Dallas, sixth safest large city

Diane Xavier | 10/14/2013, 10:44 a.m.
Dallas Police Chief David Brown told the Dallas City Council at its briefing meeting held Oct. 2 that the city ...
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In 2011, the city remained at seventh place.

The department began using community policing 2.0.

This program utilized the 10-70-20 program, focusing on changing tolerant citizens into non-tolerant citizens by increasing community participation. They also decreased organized retail theft – shoplifting, increased arrests, improved convictions and shut down fence operations. The department also continued the proactive policing and focused on residential and business burglaries, thefts, and motor vehicle burglaries. They also started to take advantage of social media in helping reduce crime.

In 2012, the city placed sixth in safest major city.

“We also had a significant reduction in the murder rate,” Brown continued. “From 2003 to 2012, Dallas had its lowest murder rate in 50 years. The years 2010, 2011 and 2012, was the lowest murder rate in Dallas history.”

Brown said this crime fighting effort has involved more than just statistics or numbers.

“It’s involved a lot of sacrifice and dedication and has involved a lot of collaboration with the community,” Brown said.

Brown summarized what the department has gone through to reduce crime in the past 10 years.

Four officers have been killed in the line of duty during 2003-2012 and 2,187 officers were seriously injured in the line of duty. There were over 6 million calls dispatched and 691,885 total arrests during that time period.

Mayor Mike Rawlings thanked Brown and his staff for fighting to reduce crime in Dallas.

“This is a day of celebration for the city of Dallas,” Rawlings said. “These efforts by the Dallas Police Department will create a better Dallas and a safer Dallas. It has truly been a team effort.”