Chief Michael Taylor was born in Talladega, Alabama in 1957. His family moved to Grand Prairie, Texas in 1961 and he grew up attending Grand Prairie public schools. At age 17 Chief Taylor enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served as an Aviation Crash Fire Fighter and Rescue Technician. He was honorably discharged in 1978, and headed home to Texas.
I would like to take this time and apologize for anything that you may or may not have heard and or seen through my “Facebook” / Facebook Messenger posts and page.
Shop With a Hero is a local organization that raises money so that Italy ISD students that are chosen by their teachers can go shopping for Christmas gifts for themselves and their family members. Each student may spend up to $300 each at WalMart.
On Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 @ 10:30am, the Italy Police Department in partnership with McDonald’s will be presenting Angel Tree gifts to the residents at the Trinity Mission Rehab Center / Nursing Home at 220 Davenport St. Italy, TX 76651. We would love for all to attend.
On Saturday, October 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the ITALY POLICE DEPARTMENT, in association with IMPACT COMMUNITIES, which is an initiative of DRUG PREVENTION RESOURCES (www.dpri.com) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 12th opportunity in six years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
On September 30, 2016 at 8:30 pm, there was an incident at the City of Italy Upchurch Fields located at the 200 block of Dilworth Street, which involved a juvenile victim being stabbed in the upper torso area.
Waxahachie, Texas – Local law enforcement will host a Prescription Drug Take Back on October 22, 2016. Officers will be collecting unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications for appropriate disposal between the hours of 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. This program is a partnership of the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office, Waxahachie Police Department, Waxahachie ISD and IMPACT Waxahachie, an initiative of Drug Prevention Resources, Inc.
On 10/18/16 around 730am, a 911 call was made from a store clerk in reference to a possible aggravated kid-napping. The Exxon store clerk had told dispatchers that a female had made an outcry indicating that there was a man holding her a gunpoint against her will.
The Italy Police Department sponsored National Night Out (NNO) on October 4th at Upchurch Field. Many from the Italy community and Ellis County attended. The night was full with music, food, door prize drawings, games and fun.
The Shop With a Hero raffle was held today and was a big success thanks to everyone that purchased tickets. A big thank you also goes to the Spring Market for allowing us to hold the raffle drawing there and for their employees picking the winning tickets.
The Italy Police Department is planning many activities for this year’s National Night Out (NNO). Upchurch Field in Italy will come alive with all kinds of entertainment, food and fun this year on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Jon Mathers is the guest disc jockey for the evening so Chief Beckham is requesting that all the children come and “wobble with the chief”.
Cameron Beckham, Italy Chief of Police, is asking the community to help the department purchase two special vests for added protection for our officers.
Even though the weather did not cooperate on Saturday, the 5th Annual Guns vs. Hoses fundraiser was a success. Because of weather conditions, the fireworks show was cancelled.
A community wide prayer vigil was held inside the pavilion located in downtown Italy, Texas Friday evening in regards to the recent attacks on Dallas Police Officers during a protest held in their city.
Italy’s Shop With a Hero is sponsoring the 5th Annual Guns vs. Hoses softball game and activities on July 9th, 2016 at the Italy High School softball complex.
The Italy Shop With a Hero Corporation is sponsoring the 5th Annual Guns vs. Hoses Softball game fund raiser on Saturday, July 9, 2016. The event will be held at the Italy High School softball complex on College Street with free admittance for all.
In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. Please help Italy High School “Back the Blue” this week in appreciation for all that our Italy Police Department does for the community.
Ellis County, Texas – Local law enforcement will host a Prescription Drug Take Back on April 30, 2016. Officers will be collecting unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications for appropriate disposal between the hours of 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.
The Italy Police Department Youth Police Academy is modeled after the Citizens Police Academy and is designed to give young people the opportunity to learn about the department and its operations and to demonstrate the benefits of law enforcement and community policing in our city.
The Italy Police Department partnered with IMPACT Communities, a program of Drug Prevention Resources to provide the citizens of Italy, Texas and surrounding communities an environmentally safe way to dispose of any expired or unused Prescription and Over-the-Counter medications. This includes pills, liquids, and pet medications, but excludes inhalers, syringes and sharps.
I wanted to inform the City of Italy that progress had been made in the motor vehicle thefts which had occurred in November and up to this past week. There were a total of three stolen vehicles that were recovered in the City of Lancaster last week. I personally want to thank some of the citizens for their assistance in this matter.
I would like to welcome Cameron Beckham as the new interim Chief of Police and Jason Cherry as the interim Sgt.
The Italy Police Department are putting final plans together for the 2015 National Night Out to be held on Tuesday, October 6th. from 6pm to 9pm This year’s event will be held at the Upchurch Ball Fields where two of the fields will be used for friendly kickball games for ALL ages.
On September 16th, 2015 at around 8:25 pm the Italy Police Department received a 9-1-1 call of a disturbance of a fight in the 700 block of Williams Street.
Help us help local children in need. Drop off your new school supplies and backpacks in the School Bus boxes located at:
I hope everyone can come out and support this great program which gives back to the kids every year. We are switching it up a little this year by having some of the Italy High School playoff softball girls play with both the Police Officers and Firemen this year. This should add some excitement to the game and it gives the graduating seniors one more chance to play on their field. We encourage everyone to come out and have some fun and watch the Fireworks display after the game.
Representatives of Law Enforcement Agencies and Courts from more than 300 jurisdictions across Texas, including the Italy Police Department, announced today combined efforts to host the 2015 Great Texas Warrant Roundup beginning Saturday, March 7th.
Short bios of the Italy Police Department employees are included here. These bios were written by each member of the Italy PD in hopes of letting the community know a little more about them.
On December 15th, the Italy Police Dept. and the Italy Fire Dept. joined forces and took 6 Stafford Elementary children Christmas shopping at Wal-Mart. After all of the shopping was done they had lunch together at CiCi’s pizza. Then they all ventured back to the Italy Community Center to wrap the presents and had cookies and punch for a snack. The Police Officers and Fireman had as much fun as the kids did shopping.
The Italy Fire Department and Italy Police Department would like to thank everyone that supported their “Fill the Boot” campaign last Friday. Because of the generosity of the local community, over $600 was raised for Shop with a Hero. They appreciate the willingness of the citizens of Italy to open their hearts and pockets for this cause.
The Italy Fire Department and Italy Police Department are asking for the community’s help to raise funds for the annual Shop with a Hero.
Due to a recent rise in telemarketing scams and fraud we wanted to let you know that we are aware. Numerous citizens have called in recently with similar stories and scenarios. The majority of the scams begin with one of the following comments or statements.
A reminder that next week is National Night Out on Tuesday Oct. 7th from 6pm-9pm at Upchurch Fields. We will be having music, Careflight Helicopter, food, bounce house, dunking booth, face painting, Police Department equipment on display and much more. Everyone is invited to attend and its free admission for all. Come out and meet your fellow citizens of Italy!
Help local children in need and drop off your donations of new school supplies and new backpacks inside the School Bus Boxes located at Italy’s Uptown Cafe and City Hall. STUFF THE BUS!
Live radio broadcast by KBEC on Friday, August 15, from 11:00am to 1:00pm at Italy’s downtown Pavilion in order to promote the event
At around midnight the Milford Police Department received a call from Crime Stoppers. Crime Stoppers has received a tip that Edward Copeland (fugitive) was heading to 210 West Water Street in Milford.
Escaped convict Edward Copeland, 5’8", 145 lbs., is currently on the run in south Ellis County after escaping Hill County custody this morning. Residents are encouraged to keep homes and vehicles locked. Call 911 immediately if you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Copeland.
On behalf of the Italy Police Department and Italy Fire Department, I want to take the opportunity to thank everyone that supported our Guns vs Hoses fundraiser on July 5th. I would also like to thank all of our sponsors for helping us raise money for the Shop with a Hero program. Without the support of the community and our great sponsors there isn’t any way for us to make this a successful program.
Following the Homerun Derby which begins at 6:00.pm., the Italy Police and Fire Departments will duel for dollars in their annual GUNS vs HOSES Charity Softball Game which plays out on Saturday, July 5, starting at 7:15 p.m. at the Italy High School Softball field, aka Johnny Jones Field. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. and admission is free!!
Italy Police Officers will be patrolling this Fourth of July weekend to keep everyone as safe as possible and enforcing the city ordinance of fireworks.
The third annual Guns & Hoses Softball Tournament is just around the corner! This family-fun, community event has something for everyone and benefits Italy’s Shop With A Hero program. Vendor applications are being accepted now. Join in on the fun by setting up a booth during the event.
I sat down with Chief Hill for an interview recently. I was able to ask him about his retirement and more.
The Italy Fire Department and the Italy Police Department would like to say a special thank you to the Italy residents and those traveling through downtown Italy last Friday afternoon for supporting the Shop with a Hero program.
Over a year ago the Italy Police Department began a program to prove it’s compliance to independent assessors of the Texas Law Enforcement Best Practices Committee. The audit is a voluntary program.
This afternoon, Friday, May 16, 2014, from 4:00pm to 6:00pm, the Italy Fire Department will have a Fill the Boot fundraiser in downtown Italy. All monies raised at this event will benefit the Shop with a Hero program. Come out and help Fill the Boot!
The Italy Police Department wants to remind motorists to Click It or Ticket. In order to enforce this reminder, The Italy Police Department will be stepping up enforcement beginning May 19th.
The Italy Police Department calls on citizens to remember fallen officers throughout the nation during the 2014 National Police Week—May 11th-17th, 2014.
Beginning May 5th, 2014, the Italy Police Department will be accepting applications from Elderly or Disabled residents or their family members for a new program designed to help save lives.
On March 21st, 2014, the Italy Police Department received the award of “Recognized Law Enforcement Agency” from the Texas Police Chiefs Association Law Enforcement Recognition Program.
On Monday, March 10th at around 5:15pm, an Italy Police Officer working a traffic detail on I-35E was notified of a pedestrian vs. automobile accident in the northbound lanes of I-35E near mile marker 386 (just prior to the HWY 34 exit ramp).
During the December City Council Regular Meeting, the City Council unanimously approved the installation of additional traffic control signs to help reduce the possibility of traffic collisions at potentially dangerous intersections.