Charles D. Hayes
is a lifelong learning advocate, a self-taught philosopher, and an author and publisher. At age 17, he dropped out of high
school to join the U.S. Marines Corps. After four years of duty he became a police officer for the Dallas Police Department. Later
he moved to Alaska, where he has worked for more than 20 years in the oil industry. In 1987 Hayes founded Autodidactic Press,
committed to lifelong learning as the lifeblood of democracy and the key to living life to its fullest.
Dallas Police Department
The Dallas Police Department
has an authorized strength of nearly 3,000 sworn police officers and over 500 civilian personnel. Most of the police officers of the Dallas Police Department work uniformed patrol in one of the six geographic
divisions. However, in addition to traditional detective roles, the Dallas Police
Department maintains the following specialized unites: Criminal Investigations; Intelligence Unit; Narcotics & Vice Investigations;
K-9; Traffic Enforcement; Community Relations; Mounted Patrol; SWAT; Recruiting; Explosive Ordinance Unit; Helicopters; Bicycle
Squad; Motorcycles; and, Gang Unit.
The Tactical Division
of the Dallas Police Department has one squad and two specialized units: Fugitive/Parole Squad; SWAT Operations Unit; and,
Planning Unit. The Fugitive/Parole Squad apprehends persons wanted on felony, misdemeanor and parole violation arrest warrants.
They serve local as well as other agencies’ warrants. The SWAT Operations Unit (of the DPD Tactical Division) maintains
and issues the various equipment and supplies that tactical officers use in handling barricaded persons, hostage situations,
and other special incidents. They maintain and operate the specialized vehicles used in these situations. The Planning Unit
is tasked with planning security for special events such as the State Fair of Texas, the Cotton Bowl game, and various parades
and celebrations occurring in the city. The Unit also oversees the plans for presidential and dignitary visits to Dallas.