Chief Dye Accepts Deputy City Manager Role
Dye's position will transition to full-time Deputy City Manager beginning January 2020...
Grand Prairie City Manager Tom Hart has announced a significant organizational change--"It is with great pride that we announce that Grand Prairie Police Chief Steve Dye will retire from law enforcement and transition into his role as a full-time Deputy City Manager, effective January 2020. Steve, how has served in a dual role as Police Chief and Deputy City Manager for the past year, will retire from law enforcement after 35 years, eight of which has been with the Grand Prairie Police Department."
The Chief of Police position will be filled, in-house, by one of the current GPPD Assistant Chiefs. "We have worked hard together to establish a premier law enforcement agency in the country. We are in an advantageous position whereby any of our three Assistant Chiefs can take command and retain all the great things we are doing as they instill their leadership and direction to move GPPD into the future and lead us to event greater heights." said Chief Dye.
Chief Dye will continue to serve as police Chief until his replacement has been selected. The process should take approximately four months. In January, the city will host a retirement ceremony for Chief Dye for his 35 years of police service, as well as a badge pinning ceremony for the new Chief of Police.
"Steve has done a great job holding down both roles, but it is now time to make the move," said Mr. Hart. "It is an extremely busy time in the city with many new development and re-development projects underway. I believe Steve will bring excellent energy and passion to our City Managers' team."
During Chief Dye's tenure, the city experienced a historic crime decrease of 47 percent. Implementation of world class technology supported this decrease and just last year the department stood up an innovative Real Time Crime Center.
Chief Dye led and participated in the significant growth and expansion of community policing programs such as the GPPD Youth Boxing Gym, Grand Prairie Police and Clergy Coalition (GPPACC), National Night Out, Senior Safety Program, Safe Exchange Zone Program, police-to-peer mentoring program with Big Brothers Big Sisters, H.E.L.P. Mentoring (Helping Explore Life's Potential), and the Cops and Kids Fishing event with the Grand Prairie Boys and Girls Club and YMCA.
He oversaw implementation of the Two-Way Street program, in conjuction with GPISD, to promote respect and safety during interactions between youth and the police. Chief Dye was instrumental in establishing the department's first ever Bicycle Unit, Mounted Patrol Unit, hiring a Certified Mental Health Coordinator, a Civilian Media Relations Coordinator, and he founded the UNIDOS assimilation program designed to help improve quality of life in Spanish-speaking communities.
In 2019, Grand Prairie Police Department Fit Force was developed as a comprehensive officer wellness program designed to optimize the overall health of employees toward best serving the community. This year, Chief Dye helped establish the Clean Prairie initiative, a partnership and continued commitment between city leadership, residents and business owners to ensure community cleanliness and orderliness is always valued as a priority in the City of Gran Prairie.
Chief Dye currently serves as the coordinator of the North Texas Major Cities Chiefs group. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Terrorism Committee, Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), and the Texas Police Chiefs Association (TPCA).
The IACP has twice honored his department with the Community Policing Award and GPPD has attained Best Practices Recognition from the Texas Police Chiefs Association.
Chief Dye graduated from high school in Claude, Texas and later attended Sam Houston State University where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Law Enforcement/Police Science in 1984. He began his police career with the Houston Police Department and also served with the Arlington and Garland Police Departments in various assignments including Patrol, SWAT, Street Level Narcotics, Mounted Patrol and in the Traffic Unit as a Motorcycle Officer. Steve was Chief in Colleyville before being selected as the Chief of Police for the Grand Prairie Police Department in July 2011. Chief Dye instructs on and is a published author regarding crime reduction programs, police legitimacy, leadership and community policing.