Dallas Police Set to Discuss Violent Crime Spike

Dallas police commanders are scheduled to meet at 11 a.m. Monday at City Hall for a Public Safety Committee briefing with City Council.

Dallas police released new crime statistics April 8 that show an ongoing problem with violent crime in Dallas. Through March 22, there were 40 murders in Dallas, a 90 percent increase over the 21 murders at this time last year.

Year-to-date, there have been 935 aggravated assaults, which includes shootings. Last year, there were 681. That's a 37 percent increase.

One area in particular that will receive attention is the Saint Augestine-Bruton "TAAG" — Targeted Action Area Grids — within City Council District 5. It's an area known to police to be a high-crime, high-risk area; where generally extra resources are assigned to help deal with violent crime and drugs.

There have been at least four murders this year in that TAAG, compared to only 1 last year. There have been 50 aggravated assaults this year compared to 36 last year, that's a 39 percent increase.


2011 TAAG Areas

April 8 Crime Briefing Report

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