Message From Chief Frank Dixon
On behalf of the more than 200 men and women of the Denton Police Department, welcome to our website. The City of Denton is a vibrant and growing community, made up of a diverse population of more than 139,000 residents, and home to the University of North Texas, Texas Woman's University, and North Central Texas College. With a rich music and arts scene, Denton is truly a gem in what is known as the "Golden Triangle" of the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex. Whether you live and raise a family here, or you are visiting our city, we want your experience to be safe, fun, and memorable.
It is truly my honor and privilege to lead the dedicated men and women of DPD as they deliver the highest level of professional service. To maintain a standard of excellence, we partner with our community, regional law enforcement agencies, and numerous service providers to use innovation and collaboration in providing a holistic approach to keeping you and your family safe.
We will remain vigilant while working alongside you, the community, to focus on relational-based policing. True excellence can be achieved by building upon our relationship, collaboration, and communication, all of which are critical components to our collective success. I extend the opportunity for you to learn more about your police department by enrolling in our Citizen Police Academy. Please don't hesitate to contact us if we can be of service.
Frank Dixon was sworn in as the Chief of the Denton Police Department on Oct. 15, 2018. Chief Dixon oversees a department of 205 authorized sworn personnel and 59 civilian employees with an annual budget of $35 million. Chief Dixon prioritizes transparent communication and community policing to build upon and improve the existing relationships within the Denton community.
Chief Dixon came to Denton with more than 23 years of law enforcement experience with the Austin Police Department, where he successfully worked his way up through the ranks to the position as Assistant Police Chief.
Since coming to the City of Denton, Chief Dixon has begun transformational change in the culture of the police department. This includes the implementation of revised General Orders (policies), a full time Homeless Outreach Team, and a new model of crisis response in a collaborative Crisis Intervention Response Team (CIRT) that pairs a civilian licensed clinician with a plain-clothed police officer. The unit is available 24/7 to respond to calls for service involving those in mental health crisis, as well as conduct limited follow-up with mental health consumers within the City of Denton.
Born in Fort Worth and raised as one of two children born to an Air Force Master Sergeant, Dixon grew up in Hawaii, Nebraska, South Carolina and Austin. Chief Dixon attended Lamar University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice. He is a member of the Major Cities Chiefs Association and is a graduate of the Police Executive Leadership Institute, the Senior Management Institute for Police by the Police Executive Research Forum, Austin PD’s Leadership Command College, and the West Point Leadership Course. Chief Dixon is an active board member of the Salvation Army of Denton and United Way of Denton County, has been named a Paul Harris fellow by the Denton/Lake Cities Rotary Club, and is a Senior Fellow at the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute.
Chief Dixon has always had a leadership philosophy of being present and engaged, mentoring and actively leading from the front.