Dallas police booster groups donate $350,000 for crime-fighting technology

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(originally published by www.dallasnews.com)
By TRISTAN HALLMAN, Staff Writer


Police Chief David Brown and philanthropist Toni Brinker of EPIC Dallas hold a novelty check for $350,000 on Oct. 1, 2013. Brown was handed the real check, which will go toward buying police gadgets, shortly thereafter. (Tristan Hallman/Staff)

Dallas police will get some new gadgets to combat crime in Lake Highlands after two police booster groups presented a $350,000 check to the department on Tuesday.
Safer Dallas Better Dallas, in partnership with EPIC Dallas, presented the check to Police Chief David Brown, who said the technology will be used in two high-crime areas: an area near Greenville Avenue and LBJ Freeway and the area around Forest Lane and Audelia Road.
Hamilton Park will also get a cut of the technology package thanks to a donor’s request, said Gary Griffith, president of Safer Dallas Better Dallas.
The money will buy about six to 10 surveillance cameras, bait cars, GPS trackers for the cars, and two or three automatic license plate readers, Griffith said.
Police have already deployed cameras around Vickery Meadows and Ross and Bennett avenues in East Dallas.
Brown thanked the group for its donation during an afternoon news conference and called technology “the changing face of public safety.”
Mayor Mike Rawlings and several City Council members also attended the news conference.
City Council member Jerry Allen, who represents the Lake Highlands area, said the focus on public safety will tell people that “if you live in our neck of the woods, you will live in a clean, safe and enriching community.”

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