Dallas Mayor-elect Eric Johnson Working on Plan to Bring State Police to City's Streets

Dallas Mayor-elect Eric Johnson said he has already started working with the Texas Department of Public Safety on a strategy to combat the city's recent spike in violent crime.Johnson, whose runoff campaign focused primarily on ethics reform and economic issues, is preparing to take office as the city's short-staffed police department has struggled to tamp down this year's increase in aggravated assaults, robberies and homicides. Gov. Greg Abbott recently offered up DPS help to the city.Johnson, a veteran state representative, has praised Abbott's offer, which the governor has also previously extended to other cities. And during an interview that will air Sunday on Lone Star Politics, a show produced by KXAS-TV(NBC5) and The Dallas Morning News, Johnson said he and DPS Director Steve McCraw have talked specifics.  Continue reading...

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