DPS Troopers coming in to help combat violent crime in Dallas
At the request of Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has announced plans to send DPS troopers to help Dallas police officers combat violent crime. The request comes at a time when violent crime has spiked, especially homicide offenses.
As of Wednesday, there had been three (3) homicides in Dallas in the first five days of the month. At the same time last month, there had already been nine (9) homicide offenses. So far there have been 90 homicides this year, accounting for a 20% increase since the same time period last year. As we reported last month, Dallas saw a total monthly homicide count of 40 in May, a significant increase compared to past months and years. There have also been spikes in violent crime offenses.
“As Governor, my first priority will always be the safety of all Texans,” said Governor Abbott.
DPS Troopers, who maintain a presence across the state, will be assisting the Dallas Police Department with additional manpower, special agents, aviation personnel, analysts, and communications professionals to help fight crime. The Governor has also approved a request for the Texas Rangers to assist with homicide investigations. The Dallas Police Department Homicide Unit has recently been beefed up to handle all the homicide offenses in the city. Additional resources are available if needed.
The Texas Highway Patrol is a statewide police agency. They primarily enforce traffic on rural highways and investigate traffic-related incidents. They also assist local police and sheriffs office during emergency incidents.