From DPD’s blog, on the increase in crime and what they’re doing about it.
In 2015, there was a 6% spike in violent crime and an increase in response times in Dallas. There have also been increases in violent crime across the country. As a result, our 2016 strategy includes a readjustment of officer schedules and proactive responses to crime spikes earlier in the year than we have in the past. We must adapt to a changing environment with a sense of urgency.
There are a total of 3,490 officers on the department with approximately 2,400 in field assignments. This staffing allocation has worked to reduce crime 12 consecutive years (53% total crime reduction) and has pushed Dallas’ crime rates to 40, 50, and 80 year lows. But now we must adjust and reallocate resources to continue the decline in crime. Our temporary reallocation of some officers to the evening hours is not sustainable and will require a permanent readjustment.
Our crime analysis shows…
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