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CPD sheds light on police brutality

Largely due to frequent police brutality occurring recently, American citizens’ confidence in law enforcement has greatly decreased. Although Coppell does not have an issue with police brutality, the town’s police department is still affected by the nation-wide problem.

Camila Villarreal, Staff Writer

November 1, 2019

Compared to decades prior, more cases of police brutality have restocked the media headlines on a routinely basis, and the effect on Americans can be seen by looking at the numbers.  In the last fifteen years there has been a dent in the confidence citizens have for law enforcement. According to...

Finding your place through spontaneous decisions

Coppell Police Chief Danny Barton looks through paperwork in his new office at the Coppell Police Station on Dec. 14. Barton has been a part of the police force for more than 20 years and was sworn in as Coppell Police Chief on Dec. 3.

Anika Arutla, Staff Writer

January 15, 2019

At 22 years old, Danny Barton, a biochemistry major from the University of North Texas, did not think he would end up being the Police Chief of the Coppell Police Department. In fact, he did not think he would join the police force at all.   “I got into it by accident but I fell in love with it immediat...

Flashing Lights: Texas law requires police encounter training for high school students

Texas legislation has passed a new law where students are required to have police encounter training. Each school district will implement the law in their own way to reduce tensions between the law enforcement and the community. Coppell ISD is making sure that students have viewed the Flashing Lights video, in order to be certified for graduation.

Nishant Medicharla, Staff Writer

November 29, 2018

Starting this school year, Texas legislation has passed a bill requiring all high school students to have proper training in the process, procedures and legal rights of citizens in possible police encounters.   Approved in 2017, Senate Bill 30 requires both school districts and charter sch...

CISD prioritizing stadium security measures to keep staff, students safe

Beginning this year, security measures will be now more heavily enforced at the Buddy Echols stadium during athletic events for the 2018-2019 school year. This includes the enforcement of past policy concerning backpacks, pre-game searches, with the addition of monitoring from security personnel and local officers from the Coppell Police Department.

Christine Zacuai, Executive News Editor

September 4, 2018

Beginning this year, security measures will be closely followed to ensure stadium safety during athletic events held at Buddy Echols Field.   Past requirements will be still be enforced, including the prohibition of backpacks and the use of only small handbags, diaper and medical bags at the sta...

Building confidence

The 14 girls participating in the women’s self defense class practice using pressure points. Pressure points can knock out the attacker with a simple hit. The classes take place at the Coppell Police Department on Wednesday’s from 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Anika Arutla, Staff Writer

November 3, 2017

Thanks to the self defense classes held at the police department, the women living in Coppell have felt more safe and secure for 16 years. Classes are held every fall and spring and the dates and vary from year to year. “It’s important for a woman to know how to defend herself or at the very least ...

Coppell National Night Out brings new light to national discussion

Young children play on inflatable slides at the National Night Out social on Pecan Hollow Drive. On Tuesday, Coppell celebrated its thirty-third annual NNO, which promotes neighborhood safety.

Emma Cummins, Executive Editorial Page Editor

October 6, 2016

You walk up to the block party; a policeman is helping little children try on his helmet and sit on his motorcycle, there is a bouncy house is full of laughing children, people laugh and talk while the smell of hot dogs and other food wafts through the music filled air. You might not have guessed ...

Citizens have right to be angry about recent police brutality

Graphic by Manu Garikipati. The historic trust of citizens and their law enforcement being put to the test.

January 8, 2015

By Alexandra Dalton Staff Writer @alex_dalton04   If I am expected to stand up at the Pledge of Allegiance and say those hollow words, then I have to be able to answer this question with a clear conscious: why am I expected to respect a law enforcement that has recently done more harm to un...

Dangerous prisoners escape from North Texas prison

April 2, 2013

By Thomas Hair Opinions Editor Two inmates escaped from a Hopkins County jail 75 miles northeast of Dallas on Tuesday morning. Local authorities are using dogs, helicopters and roadblocks to launch a manhunt for the fugitives, Brian Tucker (44) and John King (39), in Sulphur Springs and other nea...

Police cracking down on drunk drivers in Coppell

Dec. 19, On-campus school officer Ricky Jimenez explains to junior Kyle Ash how wearing the fatal vision googles impairs your vision and how standardized field sobriety test works in science teacher Susan Shepperd's forensic science class. Photo by Rowan Khazendar.

January 9, 2013

By Thomas Hair Opinions Editor While the rest of us were celebrating with our families during the 2012 holiday season, the Coppell and Carrollton police departments teamed up to ensure that drivers hadn't been getting too festive. The two cities entered a partnership campaign that would all...

Uncovering Coppell cop myths

Graphic by Haley Madigan

December 19, 2012

By Corrina Taylor Staff Writer Delicate snowflakes float down from the dark winter sky and snow has accumulated on the streets as uniformed officers push through the slush. Their breath is visible as they check the call box for any reports. Up north in colder states foot cops were forced to brace...

Record number of “Texas 10 Most Wanted” fugitives arrested, one in Coppell

December 12, 2012

By Thomas Hair Opinions Editor In a state as large Texas, there are so many outlaws, drug gangs and sex offenders that it can be extremely difficult to keep the populace in-the-know about each one that they should keep an eye out for. The Texas Department of Public Safety's solution to this was...

A day of remembrance with the city of Coppell

September 10, 2012

By Corrina Taylor Staff Writer September 11th is a big day in history that will affect Americans for many years to come, this devastating event has created a big impact on the lives of civilians today. In a day of commemoration on the anniversary tomorrow the City of Coppell will be hosting a Patri...