Dallas Police Chief Defends Crime Reduction Plan

NewsRadio 1080 KRLD
January 13, 2020 - 7:39 pm
Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall



DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall presented her crime reduction plan to the Dallas City Council's Public Safety Committee on Monday, and the elected officials on the Committee were not impressed. Several of them called for the Chief to set more aggressive goals to bring the crime rate down.

Chief Hall's plan had included a goal of reducing murders and aggravated assaults by 10 percent in some neighborhoods in south Dallas, with an overall goal of a city-wide 5 percent decrease in violent crime. She said on Monday that number was designed as a "floor, never a ceiling," and said it could be revised to 10 percent as the year progresses.

"Our goal for 2020 should be a return to 2018 levels of violent crime citywide," said Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson. "Based on the 2019 numbers, a return to 2018 levels would mean: a 16 percent reduction in aggravated assaults citywide, a 13 percent reduction in robberies citywide, a 17 percent reduction in homicides citywide. If it is unreasonable to return to where this city stood just over one year ago with respect to violent crime...with the same police staffing levels, an economy that has actually improved, and a city that looks nearly identical to the one we have today...then I would like to hear why."

Other members of the Council also found the Chief's proposals short of their expectations. "What we saw from a task force just this past week was detailed, researched-backed. It was recommendations that included dollars, how it would be implemented...and these were volunteers," said Council Member Cara Mendelsohn. "I have to imagine that you are at least a little bit embarrassed compared to what they presented."

Chief Hall told the Council Members the department would be responsive to their concerns. "We will take everything that you said into consideration and make sure that we are implementing those things that still need to be added," she said.