DPD Chief Brown seeks solutions to combat spike in crime rate

ROBYN H. JIMENEZ | 4/4/2016, 8:06 a.m.
During an announcement on Monday, Dallas Police Chief David Brown revealed that Dallas, along with most major cities across the ...
Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown Dallas Police Department

The Dallas Examiner

During an announcement on Monday, Dallas Police Chief David Brown revealed that Dallas, along with most major cities across the United States, had experienced a drastic increase in violent crime. In Dallas, he cited that violent crime was up by 22 percent – over 80 percent of the crimes committed were homicides. He went on to state that the increase was due to drug-related homicides and domestic violence.

Brown stated that the increase was unacceptable to the Dallas Police Department – who takes the safety and security of Dallas residents seriously. And in response to the growing crime rate, he has deployed new task forces.

• The Violent Crime Task Force will be deployed to geographic high-volume violent crime areas.

• The Domestic Violence Warrant Teams will arrest domestic violence offenders in a faster and more efficient manner.

• The Narcotic Drug Warrant Teams will take on the responsibility of closing down drug houses and arresting drug dealers.

• The Property Crime Task Force will be deployed to geographic high volume home burglary and car burglary areas.

• The Community Policing 2.0 will be rerouted from non-patrol bureau positions within the department to the field and will be assisting the department in answering calls.

• Foot patrols mean that officers will proactively walk through high crime areas throughout the city to increase police presence and reduce crime.

The new strategic plan would mean that police officers will have to readjust their regular schedules, assignments and significantly increase their work volume, according to the police chief.

“Most importantly, we are asking our officers to make additional sacrifices and to continue to put their lives on the line to stave off violent crime and arrest violent criminals in a year when officer deaths and injuries due to ambushes and assaults by suspects are on the rise in Dallas, North Texas, and throughout the country,” Brown stated. “I ask that all citizens join me in praying for their safety as they take on this challenge each day to save lives.”

That same day, the Black Police Association of Greater Dallas’ Board of Directors called for an end to Brown’s tenure.

This decision comes just four months after the BPA hosted its annual gala, in which Brown welcomed the guest. While at the podium, he announced a significant reduction in Dallas’ murder rate – the lowest since 1930 – and the decline in “use of force” complaints.

During that time, Dallas Police Association, along with the other local and national police associations, had called for the removal of Brown.

Brown received the support of Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, Texas state Sen. Royce West, the president of African American Pastors Coalition, other elected officials and local ministers.

The BPA acknowledged its continued support for the department’s chief, explaining that it could not continue to do so blindly, as it described a decrease in morale due to the changes in routines.

“The current atmosphere within the Dallas Police Department is one of vengeance, distrust, retaliation and failure to employ the most prudent use of manpower,” the group cited.