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New Dallas Chief Ready to Demote Some to Put More Officers on Patrol

October 10, 2017  | 

The Dallas Police Department is about to undergo a shake-up — including possible demotions — to put more officers on patrol, re

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ports the Dallas Morning News.

Hundreds of officers have left the department in the last year, leaving fewer officers working the streets. In that time, officers have been slower to respond to emergency calls.

Chief U. Renee Hall said Monday she plans to significantly reduce the number of assistant chiefs and deputy chiefs who oversee the department. She is also considering reducing the number of detectives in investigative units and officers serving on task forces.

Her plan may mean that some officers serving as assistant chief could be demoted to lieutenant and that some detectives could be put in patrol, which Hall called the "backbone" of the department.

"We've lost nearly 500 officers, so we need to reflect that at the top," she said. "I'm assessing the Police Department as a whole."

Hall shared her plans to combat spikes in crime and reduce response times Monday at a meeting of the City Council's public safety committee.

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kevcopaz @ 10/10/2017 6:44 PM

You mean the ranks go from Lt to Assistant Chief in Dallas? Nothing in between? That stupid to begin with. Seriously i looked at the number of Chiefs Dallas had when she was first appointed and frankly she is right there are FAR too many chiefs in such a small department. Maybe it is tine to cut the fat (heads?) at the top and make them do police work again, if they remember or even did it in the first place. As far as losing Detective slots, Phx did that after poor planning by the Mayor and Council in not hiring for over 5 solid years! The depart is still in chaos, case take for ever to clear and many don't ever get cleared, there are not enough detectives left to even look at the cases. true the fact that patrol is the backbone but you have to remember almost everything that patrol touches goes to a Detective to investigate, charge, handle or whatever. So when will the bosses learn that they cant cut off one arm to replace the other. Once again politicians are to blame!

Alex @ 10/11/2017 7:09 AM

Change citizenship requirements for PO to LPR who has applied. Will get more candidates

DEPUTYJJG @ 10/11/2017 3:13 PM

I think they may lose more than the previous 500 if this goes through. Lots of upper ranks will just retire rather than go back down. Bad situation. Glad I work out in West Texas away from that scene.

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