Category Archives: Grand Prairie Police Dept

Grand Prairie City Council District 8, At-Large Town Hall Meeting Scheduled for Dec. 8

Council Member Junior Ezeonu invites residents to attend a District 8, At-Large Town Hall Meeting, Wednesday, Dec. 8, from 6-8 p.m. at the Main Library, 901 Conover Dr. 

City departments providing an update at the meeting will include Police, Fire, Code Compliance, Parks, Arts & Recreation, and more. For those unable to attend, the meeting will be live-streamed through Zoom. Visit for more information.

Grand Prairie hosts Halloween fun this weekend

The Grand Prairie Police Department in conjunction with Grand Prairie Texas Talk will be holding its Trunk or Treat event this Friday, October 29 from 6-8pm at the GP Police Department.

If you or your organization plan to attend and need candy for your trunk or booth, please click on this link and fill out the form so we know how much candy to buy:  Trunk or Treat Sign Up Sheet.xlsx

Also, our friends at Prairie Paws are hosting a Howl-O-Ween Pawty at the same time if you want to hop on over there before/after our Trunk or Treat.

They will have a trick-or-treat trail, crafts, contests, cats, canines, and CANDY! Bring your whole family to the Prairie Paws Adoption Center for a FREE DOGgone good time! Costumes encouraged!

*Please only bring human family members!

**They will have vendors with items available for purchase.

For more information, contact Public Information Officer Chelsea Kretz at 469-354-4703 or email

Grand Prairie officer of 22 years dies from COVID-19 complications, police say

Grand Prairie officer Andy MacDonald died Monday morning of complications from COVID-19, police said.

The Grand Prairie Police Department reported on Twitter that Officer MacDonald had been with the department since 1999.

Further details on MacDonald’s career and life were not immediately released.

MacDonald is the latest in recent COVID-19 deaths among emergency responders and law enforcement throughout North Texas.

On Sunday, the Denton Police Department announced the death of detective Rodney Mooneyham, 52, after a “hard-fought battle” with COVID-19. He joined Denton police in November 2010 and became a detective in July 2017.

“Rodney was always smiling. Always willing to listen, he checked on his friends and coworkers regularly,” Denton police said. “… Rodney was the kind of person that people enjoyed being around. He will be dearly missed by all.”

In September, Senior Corporal Arnulfo Pargas became the second officer to die of COVID-19 within the Dallas Police Department.

The Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office on Sept. 18 announced the death of longtime deputy William “Howard” Gudgell to COVID-19.

And just a day before that, on Sept. 17, the Plano Police Department said a 29-year veteran, Lt. Earnest Oldham, died after complications from the virus. 

Officials in Denton County said Roland Asebedo, who served as fire marshal and director of development and emergency services for the county, died from complications with COVID-19 on Sept. 13.

A Dallas firefighter, David Leos, died on Sept. 2 and became Dallas Fire-Rescue’s first coronavirus-related death. He had been hospitalized since July 17.

Source: WFAA

[Editor’s Note: The Grapevine Source is sorrowful about the loss of Officer MacDonald, and are praying for his family, friends and his agency. Rest easy, Andy.]

Dog reunited with owner in Grand Prairie after being stolen along with the car he was in

Courtesy of Grand Prairie Police Department

Mackenzie Koch was in the parking lot of her apartment complex in Grand Prairie on Tuesday evening when she got out of her Chevy Tahoe to make sure that her apartment door was locked. She left the car running with her Golden Retriever, Riggins, inside since her apartment was only steps from her car. In that short amount of time, a man jumped into her car and took off with it, and unknowingly, with Riggins in the back seat.

“I turned around and this random man is getting in my car. I just started screaming and got behind my car,” said Koch. It became clear that the man was not going to stop, but with Koch in the way, he drove through bushes and over sidewalks to escape.

“I chased him on foot but that didn’t last very long,” Koch said. “You’re looking at your dog in the back of the car while this random man drives it away.”

She got in touch with TCU police, and they were able to identify her car on campus surveillance footage with the thief behind the wheel.

“I didn’t care about the car. I just cared about the dog,” Koch said. “Honestly, nobody in my life has slept since that dog was taken.”

Grand Prairie Police Officers R. Gray and A. Monroe found her Tahoe running, with the air conditioner on and Riggins inside, parked at a Grand Prairie gas station the next day.

“I don’t know, maybe he had a bonding moment with my dog,” Koch said of the thief. “My parents actually pulled up to [Riggins]. He was sitting shotgun in the cop’s car. He was smiling, like, ‘Where have you guys been?’”

Riggins enjoys a ride in a GP Tahoe/Photo: M. Koch

Koch’s experience serves as a good reminder to never leave your vehicle running and unlocked, even for a few seconds. Make sure you always lock the doors. Otherwise, you’re just inviting thieves to come take your vehicle!

Annual GPPD Car Show on Sunday, September 19th

Mark your calendars for the annual GPPD Car Show on Sunday, September 19th! This will be a family-friendly event that is open to the public. If you have a classic car, truck or motorcycle, you can enter the competition for $25.00. All proceeds will be donated to Children First Counseling Center – a local non-profit organization dedicated to counseling families who have been victimized by crime.

WHEN: Sunday, September 19th from Noon-5:00 P.M.
WHERE: Epic Waters – Parking Lot, 2970 Epic Place, Grand Prairie

Grand Prairie to Host National Night Out Kickoff Party on Aug. 28

As we gear up for National Night Out (NNO) on October 5th, and we return to the normal traditional block party format, the Grand Prairie Police Department is hosting a National Night Out Kickoff Party at the Epic Lawn from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 28th. We will have live music, a dunk tank, petting zoo, corn hole, face painting, balloon artists, food trucks, pet adoptions, a bicycle rodeo with a chance for a child to win a bike, and so much more!

The goal for this NNO Kickoff Party is to bring our commUNITY and police together, with the added intent to promote National Night Out block party registrations in Grand Prairie.

For more information, visit the GPPD website.