Grapevine Citizen Police Academy Week 5: Crisis Negotiations and SWAT

[Editor’s Note: I don’t go into great detail with these posts because if this interests you, then sign up for the next CPA class! I can’t spill all the details!]

After a week’s hiatus for Spring Break, Grapevine CPA was back in session on Monday, March 19. The topics for the night were Crisis Negotiations (more commonly known as Hostage Negotiations) and SWAT (Special Weapons And Tactics).

Instructors explained how the two divisions work together – the Negotiators try to bring the “bad guy(s)” out without any type of force. They talk to them…try to reason with them. They use many skills that counselors and psychologists learn in their own training, and they have a mental health professional either on scene or on the phone for advice.

If talking doesn’t work, then the SWAT team may be called in to “breach” an entrance to the residence or building – they do this by either employing a type of battering ram or explosives (in extreme cases).

The bottom line is that both Divisions do their best to keep the public, themselves and even the “bad guy(s)” from bodily harm while diffusing the situation.

The class enjoyed equipment and vehicle demonstrations. 

To learn more about the Grapevine CPA, click HERE.


Pleasant Run Road reconstruction and 2 other transportation updates in Grapevine, Colleyville and Southlake in March


Pleasant Run Road reconstruction

Pleasant Run Road construction continues. Crews are placing asphalt, working on sanitary sewer and storm drain, and installing sidewalks. Delays have been experienced because the contractor has to re-stabilize the subgrade underneath the road.

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Colleyville staff identify improvements for city gateways



Community Impact

Colleyville officials are looking to the north and south gateways—linked by the construction-laden SH 26—to revive the city’s main commercial corridor.

After a project on each gateway failed to take root in 2017, Colleyville Economic Development Director Mark Wood at a Feb. 6 City Council meeting asked the council to approve a development survey for the city’s southern gateway. The results of the study are expected to be brought back to the council in March.

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Parking limited in Southlake Town Square as roadwork begins


Southlake Public Works Streets & Drainage will begin nighttime work in Southlake Town Square starting on Monday, March 12 through March 30, 2018, weather permitting.

When complete there will be new paving, fresh striping and new handicap ramps starting at State Street from Federal Way south to Civic Place.

Work will require daily closures of the angled parking next to the U.S. Post Office on State Street as well as the parallel parking spots across the street.

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34th Annual Main Street Fest – A Craft Brew Experience: May 18-20

28953712_10155165142406968_6415447887370955041_oThree days of craft brews, family-fun, live entertainment, festival food, shopping and more!

Don’t miss the 34th Annual Main Street Fest – A Craft Brew Experience – presented by Bank of the West right in the heart of Downtown Grapevine!

Set for May 18, 19, and 20, 2018 this is one festival you won’t want to miss! Sample craft brews from guest breweries located across the United States, including brews from special barrel reserves that you’ll only find at Main Street Fest! Bring the whole family for many activities including face-painting, carnival and midway, KidZone, street entertainers, and more! And your toe will be tapping all festival long as you can enjoy live music at three stages on the festival grounds.

For more information, including detailed lists of participating breweries, live entertainment schedules, and more, be sure to check out And don’t forget to tag us in your posts – we’re @VisitGrapevine on Instagram and Twitter. Or use our hashtags: #MainStreetFest and #GrapevineTX We’ll see you in Historic Downtown Grapevine in May!

Twilight Egg Hunt March 23

26850006_10156069586907328_1633056460248061294_oThe sun has set the moon shines bright, join us for an egg hunt at night! The Easter bunny wants you to hop on over to Oak Grove Soccer Fields Friday, March 23 for our NEW Twilight Egg Hunt. With something for everyone, let our face painters turn you into a bunny and enjoy other activities such as bounce houses, food vendors, and more! There will be 5 different traditional hunts by age group. Make sure you bring your baskets for the twilight festivities! We will not be doing any egg hunts this year at Nash Farm.

Date: Friday March 23
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Location: Oak Grove Soccer Complex, 1299 Oak Grove Loop North

Egg Hunt Divisions/Times:

  • 0-2 yrs & 3-4 yrs / 6:30 PM
  • 5-6 yrs & 7-9 yrs /7:00 PM
  • All Ages /7:30 PM 

Ages: ALL Ages

Additional Information: In the event of inclement weather, festivities will be rescheduled for Friday, March 30. The “All Age Hunt” at 7:30 PM is for all children 12 & under that did not have a chance to participate in an earlier egg hunt. Out of respect for others, no “repeat” hunters, please.

For more information, click HERE.

Retired Cleburne officer offers free LTC class for teachers

By Ashley Rose


Photo: Ashley Rose

Whether it’s taking a self-defense class or researching self-defense techniques, there are many ways to protect yourself. 

Bryan Proctor, a retired Cleburne police officer, is now offering a free License to Carry/Concealed Handgun License class for teachers once a month with his Arlington company, Go Strapped.

The LTC/CHL class is designed by the Texas Department of Public Safety for moderately experienced shooters. 

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