Dallas Police detail summer plan to fight violent crime and curb homicides
As has been widely discussed here on DFW Scanner and other sites, a spike in violent crime across the city of Dallas is currently being addressed with several initiatives and plans to reduce violent crimes and curb homicides.
The Summer Crime Initiative continues to address violent crime in some of the most crime-ridden areas across the city, located predominantly in northeast, southeast, south central, and southwest portions of Dallas. A major increase in violent crime has been murder. The initiative has resulted in 200+ arrests, 15 gun seizes, and 10 gang cards, designed to identity individuals who are in a gang. Officers have also identified the city’s 100 most violent criminals in the city.
Alongside this initiative, the city’s Homicide Task Force is also hard at work. Of the 97 murders already this year, over half are related to argument-conflict or family violence. Eight of the homicide offenses were related to drugs, 17 related to robberies, and only one related to gangs. 22 homicide offenses are not yet connected to a motive.
Dallas police are also beefing up their presence at certain locations in high crime areas. Eight patrol officers will be assigned to Jim’s Car Wash, located at 2702 MLK Blvd near Fair Park. This was the scene of the mass shooting last week that injured four people, one fatally. The officers will be on location from 3pm – 11pm. Rochester Park in southeast Dallas and Bachman Lake near Dallas Love Field have also been identified as trouble spots with more patrol needed.
As we reported over the weekend, Texas Highway Patrol troopers will be brought into Dallas to help combat violent crime. DPS will be working with DPD in hotspot areas designated in the department’s summer crime initiative. DPS Troopers will be used to help with patrol and special investigative units to address gangs, guns, and drugs.