Members from both the Southlake Police Department and the Office of Communication and Customer Experience recently attended the annual Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers (TAMIO) conference in San Antonio, where the City of Southlake was honored with four prestigious awards.

The TAMI awards are a benchmark of excellence, recognizing innovative and impactful work within the government communications industry. This year's conference and award ceremony included 688 entries with over 70 different cities represented in the finalists alone, placing Southlake alongside some of the top communications teams in the state.

Take a look below at some of the award-winning pieces of communication Southlake DPS and the Office of Communication and Customer Experience produced in 2023.

An Acronym for Roundabouts - First Place Award Winner

Southlake DPS took home a First Place TAMI Award for their video spreading awareness of the proper use of crosswalks. Through the use of humor and outrageously long acronyms, Southlake DPS effectively reminded residents of the importance of adhering to safety when entering roundabouts, while having a good laugh in the process.

Crosswalking to the World Series - Award of Excellence

Screenshot of a Facebook post with a Texas Rangers player cartwheeling in a crosswalk.

While the Texas Rangers were making their World Series run in 2023, Southlake DPS seized the perfect opportunity to combine the excitement of the games with an informational public service announcement reminding citizens to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. Using the iconic image of Rangers' outfielder Adolis García dodging a wild pitch by "cartwheeling" out of the way, Southlake DPS once again was awarded for their use of humor in promoting Public Safety.

If You Want It That Way - Award of Honor

The Office of Communication and Customer Experience (OCCE) received an Award of Honor for the Citizen Satisfaction Survey parodying the Backstreet Boys' familiar favorite, "I Want it That Way." When trying to promote the biannual survey aiming to gather feedback from citizens on ways the city can improve, the team decided to lean on a catchy classic tune while reminding citizens that their voice is integral in the continued success of Southlake.

Code of Conduct - Award of Honor

The Southlake Governance Matrix Team also received an award of honor for Southlake's Code of Conduct document. Serving the City of Southlake is a huge commitment and public servants are held to a high standard of service. Detailing the values of the city, performance management methods, and much more, this document efficiently outlines what it means to serve the Southlake Way.

These awards underscore the communications team's dedication to serving the Southlake community with excellence and innovation. We look forward to continuing to produce high-quality communications that are accurate and efficient— and maybe even bringing a few more laughs in 2024.

From a reading family, Councilmember Ronell Smith believes the Southlake Summer Reading Program is invaluable. On this week's episode of Southlake City Spotlight, he shares the many benefits to children attending a summer reading program, such as preventing learning loss and increasing their IQ.

The city's librarian, Cynthia Pfledderer, also shares all the exciting activities the reading program has in store this Summer, including weekly challenges, daily scavenger hunts, an art club, a chess club, and even entertainment like animal shows and magic shows.

Click below to view the entire episode.

This summer, the Southlake Public Library is transforming the traditional summer reading journey into an adventure that transcends the pages of a book. From May 24 to July 19, youth aged from birth - 18 years are invited to dive into the world of literature, where every book read increases their chances of winning fantastic prizes. 

Participants could win immediate rewards, such as tickets to NRH2O Water Park, or whimsical keepsakes like slime, bouncy balls, and squishy toys—coveted treasures for any young explorer. 

Readers can look forward to an amazing lineup of activities that promise to captivate and entertain. Highlights include a Family Scavenger Hunt, Wild Adventures with Animals, a Magic Show, a Kids’ Art Club, and many other engaging programs! 

Our summer program begins as the school year ends. Join us at the Summer Reading Backyard Party on Friday, May 24, at 10:00 AM. This is the perfect start to summer, featuring a lively DJ, creepy critters, and friendly competition with giant lawn games.  

So, lace up your hiking boots, pack your library card, and set out on the book trails. The Southlake Public Library awaits, ready to turn every page into a new adventure. Join us and let the stories begin! 

Need Mother’s Day plans? Why not embark on a whimsical journey to the Marq in Southlake for an enchanting performance from the APEX Arts League and the Avant Chamber Ballet! On May 12th at 2:00 p.m., step into a magical outdoor setting at the Aria Amphitheater, where the stage will be set for an unforgettable experience beneath the open sky. With excerpts from Swan Lake, it will be a breathtaking display of artistry and classical ballet.  

There will be plenty of room to spread out, so make sure you bring your chairs or blankets for this one-hour spectacle! 

Please note that in the event of bad weather, the performance will be moved indoors.  

Find more information at ApexArtsLeague.com

The Southlake Police Department is dedicated to constantly improving the team to serve the people of the city with the highest level of skills. That takes world class training for every single officer – including Zeusz, the department’s K9.

With the introduction of a new state-of-the-art K9 agility training facility unlike any other in the area, the Southlake Police Department is better equipped to not only ensure that two-year old Zeusz is in the best physical shape possible, but that he is introduced to real-world scenarios he and his handler must be prepared to navigate while keeping the city safe.

“The course is designed to assist canines with overcoming physical obstacles that they may face while on duty, such as jumping a fence, going upstairs, jumping through residential or vehicular windows, and crawling in dark and tight spaces,” K9 Officer Nathaniel Anderson said. “These are all necessary skill sets that may be needed to save the life of an officer or citizen when it relates to apprehending a suspect.”

The Southlake Police Department, consistently recognized for its highest level of accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), established its K9 Unit around 2011. This addition was made to elevate safety, protection, and operational effectiveness in serving the citizens of Southlake, demonstrating the department's commitment to innovation and enhancing officer capabilities.

“When it comes to locating suspects and detecting narcotics, K9s are incredibly more skilled than we are as humans,” Officer Anderson explained. “If the city did not have a K-9 Unit we would possibly have to take unnecessary risk when there is simply a better tool to assist us in accomplishing a goal.”

Under the supervision of Officer Anderson, a Master Peace Officer and certifying official for the National Narcotic Detector Dog Association, the K9 Unit has developed into an integral branch of Southlake’s Police Department. Since its implementation, the K9 Unit has initiated over 1,000 school searches, participated in several SWAT deployments, and apprehended approximately 15 felony suspects.

The integration of the K9 Agility Training Course is simply the newest way Anderson and the Southlake Police Department aim to fine-tune the capabilities of the K9 Unit in order to continue world-class service.

“The city provided the K9 unit with this agility course, per my request,” Officer Anderson said. “Now it’s up to me to invest the time and energy into ensuring that Zeusz and I are prepared for the challenges that we may face on the streets.”  

We're witnessing exciting progress as new and improved infrastructure takes shape.

Walls with stronger and safer integrity than previous structures are currently being installed on the east half of the project, while utility relocation progresses on the west half. Additionally, contractors are completing grading for the roadway leading up to the bridge, enhancing drainage for a smoother, safer ride in the future!

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