Dallas Violent Crime Rising: City Report

Fewer officers to answer calls

New figures show Dallas violent crime keeps rising, police manpower keeps shrinking and top priority response is slower.

That's what Dallas City Council Members will hear Monday in a briefing to the Public Safety Committee.

Year to date as of April 12, overall crime is down 4% compared with this time last year. But violent crime is up 2%, led by an 18% spike in non-family violence aggravated assault.

The Dallas Police Department is down to 3191 sworn officers compared with 3257 at the same time last year.

Priority 1 response time was up to 8.12 minutes as of April 12 so far in 2017 compared with 7.94 in 2016.

Worries over the troubled Dallas Police and Fire Pension System are a big factor in falling manpower and the slower response time that comes from fewer officers.

Police officials are trying to boost hiring but city officials recently told City Council Members that 360 officers are expected to leave this year and 200 new officers are expected to be added to the force.

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