Joe Garza began his law enforcement career with the Dallas Police Department in January 1989. After completing the academy he was assigned to the Southwest Patrol Division. In January of 1992, he was selected to join the Narcotics “Street Squad” Unit. This unit consisted of officers with patrol experience to work undercover to make cases on street level drug dealers. Joe was part of several Federal Task Forces that led to dozens of arrests and forfeiture of cash, real property and vehicles. While assigned to the Narcotics Street Squad, Joe worked undercover and executed hundreds of dynamic entry and vehicle assault narcotic warrants as the point entry member of the warrant team.
In April 2000, Joe was promoted to Senior Corporal and worked in the Drug Interdiction Unit of the Southeast Patrol Division. In April 2001, he was selected to join the Robbery Unit of the Crimes Against Persons Division as a detective. As a Robbery Detective he was assigned to investigate individual and business robberies along with investigating kidnappings. Joe also worked in the Felony Assault Unit again in the Crimes Against Persons Division. During his time as a detective in the Crimes Against Persons Division Joe was trained by the best investigative detectives and interrogators of the Dallas Police Department. These techniques are still taught and used today.
In June 2005, Joe was promoted to Sergeant. In June of 2006, he was selected to join the Public Integrity Unit as one of two unit supervisors. This unit criminally investigated city employees, public officials, and police officers. During his time in the Public Integrity Unit, Joe led numerous criminal investigations and developed “out of the box” tactics to investigate offenses. In his capacity in the public Integrity Unit, undercover operations and more traditional investigations were performed.
In 2010, Joe was selected to join the Homicide Unit as a supervisor. As a supervisor, Joe has led hundreds of murder investigations along with suicides and unexplained deaths and officer involved shootings.
On June 13, 2015, Joe supervised part of the investigative team on the ambush of the Dallas Police Headquarters.
On July 7, 2016, Joe supervised the interviews and interrogations on the worst day in Dallas Police history when four Dallas officers and one DART officer were gun downed in downtown Dallas. Today Joe is still one of three Homicide sergeants in the Dallas Police Department.
Joe’s career has been very diverse and has gained the knowledge and experience and expertise to lead many different investigations with the Dallas Police Department. Joe instructs at the Dallas Police Academy and also provides training and case studies with FLETC, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, in Glynco, Georgia. Joe holds a Master Peace Officer Certification and is certified by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) as an instructor.
Awards & Recognition
-Certificate of Merit Unit award
-Certificate of Merit
-Police Commendation Award
-Perfect Attendance 20 years
-Safe driving 25 years
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