2016 Johnny Sides: Dallas Police Rookie of the Year Award Gala

maxresdefaultThe 64th annual Johnny Sides Rookie of the Year Award Gala for the Dallas Police Department. The event recognizes Dallas’ newest and finest police officers, with proceeds benefiting the Assist the Officer Foundation. This year’s event will take place on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, at the Dallas Arboretum.

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December 12, 1928 – February 7, 1951

Since 1952 we have honored the life and memory of Officer Johnny Sides. Who, just twenty-one days after graduating fifth in his class at the Dallas Police Academy, was fatally wounded. Officer Sides and his partner were making what they thought to be a routine traffic stop, that turned into a confrontation with a band of criminals wanted for vicious crimes in four states. Even as he fought for his life from his hospital bed, Officer Sides was able to positively identify all four men involved in the shooting. Although his duty was tragically cut short, Officer Sides has inspired countless police officers and citizens with the story of his dedication, leadership, caring and sacrifice. It is in his memory that the Dallas Police Department Rookie of the Year Award is given in his name.


This year we are offering a variety of sponsorship opportunities, which are detailed in our sponsorship packet.

If you have any questions, please contact our Event Producer, Stephanie Jayko (214.856.6909) or e-mail for details.