New Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia will reveal his plan to tackle violent crime on Wednesday, but people were already talking about Tuesday.
After coming to Dallas in February from San Jose, California, Garcia faces a high Dallas crime rate, with significant categories still rising.
Sunday’s figures show that 30% of murders have occurred in Dallas in 2021, with 69% of murders so far, compared to 53 in the same period last year. In 2021, the attacks so far were 7%.
Many of Garcia’s new Dallas plans include strategies recommended by the Dallas Mayor’s Safe Communities Task Force in January 2020.
NBC 5 went to Kansas City in 2020 to see how police there use ‘risk terrain modeling’, which is based on neighborhood characteristics to predict where crime may occur.
Former head of Dallas U. Renee Hall supported risk locality modeling.
New Chief Garcia calls a similar approach ‘Place Network Investigation’ in his plan, but calls Dallas Police Crime-War Strategy Review by experts at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
NBC 5 shared Garcia’s plan with several former members of the Dallas Mayor’s Safe Communities Task Force for its review, including activist Changa Higgins, Lulac Leader Rene Martinez, and criminal Alex Picero.
“It almost looked like it was a rehearsal of the strategies we’ve already seen with Chief Hall,” Higgins said. “I don’t see that stuff moving the needle.”
Higgins said the new chief has not yet held a meeting with community activists, which former Chief Hall held shortly after his arrival.
Martinez was the co-chairman of the Dallas Mayor’s Task Force. He said that Main Hall has failed to build an effective relationship with Dallas Latino leaders, but Martinez has had frequent communications with Garcia since his Dallas arrival.
“I think the chief has taken our report to another level and I’m very impressed by it,” Martinez said. “He is brought in more criminals which is always good. It is always good to see the experts on your shoulder. “
Garcia’s plan also accepts other recommendations of the task force, such as better lighting in high crime areas and removing blight that degrades the neighborhood.
Former professor at the University of Texas at Dallas Criminal Justice Expert Alex Pikeiro, who also served on the Dallas Task Force, is now at the University of Miami.
He said, “The things that we have recommended are fine in this document, so I am happy that the Chief Minister is going to implement these strategies. And he is focused on short term, medium term and long term and I think this is a really important point.
Pivero said the approach of some task forces received a setback during the COVID-19 pandemic. Interruptors of civil violence, who try to talk to potential perpetrators out of violence, can only work once people are allowed to have face-to-face contact.
“Our original report has been submitted to the mayor and this document is a good step forward,” said Picero.
Garcia’s plan states what he calls “focused detection” as a hot spot crime-fighting tactic to bring all efforts and many agencies into the fight, including code enforcement. It will not be fully operational until next year.
Mike Mata, president of the Dallas Police Association, said he likes the combination of assets, which he said Dallas has not fully used in the past. For example, Mata stated that code enforcement partnerships could relieve nuisance problems like abandoned buildings used by drug dealers.
“I think it’s a good start. I think it is a better application of external resources than the police department to fight crime, ”said Mata.
Mata, who heads the city’s largest police union, also said that the difference had already been made by the new chief to communicate better with the officers.
“The rank and file know what is expected of them and what we are trying to accomplish and accomplish,” Mata said. “We all need to own some of it.”
Dallas City Hall’s response comes Wednesday when Garcia officially presents the plan to the mayor and city council.
Other categories of Dallas crime have fallen this year, partly to blame for in-house behavior for being in the COVID-19 epidemic. Offenses such as property crimes are down.
Robbery and sexual offenses accounted for a 6% drop in violent crime in the first four months of 2021.
In the first few weeks on the job, Garcia did not try to use good numbers to avoid focusing on other violent crime problems, which he said should be addressed.