Dallas Police Department Accomplishments for 2019
I hope this announcement finds everyone well on your way to a Happy and Prosperous New Year! With the final 2019 crime statistics in, the City of Dallas enjoyed a resounding 21% average reduction in overall crime over the previous year. This is a great accomplishment because the police department responded to 15,000 calls for service as compared to 10,000 in 2018. The Dallas Police Department attributes most of the city’s crime reduction success to training our officers in advanced policing techniques, strategic data-driven deployment of our excellent officers, and the latest in crime-fighting technology.
Earlier last year, we implemented a crime analysis program that provided a path for us to be proactive in addressing criminal activity by deploying resources to areas of need. The department also placed license plate readers at strategic points within the city that alerts officers of stolen vehicles, sex offenders, and wanted persons. In 2019, the department also went through an operational change to improve our level of service to the community in which a patrol zone system was implemented to increase directed patrols as well as improve community relations.
This past year also proved to be successful not only to the advanced training provided to our officers, but also the community. The Dallas Police Department has conducted three Active Shooter Response Training as well as RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) training seminars for our community.
In 2020, our main areas of focus in terms of crime prevention will be the urban and suburban crime issues that plague many of Metro-Atlanta jurisdictions but have not yet significantly impacted Dallas. Those issues include:
Relatively new types of thieves that go by labels as porch pirates, door flippers, and sliders. By any name, Thieves are thieves and we are going to do everything in our power to prevent them from targeting Dallas residents in 2020. Gang violence is flourishing in far too many cities in America and we do not intend to allow Dallas to become one of them. We will work aggressively, but certainly not abusively, with our Federal, state and local task force partners to keep gangs out of our beloved city. As the Chief of Police, our most powerful and effective crime-fighting and prevention tool we have in Dallas is the trust and cooperation of our citizens. I am confident that we will continue to work to provide the utmost in professional police services to the City of Dallas to ensure that 2020 will be our safest year yet.