Dallas police plan to create special uniformed team of officers dedicated to working with problematic apartment complex, new plan
Dallas, TX – Apartment complexes crimes in Dallas are responsible for more than half of the city’s most problematic areas when it comes to crime, Dallas PD said.
This has been a problem for years and the department now looks forward to implement a plan in an effort to reduce the crime in these problematic apartment complexes.
On Tuesday, Dallas police announced the new plan to the Dallas City Council members. According to the plan, the local police department plans to create special uniformed team of officers dedicated to working with the city’s most problematic apartment complexes.
While Dallas City Council members were happy to hear that the department is working in solving one of the biggest issues in Dallas, some of them were disappointed the plan did not propose creating any new standards for apartment complexes.
Another issue might be the number of people included in those special teams. According to the plan, the department plans to create teams of a sergeant and six officers which would be responsible for 7-10 apartment complex.
Taking into consideration the fact that out of the city’s 47 grids identified as crime hot spots, 26 of them are apartment complexes, the number of people and the number of teams is very low compared to the number of crime cases.
“We are looking at call load offense data and arrest data to identify the communities we will be targeting,” explained Asst. Police Chief Angela Shaw.
Some council members were hoping for recommendations that would make the complexes more accountable.
“I was expecting for you to say, ‘This is required of you so we can prevent crime,’” said Councilwoman Cara Mendelsohn. “It sounds like crime has to be bad for you to get involved.”