Safer Dallas Better Dallas began its formal efforts in the summer of 2005 after nearly a year of research and meetings with hundreds of Dallas leaders by its founders, Jack Hammack and Charles Terrell. Over 75 Dallas business and community leaders chose to join the new organization’s Steering Committee to show their support for Dallas police because they know we are in this fight together.
Dallas has seen a reduction in crime for the eighth consecutive year, and is now the 7th safest city with a population over 1 million. We have a goal to get to the top five.
Understanding Key Issues
- Reduction in residential burglaries and thefts
- Reduction in business burglaries and thefts
- Reduction motor vehicle burglaries
- Reduction of motor vehicle thefts
- Provide investigative leads to solve crimes
New data show the city’s population grew by about 9,200 over the past decade to about 1,197,800 residents in the 2010 U.S. census, and the city has 734 more officers than in 2000.
In 2012, Chief Brown has identified 27 zones in the city where people are most likely to be victimized by crime. These 27 areas make up just 6 percent of the city’s area but account for over 36 percent of its crime. Safer Dallas Better Dallas is committed to supporting Chief David Brown’s goal to equip DPD with the necessary tools to attack crime in these concentrated areas. Equiping the TAAG areas with the leading technology will result in an overall city-wide crime reduction and, more specifically:
“Additional officers are the key to the crime rate going down,” said Charles Terrell, head of Safer Dallas Better Dallas and former head of the mayoral task force that set the goal for three officers per thousand in the late 1980s. “We’ll be a much safer city and the citizens will be much safer” if the city can stay within throwing distance of the three-officers-per-thousand goal, he said. Safer Dallas Better Dallas has worked with the Dallas City Council to assure the budget for public safety provides adequate funding to meet the three-officers-per-thousand goal.
Dallas saw an overall crime in the city reduction of 4.1 percent in 2011. Violent crime dropped 8.8 percent, and property crime dropped 3.5 percent. Homicides have reached a 44-year low. Total crime from 2003 to 2011 was down 38.9 percent. Police Chief David Brown says the beefed-up police staffing made a significant difference in the department’s crime-fighting efforts.
“I think that boots on the ground, along with other strategies, technologies and our ability to engage neighborhoods, have been the most significant things we’ve done to reduce crime,” Brown said.