Hightower went on to earn a Master of Teaching degree from Northeastern State University and a PhD from the University of Cincinnati. She educated herself at the University of Hawaii, University of Tulsa, and Oklahoma University. Her credentials include a teacher’s, as well as library certification. She began her career and history of community service during segregation in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she spent over 25 years teaching high school. She held many positions in education in Oklahoma including Dean of Women at her alma mater, Langston University.

One of the highlights of her career, includes, chaperoning 75 area college students to Europe to study humanities. The group visited Italy, France, and England in a six-week span. During this trip, her students were exposed to royalty and members of parliament.

After moving to Dallas, Texas, she married John Hightower whom she built a life of community service and advocacy within Plano, Texas. Because of their resounding voice in the community and priority to educate and mentor the leaders of tomorrow, Plano Independent School District named Hightower Elementary School after them. Together they created the Hightower Foundation Scholarship for deserving students; both were committed donors to the local community Collin College Foundation. “

Dr. Hightower often said, “It doesn't matter how much money you have in the bank, what kind of car you drive
or what type of house you live in, but it does matter what kind of service you give to people. I applaud anyone
who provides scholarships. Providing scholarships make me feel good and I think they are worthwhile.”

Dr. Hightower worked in McKinney and Plano Independent School District for over 30 years as a teacher, counselor, and diversity counselor. Additionally, she established the districts first diversity committee and Martin Luther King, Jr. annual tribute service, where she served as the chairperson over 40 years. Additionally, she launched an annual black history program during her years as a member of the Plano Rotary Club; the first of its kind for the local organization. Dr. Hightower was instrumental in developing the Plano Community Forum annual MLK breakfast, now in its 37th year.

In 2020, in a packed church of more than 300 people comprised of civic and professional leaders, located in the symbolic Douglass Community, Dr. Hightower executed her “Swan Song” of black history programs. Ten years after starting this tradition at Hill Chapel C.M.E. Church, where she attended over 40 years, Dr. Hightower curated her last musical during Black History Month. The event included an “I Have a Dream Program” and a Symphony of Negro Spirituals performed by renowned baritone, Gospel Choir and Professor Emeritus.

Dr. Hightower is a charter and platinum member of the Plano North Metroplex Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, where she has served in numerous capacities including president of the organization. In earlier years, she led the main program aspects, Services to Youth and Save Our Students (SOS) to educate students of Texas. It was an extension and opportunity for her to present a platform for African American youth in Plano, during a time when programs were scarce. Additionally, she is also a charter member and former president of the Tulsa (OK) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. Dr. Hightower has served the organization for over 60 years.

Dr. Hightower has represented the City of Plano, as a committed citizen and longtime resident for decades serving on countless committees, boards, civic organizations with boundless innovation and energy.

On February 10, 2020, within the halls of Plano’s chambers she was acknowledged as “Citizen Extraordinaire” by the Plano City Council and presented with the “Key to the City”. The tribute was extended by Mayor Harry LaRosiliere to express his appreciation for supporting and encouraging his years in public service and her commitment to the city.

Dr. Hightower has been honored with numerous awards including selection as one of Plano ISD's 100 Hero’s, Plano Chamber of Commerce 2013 Citizen of the Year Award, Collin College Living Legacy. In 2005, she was honored by Plano ISD Superintendent Dr. Doug Otto as a “State Hero for Children” and received recognition for her early mentor programming vision and was named a recipient of the Texas Hero for Children Award.

Additionally, she’s served as a committee member for the Plano Library Foundation, the Plano Housing Board, and the Plano Board of Adjustment, among many others. She established the Plano Community Charity, to use her counseling skills to assist with individuals in need mentally, financially, and spiritually.

Dr. Hightower, known as “Mother”, “Mom”, “Aunt Myrt”, “Dear, Dear”, and “Cousin Myrtle” to her two grandchildren, five great grandchildren and family, spends time playing bridge and serving as a “thought leader”
and “confident” to many leaders in Texas.

𝐏𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐨 𝐈𝐒𝐃 𝐬𝐭𝐮𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐛𝐮𝐥𝐥𝐲𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐫𝐞𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭The Plano Police Department is currently investigating a report related to a Plano ISD ...
03/05/2021

𝐏𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐨 𝐈𝐒𝐃 𝐬𝐭𝐮𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐛𝐮𝐥𝐥𝐲𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐫𝐞𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭

The Plano Police Department is currently investigating a report related to a Plano ISD student.

The School Resource Officer took the report yesterday (March 3rd) morning and began the investigation immediately. The School Resource Officer completed the report after the initial investigation and interviews and the case was assigned to a Juvenile Detective this morning (March 4th).

The Detective and School Resource Officer will continue to work with Plano ISD officials to conduct a full and thorough investigation in an effort to identify any and criminal offenses that might have occurred during and prior to this incident.

Due to this being an active investigation, we are unable to provide details to this report in an effort not to jeopardize the integrity of the case.

For Immediate Release February 22, 2021 Welfare Call: City of Plano Statement The City of Plano and the Plano Police Dep...
02/23/2021

For Immediate Release February 22, 2021

Welfare Call: City of Plano Statement

The City of Plano and the Plano Police Department have spent years building the trust of our community. We recognize the importance our citizens place in our officers to ensure our community is safe for all and that each interaction has the best possible outcome.

The officers were called out to check on the man’s safety. Residents reported he was walking on the street in sub-freezing temperatures, wearing a short-sleeved shirt with no jacket. The intent was to check on his well-being and to ensure he made it to his destination safely. Regrettably, what started as a welfare check, ended in an arrest. Chief Drain acknowledged, “Our officers were on a welfare call. The arrest wasn’t consistent with the reason officers were there, to provide assistance. Therefore we dropped the charges.”

For the sake of transparency, the Plano Police Department felt it was important to release the officer’s bodycam footage. Communication is important in a time like this.

When incidents happen, we are accountable. We take pride in being a model community policing organization and that requires strong relationships with our community. In fact, Chief Drain has already reached out to community leaders to make sure lines of communication are open and we are hearing the expectations our community has for our Police Department.

The Chief has initiated an administrative inquiry to evaluate our policies and procedures and to see if there need to be policy adjustments. We will continue to assure all Plano Police officers have the training and resources to maintain the level of excellence expected from them and to keep our community and our officers safe. We train our officers in Crisis Intervention Training (CIT), which is the gold standard for law enforcement.

“We respect and trust our police officers and at the same time expect the highest level of professionalism,” said Mayor Harry LaRosiliere. This incident highlights an opportunity for us and the entire community to realize we all can do better in strengthening the relationship between Police and the African-American community. We are committed to understanding what we could have done better and how we can move forward in a constructive manner. Communication and dialogue is important and we look forward to better outcomes in the future. “

Today, the Plano Police Department was honored to assist the Dallas Police Department at the funeral service for fallen ...
02/22/2021

Today, the Plano Police Department was honored to assist the Dallas Police Department at the funeral service for fallen Police Officer Mitchell Penton.

Officer Penton was struck and killed by a drunk driver on February 13, 2021 while assisting with traffic direction at the scene of a collision.

Officer Penton has served with the Dallas Police Department for two years and is survived by his expectant wife and stepson.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Officer Penton and the entire Dallas Police Department.

#RememberTheFallen #RestInPeace

City of Plano, Texas Government
02/21/2021

City of Plano, Texas Government

Plano residents and business owners:
Please report winter weather-related damage to the State of Texas via an online survey. The information is only for assessment data, which may help determine if Texas can qualify for additional federal disaster relief funding. Every dollar counts, so please consider taking the time to assess your home and business's damage and then complete the survey. It is available in English and Spanish.

All information gathered from the survey is considered assessment data and does not guarantee future reimbursement if funding becomes available.

Survey link: https://bit.ly/37vrV4w

City of Plano, Texas Government
02/21/2021

City of Plano, Texas Government

🛁 Need a shower but you don’t have water restored to your house yet?

Starting Sunday, February 21, Plano residents who don’t have water due to burst pipes can take showers at Carpenter Park Recreation Center, Tom Muehlenbeck Recreation Center or the Plano Aquatic Center.

Normally, non-members are charged a daily fee to use all recreation center amenities. But right now, any Plano resident who wants to shower can come in to use the locker rooms and showers free of charge.

Hours:
Tom Muehlenbeck or Carpenter Park Recreation Center
Monday-Friday 5am to 8pm
Saturday 8am to 5pm
Sunday 10am to 5pm

Plano Aquatic Center
Monday-Friday 11am to 3pm
Saturday and Sunday 1pm to 6pm

Guidelines:
· Plano residents only
· Face masks required
· Check in at the front desk and show your license to verify residency
· Staff will take down your name, address and phone number and time of check in
· Stop by the front desk to check out when you are done using the facility
· Bring personal toiletries (towels, wash cloths, shampoo, etc.)

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909 14th St
Plano, TX
75074

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The Plano Police Department is a member of the North Texas Crime Commission and utilizes the Crime Stoppers program. Crime Stoppers tipsters may be eligible for a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest of a person with an active felony warrant or information that leads to a felony arrest and indictment. Your call, webtip, email or text is anonymous. To contact Crime Stoppers, call 1-877-373-TIPS (8477), submit a tip online at Webtips, or by email, follow the links on the website ntcc.crimestoppers.com. You may also text your tip to "TIP197" plus your message to CRIMES (274637).

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